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Persistant but Ever-Changing Headaches...What Could it Be?

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  • Posted By: deadlysauce
  • March 19, 2007
  • 00:25 AM

Starting about...3 weeks ago I think...I got a headache. I thought nothing of it, as I used to get chronic tension headaches when I was younger. In January I was a bit stressed out, and my period came 2 weeks late. 2 weeks later, when I SHOULD have had my period, I got a headache. I usually get a headache when I PMS, so I wasn't worried. But the headache, although mild, was peristant for the week. During the day it would get better and come back sometimes. After about 10 days, I got a reallllly bad headache, what I consider a migraine for me. The next day it was pretty much gone, but the day after it was back, and I've had it ever since (although today it's barely there, but I pulled all the muscles in my back from shoveling :P)

I was thinking it's hormones, but now I'm getting my period, so usually my headache is gone the week before. I'm back on schedule, so my hormones shouldn't be out of whack. When my headache was really bad, I was afraid it was a tumor or something, but I had no other symptoms. I haven't really been disoriented, had any balance or coordination problems, or anything else.

The headaches do not respond to 1000 mg of Tylenol Extra Strength, but I get a delayed relief (like 2 hours after taking) to 200 mg of liquid ibuprofen. I can't keep taking it though, because it kills my stomach.


Does anyone have a clue as to why I would get this recurrent but inconsistant headache? I feel dumb asking a doctor because they aren't severe, just very annoying, and they keep me from enjoying my day.

Thanks for any help!

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  • First I need to ask the obvious and sorry if it seems silly: do you drink a lot of water throughout the day? Dehydration is a major cause of headaches so please make sure you are drinking at least 8 cups of pure water a day. This doesn't include teas, coffee and other drinks. If you drink lots of coffee you need to INCREASE you water even more. Where do you usually feel your headache? Does it move around your head or is it in a fixed location? Is it frontal, temporal, on top of your head, in back of your head? Do you experience any nausea or vision changes? Do you have any sinus pain? Do you eat at least three meals a day, or do you skip meals? If it continues you should definitely talk with your doctor. He may prescribe meds that work better for you. In addition consider trying acupuncture to help with this - it works great for migraines. Best wishesDOM
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  • First I need to ask the obvious and sorry if it seems silly: do you drink a lot of water throughout the day? Dehydration is a major cause of headaches so please make sure you are drinking at least 8 cups of pure water a day. This doesn't include teas, coffee and other drinks. If you drink lots of coffee you need to INCREASE you water even more. Where do you usually feel your headache? Does it move around your head or is it in a fixed location? Is it frontal, temporal, on top of your head, in back of your head? Do you experience any nausea or vision changes? Do you have any sinus pain? Do you eat at least three meals a day, or do you skip meals? If it continues you should definitely talk with your doctor. He may prescribe meds that work better for you. In addition consider trying acupuncture to help with this - it works great for migraines. Best wishesDOM Thanks for your response. I drink more water than I used to, as I cut out all high fructose corn syrup and artificially sweetened drinks out of my diet. Still, I know when I'm dehydrated and that's a different headache. I eat more than 3 meals a day, and the low blood sugar headache is different too. Basically, it most often feels like a tension headache, like there's a sweatband around my head that's too tight. About half the time, the headache will shift to one side, but stay mostly towards the back of my head. If it's bad, it will shoot to over my eye. At some point in the day, the pain goes away in exchange for this very uncomfortable pressure feeling, which I can only describe as feeling "stuffed." That's when I became concerned that there was something wrong with my brain, but since it would go away eventually, I stopped worrying so much. No position seems to make the headaches worse, except for leaning over, which makes the blood rush to my head and throb. Lying down at the end of a headachy day makes it feel better, but trying to sleep in with a headache makes it much worse (possibly a building of tension? This phenomenon has plagued me for years...) No sinus pressure/pain. No sensitivity to light or sound, although loud sound will make my "migraines" throb a lot. I get nauseous, but never vomit. Any headache makes me a bit nauseous, but doesn't stop me from eating. In fact, I often eat more because it distracts me from the headache for a few minutes. My hesitation with seeing a doctor is that I need a referral to see a specialist, and I know that if I get an appointment, I will have no headache that day, and won't properly be able to describe the pain and how position and atmosphere changes may affect it (light, sound, etc.) Every time I see a specialist, I feel like I could have said more, and I wish I had more of a direction to take with this (focus on the quantity of headaches, focus on the location of the pain, intensity of the pain, etc.) Thanks again.
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  • Hello,I have had the same thing going on with me for almost a year.What i had was bells palsey it started wiht a headache that would not go totally away? Then one morning i woke up and my face was paralized on the right side.I went to my Doctor and she said,that i was under to much stress and that i need to take a steep back and relaxe?Well i did and that did not help i ended up in the hospital i had a stroke. So if they tell you that you are under to much stress tell them they are full off it and you get a second appinon!Inow that i might not have helped you but i felt that you could check in to what i had???? Also if you take to much tylenol you get so use to it that it does not work anymore. You could try to have some caffien that usally helps when you are low on caffien?? Well i hope you are getting better and i hope i helped some.
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