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chronic headaches

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  • Posted By: chronic pain
  • August 27, 2008
  • 05:33 PM

hi! i am a 33 year old female who has been having weird headaches for two and a half months now. they usually start on my left side and goes up the back of my head. they are also in my neck on the same side. my ear is really painful as well. i went to the e.n.t. and my ears look normal . i had a sinus x-ray ad it was clear and a c-spine x-ray which was normal. i also have alot of pressure in the back of my head.some days it feels like i am walking around in a fog. these symptoms were causing me to have panic attacks so the doctor prescribed anti-anxiety medication but i am still having the headaches. some days i feel fine but most days i have this headache. i also feels this crackling feeling in the bridge of my nose but my nose is not clogged or anything. iam really worried and it seems like every day i wake up i am wondering if i am going to have a headache. sometimes they turn into migraines and i ended up in the emergency room three times this summer. any suggestions please?

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  • Are you on any other meds than the one mentioned, including birth control?DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • August 27, 2008
    • 05:56 PM
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  • Is it worst in the morning? Afternoon? During your sleep?
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • August 27, 2008
    • 07:27 PM
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  • Are you on any other meds than the one mentioned, including birth control?DOMim on prozac but have been for a couple of years before this started.i am not on birth control.
    chronic pain 3 Replies
    • August 27, 2008
    • 10:43 PM
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  • Is it worst in the morning? Afternoon? During your sleep?it usually occurs as the day goes by, not when i first wakes up and sleep helps it.
    chronic pain 3 Replies
    • August 27, 2008
    • 10:45 PM
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  • Then we can rule out your teeth as the cause for the headache. If you grind your teeth during sleep, you wake up in the morning with a headache. Sorry for not being able to help more. Good luck!
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • August 27, 2008
    • 11:01 PM
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  • Maybe focused meditation and a healthy diet that includes tea, fish and rice would help.
    MetricMom 13 Replies
    • August 28, 2008
    • 02:44 PM
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  • "start on my left side and goes up the back of my head. they are also in my neck on the same side. my ear is really painful as well" Does it go in a question mark pattern up your neck then around your ear to land behind your eye? Do you feel like your shoulders are glued to your ears? Do the muscles in your neck feel bruised? Can you actually see the definition between the muscles in your neck? If yes, you may be tension headaches that are progressing. Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, Accupunture or Chiropractic can all help you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 3, 2008
    • 05:40 PM
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  • You should try to get your doctor to give you a prescription for the nerve pain reliever called Gabapentin. It is used for chronic migraines. Its worth a try. I use some, it has little side effects other then I seem to have no fear of heights after I take it. I don't think its to bright when I'm up on a ladder painting.
    Rathaford 1 Replies
    • September 4, 2008
    • 11:54 PM
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  • Are you familiar with the medical condition called "hydrocephalus" ? (water on the brain) I've had the condition since birth (I'm 49 now). I'm in several computer forums for hydrocephalus, and I can tell you that many, many folks who get this condition sometime after birth are mis-diagnosed. Have you ever had a CT scan of your brain? Start with your general practitioner, and he/she should refer you to a neurosurgeon. If you do have hydrocephalus and you first get referred to a neurologist instead of a neurosurgeon, make the neurologist or your GP refer you to a neurosurgeon, 'cause neurosurgeons are the *only* doctors who can do surgery for hydrocephalus. Good luck.
    HydroVicki 4 Replies
    • September 7, 2008
    • 03:35 PM
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  • I am in the same boat as you. I am 33 and have had the same symptoms for over two months. I was sent for an MRI and was diagnosed with Pseudotumor Cerebri as known as "false tumor". It is a build up of fluid in the brain. It can be treated with meds and draining of spinal fluid to relieve pressure. The cracking noise and the ear pain are from the pressure from the fluid. If left untreated it can cause blindness in the eye on the side that the pain is located. I am in the early stages of treatment and see my neurologist this week. I would recommend requesting your doctor send you for an MRI. Hope this helps!
    g8rsgirl75 1 Replies
    • September 8, 2008
    • 00:44 AM
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  • I am in the same boat as you. I am 33 and have had the same symptoms for over two months. I was sent for an MRI and was diagnosed with Pseudotumor Cerebri as known as "false tumor". It is a build up of fluid in the brain. It can be treated with meds and draining of spinal fluid to relieve pressure. The cracking noise and the ear pain are from the pressure from the fluid. If left untreated it can cause blindness in the eye on the side that the pain is located. I am in the early stages of treatment and see my neurologist this week. I would recommend requesting your doctor send you for an MRI. Hope this helps! i have an app. for a ct scan on nov.20. i am scared ****less i have a brain tumor or something. my symptoms change every day but it is mostly headaches, dazed feeling and cracking noise in my nose. what other symptoms did u have?
    chronic pain 3 Replies
    • October 9, 2008
    • 01:34 PM
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