Unfortunately, a lot of us suffer from daily headaches. Yours sound like rebound headaches because you describe them as dull aching pain that is there all day. Do you take a lot of over the counter medications? Taking over the counter medications regularly causes them. There is a long message thread about them, I'll bump it to the top. If you are suffering from rebound headaches, medications like amitryptiline and other preventative medications won't work. You will need to wean off the OTC medication.
If you are taking a lot of OTC medications then it might be a regular tension headache that's keeps reoccuring and it's definitely time to see the neurologist. Whenever a headache changes, lasts longer than usual, gets worse, it's time to see the doctor and when extreme a neurologist.
As you said stress can play a role, but it's not going away. I see a psychologist that specializes in chronic pain. She has taught me some relaxation techniques that help me relax and reduce any tension headaches I experience.
I would go and see a neurologist just to be sure and to figure out to deal with the chronic pain, especially if the headaches aren't rebound.
Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
I just wanted to tell you that I have personally suffered from DAILY headaches for a lot of my life.
There are a lot of people on this forum who get dibilitating migraines however often, maybe once a week or whatnot, but I get the tension sort DAILY. I get the horrible migraines a few times a year.
I don't know which is worse, suffering from a headache every single day or suffering from dibilitating migraines a few times a month.
I have to tell you that even though it seems cliche, what other have said about rebound headache is absolutely true.
My doctor told me about it and I didn't think there was much stock to it, however, I believe it is true.
My doctor gave me a Rx for Proxicam, a mild pain reliever often prescribed for arthritis which I was to take every day for a week or two until i could get over my dependency for advil and tylenol.
See, if you are like me, I had been taking advil or tylenol the minute I got up and going in the morning just to try to ward off the inevitable headache i would have that day.
But it was just hurting me because it causes these rebound headaches.
In fact, i have had to take a lot of pain killers this past week to help a HORRIBLE mouth ulcer and as I am now weening off of taking so many i am suffering from the rebound headaches more again.
Another suggestion, I believe a lot of mine also stem from my neck.
My neck tends to get tons of knots in it and I have been trying to use a neck ice pack on my neck every night to help that. As well as keep my body flexible.
One more suggestion. PONYTAILS. If you have hair that permits ponytails or any hair -do that pulls on your head at all.
It makes a big difference for me. I like ponytails but I have learned i just have to wear my hair down every day because i like not having a headache better than I like wearing a ponytail.
I am happy to hear that I am not the only one who suffers from daily headaches.
I spent a lot of time sitting and worrying that there was something wrong with me because I didn't know anyone else who had them.
Let me know if you find out anything to help because it sounds like we have a similar case.
Although you said yours are in your temples. Mine are ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS behind my eyes and forehead.
Great list Jenna-
I would also like to add, regular sleep patterns...I have found that if I sleep too little, but more importantly TOO MUCH, that is an automatic migraine for me.
hopeful82 i highly recommend you ask your doc for a trial on fioricet which is for tension headaches. that has made a world of difference for me when not much else had.
Well, I had an appointment with my doctor two weeks ago, and I told her that I was still getting headaches, and that now they were mostly on one side and it was more of a dull ache really, all day long, sometimes with increasing intensity at certain points during the day. What is weirding me out is that the area that the pain seems to radiate from is tender to the touch - right at the area above my left temple where the muscles are that contract when you clench your jaw. All my doctor said about that was that yes there is a muscle there, and that we should just up my dose of amitriptyline to see if it helps. So now I am on 20 mg a day. I am going to call my doctor today though and see if I can get a referral to a neurologist (god I hate managed care) so they can tell me what they think. My headaches are definitly less in intensity than they were, I would say they are now easily ignorable at most times. They seem to increase in intensity with stress, but you can't go through life without stress so I just have to deal with that!
Anyways, just thought I'd give an update, and thank you for the suggestions about things to try to help these headaches go away completely. I can't even remember what it was like to not have a headache :(