stabbing pain on eyebrow region

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knightfall
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   Posted 3/5/2008 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone-I'm a new member so any help would be greatly appreciated. I have sharp pain that feels as if I've been stabbed with an icepick on my forehead directly on my eyebrow. The pain is 24/7. Mostly, it's on the left side but will suddenly move to the right side. I can put my finger over the exact site, sometimes on the inner side of my eyebrow, lately on the outermost region. MRI's have shown nothing, also CT scans show zip. Currently, I'm on morphine sulphate ER 90mgs BID that hardly touches the pain. Help! My pain doc suggests a nerve block on the sopraorbital nerve.
Anyone familiar with this type of pain or treatment?

~Liz
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   Posted 3/7/2008 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Knightfall,
 
Welcome to Healingwell.  I've had somewhat similar pain issues.  I have a stabbing/throbbing pain above the inside corner of my right eye.  Not too many pain meds are able to touch it.  I have had two temporary  supraorbital nerve blocks done.  The first one didn't do any good, but with the second one I had about 6 pain-free hours.  The doctor said that since the temporary one worked, there was a good chance that a radio frequency nerve block (a bit more permanent) would work.  It didn't, but the doctor said they may not have hit the right area.  I've been considering giving it another try.
 
So if you do decide to have the nerve block done, remember that just because it doesn't work the first time it doesn't mean it won't work if you try it again.
 
I wish you lots of luck,
~Liz
Dx: Chronic Daily Migraines & Chronic Depression
 
Daily meds: Trazadone, Norpramin & Cymbalta
PRN meds: Tylonal #3


mom1029
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   Posted 3/11/2008 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi,I'm new to the group. My son had that exact type of pain for 2 years when he was 8. He has had daily chronic headaches since he was 6. The odd thing is that when he was getting the stabbing nerve pain, he wasn't having the true migrains during those 2 years. We had several diagnosis. He wasn't given anymore than OTC for pain and nothing touched the pain. He was diagnosed with trigiminal neuralgia and then cluster headaches because the pain was better when he moved around. He was hyper most of the time because the pain got worse when he couldn't go anymore and finally fell asleep at around 10:30 pm. He was given an oxygen tank but it didn't help either. The thing that finally got rid of the pain was acpuncture. I can't say if it might help your pain or not. It hasn't helped since with the daily chronic pain he has now so maybe we just got lucky with it then.

 


knightfall
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   Posted 4/2/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't been on for awhile and when I checked to see replys, I was so happy. Thanks for sharing-I can't tell you how much it means to me. I feel so alone with this constant pain and all these meds that simply don't work.This pain has now ruled my life for a year and a half. I divorced last May and my ex cancelled my insurance. Every cent I have goes toward meds and appts. The nerve block costs 2,000 for the surgical center where my docter would perform the 15 min procedure-the anthesia costs another $900.00 and I didn't even ask how much my doc's fee was. After talking to the Office manager she said he could do it at his office with no anthesia for $660.00. I can borrow that but if what I understand is correct, It needs several attempts. I can't afford this especially with all my med costs. I still need to work another 6 months or more to be eligable for health insurance at my job because of a terrible union contract my job has. You have to work 2 years at 24 hours a week. My manager will only give me 18 to 20 hours. It's a no win situation. I know this is a long reply, but I get so frustrated and being in horrible pain that I don't understand, I really get hopeless. I just want to say thanks for support, this is the first time I've reached out.

Annuk
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   Posted 4/2/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Knightfall,

Sorry I missed this up to now. I am no Doc but I think it might be worth talking to your Doc about Indomethacin! It sounds like Primary Stabbing Headache to me (Ice Pick Headache).

The best person to see about this is a Neurologist who is a Headache Specialist as they are the only ones that understand headache well!

Aside from arthritis etc Indomethacin (Indocin) treats 3 kinds of headache, Primary Stabbing Heachache, Paroxysmal Hemicrania and Hemicrania Continua. You will need to take a tummy protector with it such as Lanzoprazole to prevent tummy upset.

But please aways discuss these things with your Doctor. It may be cheaper than the nerve block!

take care

Ann
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~Liz
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   Posted 4/2/2008 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Knightfall,
 
I'm sorry if I gave you the impression that it always takes several attempts for nerve block to work.  Like many things, it may not work the first try, but it quite often does... I just seem to have particularly bad luck in the medical area.
 
Feeling hopeless is completely understandable.  It's great that you decided to reach out to other migraine/headache patients.  I used to feel completely hopeless about my migraines, but since I joined here and got to talk to other people that really understand what I'm going through, I've started feeling better on the emotional level.
 
Best wishes,
~Liz 
Dx: Chronic Daily Migraines & Chronic Depression
 
PRN meds: Tylonal #3 and Tramadol


Catherine__08
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   Posted 4/3/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same thing right behind my right eye, i find nothing works for the pain, i just have to try and lie it off

mammasgirls
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   Posted 11/22/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
My father had a supraorbital nerve block due to similar pain. It was painful in itself but his "headache" ( that doesn't begin to describe his pain) went away for a significant period of time. They also felt he had trigeminal neuralgia and he took some meds for that. Have you had that checked out as well? Good luck.

orionhunr
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   Posted 1/15/2010 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had this pain for 2 days. I first felt it while on a flight from New Orleans to Boston. It set in on the decent into Boston, and was the worst pain I had felt in a very long time. I thought it may be sinus pain. I had to apply pressure so that I didn't feel like my eye was going to bleed. It lessened slightly and I took an 800mg Ibuprofen as soon as i got home. This did nothing for me, so I tried to sleep. I woke up several times that night then I remembered that I had a chinese medicine called TIGER BALM. This is a pain relieving ointment. There are 2 different ones, I have the RED Extra Strength. This did ease the pain enough to get me out of bed and make the day bearable.
I hope this helps some of you.

pugluv
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   Posted 5/5/2010 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey I know how you feel.  I use to get migraines all the time, I also have chronic pain in my neck.  I found that I had the pain right behind my eyes.  I tried everything to get rid of it.  I found that morphine did nothing for headaches.  I would try something for headaches.  I found that a muscle relaxant helped the most.  I am on Norflex.  Also botox works well but is expensive. Hope that helps some.

pugluv
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   Posted 5/5/2010 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I forgot to add that I have had the nerve blocks and I have not found them to help very much. 

Forkboy2
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   Posted 1/12/2011 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the eyebrow pain for the first time yesterday. It came out of nowhere and freaked me out. Strange thing is, it also happened to me while on an airplane flight during the decent, just like orionhunr's experience. It almost felt like I was bit by something, and I thought for sure my forehead over my eye was swelling up, but it wasn't. It lasted for about an hour and then went away. I'm flying back home tomorrow, crossing my fingers that it doesn't happen again.

I wonder if the fact that it happened to two of us while descending on an airplane flight can shed any light on what's causing it.

SLBStevie
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   Posted 2/10/2011 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I have just begun having similar pain - happened after an argument during which I got stressed/cried which tends to make my breathing very erratic and my blood pressure go up so maybe due to the descent comments it is pressure related?

Spry
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   Posted 5/30/2011 1:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the same thing. My doctor said it was nerve pain which I got from have cosmetic laser treatments. I go for acupuncture and hyperbaric oxygen treatments and so far it is working wonders. I also take a lot of vitamins, but the key vities for something like this is my 50mg multi-B complex and extra Benfotiamine (B1) and B12.

mpk1988
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   Posted 5/30/2011 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
well like 2 other members mentioned here... I too started gettin this throbbing pain during a flight ... days ago.. has anyone mentioned this to the doctor???? maybe it has something to do with pressure change or so..

nikatty
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   Posted 6/2/2011 4:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have had this pain yesterday while decending from an 11hour flight. It felt like a miniature clamp was squashing a localised area around my left eyeball and brow (mainly the brow). The pain was sharp and uncontrollable. Like others it felt like a bite and I presumed there was swelling. There was none and there was no sign of a bite. 24 hours on I have slept for 10 hours, taken two doses of paracetamol and I still have a dull ache (still localised) but it now feels more like a mending bruise!

It does worry me that such an extreme pain came instantly. I consider myself a healthy young adult with no previous history of headaches/head pain.

If it is related to air pressure is there anything that can be done to help prepare/alleviate the pain?

Could there be a link to blood circulation?

Drewski
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   Posted 6/5/2011 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I too get the stabbing pain in my right eye. I can feel the pain change as I push on my eye. Nothing touches it except the fentanyl injections at the ER. Pain does not seem like it is behind the eye or in the eyebrow so much as in the eye. Basilar Artery Migraines were diagnosed in 1980 and I get one or two a week, triggered by sinus changes - histamine bursts. Triptans only work if you can get them on board in the first few minutes of onset. Also get crazy nausea so pills only have a few minutes to work before they come back up with everything else. Never had the nerve (pardon the pun) to try a nerve block but this storm season has triggered a few bad episodes I'm willing to try pretty much anything. I'm new to the forum and appreciate everyone's stories and suggestions.

Logansmother
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   Posted 6/16/2011 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had this same pain behind my eyebrow for a few years. Nothing seems to help it. Rubbing it relives it a little bit, but you can only do that so long. The pain others have described they feel on the plane, I experienced recently. I thought my eye ball was going to pop out. It was the worst pain I have felt in a very long time. A few seconds into the pain my nose began to bleed uncontrollably.

stellalove
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   Posted 7/12/2011 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
How bizarre. Today I had this pain while descending into Dallas with my toddler on my lap and I was honestly afraid my eye or blood vessels were about to burst. The pain went from my eyebrow to the inner corner of my eye. I'm still having pain on my eyebrow. I've never experienced anything like it before.

mrCLD
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   Posted 7/30/2011 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all...this is my first post.

I was on a flight last Sunday and during my descent, I instantly had this sharp pain above my right eye, I could pinpoint exactly where it was. I have never had such a headache...and at the time...I thought my eye was going to bleed. I applied pressure but the sharp pain hung around for about 5 minutes...then cut back. I still feel it...like an old bruise.

It was comforting (for lack of a better word) to read others had a similar experience. Any one have an asnwer/solution?

I consider myself healthy and I eat quite well. I rarely get headaches.

thanks all.

nick1016
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   Posted 8/14/2011 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Was desending into Baltimore today, sharp pain above right eyebrow. Happened twice last year.

Manan
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   Posted 9/5/2011 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I just experienced the same sharp pain while descending from a flight from Mumbai to Dubai !! Unbelievable pain above my left eyebrow !! Sharp and felt like an ice pick had just been shoved into my forehead .. I've taken hundreds if flights and this is the first time I've experienced this kind of pain ..

I'd be curious if any members have a solution to this .. I'm a 38 year old male in reasonably good health ..

Scared the B Jesus out of me :)

Loobizaz
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   Posted 9/5/2011 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the same experience whilst a flight was descending - I was in so much pain, and I thought my eyeball was going to explode, and I actually thought I was going to die! I got some pretty strange looks from other passengers due to my near hysteria.....
I had contracted a sinus infection whilst I was on holiday, and this was the cause of the pain.
 
I have found a solution - there are some earplugs that you can buy from the chemist, which have a hole through them with a small valve inside. The valve helps to equalise the pressure inside your ear/eustachian tube. I live in the UK and got mine from Boots Chemist - but I am sure thay must be sold worldwide.
 
I never fly without them - you only need to wear them when ascending/descending or if the pressure changes in the cabin.
 
Hope this helps :-)

Andie2412
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   Posted 12/28/2011 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had stabbing pains in my upper right eyebrow. I realized I only get them when my neck and shoulders are super tight. I work with my hands a lot and I get frequent massages because of headaches from the tightness. These massages cure my stabbing pains. I would highly suggest to get a deep tissue massage. I get them once a week maybe once every two weeks. I truly believe that many people are just extremely tight around the shoulders and neck. Mine go away each time and I feel great because of the massage. Try it. It won't hurt.

Engr. Metodz
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   Posted 1/11/2012 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
hi, am new i just went to see and they say my eye pressure is high, i was given sum drugs that worked wonders, i guess this helps cheers!
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