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Tinnitus, frequent headaches, mental fog

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 13, 2010
  • 09:58 PM

Since I was 6 years old I have suffered from
migraines. Three years ago, I was prescribed Topamax and the frequency of my migraines have decreased drastically.

In the past two - three years, however, I have started to have a different type of headache. They aren't as severe as a migraine but still very uncomfortable and irritating. They seem to stem from either my neck or shoulder and cause pain only on one side and radiate up to my eyes. The frequency of these headaches and severity has started to increase to the point I am getting a headache two - three times per week and they have started to wake me from sleep. I have changed my diet, increased fluid consumption, tried to decrease stress, etc but nothing seems to help.

In addition to the headaches, I often have some sensitivity to light, constant tinnitus (ringing in my ears), and occassional vertigo. I feel "spaced out" or foggy most of the time- like there is a delay in processing information and remembering things especially words and names. I get very SOA with exercise. If I stop taking birth control, I have horribly oily skin and terrible acne.

I'm 25 years old and decent health. All of my physicians seem to think none of my issues are a big deal but they cause issues in my daily life and seem to be progressively getting worse. I've had CTs and MRIs that have all been negative. My lab results generally tend to show that I have mild hypokalemia but nothing else has ever been abnormal.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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  • I am so right there with you. I space out a lot and sometimes feel as if my brain is frying. My act as if there is no problem but I know there is something wrong with me. If anyone know of anything, please let me know.Since I was 6 years old I have suffered from migraines. Three years ago, I was prescribed Topamax and the frequency of my migraines have decreased drastically. In the past two - three years, however, I have started to have a different type of headache. They aren't as severe as a migraine but still very uncomfortable and irritating. They seem to stem from either my neck or shoulder and cause pain only on one side and radiate up to my eyes. The frequency of these headaches and severity has started to increase to the point I am getting a headache two - three times per week and they have started to wake me from sleep. I have changed my diet, increased fluid consumption, tried to decrease stress, etc but nothing seems to help. In addition to the headaches, I often have some sensitivity to light, constant tinnitus (ringing in my ears), and occassional vertigo. I feel "spaced out" or foggy most of the time- like there is a delay in processing information and remembering things especially words and names. I get very SOA with exercise. If I stop taking birth control, I have horribly oily skin and terrible acne. I'm 25 years old and decent health. All of my physicians seem to think none of my issues are a big deal but they cause issues in my daily life and seem to be progressively getting worse. I've had CTs and MRIs that have all been negative. My lab results generally tend to show that I have mild hypokalemia but nothing else has ever been abnormal. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
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