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Recurring Headaches

by Teresa V.
(surrey,bc,canada)

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 they are bad enough it is also in the back of my head. i usually wake up with them and i'm lucky if it passes, pills usually don't work if anything it will take the edge off but usually nothing.

I am a waiting to get a ct scan and have had blood work done everything is coming back normal. there seems to be no pattern anywhere whether i have coffee or not for example.

Do you have any ideas where i could start looking for a cause because right now my doctor and i have nothing.

Teresa

Answer

Hi Teresa,

Sorry for the delay in answering your question about recurring headaches..my laptop died!

You don't mention what diagnosis your doctor gave you..is it migraine? If it is, and has gone on this long you might be in status migrainosus where a migraine has gone beyond 3 days.

At this point, no matter the diagnosis, you are right...pills won't work. You need IV infusions or perhaps a course of steroids for a week or two.

There are headache centers in Canada and you can find a headache specialist here.

Good luck with the CT and yes I would have definitely recommended one for you.

Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Reoccuring Headache

by Natalie
(british columbia)




Over the last 3 months I have been getting a headache just above right eye near my temple. The headache last between 1-2 days and improves with heat (ie hot water from a shower) It can happen 1 to 3 times a week and lingers. No other apparent symptoms. I don't have a cold and am not coughing. I am doing a lot of running, about 20 km per week. Any suggestions. No ASA and tylenol do not help at all and neither does drinking more water. I am 34 year old female.

Natalie

Answer:

Hi Natalie,

Causes of reoccurring headache can sometimes be a little difficult to sort out. First of all, if you have never had headaches like this before, then that is a reason to see a doctor and ask about getting either a CT or an MRI of the brain. This is just a precaution to rule out anything that could be causing an atypical headache syndrome.

It does not sound like this is a disabling headache and since there are no other symptoms it doesn't sound like a migraine. It could be a form of tension headache, but you need to be examined to be sure. It is a little unusual that Tylenol or other over the counter medications would not treat a tension type headache.

I would advise that you visit your doctor first to talk about this headache. If you feel the need to see a headache specialist here is a link to headache clinics in Canada.

Good luck!
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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recurring headaches

by emily s.
(new richmond,wis, u.s.a.)

Sources Of Headaches

Sources Of Headaches

What do you do about recurring headaches that won't go away and all your doctor tells you is to take 2 aspirins and drink lots of fluids and nothing works right?

I get these recurring headaches that keep coming back no matter what I do and they are always on the same side which is on my left side. they start from the back of my head all the way to the front of my head where my temple is located at on the left side!

I've been having recurring headaches for the past 6 or 7 years now. I think that I'm getting them at a later on time period from when I was in a car accident in 1995. I also sometimes would get maybe 5 to 7 headaches in one day even if i did take aspirins or ibuprofen!!! Please help me out!!!!

Answer:



Hi Emily,

Well at first I am tempted to make a comment about "take 2 aspirins and call me in the morning" but it sounds like you have heard this one before!

Take a look at the photo I posted. Headaches that are on one side and begin at the back of the head could be a type of tension headache. The link provided here discusses treatment, including anti-spasmotics such as Elavil low dose.

Other things to consider is the amount of neck spasming and the possibility of TMJ affecting that side of the head.

If your headache is occurring several times per month you need to see a neurologist. With a history of motor vehicle accident, an MRI of the brain and perhaps the neck is not out of the question.

Finally, stop all the aspirin! In the long run it fuels headaches, and as you have discovered, it really doesn't work too well. If you are taking it more than twice a week to treat a headache, then you have analgesic rebound headache which is also known as 'headache due to medication overuse'.

Good luck!
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Reocurring Headache

by Anonymous

One Sided Headache

One Sided Headache

How do I get rid of a headache that keeps reoccuring throughout the day? Im not quite sure what is causing the headache! It's only on the right side of my face. It feels like its throbbing in my cheek and on side of my right temple.

I just recently received a different birth control method called the implanon. Not sure if its my body adjusting to the new birth control? I also take ibprof. 800 ml and claritin... I don't want to over dose in meds, but I can't get rid of this headache, thats been constant for about 4 days now! Please help!

Answer:

Hi..
You don't give your age, but I am going to assume with birth control you are under the age of 50. If you started this new hormone within the last two weeks it could indeed be that.

It sounds like you are having a lower level migraine that may be hormone induced. This is especially true if you are having some difficulty looking at light. If there is no neck pain and you have never had this before please call your doctor. There are rare causes of emergency headaches that should not be ignored with an onset of a "weird headache".

Claritin will not help much and it sounds like the ibuprofen is not doing much either.

If it is a hormone headache then the birth control may have to be changed.

You can read more about different types of headaches to see if some of the symptoms may fit you.

Good luck!
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Recurring Headaches

by Jennifer
(North Hollywood)

Recurring Headaches

Recurring Headaches

Hi,

Until maybe the last few months or so, 95% of my headaches could be cured simply by drinking a bottle of water, indicating they were brought on by dehydration. But more recently, no amount of water seems to help. I started getting them everyday, starting in the afternoon and lasting until night - sometimes advil was helpful, sometimes not.

I am not big on taking meds so it usually has to get kinda bad before I will take anything, but when this was going on I was taking something every day. I don't like the idea of getting dependent or developing those headaches that are actually from the meds, so I tend to avoid taking them.

I completely gave up caffeine and it seemed like that was doing the trick, but maybe it was something else I did, because now the headaches seem to be back and I have hardly touched any caffeine at all.

To describe the headaches, well, the one I have now is on the right (my right) side of my head only. It is just a dull throbbing, not excruciating, but bad enough that I don't want to do anything. It sorta just seems to shoot through the middle of the right side behind my eye. Additionally I have noticed I seem to have occasional weird light sensitivity problems, but not at the same time I'm having headaches. I'll just get all squinty and blinky and have trouble continuing to look at whatever I'm looking at - a person, or a computer screen.

I think it happens under fluorescents which is unavoidable at my workplace. It passes in maybe 20-30 seconds. There was one time I was seeing things like you see after looking at a light thats too bright - aftertrails kinda - only, I hadn't looked at anything to cause that and it continued for longer than it normally would.

Strong smells bother me as well - like the pungent smell of a scented candle after its been blown out - I can't stand it. My neck is kind of stiff when I tilt my head backwards. And I don't know if this is relevant, but I was diagnosed with mononucleosis and a secondary bacterial infection several months ago and my tonsils are still swollen, they have never gone back down. I can't afford to go to a doctor about it, it was expensive enough for him to tell me I had mono.

The last thing is I recently had some mild head trauma, but this occurred after the original onset of the headaches. I also seem to get unusually tired. I know some of these symptoms match with migraine headaches but I just don't think my pain is that severe, they aren't debilitating. Anyway, I just want to figure out the best thing I can do to deal with these, preventative would be best but anything to alleviate them would be helpful as well.

Answer:

Hi Jennifer,

Well you are right, many of your symptoms do sound like migraine headache symptoms.

If you are having a headache everyday you are probably in status migrainosus.

Fluorescent lighting is a trigger in a very small population of migraineurs, but it sounds like your whole syndrome may have been kicked off by the infection. This headache you have now is part of a viral/infectious disease syndrome.

It is possible that you were having lower level migraines before the mono, and the infection has only made it worse. The headaches will not subside until the infection is treated.

You need to get back to the doctor, explain your financial concerns as there are many good generic antibiotics that can help you. A short course of low dose steroid (1-2 weeks) will also help treat the headache.

Good luck and I hope you feel better!
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Reoccurring Headache Same Spot

by Alexis G.
(Clinton, Missouri)

Types Of Headaches

Types Of Headaches

I am 22 years old and was diagnosed with a panic disorder about a year ago, ever since i have been experienceing a recurring headache in the left upper side of my head. It is always in the same spot and hurts off and on all day some days are worse than others.

I had an mri done of my head and the only thing it showed was a deviated nasal septum. I have taken different over the counter medications but nothing seems to work.I have also seen several different doctors with no luck so please help if you have any ideas.

Thanks,

Alexis

Answer:

Hi Alexis,

Many times when patients have a fluctuating, recurring headache, doctors may tend to not address it fully if the headache is not disabling. In other words, you are functioning, doing your daily activities, but this sounds annoying more than anything else.

You do not mention whether or not anyone has examined your neck. Many times headache patients will have spasming in the neck. The largest muscle there is the trapezius muscle which ends just in the middle of the back of the head.

You can see an illustration of this effect with cervicogenic headache. When this muscle spasms, it pulls on the scalp muscles creating spasms there that come and go. This is actually a form of tension headache.

Keep in mind that causes of anxiety attacks include worrying about things that are not necessarily severe or disabling problems. This too can make your headache worsen.

Speak to your provider, your primary care doctor could handle this. A short course of a different type of medication (3-4 weeks) that is an anti-spasmotic, and perhaps physical therapy might be very beneficial.

Good luck!
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Recurring Headache Everyday

by JMH
(westchester)

Headache Everyday

Headache Everyday

I take Synthroid for hypothyroidism in the morning and Wellbutrin for smoking cessation at bedtime. I have recently been getting a headache around 5pm almost every day. Cit be due to the time release of the meds?

The headaches started about a month and a half ago and I have been on the Synthroid for about a year and Wellbutrin for about 4 months.

Answer:

Hi,

If you have been on these medications this long, it most probably is not the drugs.

Headaches that occur at the same time every day may have a cluster headache component. These types of headaches occur more in men than women.

Without more information about your age, gender and other symptoms it is a little difficult to make any other comments.

One thing I should point out is that a new onset of any headache requires further workup. An MRI or CT of the brain should be done to rule out the remote possibility of a tumor, which can present with headaches that worsen in the afternoon.

For more information about your type of headache you can read about different types of headaches.

Please see your doctor as soon as you can and let your provider know everything about the headache including how you have been treating it.

Good luck.
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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New Recurring Headache

by Darrell
(Concord, CA)

Hi,
I am a 49 year old non-smoking male experiencing recurring headaches for the first time in my life. I have had occasional headaches which I believe are normal for everyone, but never recurring or migraines.

The headaches started about 3 weeks ago, and always in the same place, left side of my head at the back. Seemed to be mainly in the evenings at first. Now they are getting worse and lasting longer, sometimes never really going away. They are still the worst at night and in the mornings, when I am less active. The last couple of days I experienced some neck pain as well on the same side, mainly in the morning.

I drink occasionally, wine or beer, but have not noticed any correlation to alcohol and pain. I have tried Advil, which helps a little, but I don't want to live on them all the time. Doesn't completely make the headache go away though.
Is it time to call the doctor?

Thank you for your help!

Darrell

Answer

Hi Darrell,

If you have never had headaches before then, yes, it is time to call the doctor. As I mentioned in other posts, a new onset of headache, if you have never had this before, should be looked into.

If you are having pain in your neck with these headaches, it could be a form of cervicogenic headache which is easy to treat and get under control. It doesn't sound like migraine, unless the light is bothering you, noises sound louder and you are nauseated.

Give your primary care a call and make an appointment.

Good luck!
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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