Advice needed on chronic tension headaches

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bella23
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/22/2009 12:40 AM (GMT -7)   
hello , as a result of a recent breakdown i have been experiencing chronic tension headaches ,my psychiatrist says it is " a fear of the future" ..it is unbearable,excruciating pain inside my brain it feels like im getting squeezed inside.just when i think im am doing everything in my power to get through even an hour of my day this pain drags me back into my reality that i am still depressed and not coping. does anyone out there have or had this ? what is your story and how can i begin to overcome this ..i am already being advised to basically "think this away" which to me is laugable because how can i "think" it away when i am going through the chronic pain ..it doesnt match up... any advice would be great ..

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 5/22/2009 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
hi bella, sorry about t.h's, i have had severe migraines groing up, mainly due to a genetic condition. hormone deficeny, testosterone, so i know about the pain. the internal pain i feel, as you have alluded to is causing this chronic t.h's. i feel that if you acknowledge the internal pain, depression, the less, i hope the t.h's will become. no doc, just thinking out aloud. need to reduse your internal pain, suggestions: 1. see your doc asap, advise doc of the situation, you need to be honest, otherwise you will prolong your overall agony. 2. heed doctors advise, seek allied treatments, therapy, group, that focuses on helping with your depression/stress. grow is a great group for people who need loving kindness and compassion with personal/mental health issues.
 
seek some quality time for yourself, meditate, hot bath, relaxing music, mine is metal, does the same, people think it revs u up, not me.
 
3. be kind to yourself, and keep posting here, there are truely wonderful people on this forum. blessings to you. hoping u feel better soon. remember that by sharing your situation u have already started your own recovery, jamie

stkitt
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   Posted 5/22/2009 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Bella,

Do you have pain medication that you take for the headaches? I am so sorry to hear you are experiencing these headaches.  I do no get headaches very often so I do not have a lot of advice.  ((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))) and know I am thinking of you.

Kitt


 

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AlwaysCurious11
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   Posted 5/22/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I'm sorry to hear that you have these headaches. Here's a list of things that I have learned about mine.

If they are at all hormone related (sometimes mine are sometimes they aren't) something that has been very helpful is a over the counter pre-menstrual pill with a diuretic.
Also, if it is hormones, there are foods that can make them worse: yellow cheese, red wine, beer, beans, nuts and chocolate.
Do you know if you are clenching your teeth? If you are, that is a huge contributing factor. To solve that I went to the drug store and got a mouth guard that is to protect from people who grind their teeth. I found it helpful because it just seemed to help me keep my teeth apart while sleeping.
Lastly, my primary care physician gave me a prescription for Ergotamine tablets (I think that is spelled right) and they have helped.

Migraine headaches are awful. Apparently my great grandfather would get them so bad he was suicidal. When I get them I fantasize about drilling a whole in my head to release the pressure.

I have never had someone tell me to "think it away" and I am sorry you have to hear that. I hope this information is at all helpful. The teeth clenching thing is really something to consider, especially since you say that you had recent breakdown. A therapist or psychiatrist may not know this information - I learned it from my dentist.

take care of yourself,
s.

getting by
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   Posted 5/22/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Try to relax your neck and shoulders, I do this through meditation, but you don't have to meditate to do this. I find that when my shoulders and neck get tight, it feels like a vice squeezing the back of my head, which leads to the tension headaches.

So give that a try. I carry all my tension in my shoulders and neck. I hope that they go away, I know that they aren't any fun.

Bless you,

Hugs, Karen
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bella23
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   Posted 6/27/2009 1:10 AM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone who took the time to give me some advice, i am having a friend type this as i have been able to read all the responses but unable to respond as i didnt know how to, she is showing me now so i hope i can do it myself ,be patient ..thanks

stkitt
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   Posted 6/27/2009 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Bella,

I am glad you are fortunate to have a friend show you how to type in the forums.  :) I hope that you have found a way to decrease you headaches.  I was wondering if perhaps one of your meds may be causing your headaches?

Take care and do post right here as we are here for you.

Kitt


 

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getting by
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   Posted 6/27/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

I am glad that you came back to us. Have any of the techniques that we advised helped? I sure hope so. Keep us posted, okay?

Did you try to relax your neck and shoulders? That really helps me, along with some simple asprin. I hope that it helps you.

I hope that your situation has improved. Let us know.

Hugs, Karen
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