Anyone else have their pain ONLY in eye &/ or nose area?

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mysteryreader
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   Posted 10/30/2006 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
For many years I thought I was dealing with sinus issues (although nothing was ever identified), and did usually have some temporary relief with pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) but the headache would redevelop in a few hours.  And I obviously couldn't take that every day (the headaches were & are almost daily).   When my condition was finally properly diagnosed as migraine, the triptans (Imitrex first, now Zomig) proved to be the most effective of anything I'd ever tried, but they aren't designed to be taken daily either!   I'd like to hear from anyone else with this same pain location - exclusively eye/ nose area - and learn what's been effective for them.

Annuk
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   Posted 10/30/2006 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mysteryreader,

I was treated for sinusitis for years, and even sent to ENT to be checked out several times. ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Doc just sent me back to my GP saying it is migraine - I began to feel like a rubber ball lol!!!

My pain is predominantly in the corner of my left eye next to the bridge of my nose. It is a constant burning pushing pain, it does not throb. Sometimes the pain radiates around the left side of my head and I could draw a straight line on the back of my head where the pain stops. But, the intensity is most severe in the corner of my eye. My affected eye lid also droops and that side of my nose is blocked too.

The best thing that has worked for me is the Sumatriptan Injections (Imitrex) and now oxygen. Hope this helps.

take care

Ann

Grammyto2
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   Posted 10/31/2006 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Hi Mysteryreader,
 
Like Ann, a lot of my migraines are also in one eye or the other close to the bridge of my nose.  I'll have stuffiness in my nose on the same side as the pain and my eyelid will swell.  I've been the route with the ENT specialist only to have all the tests come back normal.  Luckily Imitrex works for me most of the time as long as I don't wait too long to take it.  Sometimes it doesn't work at all and I just have to wait it out.

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   Posted 11/1/2006 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Grammyto2,

How long do your atttacks last? Glad you are getting some relief with Imitrex.

take care

Ann

kie
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   Posted 11/1/2006 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
my grandmother and i both suffered from the same type of migraine which seemed to be concentrated behind our eyes. both of us described wanting to gouge our eyes out when having these migraines. we learned that ours are due to our menstration cycle. though i haven't noticed a pattern of it being around any particular time. both of ours began around puberty and when she became pregnant with my father she never had a migraine again. (except once when her father died. stress) my doctor said that the stretching of the uterus relieves migraines. my best friend's mother had the same thing, migraines behind the eyes, and after getting pregnant with my friend she never had a migraine again. i've noticed that as i've gotten better control over my menstration my migraines are significantly less. now i only have them with stress from school but those aren't concentrated to the back of my eyes. i use Exedrin for my migraines and it definitely helps me! have you tried that? you should also consider going to a neurologist to make sure there's not any problems like a tumor in your brain causing the migraines.

Grammyto2
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   Posted 11/1/2006 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Hi Ann!  Hope the new Docs are able to help you out.  Usually if I take the imitrex early enough the headache goes away.  When it's not going to work I've had them last as long as three days.  Before I started taking the imitrex they would last 24 to 36 hours almost right on the dot.

coolladyblue
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   Posted 11/1/2006 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I just registered on this site because the nature of the headache all of you described fits my condition to a tee! Except, my migraines have not reached the level that require more than Pseudoephedrine, usually. But, recently, I had one that lasted for seven days. Additionally, a lot of times, I can feel a trace pressure that runs from the eye and sinus, down the back of one side of my head and into the base of my neck. Usually 2-4 times per month. But, I had a suggestion for any of you who have access to a large number of massage therapists. . . I recently found someone in my area who does a specialized type of massage therapy. My own term for it is "muscle sterilization", but he himself would call it pain therapy. Anyhow, this man studied under some researchers who developed foundational studies on the muscular skeleton using cadavers, and he does a type of massage that resembles deep tissue, only it is continuous direct pressure on each muscle knot/area of scar tissue until the tissue relaxes and gives way. It is extremely painful (about a 7 on the pain scale of 10), but once the scar tissue and knots are broken up, one can achieve quite a bit of relief. I have seen him for one month, and he has actually isolated the nerves that are causing the pain over my eye and in my sinuses. I have changed the way that I do certain things in my work or hobbies (anything that requires me to look down such as reading or sewing, I have elevated to a level that doesn't require a lot of strain on my neck, and it seems to be helping). Anyhow, if any of you have access to this kind of massage (it might take you a while to find one, but it wouldn't hurt to go through the phone book), it might help you quite a bit. I have found that for those of us who concentrate deeply on a task, we tend to forget what position our bodies are in, and this often adds undue pressure on neck muscles, causing pain.
I have also noticed that my migraines virtually doubled this past year, after I married my husband, who likes to drink beer every evening with his dinner. I didn't drink it a lot before we got married, but when he moved in, I didn't mind enjoying it with my meals too. So, if anyone hasn't considered the effects of even just one drink per night, you might.
Wishing you all luck, hope this helps.

mysteryreader
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   Posted 11/1/2006 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks, coolladyblue ~  This gives me some new leads to follow.  I already get physiotherapy treatments every 3 weeks and chiropractic adjustment with "active release" massage every 2 weeks for my neck & shoulders.  (Not because I have actually experienced any direct relief for the migraines but because it makes sense that those muscles -- abused in my previous job as an administrative secretary -- could cause referred pain to the sinus area.   I've also changed how I sit to read (which I do a LOT of :) by putting my book on a cushion to raise it and rest my arms on. . .

Thanks for taking the time to respond!


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   Posted 11/2/2006 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi coolladyblue,

Welcome to Healing Well. Glad you decided to register. One of my triggers is alcohol so I do not have anything with it in, even meals with alcohol in set me off!!! You know like a casserole with beer/wine in or a sherry trifle!! Are you refraining from having your beer at mealtimes now?

Please keep in touch and let us know how you get on, take care

Ann

mysteryreader
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   Posted 11/2/2006 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi - This reply is to "kie" ~

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience!  So glad you've gotten a handle on your own headaches.  Interestingly enough, it was just after my first child was born that my migraines really became chronic.  Seven years later when I was pregnant with my second child, I was virtually migraine-free -- but after my son was born the migraines came back just like before and have continued to the present.  However, I do think I'm seeing some slight improvement as I'm having fewer periods now in perimenopause.   In my case, hormones seem to be the biggest underlying issue (although I have so very many other triggers), so here's hoping . . .


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   Posted 11/3/2006 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am new here and wasn't sure where to post! The symptoms described here matched some of mine in the beginning. I have cluster headaches and am episodic. I was told that I had sinus infections, migraines (which I also do have), and many other things. Anyways, my headache is always one sided and is a horrific pain in the eye area. My nose bothers me, but it becomes stuffy at time of headache and my eye looks droopy. It took me along time to get properly diagnosed, and well we are still working on treatments...
Does anyone else have these? Also, I just thought I'd post here, because many doctors have never heard of this and misdiagnose/treat it...I don't know if you have more symptoms like mine, but let me know if you have any questions... Take care

Annuk
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   Posted 11/4/2006 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi mommyto3,

Welcome to Healing Well. I am sorry you have Cluster Headaches. I have a couple of friends that have clusters and there is a member here who is married to a clusterhead, and I believe one or 2 other sufferers.

Have you tried Oxygen? What times of year do you come into cycle and how long do your cycles last? Have you been given any preventative treatment like verapamil?

I have mostly migraine symptoms but I do have some of cluster too and am currently being assessed by a Headache Specialist to find a way forward for me. I was treated for sinusitis for years!!!! There's also red bull too, if drunk quickly and cold at the onset of an attack can sometimes stop the attack in it's tracks. I don't think it works for migraine sadly but I maybe wrong, but I know it works for some cluster sufferers!!

Please let us know how you get on, take care

Ann

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   Posted 11/4/2006 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Annuk, thanks for the reply and welcome. I do use oxygen to abbort and imitrex ingections--these seem to work most of the time. They just switched me to Tarka (which contains verapamil at 240mg), and I haven't noticed much difference yet. I am also taking periactin(?sp) as a preventative, but am pushing to get off of it (it's very dopey). I cycle 3-4 times a year, usually as the weather changes, and the cycles last 5 or so weeks. However, this one just seems to want to stick around--cluster ha, the shadows mixed with migraines are wearing me down...I am going to headache specialist Monday, as I am at the end of my rope. I have been reading alot on this site with the tingling/numbness/paralysis, etc. during headaches which I have had and have been hospitalized for. They have brought up migranous hemiplegia, stroke, but also have brought up many other dx's. Also, I have abnormal reflexes during my headaches, do you know if this is common (the doctors seem confused my it)? I was told that I am to old to be starting with migranous hemiplegia (its usually a childhood thing??), but it can happen...I hope you get the answers you need and take care!!
Sorry so long, and thanks!!

Annuk
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   Posted 11/4/2006 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I don't know about the abnormal reflexes unfortunately, so it would be best to discuss this with the Headache Specialist on Monday, please let us know how you get on, I really hope you are able to get some answers too, but most of all some decent pain relief!!!

take care

Ann

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   Posted 11/6/2006 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
hi mommyto3

sorry you have CH, my hubby is a chronic sufferer, so can empathise with what you are going through, with having to watch hubby all the time!!

i hope you get sorted when you see the the Headache Specialist!!!

let us know how things go for you


sandra

(hi Ann xxx)

Annuk
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   Posted 11/6/2006 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sandra,

Good to see you posting again - missed you!!

take care

Ann xxx

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   Posted 11/6/2006 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
cheers ann, how have you been??

have been keeping an eye on things every so often, but been busy with work, Andy, trying to stay healthy and all that kind of stuff!!!

but am back now lol

sandra xxx

Annuk
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   Posted 11/7/2006 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
A little bird told me you and Andy were sharing colds lol!!!! Hope you are both feeling better now!!

Thanks for asking I am a little confused at the moment as these new drugs are having weird effects, still I am going to be back in hospital for the day next Friday and hope I will get some answers then!!

take care

Ann xxx

mrs mac
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   Posted 11/7/2006 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
let me know how you get on


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   Posted 11/30/2006 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been to many ent's...and theyh can never find anything...they think its migraine and not sinus, but I am not too sure.  Imitrex never worked for me, and really weary of more medications.
 
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