Tension headaches???

by Chad
(Oxford,Michigan,United States)

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 its right behind my eyes or in the middle of them. They occur everyday and start sometimes as soon as I wake up and worsen when I try to go to bed at night. The only time they seem to go away is when im being active.

The headaches are bearable but they sometimes make it hard for me to concentrate or to be happy because the consistency of them. I also feel like my personality has changed because of them. I continually try to reduce my stress level to see if the headaches will go away. Rarely they do. My docter has gave me at least 5 different medicines and none have worked. So I stoped going to him. I chew tabacco but im not sure if that would have anything to do with headaches. I played tackle football all through highschool where I took alot of blows to the head. But ive got a CT scan of my head and there was nothing wrong with my brain. Like I said I can bare with my headaches they DO NOT create excrusiating pain but are VERY annoying and stressful. This has frustrated me for a few years now. Any ideas of what kind of headaches im having or what I should do?



Hi Chad

You do not mention what medications you have taken so I am not sure what I could recommend.

One thing that does make any headache syndrome worse is nicotine so consider stopping any use of tobacco products.

With a history of multiple head injuries, you most probably have some post-concussive headache syndrome going on, with possible migraine as tension headaches do not occur behind the eyes.

Since you live in Michigan, there is an excellent headache center in Chelsea, near Ann Arbor, the Michigan Head and Pain Institute. I highly recommend them and would advise that you speak to your parents about being seen there. They can do a complete work up and give you the proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Joel Saper is the medical director and he is nationally known in the field of headache work.

Your parents will have to work with your physician to get a referral but the doctor should be able to help since you have failed on medications already.

Good luck!
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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