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Headache help and diagnosis?

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  • Posted By: butterfly33
  • March 31, 2008
  • 08:02 PM

Over the last 6 years I've had headaches. They are usually on the left temple, throbbing. I have about two headaches a week. During these, I tend to space out. Light and sound affects me, but I'm able to handle it. I crave liquids and products containing sugar (like bananas and strawberries). Foods containing a ton of starch or sodium make me sicker. My doctors weren't too concerned at first, saying that I'll just grow out of them. My neurologist claims that it's about trying different medications to find the right one. Imitrex doesn't work and Maxalt relieves the pain, but doesn't cure it. I've been on too many preventative meds to name them all. One time I went to Urgent Care to see if a doctor would be able to get a better understanding during an attack. The neuro on hand claimed that I could be given anything until I had a CT scan (which they didn't have at that facility). When I went back to my normal neurologist, she claimed that it wasn't necessary and prescribed another medicine (which didn't help).

I also have digestive problems (which may be related or unrelated). I have diarrhea about three times a week. When I eat (after every meal) I get bloated. Sometimes I have bad gas. Fatty foods hurts my stomach more and it feels like a rubber band is being snapped across it (upper abdominal, usually on the left side). My doctor diagnosed me as lactose intolerant, but that idea was dismissed when I wasn't affected by milk and cheese, and I presented the same symptoms with nondairy products. After that, I was prescribed with an antiacid (Prevacid). That didn't work either.

I have had iron deficiency anemia in the past, but recent blood tests showed that I'm not anemic anymore. My EKG was normal. There was a marker in a previous blood test that was abnormal. My present physican thought it was nothing and dismissed it. Another doctor a couple weeks ago told me that it means inflammation and that it should've been followed up on. So far nothing has been done with that (since the test is now over a year old). So do you know what might be wrong? Any help will be appreciated.

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