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HEADACHE FOR 3 YEARS...Please help!!!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 26, 2010
  • 06:28 PM

I am 25 years old and have had a headache for about 3 years now and it is not getting any better with time. I wake up in the morning and the headache is there until I go to bed at night. The pain is localized to the right side of my head: the front/top, behind my ear, and at the base. When I press on the base it sends a shooting pain to the front/top portion of my head. I had bloodwork and urinalysis done and all the results came back normal, I have also had a CT scan (about a year ago) that didnt show anything either. My GP has me taking tramacet which does relieve the pain but it has gotten to the point where I take 2 at a time 3 times a day in order to get relief. I am worried about the long term effects of taking Tramacet so I am now on the hunt for a solution to the problem and a possible alternative to the Tramacet in the meantime. I have been taking Tramacet since just after I had my daughter two years ago (by emergency c-section) as the pain became unbearable after that. I am in good health, the only problems I have ever had are: anemia when I was about 16 that went away after a few years, emergency c-section at 23 due to losing fluid rapidly, and a gallbladder removal 7 months ago due to gallstones that finally showed up after 2 years of problems with that. My GP thought it was migraines so I cut out caffeine, dairy, all sorts of foods that could provoke it possibly and it still didnt help. Sleeping too much or too little does nothing, stress doesnt make it worse, light doesnt affect it, sounds dont cause it to become more painful. Nothing simple seems to be the cause and I personally dont believe this is a migraine since it is everyday from sun up to sun down. I have a feeling going to a neurologist would be a waste of time as well since they would probably just look at my ct scan and other test results and tell me it was a migraine. Please, if anyone out there has any ideas what to do, different meds to try that are less harmful and less addictive in the long run let me know!!!!

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