Chronic Tension Headache with depression

Did/Do you suffer from tension headaches while depressed?
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Yes - 83.3%
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No - 16.7%
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Yes and they went away when my depression lifted. - 0.0%

 
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Headache12
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/27/2006 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello!
 
I am a new memeber here, and this is my first time as a member of a depression message board.
 
I have been battling with depression for several years.  My recent bout has been going on for about 3 years!!
 
I too have been on the medication roller coaster, trying all sorts of AD's without much luck.  (Although I have given none more than 3 months trial)
 
My background:
 
10 years ago had acute bout of depression related to life events.  Lasted for about 9 months and was "cured" by Zoloft @ 100mgs over 3 months.  Was depression-free for 7 years.
 
3 years ago I suffered my second bout of depression and have not since recovered, although this seems very mild in comparison to my first bout.  This time I also have suffered from a chronic daily tension headache and neck/upper backache.  Have tried Zoloft again, but could not tolerate the side-effects after only 4 days.  Also have tried Prozac @ 20mgs with minor effect.
 
What I am wondering is, is tension headache a common symptom of major depression or is this very uncommon?
 
I am very fit and work out 3-4 times per week.  I am an avid heavy weight lifter, so there is some concern it is a physical injury incurred by this.  But,  I have been x-ray'd and mri'd to death only to have no answers other than "everything looks good".
 
I can think of no better place to get an answer than here!
 
 

hope3
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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 6/28/2006 2:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi headache, I dont know if this will help answer your question, but I will try.I also suffer from depression for about 25yrs. I do think it can cause tension headaches and alot of other discomforts. I have a permanent back injury from a job I had and that has caused me to have headaches, but not severe, just frequent. Ihave been on zoloft for 15 yrs. It has helped me alot, to get through the hard times. But I might need to change it I don't know yet. All meds are different for everyone. I hope you can find the relief you need. Welcome to HW.
 


els
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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 4031
   Posted 6/28/2006 4:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi headache, welcome to healing well.  As far as I know of there is not a correlation between depression and chronic headaches.  Of course the symptoms of depression are different for everyone and could possibly bring about headaches I suppose.  The thing I would be concerned about would be since you state you life weights that you possibly have pulled a muscle, or tendon or have a slipped disk?  Down your entire back and neck, it may not hurt but could still be there.  Has any of this been checked?  All of these can cause headaches.  I hope you find the answers your looking for, and maybe someone will post who has experienced what your going through.  Take care and please do keep us update on how your doing.


 


scarletangel
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Date Joined Jun 2006
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 6/28/2006 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Headache,

I have experienced tension headaches along with my depression and anxiety. My therapist gave me some relaxation techniques to try before bed, and that seems to be working. I also take a little Xanax, .5mg, which seems to help when nothing else will. I usually experience the headaches on my REALLY bad days. Relaxing, however difficult, might do the trick...


pain in maine
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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 28
   Posted 7/19/2006 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Headache12 said...
Hello!
 
I am a new memeber here, and this is my first time as a member of a depression message board.
 
I have been battling with depression for several years.  My recent bout has been going on for about 3 years!!
 
I too have been on the medication roller coaster, trying all sorts of AD's without much luck.  (Although I have given none more than 3 months trial)
 
My background:
 
10 years ago had acute bout of depression related to life events.  Lasted for about 9 months and was "cured" by Zoloft @ 100mgs over 3 months.  Was depression-free for 7 years.
 
3 years ago I suffered my second bout of depression and have not since recovered, although this seems very mild in comparison to my first bout.  This time I also have suffered from a chronic daily tension headache and neck/upper backache.  Have tried Zoloft again, but could not tolerate the side-effects after only 4 days.  Also have tried Prozac @ 20mgs with minor effect.
 
What I am wondering is, is tension headache a common symptom of major depression or is this very uncommon?
 
I am very fit and work out 3-4 times per week.  I am an avid heavy weight lifter, so there is some concern it is a physical injury incurred by this.  But,  I have been x-ray'd and mri'd to death only to have no answers other than "everything looks good".
 
I can think of no better place to get an answer than here!
 
 My doctor said headache dose go's with it. I have somany things i could not tell what go's with what.

LondonGirl22
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 1629
   Posted 7/19/2006 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Headache,

Welcome to Healing Well,

Sorry to hear you couldnt tolerate the side effects from the zoloft, I have also tried that but also couldnt stand the side effects. I also tried prozac and it didnt work for me either. I am now taking lexapro and have had few side effects which have gone within a week of taking them.
Tension headache is very common with depression, I have suffered that and Im sure you will find many people here have.
I hope healing well provides you with some support.
Take care and god bless,
Victoria
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