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   Posted 12/25/2008 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
about 20 months ago I felt something breakdown in left temple area behind left eye. Ever since then that area feels stressful and painful, and I've also been having symptoms of depression- sadness, crying, difficulty sleeping without pills, etc. It feels agitated and stressed out in the left temple area chronicly since then. I've tried herbs, vitamins, and anti-depressants but they haven't seemed to help. I've had MRI's and CAT's but they say they are all normal. Xanax seems to give a little temporary relief, but not much. The anti-depressants seem tolerable for a few days and then the stress there seems to get worse. I've tried several different ones and the doctors tell me I have to stay on them for several weeks before I'll know if they help, but the stress seems to get worse and the longest I've been able to tolerate any of them is about 7 days.

I was thinking maybe it's temporal arteritis because the stress point is always in the same spot on left temple area. It feels like something broken down there, but so far doctors haven't been able to find anything physically wrong. They say temporal arteritis can cause some symptoms like this and won't show up on MRI's or CAT scans. Wondering if I should have biopsy to see if that's whats causing all this pain and suffering everday. Don't know where to go with it at this point. Any ideas- it's very difficult to live like this with left side of brain shut down everday.
I'd sincerely appreciate any advice you might offer.


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   Posted 12/26/2008 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Roger,

Welcome to Healing Well. There is a wonderful group of members here that are always willing to help in any way that they can.

I would persue this with the doctors. Especially because it is so bothersome. There must be something causing this.

I hope that you find out what it is. In the meantime, continue posting and we will give you the best advice that we can.

I hope that you feel better soon.

Hugs, karen
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   Posted 12/26/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,
Welcome to HealingWell.  We are pleased that you have joined us.
I have to go with the same advice as Karen, this is an issue you need to continue to working with the physicians to identify the problem.  I know you have been doing that but don't stop being your own best advocate.
Anything in the past year that would cause you to become depressed? Are you in therapy?
Just a couple of thoughts.
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   Posted 12/28/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your advice Karen and Kitt. I really appreciate any help I can get. One headache specialist I saw last month said he thought it was a chronic migraine and gave me some medicine called amlodipine besylate. I've been taking it for the last 3-4 weeks as he recommended but it hasn't seemed to help much. I never thought of it as a migraine headache because I know people who have that problem and their symptoms seem very different from mine. They usually have them for a day or two and then they go away for several weeks and the symptoms they describe are different than mine.
Mine feels more like something in the left temple area broke down and has remained that way ever since. It doesn't come and go, it just happened one day for no apparent reason and I have haven't felt normal since then. That was over 2 years ago now, and I have tried to keep my business and things together since then, but it has been much more difficult. I used to really enjoy operating a small business and life in general was good, but since then I really haven't had good days. They have mostly been a struggle with this squeezed feeling in left temple and all the symptoms of depression.
Most doctors have told me it is clinical depression but most have not encountered it with a particular location like I have in left temple. They generally have prescribed anti-depressants, but these seem to build up more stress in that area to the point where I feel like I must stop taking them after several days. I've tried many different ones and really wish they would give me some relief but they haven't seemed to do that for me, so I thought maybe it's something physically broken down there which is what it feels like. I thought maybe it was temporal arteritis and found a doctor to prescribe prednisone for it, but that hasn't seemed to work either. Xanax seems to releive it a little bit, but only for a few hours and doesn't really get rid of it. I have a pescripton for Pristiq which I'm thinking of trying. I hope it will help. Not sure what else to do. Any ideas?
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