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Complex Migraines 
The local stroke clinic at our hospital diagnosed me with Complex Migraines. While it was a relief that I wasn't having a stroke or TIA. They left me with …

Chronic headache, severe reactionsto medications 
I have had 4 concussions between Feb 2012 and Dec. 2013. I was able to recover from each of these but after attempting to return to my teaching job in …

Headache for five days now... 
Hi my name is Tamara, i have been having a headache for the past five days now with only a two hour break on the fourth day in. The pain is light to moderate …

new dx complex migraine s/p CVA 
i am two years s/p lt occipital lobe CVA. I regained 99% function and now back to work as an ICU RN. I have a hx of 2 weeks headache with lt sided heaviness, …

What type of headache do I have? 
I started getting a headache when I was about 10 years old (am about 40 now) At 23 years of age it started being a one sided headache on the right side …

Polish patient with headache  
Hello from Poland, the reason I wrote to you is my Mom, who is 62 years old. She has suffered headaches since 1998. The headaches were located in …

Headache with other disturbing symptoms 
It started Feb 4th...mild headache that by the morning of Feb 5th was pounding. It is on the Right side top area of the head. It was associated with …

Severe Head and Neck Pain 
Age: 50 Female; Never smoked Symptoms: 1. pain in neck & trap muscles burning-diagnosed as arthritis/bone spurs but not severe enough to need surgery;constant …

New Daily Persistent Headache 
Mary Kay, Is there anything out there that you have seen to be successful for helping to relieve the pain of New Daily Persistent Headache? Any research …

Headaches Around The Eyes 
Hi, Please help, i am currently suffering from headaches everyday (they always begin in the afternoon) which get progressively worse if i don't take …

Child Migraine 
I have a 7 year old daughter and last night she was standing up and she told me that she is very dizzy and she said her vision is fuzzy and she has never …

Cervical Fusions and Headaches 
Hi, I have a headache almost everyday. Some days I feel dizzy and my head feels very heavy. At night I experience horrible ear pain,both ears are affected.What …

Migraines Everyday 
Hi, my name is Janice and I am 21 years old with new onset headache. It started Dec 25,2009 and continues to this day (Jan 28,2010) I went to the emergency …

Headache After Sleeping 
It remains a few hours. It is severe headache, unable to read any thing. Pressure goes to the head. I am suffering from it for the last 20 years. I keep …

Food Triggers 
Dear Mary Kay One hears so much these days about the health benefits of having small amounts of dark chocolate, regularly. Yet chocolate is often …

Stroke Signs and Symptoms 
I'm a 29 year old female who has been diagnosed with complex migraines. That was 6 years ago. I have had tests for stroke on two occasions and they came …

Headache When Weather Changes 
I get horrible headaches whenever the barometric pressure goes down, or I travel to higher elevations. Could this be a sinus or a neurological problem? …

Headache On Top Of Head 
Two months ago, at 41 yo, I started having HA on the top of the head. I never had HAs before. Initially, there was difficulty with bright light and looking …

Menopause Migraine 
I have been a migraine sufferer since about the age of 17. I feel slightly sick but have no aura. I do feel "strange" before an attack and know when …

Traumatic Brain Injury Headaches 
in the year 2000, when i was 15yrs old i was assulted which resulted in a traumatic brain injury. i was in hospital for 6 months, the first 3 months i …

Lasting Effects of single dose Metoclopramide administered for migraine in ER Not rated yet
I was given metoclopramide in the ER along with Benadryl for a migraine. Almost immediately and for several weeks following that episode I had strange …

Major headaches with sinus stuffiness all the time Not rated yet
Hi I have horrible headaches. Worst part that goes with it is sinus stuffiness where I am so congested I can't breathe. It is every day with sinus. …

I have had a headache for six weeks straight Not rated yet
The week before my headache started I lost my voice. I was working in an environment that was hot and I would sweat, and then go out into the main plant …

Complex Migraines Not rated yet
I had what doctors said was a complex migraine while i was a patient at my local hospital. This headache caused me to have complete stroke symptoms. I …

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constant headaches with migrains due to hormones and pressure changes Not rated yet
My name is Jeannette I am 42 yrs old and live in Canada. I am female. My symptoms are chronic headaches for over 6 months now. I have suffered from …

Atypical Migraine Not rated yet
I had a car accident in March 2012, I hit my head and left shoulder, but at the time I didn't realize how hard I hit. I did go to an orthopaedic Doctor …

Post concussion symptoms Not rated yet
Hi there I am 54, female and was in perfect health before I fell 6 weeks ago hitting my head on the right side above the eye. I was knocked out for …

Chronic Recurring Headaches Not rated yet
Thank you for this websie. I am a 49 year old, non-smoking female. I have hashimoto's and currently take 75 mg of armor thyroid. No other medications. …

Headaches / Dizziness Post Virus Not rated yet
Mary Kay, My name is Andrew, I am a 23 year old Male (6'0 , 150lbs). I have always had migraines, when they are bad maybe 3 times a week. Medication(OTC) …

Can Ice Pick Headaches be related to Temporal Lobe Epilepsy? Not rated yet
Im a 31 year old female who was diagnosed with Left Temporal Lobe Epilepsy at the age of 18 Months Old. Ive been on several different seizure medications, …

Headaches for 6 weeks Not rated yet
Hi, I have been having headaches daily for the past 6 weeks. It started with a coital headache right at orgasm and then went away. I am a very active …

Whiplash Concussions Not rated yet
Just over 5 months ago I was in an auto accident. A driver made a left turn in front of me, causing me to hit the side of his car. My air bag deployed …

migraine(nauseoues,tired,numbness of body ibs) Not rated yet
Hi I'm a 30yr old female from South Africa , been suffering wit headache for as long as I can rem ,its an everyday struggle , being constipated n bloated …

Headache and High Blood Pressure Not rated yet
MY FAMILY MEMBER , FEMALE AGE 60YRS, IN NOV 2010 SHE HAD VIRAL FEVER, NORMAL COLD, BUT SHE WAS BUSY IN HOUSEHOLD WORK, this …

monthly migraines at age 64 Not rated yet
I am a 64 yr. old female who has been suffering monthly migraines( with aura) for 26 yrs now. I had a few when I was a child, then when I got my periods …

ongoing migraine for 2 weeks now Not rated yet
Hi my name is Alicia and I an 18 years o. I have had a migraine now for two years. I went to a doctor a few years ago for chronic migraines and she told …

daily intermittent short duration head pain Not rated yet
I am a 52 year old female, non-smoker with history of anxiety, perimenopause, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, seasonal allergies and cervical disc …

Pounding Headache Not rated yet
Hi, In the last week it have suffered 3 monstrous headaches and am seeking some clarification as to what they might be? I am a Male age 49 I have …

Sex, Pregnancy and Migraines  Not rated yet
I'm Sarah, 24 years old i was having my migraines since i'm a little kid. It started about when i was 8 years old. it starts like twice a year then …

Told to lower my expectations for headaches Not rated yet
I am a 28 year old female experiencing daily headaches for the last 6 weeks with a history of frequent headaches and episodes of chronic daily headaches …

Sick and tired of being sick  Not rated yet
I have had migraines as long as I can remember, which is almost 20 years now. When I was younger (5-10) I would start the migraine by getting a very upset …

Headaches and eyes hurt Not rated yet
Hi, I'm a 15 year old girl who for the past week have been having constant headaches, my eyes hurt when i look at bright lights or even at the sky and …

Headache for over 2 weeks !! Not rated yet
I am a 32 year old male and for over the past two weeks I have been getting throbbing pains in the left back part of my head which the pain runs to the …

Mom Concerned About Seizures Not rated yet
My son has been complaining about a headache and then his eye starts to hurt,then he feels like vomiting. So i took him to his doctor and they referred …

Temporal Arteritis Everyday Not rated yet
Dona Rizzo female, 70 non smoker no tests preformed constant headache for 2 days from right side temple down to upper jaw. taken asprin which helps …

Tension headaches??? Not rated yet
I am 17 years old and ive had what I think is tension headaches since about 14-15 years old. The headaches are right in my forehead, almost feeling like …

Daily Headaches related to Fasting Not rated yet
Hi.. I have a terrible headache upon awakening every morning. After I eat breakfast, the headache doesn't go away; it intensifies. I have seen an endocrinologist …

Could Sinus Migraines? Not rated yet
I am a 47yr old female that had sinus surgery 7 yrs ago on my sphenoid, and turbates. I have never experienced migraines until after my surgery. I have …

Chronic Migraine or Chronic Tension Type Headache? Not rated yet
Hello, I wrote you earlier: " migraine medications and how long for meds to work?". I am still not sure what type of headache I have. It's constant, …

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Feverfew Migraine Not rated yet
There is a capsule which contain B2, magnesium and feverfew all in one capsule. Do you know the name of it? I take 200 mg of b2, 125 mg of feverfew …

Tension Type Headaches Not rated yet
I am a 46 year old female. I have not smoked in 20 years. I have diabetes type II with good control. I take metformin for this. My blood pressure is controlled …

Thunderclap Headaches Case Studies Not rated yet
I am 50 years old, female. Quit smoking 9 weeks ago. Have a history of high blood pressure, well managed with Ziac. Yesterday I had a dental deep cleaning …

Chiropractor Headache Not rated yet
Hi there, I am 38 years old and am female. I went to a chiropractor 3.5 yrs. ago who was not experienced, of course I did not know this at the time. …

Headache in Children Not rated yet
My daughter is 13 years old and complaining of on again off again headaches that last daily for 10 days straight now. We took her to the doctors and they …

Migraines And Other Symptoms Not rated yet
Hi Mary Kay. My name is Sarah, I live in buffalo. I came accross your website while searching for information on various type of migraines. I am 25 years …

Concussion Symptoms Not rated yet
my name is Nicole. i'm 39 years old and just had what they are calling a complex migrane. i have lost my ability to talk. i can write and for the most …

Sinus Headache Symptoms Not rated yet
I've been having an issue with a nagging headache around me left eye, forehead area, and jaw bone. What initially felt like a sinus issue then felt like …

Topamax For Migraines Not rated yet
I am having trouble completely resolving my headaches. I had been diagnosed with Migraines and prescribed Topamax for daily treatment. However, I noticed …

Migraines In Men Not rated yet
Ever since I was a teenager I have been having migraines with all the vision problems and aura. I didn't realize what it was until now. I am in my 20s. …

Constant Headaches Not rated yet
Hi, I'm a 57 year old female, who has had a constant 24/7 Unilateral head pain for almost 6 years. It is significantly worse upon waking in the morning. …

Mild chronic headache Not rated yet
I am a 44 year old mom of 2 youngsters. I developed a mild headache around 3 wks ago which felt as if it were 4 or 5 inches into my right ear canal. I …

not sure what kind of headache im having!! Not rated yet
Lately I've been having a lot of headaches, not sure why! Behind my right eye top right side of head and back of head. Sometimes just behind my eye other …

Headaches Rule My Life Not rated yet
I had a concussion about a year ago. I had headaches for a while as a side effect but they stopped. Now for maybe the past month or so I've been getting …

Migraines and Pregnancy Not rated yet
Good day: 26 yr old female, pregnant. I am aware that I am about to get a migraine because of pressure behind my right eye. If I take medication immediately …

My brother left the gas on. Not rated yet
My brother left the gas on and now i have a very bad headache how long will it last? Answer Brittany, Carbon monoxied poisoning is serious..please …

One sided headaches Not rated yet
I am forty years old. I started working the midnight shift as a cop around five months ago. I rarely get headaches, if ever. Around the time of my …

Transforming Headaches Not rated yet
I have a 17 teen year old daughter that has been diagnosed with chronic daily headaches. She has had headaches for 7 months. Most of the time they are …

Headache For Months Not rated yet
hi i have had headaches for the past 3 weeks and its always on the left side of my forehead some times on and off though out the day or it stays there …

Family in distress Not rated yet
Hi Mary, It seems like my life is spiraling out of control and my is flipped upside down. I hope i make it all clear for you the symptoms and …

Years Of Headaches Not rated yet
i have had a really bad headache for the last 12 years. it started of maybe twice a week it hurt but the last year or 2 it hurts at least once a day.it …

Pain Back of the Head Not rated yet
hi am a 23yr old black female and a 3rdyr university student. I suffer from this constant pain on the top of my head and back right down to my neck …

Head Pain Not rated yet
Me and my brother were wrestling and he dropped me on my head from 4 feet. this was three days ago. i have headaches and neck pains what should i do and …

Why Do I Get Headaches? Not rated yet
I have been getting headaches everyday and i got my eyes tested (im 13) and they said im shortsighted so is it to do with that and i think i dont get enough …

Headaches All Day Long Not rated yet
I am 16 yrs old. and male. Ive had a head ache everyday for almost three months and i don't want to tell my parents just yet. i want to find out what …

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What Is Complicated Migraine Not rated yet
I am 36 years old and have suffered from migraines since I was 19. They have increased in severity over time, and most significantly since the birth of …

Chronic Tension Headache Not rated yet
I have told my drs when my blood pressure goes up to 125/80 and heart rate drop to the 60&50 my head burns and feel like like someone is tighten a rope …

Recurring Headaches Not rated yet
I am hoping you can help, I have been getting headaches almost everyday for the last three months or so, they are usually in the front of my forehead when …

Causes of Migraine Headaches Not rated yet
I am a 39 yr old female with chronic migraines. Onset at age 24 y/o. I have had MRI's and CT scans that were unremarkable. The 4 neurologists I have seen …

Headache And Dizziness Not rated yet
I'm 56 yrs old female. I've had headaches since I was about 15. I've had migraines a few times. Lately, I get a dizzy, light-headedness, followed by …

Headache Back of Head Not rated yet
Hi, I have been having a headache at the back of my head. It usually starts in the mornings but can happen also at work. I work in a nursing home and …

Post Traumatic Headache and TBI Not rated yet
I have a friend that had a car accident a month later headaches started and she was feeling weak loss of appetite and weakness and she was even blacking …

TMJ Symptoms Causing Headache Not rated yet
can these headaches be brought on by tmj? ..cause my pain starts in the jaw area and go's to the neck and top of my head area ..i have sleep apena and …

Odd Headaches Not rated yet
Hello, I am trying to figure out what kind of headache I keep on having so that I can treat it accordingly. Everyone I have talked to doesn't know …

Severe Headaches Not rated yet
I have suffered from headache with crawling feeling feeling on the left side of my head for many years. Now the pain has gone to the top of my head anf …

Bad Headaches Not rated yet
For about a week now a patient has had a very bad severe headache and went to the doctor. The doctor took blood work and it all came out normal and sent …

Familial Hemiplegic Migraines Not rated yet
I am the mother of a 3 1/2yr old boy who we believe is suffering from what we believe is FHM(familial hemiplegic migraine). He was initially diagnosed …

Headache Nasal Congestion Not rated yet
DEAR MAM, I HAVE HAD A HEADACHE PROBLEM FROM MORE THAN 3 YEARS AND I HAVE NASAL BLOCKING PROBLEM FOR 6 MONTHS. I HAVE DONE NASAL SURGERY LIKE (SEPTUM …

Glasses causes migraine Not rated yet
Everytime i put on a pair of glasses prescription or sunglasses i get a really bad migraine what causes this Answer: Hi Rebecca, Without more …

Noni Tea For Migraine Not rated yet
Hi Mary Kay, You have a great site with lots of great information. As a quick one I suffered from Migraines, but a trip to Fiji in 2004 I bought …

Coital Headache Not rated yet
I am a 21 year old male, who about 3 years ago had sex and started to have extremely painful headaches, that is pounding and its deep into my neck and …

Sudden Severe Head Pain Not rated yet
Hello, I recently had a frightening "thunderclap headache" occur at the exact moment I had an orgasm. It originated at the base of my skull but has moved …

Fever Headache Not rated yet
Hi, this is Mary. You have a great site that interests us greatly! I'm bookmarking it now. If you have any Christmas Traditions or unique Christmas …

Headache Every Day Not rated yet
Hi.. I've been suffering with severe headaches since I was about 13 yrs. old I'm currently 19 yrs. old. On a daily basis I have headaches. 9 times …

Hormones and Migraines Not rated yet
Hi Mary Kay... When I was in my twenties, I started getting migraine headaches. They weren't very frequent, maybe one every six months or so. Over …

Friend With Headache Not rated yet
I can't submit a question because I don't get headaches. I don't really know why, I just feel very fortunate that I am headache free. I see people (family …

Daily Migraines Not rated yet
Hi. I have had a headache for 10 days now, and its constant pain. It seems to be concentrated mainly on the right side, but the pain is also in my …

Influenza headache Not rated yet
Mary Kay, Any new info on how to treat post-infectious headache? There is not much info out there regarding this affliction. My 12 yr old son …

Too much imitrex Not rated yet
I take Imitrex for my headaches, which are coming almost every week, and they last for 2-3 days. The pain is there and bad, but it is not the worst part …

Daily Headaches Not rated yet
Hi Mary Kay I have had this horrible daily Pain on my skull just behind my ear, everyday for the last 2 years. when i look at skull diagrams on the …

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Post Concussion Syndrome Not rated yet
Hi Mary Kay, My daughter was recovering from a concussion which she is now recovering from post concussion syndrome. She has severe migraine headaches …

Migraine Medications Not rated yet
I have suffered from migraines for years and have tried Relpax, Frova, Amerge, Midrin and Imitrex. So far, none of the triptans have done anything, but …

Recurring Migraine Not rated yet
I am a 30 year old female. I have been suffering from migraines for about 12 years. For the first few years, they only came once a month during my menstrual …

Diagnose My Headache Not rated yet
I have migraines but lately they have been almost everyday (which is not normal for me) I take daily meds and medicaton at the onset. Neither seem to work. …

Headache With Sex Not rated yet
I am a 49 year old female. Recently I have started to experience a severe headache to the left side of my head. It starts behind my left ear and radiates …

Neck Pain And Vertigo Not rated yet
I had a whiplash injury a few years ago and was diagnosed with cervicogenic vertigo. I have been in treatment and doing exercises ever since. I think …

Post Viral Constant Headache Not rated yet
Please help--- My daughter 13 years old came down with mono last Dec.--diagnosed with blood test Dec. 31st. Her headaches at that point came daily with …

Treatment of Constant Headache Not rated yet
I have had a constant headache (24/7,never has gone away) for almost 4 years. I woke up one morning in Aug. 2006 with a headache which has never gone …

Abnormal MRI Not rated yet
I have chronic migraine and other diagnosed headaches. After the most recent MRI I was told was 'normal', but when I got the report it said there was 'calcification …

Causes of Daily Headaches Not rated yet
I received a dural puncture(spinal tap) when I was 20, causing me to be hospitalized for nearly 2 weeks with a spinal headache and spinal fluid leak. …

Migraine and Depersonalization Not rated yet
My 7 year old daughter has had 2 confused episodes in the last 6 months. She feels dizzy, strange, gets blurred vision,her pupils are much enlarged, she …

Basilar Migraines And Rare Headaches Not rated yet
Hello Mary Kay! My 16 year old son went completely blind in both eyes for approx. 5 minutes during a shower prior to school one month ago. He also had …

Headache when empty stomach or after jogging Not rated yet
Hi, My age is 35 and I experience headaches upon the following 2 conditions: (1) If I remain empty stomach for a long period of time. (Prevention) …

Occipital Headache Not rated yet
I have throbbing pains in the back of my head...the headache is made worse by walking but stops when I sit down. Answer Hi Irene, The most common …

Headaches With Numbness Not rated yet
I have always had headaches but this time my fingers are numb along with the headache. It is the left pinky finger mostly and the ring finger next to it. …

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