Severe left temple pain waking me up

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Topsy_Turvy
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   Posted 10/18/2011 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all,

My first post here, hopefully this wonderful & helpful community will be able to shed a little insight...

Firstly, here's an overview of my symptoms and timeline:

- about 20 days ago, I woke at 4am with an intense headache in my left temple. I took 2 x paracetamol but I was in too much pain to go back to sleep for over an hour.
- The entire next day, I had a dull ache in the same place (not *quite* enough to warrant more painkillers)
- Nothing for 10 days.
- 10 days ago, I was woken by the exact same intense pain in the same specific place at 9am - took 2 x paracetamol and got relief (to some extent) about an hour later. Dull ache the entire next day.
- 9 days ago, I work at 4am by the exact same intense pain in the same specific place at 9am - took 2 x paracetamol and got relief (to some extent) about an hour later.
- Dull ache every day for the past 10 days.
- Last night I woke at 2.30am with the most intense pain yet, I took 2 x paracetamol and 1 x ibuprofen but they did nothing and I was awake sighing with the pain for 2 hours before I passed out basically due to exhaustion.

A few notable points:
- A couple of the intense 'attacks' have been severe enough for me to contemplate an A&E visit but I don't want to get there and have had the symptoms subsided already and I also don't want to be a hypochondriac.
- When I wake up with the intense headaches, I cannot have any pressure on my head or it hurts a lot more, so I can't rest my head on my pillow / wall etc, I have to sit upright and just kinda suffer.
- I experience no nausea, no sensitivity to noise or light, I have exercised whilst having the dull ache and experienced no difference.
- I'm in my mid 20's, I don't smoke, I drink rarely and lightly, I eat well, sleep well, am hydrated and exercise.
- I visited my GP last wednesday who took note of my symptoms and said he thinks it's nothing serious e.g. tumour/aneurysm and that it's probably muscular and he recommended I take paracetamol/ibuprofen. He was kinda dismissive which relieved me a little at the time but having had another weeks worth of continual symptoms, I'm now feeling a little under-cared for.
- I have been stressed with work & life lately and am on average, a little depressive with my moods.
- I just had my first ever massage this evening as an attempt to help relieve things. The masseuse said that she could feel a lot of tension in me and in my neck muscles. It felt great during and afterwards and temporarily relieved the dull ache but now, 3 hours on, I can feel it again and I'm worried about tonights sleep and about my condition in general.

I know it's a broad term but I wonder if I've got Episodic Tension-Type Headaches. I also wonder why I've never had them before and - I guess the big one - I wonder how I can get them out of my life!

Does anybody have any tips, additional help with diagnosis etc? I feel like this is the place, if any, that I might get some good suggestions...

Thanks all,
Tops

Topsy_Turvy
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   Posted 10/19/2011 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Anybody?

I just spoke with my doctor and he basically said all of the same things again except that he will prescribe me Naproxen for pain relief if I want him to.

I guess that might help although I read somewhere that triptans would work better for tension headaches?

Annuk
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   Posted Today 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Topsy turvy,

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry to hear about this awful pain you have been experiencing.

Just a few questions for you -

Does this pain make you feel restless?
Do you get any other symptoms such as blocked nose on the affected side, droopy, puffy, red eye or watery eye?
Do you feel hot?
Do you have any facial sweating?

take care

Ann
Co-Moderator of the Migraine/Headache Forum

DX: Hemicrania Continua, Chronic Migraine, IBS, Allergic Rhinitis and Heart Murmur

Meds: Imigran Injections, High Flow Oxygen, Mebeverine, Lansoprazole, Nasonex and Clarityn

Topsy_Turvy
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   Posted 10/22/2011 4:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Ann, thanks for the reply.

No, I don't experience any of those symptoms at all. Maybe that's a good thing?

Annuk
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   Posted 10/22/2011 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Topsy turvy,

Have you ever ridden out an attack? Just wondering how long these attacks last without treatment?

I think the best thing you can do is to get yourself to a Neurologist who is a Headache Specialist (HS). The reason I suggest a HS is that the general Neuros do not know as much as they think they do about headache!!!

One thought has occurred to me, I know this sounds crackers to do if you wake up in the night but maybe a cup of tea may help. There is a particular type of headache usually found in older women that wakes you in the night but it responds to caffeine. Some sufferers have a cup of tea before bed and that helps!

Your best solution here though is to see a Neuro who is a HS.

Let me know how you get on, take care

Ann
Co-Moderator of the Migraine/Headache Forum

DX: Hemicrania Continua, Chronic Migraine, IBS, Allergic Rhinitis and Heart Murmur

Meds: Imigran Injections, High Flow Oxygen, Mebeverine, Lansoprazole, Nasonex and Clarityn

Topsy_Turvy
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   Posted 10/24/2011 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Ann,

I've never ridden one out without medication. I had one at 9am in the morning once, took some painkillers and I was 80% ok an hour later.

I was struck last night and already tonight (before even going to bed!) with the same intense headache and I took 2 x Alka-Seltzer as they include caffeine and Aspirin - both of which I've not tried yet, and a lower dose of Paracetamol. I'm trying to be careful to not have too much of any one drug at the risk of withdrawal/overuse headaches and I'd like to minimise drug use as much as possible for the sake of my stomach, liver & kidneys. I don't, however, want to have one of these headaches and not take anything for it... I shudder at the thought.

I'm thinking of seeing my doctor again and maybe taking his offer of Naproxen but also asking if he'll refer me to a Neurologist. Is it likely that he wont go to the effort of referring me to a Headache-Specialist Neurologist? I feel like he may be annoyed enough just referring me to a regular Neurologist! Saying that, I'd rather annoy him but get treated. I'm annoyed that all he's offered is more pain relief drugs! I want to get to the core of the problem and - hopefully - cure it.

I've just re-written my log in a more concise way although I think I've missed one or two of the intense headaches. I've also noticed with the last two that I'm getting a little pain behind the ear / at the top of the neck on the same side of my head. I wonder what that means.

Thanks for your advice thus far!
Leo

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Intense headaches:
20/09 2.30am-3.30am, 1000mg Paracetamol
8/10 9am-10am, 1000mg Paracetamol
10/10 2.30am-3.30am, 1000mg Paracetamol
18/10 2.30am-4.30am, 1000mg Paracetamol, 200mg ibuprofen
24/10 6am-6.45am, Aspirin 534mg, Paracetamol 266mg, Caffeine 80mg
24/10 11.30pm-12.30pm, Aspirin 534mg, Paracetamol 266mg, Caffeine 80mg

Dull ache:
non-stop for the past 16 days

Medical Attention
12/10 visit the Doctor , advised it's nothing serious, probably muscular. Should take Paracetamol and Ibuprofen for relief.
19/10 telephone the Doctor, offered prescription of Naproxen for pain relief.

kristaleanne
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   Posted 5/8/2013 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
hi there,
I was searching online to find some answers to my 'migraine' situation and I came across your post.
It seem to me I am going through the same problem as you were.
Did you ever figure out what was the cause of your severe headaches? If not how did you deal with them, manage the pain?
 
I have gone to my doctor several times and have only prescribed me amitriptyline and propranolol and told me to go to a massage therapist. Which so far none seemed to work. I have been fighting this battle for approx. 10 months now and don't know what else to do.
Please if you can give me any advice at all I will be at most grateful.  
Thanks

Costa
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Date Joined Mar 2014
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   Posted 3/14/2014 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all
I am experiencing the exact same symptoms....
It has been going on for 3 weeks now and I'm at the end of my tether and really quite worried......
What was the outcome of your symptoms?
Annuk - do you still use this forum? Perhaps I could describe my symptoms to you?
Cheers all
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