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Head pain in same spot when bending over, coughing, sneezing, or straining.

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  • Posted By: thoughtfox
  • April 29, 2010
  • 04:49 AM

Hi,

Since June of last year, I have suddenly started getting an explosion of pain in the exact same spot in my forehead, right above my left eyebrow. The pain is almost always there, every day, but it worsens when I bend over, sneeze, cough, or strain. It will ease or go away when I take ibuprophen or if I apply counter-pressure or a cold compress, but it always returns and it gets worse when I cough, bend over, etc.

I have seen 4 doctors, including 3 specialists: an allergist, an ENT, and a neurologist. I have had a CAT scan, but it only showed some blockage on my right frontal sinuses, so I am getting an MRI on Friday.

Anyone else experienced these symptoms? If so, what was the diagnosis? I am so sick of dealing with this pain. Come this June, it will 12 months that I've had this pain, every day.

Thank you.:(

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  • MRI came back negative (ie normal). Just showed some blockage on the right side, like the CAT scan did. Dr. said I have TN, but I disagree, since I don't have any of the common triggers, nor is my face on the affected side tender or sensitive to the touch.I am thinking it is a "cough headache" where the pain is asscociated with any kind of exertion activity (coughing, sneezing, straining, laughing, etc), coupled with a lesser form of a Chiari malformation.We are seeing another neurologist to confirm or dismiss this. I hope they can find what is wrong with me. The pain when I do any of the above is excurciating, though passing.Hi,Since June of last year, I have suddenly started getting an explosion of pain in the exact same spot in my forehead, right above my left eyebrow. The pain is almost always there, every day, but it worsens when I bend over, sneeze, cough, or strain. It will ease or go away when I take ibuprophen or if I apply counter-pressure or a cold compress, but it always returns and it gets worse when I cough, bend over, etc. I have seen 4 doctors, including 3 specialists: an allergist, an ENT, and a neurologist. I have had a CAT scan, but it only showed some blockage on my right frontal sinuses, so I am getting an MRI on Friday. Anyone else experienced these symptoms? If so, what was the diagnosis? I am so sick of dealing with this pain. Come this June, it will 12 months that I've had this pain, every day. Thank you.:(
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  • MRI came back negative (ie normal). Just showed some blockage on the right side, like the CAT scan did. Dr. said I have TN, but I disagree, since I don't have any of the common triggers, nor is my face on the affected side tender or sensitive to the touch.I am thinking it is a "cough headache" where the pain is asscociated with any kind of exertion activity (coughing, sneezing, straining, laughing, etc), coupled with a lesser form of a Chiari malformation.We are seeing another neurologist to confirm or dismiss this. I hope they can find what is wrong with me. The pain when I do any of the above is excurciating, though passing.I am curious if you ever found out what was causing this? I am having the same exact symptoms and going in for an MRI tomorrow.
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  • I am curious if you ever found out what was causing this? I am having the same exact symptoms and going in for an MRI tomorrow.Hi,No diagnosis yet. On Topamax now. Still no real relief. Did they find anything with your MRI?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 27, 2010
    • 05:27 AM
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  • Hi,No diagnosis yet. On Topamax now. Still no real relief. Did they find anything with your MRI?My mom had the same problem as did my father, also i am having the same problem, i am currently studying to be a doctor at Central Michigan University i know i am no where near a viable source but i believe it may just be frontal sinus blockage or something involving that.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 15, 2010
    • 08:11 PM
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  • hey thoughfox, i don't know about you, but i've had two ct scans, an mri, a spinal tap(never again), 10 different antibiotics, a sinus operation, pain meds, nasal nebulizer inhaler(could only stnad 68 out of the 72 treaments,,the side effects were awful!!) more antibiotics, and my head still hurts like crazy when i cough, laugh, sneeze, bend over, yell, strain in any way. it's been 3 years now, and the only thing that's come up positive is very bad food allergies. i had positive gram negative rod, but it went away. along with the head pain is dizziness, and a spaced out feeling at the same time it hurts to move my eyes left or right. at this point, i give up. i do not smoke or drink,,,maybe i should start. let me know if you feel better. i sincerely hope you do. i don't wish this on anyone. thanks very much for you're time. Hi,Since June of last year, I have suddenly started getting an explosion of pain in the exact same spot in my forehead, right above my left eyebrow. The pain is almost always there, every day, but it worsens when I bend over, sneeze, cough, or strain. It will ease or go away when I take ibuprophen or if I apply counter-pressure or a cold compress, but it always returns and it gets worse when I cough, bend over, etc. I have seen 4 doctors, including 3 specialists: an allergist, an ENT, and a neurologist. I have had a CAT scan, but it only showed some blockage on my right frontal sinuses, so I am getting an MRI on Friday. Anyone else experienced these symptoms? If so, what was the diagnosis? I am so sick of dealing with this pain. Come this June, it will 12 months that I've had this pain, every day. Thank you.:(
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 28, 2010
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  • Hi guys, very interesting reading. I've hade the same head ache since april this year and noboby knows what it is. CT scan ruled out tumours and other dangerous stuff, and the doctor says it will probably go away by itself. Figuring I have to learn to live with it, but would of course prefere not having it as it affects my daily living quite a bit. have an appointment with a neurologist coming up, but are not very optimistic. Be well. Olle C
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 9, 2011
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  • Very interesting posts. I have also been dealing with the same issues for almost two years now. I get excruciating pain when I cough, sneeze, or strain in any way. The pain was initially unilateral (right side) and has since become bilateral and usually stretches from above my right and left eye or around the temples, around the top of my head, and seems to originate somewhere at the base of my skull or in my neck. The sharp pain when I strain usally reduces to a dull pain for a short period of time afterward. I have also been through a slew of testing including MRI's, CT scans, two lumbar punctures, and have been prescribed almost every drug under the sun. The lumbar punctures indicated a possible aseptic meningitis infection, but it was only speculative. The only other diagnosis I have received to date is a pseudoaneurysm of my right internal carotid artery, however the vascular doctors I have seen don't seem to think this has anything to do with my head pain. I no longer take any prescription medication and haven't for over a year now, but I do still deal with the pain. Please continue to post here and let me know if you get anywhere with your doctors and if they can finally figure out what it is that is causing our symptoms.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 28, 2011
    • 01:18 AM
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  • About two years ago I began to have less energy, my mind seemed fuzzy. When I mentioned it to my Dr., she said I might be pre-menopausal. Then in January of this year I began having severe headaches. They did not let up, and were much, much worse when I bent over, sneezed, turned over in my bed, or strained in anyway. When bending, etc it felt as if the top of my head would explode. I started by seeing an ENT. He checked out my sinus and found nothing. Next were an MRI and then a referral to a Neurologist. The Neurologist suspected a pseudo-tumor. Rather than doing a spinal tap to confirm I went to my Ophthalmologist to see if he saw any signs of a pseudo-tumor around my optical nerve. He gave me a clean bill of health. The next trip to the Neurologist, he asked for a Sleep Study. I thought he was crazy as I had no problem sleeping. Turns out I have severe Sleep Apnea. One week on the machine and my energy level returned, my mind became clear and the non-stop headaches stopped. The bad news was I still had severe head pain when bending, sneezing, etc. The Neurologist said the only other time he saw this was when someone had an issue with the C3 and C4 regions of the spinal cord. Before referring me to a Headache specialist he did an MRI of my upper spine and an MRA of my brain. Turns out I have bulging disks in the C3 and C4 regions and that is the source of the pain. My options now are to try to improve it through a series of shots or physical therapy and muscle relaxers. I opted for the therapy and drugs, but if I don't see an improvement in the next few weeks I am going to give the shots a try. The actual results state " C2-C3 - There is a left-sided uncovertebral squaring without significant central canelstenosis or the left neural foramen is mildly stenosed. C3-C4 There is mild left-sided facet degenerative change which causes mile left-sided neural foraminal stenosis. Reight neuroforamen is intact. Central canal is intact. C4 - C5 There is a mild diffuse disc bulge extending into both neural foramina causing mild left sided neural foraminal stenosis. Central canal is intact. Right neural foramen appears intact. C5-C6 Minimal central posterior disc protrusion. No significant central canal or foraminal stenosis. C6-C7 There is a mild diffuse disc bulge with a significant central canal or neural foraminal stenosis.
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  • I've been researching pain in front right forehead when bending over, which is what im getting, and also when i cough, it hurts! and i was stuffy a few days ago, and now this started happening 2 days ago..so i read on another site that taking raw organic apple cider vinegar in water throughout the day, consuming a total 32 oz throughout the day, can cure not only sinus problems, but sinus infections, so, i will trying this tonight, will try to remember to re-post if i have success!
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  • I am interested to know why your doctor thinks the bulging disks are causing this specific type of headache. You've had a lot of other things going on -- that didn't turn out to be causing the pressure headache -- so why does he think the bulging disks are the cause? Did he explain the mechanism -- the relationship between bulging disks and getting a pressure headache when you bend over? I'm very interested to know, because I too have been experiencing a rush of intense, painful pressure in the head whenever I bend over, cough, sneeze, or blow my nose. It started quite suddenly one day when I bent over to pick up something off the floor. And it has been with me continuously for six months now. So far I have been unable to get any help from my doctors. I too have had an MRI which showed clear sinuses and no signs of tumor. My neurologist ruled out pseudotumor cerebri. I had a spinal tap (lumbar puncture) which showed an elevated white blood cell count, and from that the neurologist diagnosed viral meningitis, and he thinks that is causing the headache. And he said it could take months to resolve. However, I'm skeptical of the diagnosis because I've had meningitis before, and this headache does not in any way resemble the headache I had with that experience. No, this is something quite different. The neurologist had me on Topomax for several months, and also a short course of a strong anti-inflammatory drug, but neither of those had any effect at all. Feeling like my neurologist was out of ideas, I started seeing a chiropractor - an upper cervical care specialist. He was very confident that that he'd be able to help. It's been a month now, of constant visits, and I've had some other very positive benefits, but unfortunately the pressure headache remains unchanged. So I'm feeling discouraged, and like I'm back to square one.So I'd be very interested to know why your doctor is making the connection between bulging disks and your pressure headache. After all, bulging disks are quite common, and most people who have them don't get this type of headache. Whereas this type of headache seems to be quite rare.
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  • I am interested to know why your doctor thinks the bulging disks are causing this specific type of headache. You've had a lot of other things going on -- that didn't turn out to be causing the pressure headache -- so why does he think the bulging disks are the cause? Did he explain the mechanism -- the relationship between bulging disks and getting a pressure headache when you bend over? I'm very interested to know, because I too have been experiencing a rush of intense, painful pressure in the head whenever I bend over, cough, sneeze, or blow my nose. It started quite suddenly one day when I bent over to pick up something off the floor. And it has been with me continuously for six months now. So far I have been unable to get any help from my doctors. I too have had an MRI which showed clear sinuses and no signs of tumor. My neurologist ruled out pseudotumor cerebri. I had a spinal tap (lumbar puncture) which showed an elevated white blood cell count, and from that the neurologist diagnosed viral meningitis, and he thinks that is causing the headache. And he said it could take months to resolve. However, I'm skeptical of the diagnosis because I've had meningitis before, and this headache does not in any way resemble the headache I had with that experience. No, this is something quite different. The neurologist had me on Topomax for several months, and also a short course of a strong anti-inflammatory drug, but neither of those had any effect at all. Feeling like my neurologist was out of ideas, I started seeing a chiropractor - an upper cervical care specialist. He was very confident that that he'd be able to help. It's been a month now, of constant visits, and I've had some other very positive benefits, but unfortunately the pressure headache remains unchanged. So I'm feeling discouraged, and like I'm back to square one.So I'd be very interested to know why your doctor is making the connection between bulging disks and your pressure headache. After all, bulging disks are quite common, and most people who have them don't get this type of headache. Whereas this type of headache seems to be quite rare.Did you ever hear of arnold chairi malformation, kinda sounds like that
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  • I just found this thread and it seems to be a couple years old but I am experiencing the exact same symptoms as the rest of you. I experience pressure behind my left eye when I bend over, exert energy, sneeze but especially when I cough. I have tried every allergy medicine there is but really the only relief I get is with multiple headache pills( ibuprofen, Tylenol , etc....) I know this is not good for me but it's my only form of relief. Sleeping it off also helps! Once I cough the pressure gets worse and kicks off a tremendous headache. I have also had a CAT scan which was negative but have not seen a specialist. I'm reading this thread and it seems no one has found relief. I know it's been a while but if anyone that posted here has had any luck with finding a cause please respond. This is something I can live with but def don't want too!
    JTurner 1 Replies
    • November 28, 2013
    • 11:59 PM
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  • I just found this thread and it seems to be a couple years old but I am experiencing the exact same symptoms as the rest of you. I experience pressure behind my left eye when I bend over, exert energy, sneeze but especially when I cough. I have tried every allergy medicine there is but really the only relief I get is with multiple headache pills( ibuprofen, Tylenol , etc....) I know this is not good for me but it's my only form of relief. Sleeping it off also helps! Once I cough the pressure gets worse and kicks off a tremendous headache. I have also had a CAT scan which was negative but have not seen a specialist. I'm reading this thread and it seems no one has found relief. I know it's been a while but if anyone that posted here has had any luck with finding a cause please respond. This is something I can live with but def don't want too! I also just found this thread and got no answer but good to know it must not be a serious thing. I've had weird headaches for 5 months know and have saw the following: family dr, family dr, optometrist, optomologist, neuro optomologist, MRI, neurologist. Two separate radiologists saw my MRI and thought demyelinating disease and that's when I went to neurologist who then wanted blood tests, central nervous system test, and last week.... Lumbar puncture. Awaiting results, however since the spinal tap I've had crazy sharp pain when I sneeze, cough(worst), and bend over or move quickly. I know this doesn't help, but just letting you know I'm with you. Really wondering why these other headache types started after spinal tap
    Anonymous
    • December 22, 2013
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  • I had similar eye pain (with persistant headace) a few yrs ago that was diagnosed as a sinus infection. Antibiotics cured it. Additional symptoms were eventual blurry vision in left eye and pain in a tooth that I swore was a cavity. The tooth pain took about 6 months to dwindle down but the dentist could see what he said looked like a sinus infection on the xray
    Lindsy 1 Replies
    • January 10, 2014
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  • Also just found this and have been experiencing the same for almost 2 years now. Was fitted for a dental appliance yesterday (I think a hail Mary) but have not had spinal tap. If any relief comes to me I will post. Same story MRI, 2 neurologist's, now at a pain clinic in MN (U of M) sleep study and every drug under the sun. DR is sticking with tension headaches, but why the bending/coughing/laughing/sneezing pain?
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • February 12, 2014
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  • Double post-a-rama.
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