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Moonlightraine
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   Posted 1/3/2011 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Just figured out that eating too many sweets causes me to wake up with a severe headache. Over the holidays, I woke every single day with one (I don't use the "M" word as my mother has debilitating migraines). After the fifth day, I realized I had been eating a lot of desserts, and quit. Next day, no headache. I also can only rarely drink, and then only with food and very little. If you use caffeine as part of your routine to reduce the pain, which I do, you might try using splenda and nixing the chocolate. BTW fioricet, works for me usually, but be careful it is highly addicting. And, yes, your body does build up a tolerance to it.

One more thing I do: binaural beats. I use a headache killer one in my ipod after I take coffee and Tylenol (can't take aspirin of ibuprofen any more). I lay down and listen for about half an hour. Works well with most of my headaches.

Cynthlu77
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   Posted 6/12/2011 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the symptoms that nomoremigraines describes as PFO symptoms. I have headaches (mainly migraines that vary in intensity), vascular headaches (sharp stabbing pains lasting from a few minutes to hours), to just your plain ole' dull throbbing headache. I wake up with a headache about 90% of the time as well. I also have a form of asthma, but I've only been told that I have mild allergic asthma...yet I've had attacks that would send most to the hospital (I take a nitroglycerine pill of my dad's when I have an attack). The fluttering feeling is what I would also call palpitations. I stay tired ALL the time, it's not the normal kind of tired either. I am constantly having bronchitis, which is absolutely annoying since I'm in nursing school. Another thing that annoys me is that I'm in the medical field yet no one seems to want to actually dig deep enough to really help me. They just prescribe this and that and I usually have some horrible side effect and have to stop. I'm a 33 year old single mother of three so this all affects me being able to provide for my kids and to finish nursing school without any issues. I also read where it was stated that PFO ususally worsened around age 30 and up, well that's definitly true in my case! I use to not have such a hard time with feeling so bad, but now I almost feel like I'm in my late 60's or older. I have really become depressed over my situation and I am desperate to find an answer, but I have no health insurance and couldn't afford it even if I wanted to. Where's the help for those of us who desperately need it? I mean the new Obama Healthcare won't help me at ALL! I can't afford insurance now so what makes him think I'll be able to afford his new plan???? Really there should be more control over who recieves help, let's take those who are just baby making, drug addicts and so on...just so they can have a medicaid card and dump them off on Obamas plan. They might put on some protection and go to rehab or AA...
Anyway, I'm just feeling at my wits end with my lack of energy, headaches, tiredness, palpations, and about ton of other stuff. If I could afford to I'd definitly go find out if I have this PFO!!

Thanks for the post on that, the public is very in the dark when it comes to new things out there!

oso.uk
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   Posted 10/14/2011 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
We do have syndol in North america, but it is marketed under the name of mersyndol ,you can also get generics over the counter with tylenol and codiene and caffiene at a fraction of the cost.
My headaches are are depressing me now , i wake constantly through the night , i dont have any neurological history ,epilepsy ,migraine etc ,after a routine dental checkup my dentist observed that i was teeth clenching and has recommended a night guard ,pray to God that insurance will cover it :(

NY Veggie
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   Posted 10/16/2011 2:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to use a night guard to sleep as I also clench my teeth (ever since 9/11, I live near by) I couldn't afford the ones made in the dentists office (about $500) so I decided to try to cheap ones sold at our drugstores here. They cost about $25 and are easy to set up with the enclosed directions. I've been using them for a few years now and they have helped a lot
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A Curious Woman
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   Posted 11/14/2011 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently made a discovery about my own headaches that seems worth sharing in this thread. I, too, have headaches at wakeup ... have had them all my life really ... and have tried every remedy I've rummaged up over the years, from supplements, to dietary changes, etc. I usually use Zomig to knock em back down again, but I keep searching for the cause ya know? Who wants to be a slave to a prescription med forever. I keep a regular log of my sleep, diet, and headache activity, and have found so many seemingly good correlations, only to have them discredited later on by a resumption of the headache cycle. One thing that seems to be working for me tho is this ... I avoid eating after around 6 pm in the evening, and go to bed no sooner than a good 5 hours after eating ... 11 pm or later. Why does this matter? Beats me. In fact, I found this headache thread while researching possible reasons for this, but it nevertheless has been amazingly successful at preventing my wakeup headaches. I have found that I can eat a little after 6 pm, but it can only be carbohydrates, and not too much ... no pigging out. Protein is a definite no-no. But the general rule I am following is to be done eating around 6 pm, and no sooner to bed than 11 pm.

Hope this helps some of ya ... I definitely know that feeling of despair! Good luck!! :)

ACW

duneunit
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   Posted 11/15/2011 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
High quality Omega 3 fish oils have dramatically reduced the number of migraines and headaches I get. I am sharing this little history because it might help someone else...

I had been getting migraines all my life since I was 7 or 8 years old. When I was a teenager, I drank a lot of coke and the caffeine made things worse. Particularly withdrawals. By the time I was 19, I quit drinking anything with caffeine. After this, any time I had even the smallest amount of caffeine, it would trigger a migraine.

Around that time, I starting questioning my diet and I became vegan for 10 years. (In retrospect, not a wise move for me.) From 20 to 30, the migraines would come and go. Some months I would get one. Others it seemed like I'd get 2 or 3 in a month. Basically, I'd be in horrible pain and could function for 12 hours or more. I had a horrible sleeping schedule. Stayed up late. Did not eat regularly. Etc. By the time I was 32, I woke up with a headache every other morning. And got a bad migraine about 2x a week.

I avoided alcohol and drugs in my life, including pain-killers. (Everything I tried for pain just made the nausea worse and I couldn't keep them down. That, and they didn't make a dent on the pain.)

This went on for over 3 years. It was awful. I did everything I could to avoid the triggers. I did my best to go to bed early, eat at regular times, and I always avoided caffeine, chocolate, nitrates, MSG, canned tuna (I know, a strange one, but definitely a trigger for some people), red wine, and a few other things. Those things would have made everything worse, I'm sure, but I still suffered tremendously.

One day, researching migraine stuff (again) I read about norepinephrine's possible role with migraines. Then, an hour later, an I read an article about Omega-3 fish oils effect on norepinephrine and other neurotransmitter production. My girlfriend at the time had just bought some fish oils, so I asked if I could try them. At that point, I was waking up with a headache every other day or so. And I was getting migraines about 1.5 times a week. I started taking the fish oils. AND THE HEADACHES AND THE MIGRAINES NEARLY STOPPED. 1 week after I started taking the Omega 3 fish oils, I was shocked that I hadn't had a headache in a week. That was over 8 years ago. And the difference is night and day.

In the last 8 years, I still get an occasional headache or migraine. Probably once every 2-3 months or so for each. And as I see it, they are almost always connected to a bad sleeping/eating schedule (staying up late is a hard habit for me to break completely). I still avoid the migraine triggers religiously... particularly caffeine. But my life is so much better after trying the fish oils. (If you try this, get the high quality stuff. Nordic Naturals is what I used. The cheap brands taste awful and are, in my opinion, rancid.)

Just thought I'd share. I really hope this helps someone else as much as it helped me.

Rachelis
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   Posted 12/15/2011 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Also if it is cheaper going along with the Icyhot patch idea, you can use Vix Vaporub or an off brand of it. The menthol in there does the same thing. I just rub it on my forhead and try to relax in a dark room. Also I find the smell helps my nausea from my migrains.

cellophanemanghost
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   Posted 12/23/2011 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Most of my migraines occur upon waking, or that's when I feel them :), ...unless they are stress migraines. I keep a Maxalt MLT in my bedside table so I can pop it in without having to get up. If I can stay in bed and go back to sleep for 30 min. or so, it takes care of it. Triptans are the only meds that help my migraines.

silke6490
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   Posted 2/17/2012 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been suffering for the past 2 years severe headaches like i've never felt before. the pain is always in the back of my head, and when i lay down it makes it even worse in pressure back there. I've seen a specialist and he told me i have whats called a Hypnotic Headache. The sad part is, its only found in elderly people and I'm 23 years old (beginning to think i really don't have that type of headache). sometimes when i get the headache showers help. i always get them at night, and sometimes (Rarely) i get them in the day. i can tell when i'm getting them because i start with a tiny headache that becomes worse. my family doctor has me taking 800mg of ibuprofen for it since Tylenol and Advil and every other headache meds no longer work on me. these headaches make it impossible for me to do anything because of the pain. I'm not sensitive to anything, no lights or anything. anyone have this problem as well?

cellophanemanghost
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   Posted 2/20/2012 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
sounds like migraine to me. You need stronger meds and should ask your doctor about triptans.

frazer
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   Posted 3/21/2012 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I was waking with headaches every morning for a few years,

someone suggested drinking lots of water, so I tried drinking at least a litre of water each morning, and my headache would go away very quickly.

After a few days of this I didnt get headaches at all any more.

I drink 1 litre in the morning, and try to drink lots throughout the day

I hope this helps some of you

jmdoane2
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   Posted 7/28/2012 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I had this same problem for years. It was not a normal headache, it didn't "pound". It was just a dull steady pain when I woke up, concentrated on one side of my head. Sometimes the pain felt more like it was in my jaw or my teeth. I began getting sinus infection like symptoms, I felt stuffed up, I had drainage down my throat. Doctors could not figure it out. It got to the point where I could not even lay my head back without getting pain in my head almost immediately.
Finally I did some internet research and on a message board much like this one someone mentioned TMJ - Thrombo Mandibular Joint Disorder. I did some research on that and it seemed to describe my problems precisely. Your mandibular muscle runs from the bottom of your jaw all the way to the top of your head. If you are clenching it at night, it gets sore and sometimes inflamed. This causes what feels like a headache even though it's really muscle pain. Since it also runs right past your inner ear when it gets inflamed it can cause all the symptoms of a sinus infection. If your jaws don't line up with each other, for example an over or under bite, there is a good chance you are clenching your teeth at night and don't even know it.
I looked up in the phone booth for a dentist specializing in TMJ and he confirmed I was clenching at night. He had me fitted for an occlusal guard. Yes, it was pretty expensive, but after wearing it for just a week or so the headaches finally went away. I only have to wear it sometimes now, generally when I've been under stress. Make sure you find a dentist that has TMJ experience and make sure you get an OCCLUSAL guard not just a regular mouth guard. An occlusal guard just goes over your front teeth and has a little blocker-thing in it that prevents your jaws from closing. It's physically impossible for your teeth to clench with this, unlike a regular "grinding" guard that goes over your entire teeth and just prevents damage from grinding back and forth.

Sdi2012
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   Posted 9/28/2012 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
To Jenbug, I too have loved the cold washcloth for my head. Instead of continually getting up ( when you can barely move), try filling a bowl of water with ice in it next to your bed. Put two wash cloths in it, one for your head while the other is soaking. When it gets warm simply switch them. This method after years and years of never having a cold enough cloth is so helpful.

Jed S
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   Posted 10/6/2012 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
silke6490 said...
I've been suffering for the past 2 years severe headaches like i've never felt before. the pain is always in the back of my head, and when i lay down it makes it even worse in pressure back there. I've seen a specialist and he told me i have whats called a Hypnotic Headache. The sad part is, its only found in elderly people and I'm 23 years old (beginning to think i really don't have that type of headache). sometimes when i get the headache showers help. i always get them at night, and sometimes (Rarely) i get them in the day. i can tell when i'm getting them because i start with a tiny headache that becomes worse. my family doctor has me taking 800mg of ibuprofen for it since Tylenol and Advil and every other headache meds no longer work on me. these headaches make it impossible for me to do anything because of the pain. I'm not sensitive to anything, no lights or anything. anyone have this problem as well?
I was dx'd with Basilar Migraines. I was waking up nearly every night around 3am with nausea. I had ongoing neck pain that sprang from the top of my neck, bottom of my skull, forward to my eye, cheek, ears. Some times it would be worse than others. Sometimes it would back off and then hit really hard so I could tell the pain was moving from the back of my head to the front. It was also painful, nearly every night, to lay on my head. During the night I would switch positions several times, waking me up all night, to take the pressure off of my head.
After starting the Sumatriptan, I was able to begin Aborting my Migraines. For years I did not know what this was going on with my head. I had a few concussions from car accidents and such. The Abortive medication was not long lasting so I was given Prophalactics. After taking the Cyproheptadine and Val Proic Acid, I have not had the pain in the back of my head like I had before. I do have other Migraine symptoms, some have gotten worse such as tingling on my face and stinging here and there. But over all, I am not having Migraines every day and nausea every 3am-11am.
None of the other Over the Counter meds nor NAIDS helped my head/neck pain. I have had chronic pain from muscle spasms for 25+ yrs and those meds never worked. My Neuro meds are the first meds that actually work for me.
Hope that helps. Like others, I recommed finding a Neurologist for Head/Neck/Vertigo/Nausea pain symptoms.

Elisag
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   Posted 7/23/2014 3:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Maybe this can help some of you on this thread. I have had crippling migraines since puberty,(I'm now 66), but two years ago I had to go on a gluten-free diet for other problems, and one of the side effects of this diet has been that my migraines have almost completely disppeared, now I very occasionaly get a slight headache but nothing compared with the three day migraines I used to suffer. I also lost lots of other aches and pains and the problems that made me go gluten free in the first place. A completely gluten-free diet isn't easy but far preferable to all the medications I used to take in an effort to reduce the migraines.
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