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Presistent head pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 25, 2007
  • 09:40 PM

I've had head pain radiating just under my skull then spreading over the left side of nasal sinuses and teeth. The pain is over the teeth is like an icecream palette pain. This massive combination happens if I cough, sneeze, bear down, bend over, or due abrupt movements with my arms, or jump up and down on my heels. I'm a 70 year old male in reasonable healt; this is the first chronic issue I've had.
I'm on univasc(7.5mg) and 81 mg of aspirin.

I've had a CT and MRIs of my head and upper spine. No obvious issues-variable spondylosis, mild scoliosis, and some bone spurs-a 70 year old neck. I've seen two ENT's and two neurologists, taken valium, carbamezapine, ibuprofen, and others. The only drug that has take the pain down from an 8 to a 3, was indocmethacin at a high level. I was told this isn't good for long term use, as it affects the stomach lining's protection against acid.

In short ,there hasn't been a diagnosis or relief. If I get a cough and cold, this will put me away. Any ideas or ways to go on this issue?

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  • Could this be Giant Cell Arteritis?Giant Cell Arteritis"IntroductionGiant cell arteritis (GCA) is an inflammation of the lining of your arteries — the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body.Although giant cell arteritis can affect the arteries in your neck, upper body and arms, it occurs most often in the arteries in your head, especially those in your temples. For this reason, giant cell arteritis is sometimes called temporal arteritis or cranial arteritis. Giant cell arteritis is also known as granulomatous arteritis — a reference to a particular type of inflammation.Giant cell arteritis frequently causes headaches, jaw pain, and blurred or double vision, but the most serious potential complications are blindness and, less often, stroke. These problems can occur when swelling in your arteries impairs blood flow to your eyes or brain.Adults older than age 50 are at greatest risk of giant cell arteritis. The exact cause isn't known, but researchers believe that genetic, viral and environmental factors may play roles in the inflammation.Although there's no cure for giant cell arteritis, immediate treatment with corticosteroid medications usually relieves symptoms and prevents loss of vision.Signs and symptoms:Decreased visual acuity or double vision.Scalp tenderness. It may hurt to comb your hair or even to lay your head on a pillow, especially where the arteries are inflamed.Jaw pain (jaw claudication) when you chew.Pain and stiffness in your neck, arms or hips — usually worse in the morning before you get out of bed. These are often common symptoms of a related disorder, polymyalgia rheumatica. More than one in four people with GCA also have polymyalgia rheumatica.Sudden, permanent loss of vision in one eye.Fever.Unintended weight loss."http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/giant-cell-arteritis/DS00440To get a proper diagnosis you'll need to see a Rheumatologist.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
    • 09:19 AM
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  • I assume they've ruled out trigeminal neuralgia?
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
    • 10:01 AM
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  • Thanks, Dxd. Will check that out. rad-skw, theyhave ruled out trigeminal neuralgia--thanks.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 27, 2007
    • 03:29 PM
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