Headache All Over My Head
by Brad D.
(Moose Jaw, Sask, CA)
Chronic Daily Headache
I have had my headache for the last 2 years.I go to bed with it and I wake up with it every single day.
It hurts soo soo much and soo soo bad that I find it somedays hard to function the way I want to.
I used to be able to run myself off of 3-4-5 hours of sleep a day,and would have tons and tons of energy,and I could keep going till midnight.
I don't drink and I haven't now for 6 years,and neither do I do drugs.
I wake up feeling hungover and like I was out the night before doing alot of drugs.
I shouldn't feel like this considering, I have been to see many doctors re-garding my situation,and I have had numerous CT scans done, numerous MRI'S done,and I have every kind of test done imaginable,and have seen every single doctor in this city and they can't do anything for me.
In the last year I have been put on and taken off of at least 10 different kinds of medication for what it is I am currently and dealing with.
Now medication isn't always the answer to everything,and yes doctors can prescribe you medications and say "here take this,it will work for you",but realistically they don't know that cause in all reality, it is their patients (such as myself) who are taking them.
My headaches are all around my head,from the sides,to the front,to the back,all over the place and hurts like hell.
I have tried taking Advil,Tylenol,Motrin just about everything to get rid of them and they won't go away.
They hurt so much that sometimes they make me sick to my stomach,and make me feel like a complete DUH WHATS MY NAME,and like I have a bunch of question marks above my head.
I find it so so hard to think clearly and rationally,on a ongoing basis,and I'm not the same person I used to be.
I find it hard to cope with life because of my headaches.
Every little noise/sound just irritates it that much more,and makes it that much worse.
I need this to go away,and I need a cure for it,so I can get on with myself and my Life.
You do not mention what diagnosis the doctor's have given you but it sounds like migraine if the light and sound bother you and you are nauseated. There may be a component of cervicogenic headache
if your neck and the back of your head hurts.
I am glad you have had imaging studies but you might want to talk to the doctor about an MRA which looks at the arteries to rule out aneurysm.
You are right about one thing..at this point after two years oral medications will have only a minimal effect to break the headache.
If you have the ability to seek out a headache specialist
you should see one at this point. This is a neurologist who specializes only in headache, not just generaly neurology. Ususally a headache clinic is the place to go. These clinics can offer you IV infusions, nerve blocks and other treatments all of which are more aggressive in treating migraines and other headache syndromes.
Patients with chronic daily headache eventually begin to suffer frustration, fatigue and even depression.
It is important therefore to treat all aspects of a person's condition, not just the headache.
For your part, take a look at how lifestyle changes
in relation to your headache could improve things. You mention that you used to get by on 3-5 hours sleep..well eventually the human brain just can't take this and responds with headache. 7-8 hours is the norm so strive for this if you can.
I could not find any headache specialists in your province, however there are two in Alberta. You can read about headache doctors in Alberta
and perhaps find one who can help you. That website is set up for Canada only in regards to headaches.
Best of luck!
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-CCOMMENTS:
My daughter has had a headache for 3 months. It started with a menstral migraine. She has had an MRI and is currently taking topemax and naprosen daily. Her neurologist said there is no chance of finding cause of headache, it is a genetic migraine. I do not like this answer, and I do not like her being on naprosen every day. Do you think birth control pills could help? Should she have some sort of blood work done?Answer
Yes birth control pills, 90 day cycling could help. This is what I recommend to many patients but you do have to get the OB/GYN involved.
Sorry but migraine is genetic and although there is control, there is no cure. She may grow out of them. I would not recommend naprosyn daily as it may affect her stomach and cause analgesic rebound headaches. She should be on magnesium daily 600mg to help prevent menstrual migraine.
Hope someone can help!! (short Version) I had a headache 24/7 for 18 weeks that never went away. Went to Dr. Had Mri and CT done. Found a tumor in my sinus cavity. Had it removed. During the recovery from that I still had the headache but found out we were expecting with our 3rd child. 3 weeks later my headache went completely away! I delivered on oct 22, 2009. I have had a constant 24/7 headache since he was born. I went back to the dr. Ive been to 2 nurologist, back to my obgyn, eye dr, chriopractor. Ive had MRI, CT, XRAYS, spinal tap- Blood patch, All my blood work drawn. Just had a full hormone panel blood work drawn but do not have the results yet. Had another Mri done 4 weeks ago and it showed bulging disk and bone spur in neck. Went to a spinal surgeon but he says its nots whats causing it. I have been on Tons and tons of meds. Nothing over the countr helps. Percocet eases the pain enough to function during the day. and fluirocet ( not sure how to spell that) Both I cant take aften due to them being so addictive. Now on depression meds and xanax when needed because im always so ill and in pain now. Its ruining my life!! I cannot even enjoy my children. Ive had to quit work because its so bad. Sometimes its there and i can handle it and others all i can do is cry because im in so much pain. its been a total of 21 months that its been happening. I go next week to Emory Hospital In Atlanta GA. About 3 hrs away. Praying that nurologist can help. It will be the 3rd one ive been to. I havent smoked in 5 years, do not drink (although have had wine and it makes it extremely worse) do not do drugs. i am a 25 year old female. Otherwise very health. I nuerologist said it was psuedotumor and weightloss and meds would elp. i weighed 270 when I delivered 3rd child. I have lost 70 lbs and still no relief. My spinal fluid levels were normal and it didnt go away once the drew the fluid off. Any advice
If you have been diagnosed with pseudotumor, most of these patients respond to topamax combined with diamox and the doses are raised until the patient gets relief. 67% of patients on topamax lose weight so that is a good side effect right?
Emory sounds like the best place as I believe they have a headache center and could offer IV infusions. At this point you sound like you are also in status migrainosus
which is best treated with IV's.
It is common for women to see migraine disappear during pregnancy, then return after delivery. This means there is a hormone component, so you also have menstrual migraine. Many of my patients are on 90 day birth control pills to help regulate their migraines.
Best of luck!
Hi, my name is Dayna and I'm 18. I have been experiencing the exact same headache that Brad has been experiencing. I wake up with it I go to sleep with it, do not drink, smoke or do drugs, and I have had it going on 3 years now. I have gone to doctors, had scans, bloodwork, physical therapy, been given medications until I started refusing them. My headache was just diagnosed as a tension headche, could this be possible? Would it be a good idea to get a spinal x-ray done just to make sure everything is in line?
If it is tension, then it might be coming from your neck. Combining PT with a TENS unit, and medication may ease things up. There is no quick cure. Have you tried acupuncture? That may help too.