I'm a 40 year old Mom of two and I have never had a migraine in my life, just the occasional headache. May 28, 2007 I had a top back molar break in half right down to the nerve. A dentist put a filling on it. For the next 3 weeks that tooth throbbed and ached and the dentist kept taking x-rays telling me nothing was wrong with it. She sent me to an Endodontist and he said I'm just swollen from the dental work and put me on steroids for 3 weeks and gave me pain killers!!
June 25, 2007 I felt an ice picking in the center of the back of my head that went on and off for one day. Totally took me by surprise, I didn't know what it could be.
From June to August I would get tingling in my finger tips and feet, dizziness, blurred vision, the feeling of an egg being cracked on the top of my head and dripping down and tingling, my legs and feet swell up on and off, my scalp was tender to the touch, I could hardly wash my hair because every strand felt like pins and needles digging into my head, I also have this terrible metal taste in my mouth for the past few weeks, and during this whole time my tooth was still killing me!!!!!!
August 16, 2007, the ice pick headache came with a vengeance and I was driving home and had to pull over and got out of the car and my legs couldn't move. I dropped to the ground and couldn't figure out where I was and how I got there. I got my cell phone and called the last call on my phone, which was my husband, and crying and freaking out I told him what was going on and he took me to the ER. They took a CT scan without dye and told me I had a tension headache and gave me pain killers and muscle relaxers and sent me home.
August 18, 2007, same thing happened again while I was in the car. Tingling and the feeling of electric shocks going thru my head and ice picking at the back of my head, and my scalp hurt to touch it, numb legs and fingers, confusion, disoriented, I could think of words in my head, but I couldn't say them out of my mouth! My Dad was calling me on my cell phone and I was crying and trying to figure out where I was and what was happening. He told me to pull over and he came and got me and took me to ER. They took another CT scan with dye. This doctor diagnosed me with Occipital Nerve Neuralgia. Gave me painkillers and muscle relaxers and sent me home.
August 21, 2007 had MRI of head and cervical spine ordered by top Neurologist in our Metropolitan area. All results came back normal. The neurologist told me it was stress and told me to schedule a massage or something to de-stress. Gave me some muscle relaxers, pain killers and anxity medicine and sent me home.
It is now September 21, 2007 and it has been 33 straight days of having these terrible electric shocks, tingling, throbbing feelings in my head. I have been to numerous doctors and dentists and they all say, it's stress. And they send me away with more pain killers and muslce relaxers. I could open up my own pharmacy right now!! The pain was so bad, that I was taking 15 Ibuprofen a day. And finally one doctor begged me to stop. I did. But it still hurts! So, I'm now taking muscle relaxers.