Daily persistent one-sided headache

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Sirrus
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   Posted 8/24/2005 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   

I have had a headache for a month and a half now...
It starts about 30 minutes after waking and stays persistent all day.  It is primarily on the top right side of my head and in the back right.  So it is definately one sided. Also have been feeling dizziness.

I saw the doctor twice and they think it is anxiety related.  I was instructed to go on anti-anxiety medicine Zoloft.  Also, I have started seeing a chiropractor that thinks he can help with the headache.

I am very nervous because it is localized and one sided, persistent.  It is never overbearing pain, but it worries me because it is not a generalized headache and I can pinpoint the general location on the right side.  Is persistent daily one-sided headache super rare?
Do I have a reason to be nervous?

They advised an MRI if it does not get better after this month, but they seemed relatively confident it is anxiety related.

Any thoughts?


Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 8/25/2005 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Sirrus,
 
Do you generally suffer from chronic headaches? Do you take any medications daily? Do you drink coffee daily? Do you eat anything just before the headache starts?
 
If you don't generally suffer from chronic headaches I would push for that MRI sooner rather than later. If you do, I would consider rebound headaches, even though its one sided. Does anything make it better or go away.
 
A short time ago I kept getting a one sided migraine and it would start about 30 minutes after I got up. It turned out I was forgetting to take my beta blocker, which explained why it would go away at night.
 
I asked the questions about coffee and eating because I have also found foods to trigger headaches and know for me coffee is a bad one. I couldn't figure out why I had a headache each day and then gave up lattes. At first the withdrawl from coffee gave me a headache, now coffee gives me a headache. Its a catch 22. Yeast in muffins and chocolate also trigger migraines (one sided headaches for me). These are foods I sometimes eat at breakfast.
 
My opinion of the anxiety explanation is that its horsepucky. My experience is that if anxiety is going to give me a headache I have a restless sleep and wake up with a headache. It doesn't come 30 minutes after I wake up.
 
Oh and the last thing, how hot are your showers or baths. Hot showers, though I love them, trigger migraines for me, make the blood vessels expand. Do you have a hot shower and then get the headache?
 
Those are my thoughts, though nothing is based on a medical degree all on personal experience. Don't ever be afraid to push doctors or change doctors. Especially when it comes to head pain that can't be explained.
 
Good luck!
Coquitlam55 (aka Nicky)
 
"The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it." --Helen Keller
I try and remember this each day I have a headache that I'm not sure I can overcome.


Sirrus
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   Posted 8/26/2005 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Just got the MRI - only 25 minutes long...
No contrast used.


Report said "Normal brain scan"


:)

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 8/28/2005 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations! That's great! yeah
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I try and remember this each day I have a headache that I'm not sure I can overcome.


Sirrus
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   Posted 8/29/2005 6:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Definately....but I feel like my headache is getting worse. Its a constant pain in a particular area - its like I got kicked in the head or something.

Ahh...what to do. I guess Ill have to make an appointment with a neurologist eventually...

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 8/29/2005 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
If its getting worse I would get it checked sooner rather than later.

Coquitlam55 (aka Nicky)
 
"The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it." --Helen Keller
I try and remember this each day I have a headache that I'm not sure I can overcome.


tysmyboo
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   Posted 8/30/2005 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   

I tend to have the same...head pain starts shortly after waking up. Its not rebound or anything like that...its always right sided and just stays in the same place. Now, I will also get big bad throbbing migraines in addition to that constant/persistent head pain...but the throbbing migraine types may be in the same or different locations.

I had CT and MRI all come back normal.

Topamax and Inderal daily are helping with both types of headache


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Sirrus
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   Posted 8/30/2005 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your response Sara!
 
Its nice to know that someone else has similiar symptoms.
 
I plan to see a neurologist soon if this continue, but its good to hear its not terribly uncommon.
 
Thanks...
 

Sirrus
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   Posted 9/8/2005 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Sara, do you know the cause of that daily headache? I think I'd like to get to the root of it instead of treating the pain...any ideas>?
Could I have hit my head alittle and just not remembered? I'm sure an MRI would show that..

tysmyboo
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   Posted 9/9/2005 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   

I have actually hit my head on two different occasions and had two minor contusions and not had any head trauma that would show on brain scans either CT or MRI...

That is the best reasoning that my doctor and I can come up with for most of my head pain other that good ole' "migraine disease" :-)   and things such as new persistent daily headache etc.

There may not be that "one" solid reason that we are all looking for...it may be something that we just have to try to prevent and deal with the best we can.

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Sirrus
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   Posted 9/9/2005 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
But if it was only a minor contusion then wouldn't the pain subside after afew days, not become chronic? :) If it is the case, the only solution is medicine? Figured even minor head trauma would go away after awhile...

In any case, thanks again for the response!

cahill
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   Posted 9/19/2005 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Hi all,
       I am 25 and never had headaches before but since last December i got a persistent headache on my RHS and frontal,it`s like an elastic band round my head after i have a beer and relaxes to a constant pressure pain on the RHS FROM THEN ON. I have had this constant pain every day since december and am a fit young man. It doesn`t interfere with exercise but just won`t go. It`s hard to sleep at night and when i wake up in the morning it goes for about a half hour and it comes back again for the day.Alcohol aggevates it and i am off it now but not long and it still persists? it`s not anxiety as it goes for awhile in the morning and comes on again like a steady pressure to my RHS and frontal and maybe on my LHS also but not as much as RHS....It`s just mind boggling and really really annoying.
 
i really don`t know what to do about it,can any of you kind people help me?
thanking you.
 
 cahill

cahill
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   Posted 9/19/2005 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   

 

just to shorten my symptoms-

 headache on rhs and frontal rhs mainly but can affect frontal and lhs but to a lesser degree.(alcohol can bring this on)

I have it everyday since december and only relief is in the morning for a half hour or so

I never felt sick,drowsy,dizyness or anything like that,i`m athletic and a fairly healthy Irish Man apart from this persistent pain....it`s getting the better of me.

I don`t like taken pain killers but have tried solpadine etc and they don`t help.

I`m not depressed or anything or suffering from anxiety...life is good apart from this?

I`m off to bed and look foreward to hearing from yea all...but you never know it could be gone in the morning......fingers crossed eh guys :-)

Cahillpachino

 


cahill
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   Posted 9/19/2005 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
hi
Sirrus
your headaches do sound like mine which is relaxing for me but not meaning to offend ya like...knowing i`m not the only one with similar pain....hope your feeling better too eh like....does Guinness or alcohol make yours go away for the night after a few and then get worse in the morning......it`s hard to be a student with the whole not been able to drink and stuff...just crazy here in ireland....hope it`s improving..

Cahillpachino

lilactime
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   Posted 1/10/2007 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
sirrus hope youve solved your problem . i had a headache on my left side for 6 weeks , doc said sinusis , antibiotics initially cleared it up , but it came back , not intense but always there . packed in alchohol , caffeine and chocolate , now still there but not nearly as bad , actually feel like im getting better . managed without nurofen plus for 1 week now , which helped . may even have a couple of beers at the weekend , havent missed caffeine or chocolate at all .

Paranoid Girl
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   Posted 1/10/2007 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
i have pain in the exact same place. like you said -- its not unbearable but always constant. does yours feel tender to the touch by any chance?

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 1/10/2007 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello cahill,

Welcome! I'm not a doctor, just a long time headache sufferer. Your headache sounds like it might be a tension headache, especially because exercise doesn't affect it. When I have a migraine I can't even think about exercising. Tension headaches usually feel like a tight band around your head. They can be triggered by clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth at night when you are stressed out.

You may find that muscle relaxants or anti-inflamatory medications relieve the pain with minimal side effects or any chance of rebound headaches.

Good luck. Let us know how it goes.


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lilactime
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   Posted 1/10/2007 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
paronoid girl . my headache is not tender to touch . ive had trouble focusing , had eye test , was ok . bright flourescent lights at work make this worse . i do long distance running this makes it better , must be endorphins . had alot of sinus problems in past , could be linked ?

AngMichelle
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   Posted 1/10/2007 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
My migraines are usually always Rt side, over the temperal (sp?) nerve, to the back, and sometimes down.
BUt what you all are describing sounds like tention, chronic daily h/a. See a Neuro. they will know what to do. BEST to you all.

lilactime
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   Posted 1/18/2007 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   

sirrus . did you cure your headache

 

 

 

 

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GCutter
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   Posted 1/19/2007 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Same exact symptoms over here...had a constant headache on the left side which feels as though someone has kicked me there. I had a sinus infection about two months ago and now it has left behind this headache. But I feel like six weeks is way too long. It arrives about 30 minutes after I wake up and is just this constant dullness throughout the day. Quite frustrating and scary actually. Had a CT scan and it came back negative. Seeing a neurologist on Monday.

do suffer from panic and anxiety but its way too long for that. any suggestions on what drugs have worked for them. Nothing seems to be working...

lilactime
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   Posted 1/20/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
mine lasted 6 weeks , then faded , till now , when theres almost nothing , sinusis can take months to clear up . try packing in chocolate caffiene alchohol

GCutter
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   Posted 1/20/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Sinuses can give you a headache in the back of the head?

zino
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   Posted 1/21/2007 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Paranoid girl,

I've been getting these one sided headache for about 4 months now. I've had every test possible done, including brain MRI and seing a neurologist. I was even seen by an infectuous disease specialist, since the headaches started once I got back from a 3 week trip to Europe. Anyway, they found nothing. So I am now resigned to trying to figure it out on my own. I kept telling the doctors about the tenderness I felt when I touched my head on the side of the headache. All the docs pretty much dismissed that symptom. You are the first person that I've heard with this same symptom (tender to the touch). Please post if you find anything that helps. I will do the same.

zino
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   Posted 1/21/2007 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Is anyone suffering from the headaches on statins?
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