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Headache Behind Eyes

by Maddison
(UK)

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 any pain killers.

The headaches only started a month ago and are a dull ache-usually behind the eyes, that leave me feeling disorientated, taking painkillers such as solphadine always works but i am concerned about taking them every day.

I have not yet been to the docs but i am concerned it could be something serious as i have never suffered from headaches for this long (only about 1 hormonal one a month). Any advise you could give would be great

Maddison



Answer:

Hi Maddison,

Sorry to hear you are having a headache every day. One of the clues to your condition is the fact that you have a history of hormone headache which most probably was a menstrual migraine. They do not necessarily have to be severe. This would put you at risk for non-menstrual migraine.

I believe what you are taking for the headache is solpadeine which is paracetamol and codeine. It is not available in the US but is available in the UK. After a few weeks of taking this daily, although it brings the pain down significantly, it will eventually cause a daily headache known as analgesic rebound headache. Another term is headache due to medication overuse.

You do sound like you are having migraine that has moved into a daily headache. A change in your headache profile is a bit of a flag from a medical point of view. I would advise that you call your doctor and get an appointment to be checked out. It is up to the doc to order any tests and perhaps change your medication to something more appropriate as it sounds as if what you are taking is not working too well.

Good luck!
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Pain Above Eye With Headache

by Dave
(New York)

I started feeling pain about a day ago on the right side of my forehead right above my right eyebrow. The next day I woke up with a throbbing headache on that same side and when I press that side, well actually one spot right above that right eyebrow it hurts. I took some meds and the headache went away but that spot that hurts when pressed is still hurting.

My girlfriend had some migraine medicine that her doctor had prescribed her so I took one pill of that and that spot when I pressed didn't hurt anymore but it only stopped for only few hours and then it started hurting again.

Now I haven't had any headaches throughout the days since the morning but that one spot that hurts when pressed makes me little nervous and I'm wondering what that is since I haven't ever had anything like that. I also have to mention that those are the only pains that I'm feeling and no other symptoms are present.

Thank You.

Answer:

Hi Dave,

It does sound like you have the beginnings of a migraine type headache. The other option, if it was a short lasting headache, under 2 hours, would be a cluster headache but these are rare.

It is a little difficult to say more than this as I don't know what medications you took. If the headache returns, instead of trying someone else's meds, call your doctor and ask to be seen.

A new onset of headaches should have a basic MRI or CT of the brain performed to rule out the bad stuff such as aneurysm or tumor. Again these too are rare but better to be safe than sorry.

If you need to read up about headache in general to get a better idea of what was going on, visit this page about different types of headaches. Various types of headache are discussed there and it may help you a bit more.

Good luck!
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Headache over left eye

by Anonymous


My daughter complained about a headache over her left eye Monday, Tuesday fine, this a.m. dull headache, same spot. No other symptoms.

She is 10 yrs old, no other history.

She is healthy, active, good diet/sleep/exercise ratio. I suffer frequent migraines with IBS. Otherwise, no family history of problems.
Please advise, thank you!

Answer

Hi,
Although it would be very easy to say she might have had a little migraine, in truth you really can't tell. A new onset of a recurrent headache in a child this young is concerning. We do not automatically assume she is getting what you have, as headaches in children are actually a bit rare.

I would like you to call your pediatrician and have her checked out if this headache comes back again. Although I do not want to alarm you, very rarely a tumor in a child presents as a recurrent headache.

Good luck,
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

Comments:

Brain surgery and headaches:

I have had headaches almost every day for three years. They are the worst about 5 days prior to my period, during my period (5 days) and for about 5 days after my period. Although I have always been "headachey" this three year struggle started after brain surgery to remove a meningioma. Surgery creates a "weak spot" in the area of surgery and since I was already "weak" to headaches I think it put me into some kind of trigger happy headache nightmare. I have tried:
- daily nortriptlyene (sp?)
- Tylenol 3's (1000's)
- Tylenol 500 (1000's and 1,000's)
- Ibuprofen through to the strongest form - name escapes me - try to avoid - ouch on the stomach
- IV form of Ibuprofen at hospital - totally kills the ones I can't stand - name escapes me
- Zomig - stops the worst most effectively except for hospital visit - but they always come back
- Botox every three months - afraid to death of life without Botox - broke my 2 year T3 cycle
- Cranial Sacral (useless but expensive)
massage - feels good but...
- chiropractor - nada
- physiotherapy - ummmmm - still try but not doing much
- accupuncture - my favorite but I'm still not sure it does anything!
- 12 - 18 glasses of mint tea a day, hydration - die without it
- some exercise but often hurts to move
counselling - too much crying
- psychiatry - same as above and too expensive
- relaxation therapies - too undisciplined to be consistent - STILL FEEL THIS IS PROBABLY A MAJOR POSSIBILITY FOR HELP BUT I CAN'T SEEM TO STICK WITH IT - WEIRD CONSIDERING THE OPTION
- daily lyrica - now stopped but seemed a miracle help when I started
- ativan - very helpful for anxiety and sleep and relaxation but afraid of addiction!
- MRI's - all looks fine in there!

AND FINALLY A BOTTOM MOUTH GUARD FOR SLEEPING.

THIS HAS HELPED IMMENSELY - 2 1/2 WEEKS OF RELIEF WITH ONLY 3 "WAKE-UP" HEADACHES and not quite daily use of Tylenol.

The only thing the mouth guard is not helping is the menstrual craziness. This is where Zomig comes in. I'm hoping menopause may help?

The fact that the mouth guard has helped so much and that the IV form of Ibuprofen (pill form - even the strongest format- never really did much except mess with my stomach) - a muscle relaxant and ativan another relaxer are all so helpful makes me think how much is this coming from my own personality - am I too high strung? But it seems it will take a miracle to get me to achieve a meditation routine. I think I am spiritually challenged or just too bitter about religion.

So whatever...I'm just trying to accept it and keep my job. (They have accommodated me in the most incredible ways, even though I missed a year and a half of work after the surgery!) Not much life left but still so much better off than most of the rest of the world. That's how I get by mentally.

Anonymous


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Right Eye Headache

by Kathy
(Fort Collins, CO, USA)

Menstrual Migraine

Menstrual Migraine

Hi,
I think I have hormone-related headaches/migraines. I am 48, female, had a partial hysterectomy 6 years ago. But for many years I get severe headaches just above my right eye, sometimes includes my right temple and right base area of back of head. They last 3-4 days and are almost incapacitating. I don't have auras, photosensitivity or noise sensitivity. But I can get nauseous if the pain gets bad enough. I take Fiorinal with codeine/caffeine, which takes the edge off for about 4 hours.

The medicine used to get rid of the headache, but now only keeps it at bay for a little while. I am usually awakened with the onset of the headache during the wee hours of the morning. I used to only get these headaches every few months, now I get them almost every month. It is hard to track my menses since I have no period, so I can't tell if they are from hormone surges or depletion.

I feel like I want to remove my right eyeball when the pain is bad. My eye doesn't droop, water, turn red or swell or have blurry vision. Neck adjustments by the chiropractor don't help, nor does accupuncture. It hurts whether I lay down, stand up, sit down, etc. Strenuous exercise makes it hurt worse, so I try to be less active when I am hurting. I don't like taking the Fiorinal because it makes me sleepy/spacey and doesn't last that long.

Any ideas? Thank you!

Answer:

Hi Kathy,

It is quite common for women in their late forties to experience a change in their headache profile as hormones start to change. You might be in peri-menopause. Since the headaches are changing you should discuss this with your doctor and consider and MRI of the brain just to be safe.

There are much better options than fiorinal. The triptans such as Imitrex have been around for years and are great abortive medications for migraine. Frova is nice for menstrual related migraine as it lasts longer for headaches that tend to re-occur. It is also in the triptan family.

You mention that you have pain at the base of the neck..this too should be evaluated as many headache patients have some spasming in the neck which contributes to their headaches.

Recent studies have also shown that magnesium may help with hormone headaches. You would have to be on 600-800mg per day for at least 90 days to see a response.

If you are not seeing a headache specialist I would recommend you consider this.

Good luck!

Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Above your eye headache

by Anonymous

Daily Headache

Daily Headache

I keep getting headaches above my left eye that are a low dull pain just enough pain that it feels like your head is going to explode. I get these about everyday. Can last up to 5 hours at a time. No headache medicine works.

Answer:

Hi,

Daily headaches can come from a variety of causes, including medical problems. When caused by anemia or thyroid however, the headache is usually holocephalic or all over the head.

A headache that occurs daily and is 100% of the time in the same place could be a rare type of headache called paroxsysmal hemicrania. This particular headache only responds to indomethacin, a type of anti-inflammatory. Your headache is too long acting to be a cluster headache and a little on the short side for a migraine unless you are a teenager.

If you have not seen a neurologist, I would recommend you find one and talk to them..you also should consider getting an MRI and MRA of the brain. The MRA will get a good look at the arteries, including the optic artery that is behind the eye.

If you are taking over the counter medication to treat this headache, cut back or stop as it most probably is making the headache worse.

Good luck..
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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headache between my eyes for three months

by eddie
(texas)

I have seen 2 ear & nose doctors adn 2 of my family doctors. all have given me antibotic medication for a sinus infection they say i have. nothing has help, a ct scan was done everything was ok. i also get real sleepy sometimes dizzy i need help, I had a sinus infection 2 years ago only lasted 2 weeks. this time i am worry it is taking too long.please help thank you

Eddie

Answer

Hi Eddie,

If you have failed on antibiotics and the Ct scan was clear then you do not have a sinus infection. If you had one, it would have shown up on the CT.

Although it may be a different types of headaches that I think you need to see a neurologist.

Ask your primary care who you should see.

Good luck!

Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Headache Above My Eye Only

by Amber
(Pennsylvania)

im 13. i have pain like a headache but only above my eyebrow. i wear glasses but i dont always wear them im not sure if that is the reason why i have this pain. but i am afraid that it might be a brain aneurysm. please help me im scared to tell my mom. the pain is only above my right eyebrow. no where else in my head. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!

Amber

Answer:

Hi Amber,

I understand that you are afraid but you should know that aneurysms are extremely rare in children. In fact I have never seen one in a child.

A pain in your head could be anything from eye strain to a tension type headache.

I think you should tell your Mom and ask her if you need to go to the doctor. If the pain has been there for more than 3 days then I would advise that she call your pediatrician.

Good luck,
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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headache for six months betwwe my eyes

by Eddie
(Texas)

I wrote to you three months ago same problem you told me to see a neurologist and i did even two,well one said it is sinus and gave me antibodies did not help also had xrays done only in the area of sinus came back normal no chronic desease, the other one says i dont sleep well and need a machine to help me idont belive it.I really need your help iam very worried and sacare no doctor seem to help i also had blood work done it was ok

Answer:

Hi Eddie,
You need to go back to the neurologist and talk to him or her again about your fears and anxiety. I think this is a big part of what is fueling your headaches.

There are many medical causes of headaches and sleep apnea is one of them. Sleep apnea can make your migraines worse.

Follow up with the doctor and tell them about your worries. What have you got to lose? The doc might actually be right and get your pain under control!

Mary Kay

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