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Headaches for 6months a tried a lot....HELP!!!....What's Next??

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  • Posted By: Kathryn B.
  • November 5, 2009
  • 03:24 AM

:( I have been getting headaches since May 10, 2009. They started one night I had gone out with friends to the movie and went to eat on the way home I had this sudden occurrence of pain located on the left side on my head just between my frontal and temporal lobe. They feel like a stabbing pain in the side of my head, but not a continuous stab just constant. I have tried every over the counter pain re-leaver and none help with the pain. I rate my pain a 7 on a scale of 1-10. I have seen a neurologist about 2 months after my first occurrence she prescribed Naproxen 500mg to be taken 2x a day for 5 days and then 1x a day there after. This did not help. I am currently seeing a chiropractor who believes my headaches are from two vertebra in my neck being stuck together. I have been going to her for about 5-6 weeks now and have not had any relief. The headaches don't go away when I sleep, if I go to bed with a headache I wake up with one too. They come on sudden and I can't seem to find a trigger. The last for days and weeks, don't know what finally causes them to leave but if the pain does subside its only for a short time before the pain or headache returns. This headache I have now I have had almost 2 weeks, constant pain no relief, doesn't get better just worst. Is there anything else that I should try that may give my a relief from pain or any suggestions on what sorta doctor I should try next. This is the 6th months of pain and I need re leaf fast.:confused:

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  • Hi, The important question is whether your headaches are primary (typical, regular headaches like cluster, migraine) or secondary (caused by injury or some underlying problem such as your chiropractor has suggested). It just seems to me that if your headaches were primary, they would respond to the medication - that just pops out for me. Do you have a primary care physician that you like? You need blood tests and some imaging to figure out what is going on. Or if you like the neurologist, go back there and get to the next step. There are other pain medications he/she can prescribe as well to see if you respond, but you definitely need to figure out if there are underlying "secondary" causes here. hth ...
    goldenmom7500 5 Replies
    • November 5, 2009
    • 04:00 AM
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  • Hi, The important question is whether your headaches are primary (typical, regular headaches like cluster, migraine) or secondary (caused by injury or some underlying problem such as your chiropractor has suggested). It just seems to me that if your headaches were primary, they would respond to the medication - that just pops out for me. Do you have a primary care physician that you like? You need blood tests and some imaging to figure out what is going on. Or if you like the neurologist, go back there and get to the next step. There are other pain medications he/she can prescribe as well to see if you respond, but you definitely need to figure out if there are underlying "secondary" causes here. hth ...I have never had any injury or trauma to my head (or anywhere else for that matter), so I don't believe that it would be a secondary problem. Maybe I will see if I can get an MRI. I had blood tests done around August and they didn't really show anything just a normal/low on B12 so I take 1 -2 B12 vitamins/day, plus other vitamins that I have been told I needed to take. Thanks for the feed back, maybe I can get these doctors to run some test to figure out the problem
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2009
    • 06:31 AM
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  • Hi, The important question is whether your headaches are primary (typical, regular headaches like cluster, migraine) or secondary (caused by injury or some underlying problem such as your chiropractor has suggested). It just seems to me that if your headaches were primary, they would respond to the medication - that just pops out for me. Do you have a primary care physician that you like? You need blood tests and some imaging to figure out what is going on. Or if you like the neurologist, go back there and get to the next step. There are other pain medications he/she can prescribe as well to see if you respond, but you definitely need to figure out if there are underlying "secondary" causes here. hth ...I haven't ever had any trauma or injury to my head (or major trauma to other parts of my body for that matter), so I don't believe that this would be a secondary factor causing the headaches. Maybe I will see if I can get an MRI. I had blood work done in August the only thing that it showed was a normal/low on my B12 lever, so I take 1-2 B12 vitamins/day. I also take other vitamins that I was told I needed through my other doctors. May be related to low BP, the last couple of times I have checked that it has been a little low. Thank you for the feedback. I will check with my doctors and see if I can get some tests done to check for other factors.
    Kathryn B. 1 Replies
    • November 5, 2009
    • 06:39 AM
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