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Sep 09, 2018

Tension Headache

Hello, I’ve had a headache for the past week in a half. My doctor says it’s a tension headache. I’ve been taking 2Motrins 3 times a day but it’s not really

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Oct 15, 2017

Unrelenting Headache: Please Help

Hi, I am a 28 year old, non-smoking female with constant headaches that are consistent with both tension and migraine specific symptoms. Quick history-

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Oct 15, 2017

Ongoing Chronic Headache

Hi, I have a 16-year old vibrant daughter, that in August 2013, came down with a cold virus and has had a severe HA ever since. They called it a post-viral

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Oct 15, 2017

My daughter has had a constant headache for 3 months

Her pain all started last fall. We treated it like any other headache but this one hasn't gone away no matter what we have tried. She has recently had

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Oct 15, 2017

Aphasia migraine

This is about my wife.the love of my life for 47 years. She is 65. Her symptoms started in June 2016. She went out driving one morning and when she returned

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Oct 15, 2017

recurrent headaches

I have headaches everyday. That usually start in the afternoon and don't abate until I take 2 tylenol. I have been treated for HBP since I was 19 years

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Oct 18, 2015

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

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Jul 21, 2014

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

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Jul 21, 2014

Headache for about a month!

I'm am a healthy 21 year old lady that has become frustrated with this non stop headache!! I have had it for about a month now, it's pretty mellow I guess

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Jul 21, 2014

Lasting Effects of single dose Metoclopramide administered for migraine in ER

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

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Jun 11, 2014

Major headaches with sinus stuffiness all the time

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.

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Jun 11, 2014

Complex Migraines

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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Jun 11, 2014

constant headaches with migrains due to hormones and pressure changes

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 Migraines

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Jun 11, 2014

Atypical Migraine

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

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Jun 11, 2014

Post concussion symptoms

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 an

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Jun 07, 2014

I have had a headache for six weeks straight

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

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Aug 26, 2012

Chronic Recurring Headaches

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.

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Aug 26, 2012

Headaches / Dizziness Post Virus

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)

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Aug 25, 2012

Headaches for 6 weeks

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

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Aug 25, 2012

Can Ice Pick Headaches be related to Temporal Lobe Epilepsy?

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,

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Aug 17, 2012

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

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Jul 29, 2012

migraine(nauseoues,tired,numbness of body ibs)

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

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Jul 29, 2012

ongoing migraine for 2 weeks now

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

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Jul 29, 2012

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,

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Jul 23, 2012

Headache and High Blood Pressure


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Jul 20, 2012

daily intermittent short duration head pain

I am a 52 year old female, non-smoker with history of anxiety, perimenopause, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, seasonal allergies and cervical disc

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Jul 19, 2012

monthly migraines at age 64

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

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Jul 08, 2012

Familial hemiplegic migraines

I'm 50 years old and for the past 4 years I have suffered with these symptoms and have found through talking with my family that it is a family inherent

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Jul 04, 2012

Pounding Headache

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 never

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Jul 04, 2012

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 fronto-parietal

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Jul 04, 2012

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

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Jun 15, 2012

Sex, Pregnancy and Migraines

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 gradually

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Jun 09, 2012

Told to lower my expectations for headaches

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

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Jun 03, 2012

Sick and tired of being sick

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

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May 25, 2012

Headaches and eyes hurt

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

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May 25, 2012

Headache for over 2 weeks !!

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

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May 21, 2012

Mom Concerned About Seizures

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

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May 02, 2012

Migraines and Renal Failure

I would like to post a case study today. Dr. Mechtler and I saw a new patient, a 79 year old female with a past history of migraine. Her migraines disappeared after menopause, which happens 70% of the time.

On March 4, 2012, she was diagnosed with renal failure secondary to chronic hypertension. She also had parathyroid disorder requiring surgery, and high cholesterol.

She had dialysis on 3/4 and within a few hours afterward, began to suffer a migraine. She recognized that it was similar to her previous migraines as she had a visual aura of "blue spots" for 15 minutes, then the migraine started. The headache had a pain level of 8/10 to a full 10/10 with nausea. She was disabled for a full day and in bed.

Unfortunately, she required dialysis 3 times a week, for 4 hours each time. Every single time she had a severe migraine afterwards, starting anywhere from a few hours to 12 hours later.

Her primary care ordered a CT of the brain which was normal. He then gave her Imitrex (sumatriptan) but because of her age, only gave her 25mg which is the pediatric dose. She needed two doses to have any effect and then was maxed out for 24 hours.

She had a cardiovascular work up within the last year and it was normal. So why did this MD give her a pediatric dose? Simple..most doctors, for some unknown reason, are terrified of triptans. They seem to think they will cause heart attacks.

All I can tell you is that Dr. Mechtler and I have prescribed them for over 10 years, a couple of thousand prescriptions per month and NOT ONE cardiovascular incident.

Dr. Mechtler immediately raised her dose to 100mg of Imitrex. She has migraine triggered by the changes in osmololity during dialysis which unfortunately will not change. Hopefully the higher dose will work faster and better for her.

Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

Feb 25, 2012

Tension headaches???

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

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Feb 22, 2012

Daily Headaches related to Fasting

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

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Feb 15, 2012

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

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Feb 10, 2012

Could Sinus Migraines?

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

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Feb 03, 2012

Chronic Migraine or Chronic Tension Type Headache?

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, ~4-5

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Jan 22, 2012

Sinus Headache Symptoms?

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

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Jan 22, 2012

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

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Jan 09, 2012

NuPathe Resubmitting to FDA for Zelrix

The makers of the transdermal patch Zelrix have resubmitted their application to the FDA. Zelrix is transdermal sumatriptan, the same medication in oral Imitrex and in subcutaneous injectable Sumavel Dose Pro.

NuPathe had their application reviewed last year and the FDA had concerned about manufacturing and some other issues. The company met with the FDA and are now planning to target 2012 for a possible launch.

Zelnix will be unique as it will be the only transdermal triptan and could offer a distinct advantage to those with severe nausea and vomiting with their migraines. This patch works via iontophoresis. This means a small electrical current thru ions is set up on the skin, transferring the medication across the patch membrane into the skin. This would also be an advantage if you happen to have a needle phobia and cannot tolerate Imitrex injectable. Like an injectable it will bypass the GI system.

However, historically, transdermal systems do not have as fast of an onset as injectable. But it might be faster than oral, so look for it to be somewhere in between.

Remember..there are always new migraine headache treatments on the horizon.

Visit the rest of the site to find a headache specialist near you.

Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C


I received a communication today (1/10/12) from NuPathe and apparently I made an error in the above post. NuPathe has not yet submitted to the FDA, but is planning to do so in the first half of 2012. I am sure all the migraineurs as hoping that this new product will be available soon!

Jan 08, 2012

Feverfew Migraine

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 and

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Dec 31, 2011

Understanding Migraine

Understanding migraine can be difficult for people who have never had a migraine headache. Learn how to explain your migraines to family, friends and co-workers.

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Dec 20, 2011

Chiropractor Headache

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.

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