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More than a headache and neckache...please help!!!

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  • Posted By: BabyBison2000
  • April 3, 2009
  • 07:44 PM

Greetings,

I've been having what I thought/think are migraines for a while. They are starting to get worse and more frequent. They seem to start with a mild discomfort at the top of my spinal cord (like at the base of my brain). The discomfort gets progressively worse. I get nauseous, week, have diarrhea, etc. Sometimes its worse to lay down than to sit or stand up. It can get quite miserable. I have prescribed meds for migraines and even muscles relaxers that are supposed to help, but never do. I have a hard time holding my neck up straight when I’m having an “attack.” At times I can take my hand and put pressure in a particular spot on the back of my head to get a few seconds of relief. A cat scan a year ago showed nothing. I really need to find out what’s going on. Someone please help!!!!

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  • Have you checked your blood pressure???After the birth of my son I experienced what were the absolute worst head aches I could have ever imagined! A family friend suggested that I take my BP and it was 209/117, normal is 120/80.This might not be your problem at all, but it's worth checking out. High BP is a silent killer.
    LT8605 20 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yep, have had BP checked on multiple occassions. Have also had a full blood work up. I'm really starting to get frustrated, and scared I'll never know whats going on. Preparing now to see a specialist but not sure if I should see a neurologist or a chiropractor. My grandmother thinks I should see a chiropractor, but I wonder how, if its a skeletal or muscular problem, the nausea could be addressed; though, the nausea tends to be one of the last symptoms to arise and only when the attacks are most severe. Sometimes, I can have the issue without nausea.
    BabyBison2000 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've been having what I thought/think are migraines for a while. They are starting to get worse and more frequent. They seem to start with a mild discomfort at the top of my spinal cord (like at the base of my brain). The discomfort gets progressively worse. I get nauseous, week, have diarrhea, etc. Sometimes its worse to lay down than to sit or stand up. It can get quite miserable. I have prescribed meds for migraines and even muscles relaxers that are supposed to help, but never do. I have a hard time holding my neck up straight when I’m having an “attack.” At times I can take my hand and put pressure in a particular spot on the back of my head to get a few seconds of relief. A cat scan a year ago showed nothing. I really need to find out what’s going on. Someone please help!!!!I've battled migraines for decades, and that certainly sounds to me like what you are experiencing. Please note that in many migraine sufferers, the muscles at the back of your neck get very, very tight (usually the occipital muscles that you describe at the base of your skull). Hence, the pain or tenderness you feel there. Many times compression of these muscles will encourage them to relax, making you feel better. The nausea is from the level of pain, or at least it always has been in my case. Your doc can prescribe anti-nausea medication for this and/or you can do things to not let the level of pain reach that point. A trained massage therapist would be very helpful to you, IMO. Be certain to check credentials, not all are trained for this. You need one with myofascial release techniques and neuromuscular training. A chiropractor could also help.......but in my experience migraine sufferer's have better success rates with LMT's.Taking magnesium supplements may also help, but check with your doc first. Also.....I have had a hard time finding meds that really work for migraines; you might just need to switch to a different kind.Best of luck to you.....this isn't a fun problem to have, but it can be controlled. It's all about finding the treatment that works best for you, and to that end, you may have to go seek out treatments and really work with your docs to find a solution.
    Harmonium 322 Replies Flag this Response
  • Have you ever had an MRI of your brain and/or C-spine? abnormalities in brain tissue, compressed nerves in your neck or a herniated disc could potentially cause all of those symptoms. A CT shows the bone anatomy but an MRI shows the soft tissue. The blood tests that others have suggested would be good as well. You should seek out the care of a neurologist who specializes in headaches to determine what you need to be doing in what order.
    SpineGirl 64 Replies Flag this Response
  • There's a heart link to migraine called a patent foramen ovale, or a small hole in the heart. Ask to have your heart looked at.
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
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