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andwoo
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   Posted 11/10/2006 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey,

I've now had a headache for 5 straight days. It's usually in the front and on the right, but at times, it's in the back and all around. It's not painful, just always there. At times, my stomach feels nauseated. I was told it's likely a tension headache, but my stress level is fine now, just worried about this headache and why it won't go away. Light or noise doesn't affect it, it's there when I wake up and throughout the day, sometimes it's less than others, but still always there.

Annuk
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   Posted 11/10/2006 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi andwoo,

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry you have had this headache for so long. Have you talked to a Doctor about it? I understand your concern at the length of time this is lasting but I think that this is best discussed with a Doctor. Please keep in touch and let us know how you get on.

take care

Ann

andwoo
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   Posted 11/10/2006 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, my huge worry is the nausea. Like I said, I've never had a headachce like this before and everything I've read puts nausea into a migraine, but I don't have the other migraine symptoms and it's been consistent, so I'm just worried that I'm never going to get over this and wanted to know if anyone else had had nausea associated with a tension headache

andwoo
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   Posted 11/12/2006 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, after doing some research, I came up with some very scary information: New Daily Persistent Headache, apparently a very rare form, but it fits my symptoms so far, except for the duration. I haven't seen anything else that lists tension-type headaches with nausea, but this does. In addition, the onset is very acute, with 82% of the people able to give the day it started, as I am. The worst part is that there are no effective treatments available yet. Anyone with any knowledge of this??

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 11/14/2006 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome andwoo,

I'm sorry to hear how you're suffering. I concur with Annuk, it's a good idea to go to the doctor. It might be a migraine, and if it is the doctor can give you something for the pain. As a migraine sufferer, my doctor has advised me to book an appointment whenever my headaches change so he can check there is nothing more serious occuring. Lasting five days is a change that would warrant a visit.

Good luck.


Nicky
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I'm working everyday to overcome the pain and depression that comes from my chronic resistant migraines.
 
 


andwoo
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   Posted 11/14/2006 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to see the neurologist. It's not a migraine, but the doctor did at least tell me that my symptoms were not uncommon, i.e. constant headache for 24/7 w/nausea, and that tension headaches can be associated with nausea. She obviously couldn't promise that I would get better, but did say it was likely I would, so that's good. I'm still going to get a second opinion because I'm still scared out of my mind, but if the 2nd doctor also tells me that my symptoms are not uncommon and that it is more likely than not that they will go away, I will feel a lot better.

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 11/15/2006 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi andwoo,

Just a note from your first message, tension headaches don't necessarily mean you're tense, they mean you're muscles are tight. Sometimes that occurs when I grind my teeth at night and I don't necessarily need to be tense.

It sounds like you're handling this well even though you're scared. Have you asked the doctor for a medication to stop the headache? I would think they could give you something to relax your muscles and make it go away for the time being.

Good luck. I'm thinking of you.


Nicky
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I'm working everyday to overcome the pain and depression that comes from my chronic resistant migraines.
 
 


andwoo
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   Posted 11/18/2006 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, the neurologist did some tests, and he's more worried that I may have a growth in my brain now since my reflexes on my right side were weaker than my left, i've had a strange feeling around my right eye which I can't really explain any other way other than it feels strange, and combined with the sudden onset of my headaches and nausea, he's a little worried. He doubts anything will be found, at least. but still, it's worrying me a bit. I'm taking anti-nausea medication which is finally allowing me to eat somewhat normally, which is good.

Annuk
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   Posted 11/18/2006 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi andwoo,

I am glad you have seen the Neurologist, what tests did he do, was it an MRI? I am glad you have now got something for the nausea so you can eat properly.

Try not to worry, I know it is easy for me to say, but please keep in touch, you have a 'family' here now to support you.

take care

Ann

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 11/20/2006 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi andwoo,

I'm glad to hear you visited the neurologist and he did some tests. Do you feel better that he is getting close to a diagnosis?

To quote my psychologist, "worrying doesn't accomplish anything". (I know that's not always helpful when you're worrying. :-) ) Even though it's scary that he's doing a test for a growth and your reflexes are weaker on one side, it might also be nothing. If the neurologist does find something, he's trained to help you and will be able to successfully guide you to the proper treatment. There's a very good chance things will turn out for the best and you will be okay. If something serious is taking place you can deal with it then, rather than worry about it now when you don't really know what's wrong, what the possible treatments are, and the chances of success or failure.

I hope that perhaps I have put your mind at ease a little bit. If not, I'm sorry and I'm thinking of you. Try not to worry.


Nicky
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andwoo
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   Posted 11/21/2006 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, the MRI was negative, thankfully, but the anti-nausea medicine did not work as well today, and my headaches seemed a little stronger. Not a good sign :( this really has me worried as the headaches and nausea, even though occuring together, do not seem to be overly related to each other. And, my nausea isn't always nausea, I guess I call it that because I don't know what else to call it but it's more of a uncomfortable feeling that's constant and becomes nausea a few times a day. I'm going back to the neurologist tomorrow to discuss the MRI results and my treatment options.

Annuk
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   Posted 11/22/2006 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi andwoo,

I am very glad your MRI was clear as that rules out anything nasty. Sometimes just anxiety can make you feel very nauseas from time to time and even make you sick!!

Try to take comfort that the MRI is clear, and I wish you well for your discussions with your Doctor.

take care

Ann

andwoo
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   Posted 2/24/2007 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
It's now been about 4 months with a constant 24/7 headache. It's now also officially New Daily Persisent Headache, which is incredibly depressing. I'm currently on Topamax, up to 125mg, which I've been on for about 2 months now. I went up to 150mg, but had complete loss of appetite and mood changes, but I was going up 25mg a week when I did that. I'm hoping that maybe if I go up slower, I won't have the side effects. The topamax seems to be working a little bit, as my headaches seem slightly reduced, in that they are localized to my right side when painful now, wheras they used to be on my left side as well, though they were always mostly on my right when they started, but then moved to my left a little bit later. also, my nausea used to be 24/7, and I needed to take anti-nausea medicines to be able to eat well, but now don't really need the anti-nausea medicine anymore. The nausea goes away for 10 days or so before it returns, sometimes for 2 weeks or so, though less than it used to be before I got up to 125mg of Topamax, sometimes it goes away a week or less. Now, it's been gone for about 12 days, though it pops up from time to time during the day, but not all day like it used to be. I go back up to the Jefferson Headache center next week, likely placed on an antidepressant. Does anyone on this board also have this condition? or does anyone know anyone who has recovered? as my neurologist told me I only have a 25-30% chance of ever being headache free, a very depressing #. He also said that since the Topamax appears to be working, that it increases my chances that it won't be chronic. Not sure what that meant, if that means no more headaches, or that I'll just have pain-free periods, but I'll still get constant headaches.

andwoo
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   Posted 2/26/2007 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, basically an official diagnosis. New Daily Persistent Headache is more or less a leftover diagnosis when nothing else is found to be causing it, i.e brain tumor, low spinal fluid pressure, meningitis, etc. He is basing his 25-30% estimate on his center's experience with the condition, and being on of the larger ones in the US, they have seen more people with this condition than most. So, I have seen another neurologist, a headache specialist as well, and am being referred by him to the head neurologist at this other headache center closer to me, so I'll see what this person says as well, but basically, this condition does not usually have a happy outcome. Obviously, if some future medical breakthrough occurs, my chances may improve, but specialists do not know why headaches start in people with no history of headaches and are 24/7, everyday, and are unrelenting, and most medicines do not work on them. For me, at least Topamax works a little, it's gotten rid of the nausea, for the most part, and reduced the pain of the headaches somewhat, but over the last few days, my face has been tingling constantly, not sure why, or what that means, though probably not anything good.

I had some stress, certainly. i had a bad breakup that happened a month or so earlier, and some ramifications that were still happening, was waiting on bar results, but I passed 3 days prior to the headaches starting, which took a whole TON of stress off me. But, I'd been more stressed at other points in my life before. Wasn't sick prior to it, but did feel strange for the 3 days prior, starting the day I found out I passed the bar, but apparently that's not uncommon for people with my condition. No other changes. I will look into other therapies, such as accupuncture and chiropractors, but don't expect anything to really come of it.

aidentaylor
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   Posted 7/21/2010 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
iv had a headache 2 the right side ov my head just around the ear n temple area aswell n r gettin very worried aswell its mainly in the mornings wen i wake up as u sed n not a bad pain but more annoying then anything pain killers dont seem 2 affect it it wont go away but i offten foget about it if im doin out fun lol but soon as i stop it creeps bk shud i just see a doctor or will it go away i see that u have had it 4 4 months n r on medication  i really hope thats not guna b on the cards 4 me NEED INFO PLEASE PPL THANX AIDEN

Snowangl317
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   Posted 8/23/2012 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Can original poster please update your current condition. This is the only post out of all research done that closely resembles what I am going through and it is awful! I have never had headaches and all of a sudden on July 25th I had the worst headache of my life! It hasn't stopped since then, everyday 24/7. Please post your current situation, I need some hope this will go away one day!

LaLynn
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   Posted 8/28/2012 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Snowangl317,

I'm hoping you've checked with your doctor regarding your sudden onset of headaches. I am concerned because you describe it as the "worst headache of your life." This can be a sign of a more serious condition, but even if it's not, it's better to seek professional medical help & input from your doctor. And if you don't get answers from you GP, get a specialist involved.

I've suffered from migraines most of my adult life, and usually can combat them with over-the-counter medications. But sometimes I get a stubborn one that lasts for days, or more specifically, will be relieved with OTC meds for a short time, only to return again once the medication wears off.

Perhaps you have developed an allergy you're not aware of? My mom discovered (after years of suffering) that she has an allergy sensitivity to anything aged (cheeses, wine), which were the trigger to her migraines.

Take care of yourself, & do keep us posted on you're doing. =)

pepperpic
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   Posted 9/1/2012 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Andwoo
My wife has started to complain aboit a 24/7 headache. I was curiois. Have you tried routine massages in the past.

pepperpic
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   Posted 9/1/2012 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
By routine i mean every week

Snowangl317
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   Posted 9/1/2012 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Just to update, I have seen many doctors over the past5 weeks and they kept telling me my headaches were caused by muscle tension in my neck and shoulders. Ie stress, which i knew was not the case. They put me on all kinds of anti inflammatorys and muscle relaxers. Nothing ever helped. I spent tons of money on massages and chiropractic care with no relief. Although, the muscles in my neck and shoulders did hurt a lot. After I almost passed out and my whole body got hot and sweaty while grocery shopping one day I went to the doctor and said point blank muscle tension is not causing all of this find out what is wrong with me. Turns out I have mono at 25 years old. No idea where I got it, but they believe this is causing the headaches and muscle aches. They also think on top of this I may be having migraines so they have put me on a daily prescription drug to try and control these. Not sure if this will help anyone else because of the rarity of mono in adults, but mono NEVER even crossed my mind.

MyWifesCrazyHeadache
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   Posted 9/4/2012 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

My name is tommy, and I am a very concerned husband. After googling "what causes a headache for 9 straight days?" I was led to this post from 2006, and see that there are very recent posts with this same problem. My wife has now had a headache for 9 straight days, I have taken her to the ER, to 3 different doctors now, and none of them have any clue as to what this is. She is describing it daily as the worst pain she's ever had, missed work now for days at a time (if you knew my wife, you would never EVER believe this, even if you were me, whose never seen her call out sick, no matter how bad it has been). I am scared. crapless. They have tried allergy meds, migraine meds, but the only times she has gotten relief was from a strong, heavy dose of caffeine (excedrin[generic], coffee, and soda like there is no tomorrow) and the ER "cocktail" (they called it) and a shot of toradol, that seemed to work well enough, but we know this is not a daily solution.

She has never really even been sick, is a healthy 27 y/o, and has never had more than an "annoying" headache from time to time. I have never even heard of anything like this happening. If it helps for anybody who has any knowledge to help us out here, she works as a Vet Tech at a local animal hospital, albeit she has done so for the last 12 years without ever having had an issue. I've tried everything...cleaning every air filter, having the air ducts and unit cleaned thoroughly, removing all un-needed scents from the house, checking EVERY place I could for mold, and a slew of other things I have read about such things that might rule out allergies, etc. This is getting scary, and somewhat angering. I know doctors have a lot to worry about, and a headache may not seem like a big deal, and they are honestly just trying to help, but after this long, I am confused as to why they haven't had ANY tests done yet.

Please help, I'm begging, if anyone can.

Jtoz54
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   Posted 9/13/2012 5:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I suffered from headaches and dizziness all my life. 5 years ago I discovered that I was Salicylate Intolerant, allergic to aspirin and all foods containing salicylates. Aspirin is a salicylate that comes form the bark of the willow tree. All plants produce salicylates as a natural insecticide. It is in things likes fruit,most vegetables, tomato sauce, olive oil and many more. Theres a good list of foods in the book,"Salicylate Intolerance and The Healthier I Ate the Sicker I Got."
 
One time, years ago, before I knew about my food intolerance I had a migraine and stiff neck for 21 days, along with a numb hand,leg and mouth.  I was tested for Lyme, MS and several other things. All negative.

Right before I hit bottom I had severe asthma for a month and such a pain in my right eye that I went for a CAT scan to rule out a tumor. Once I went on a low sal diet I got rid of my headaches,dizziness, nausea, neck pain, arthritis, asthma, dry eyes, nosebleeds, swollen glands and a foggy headed feeling.
Check out sickfromsalicylates.com

There have been times where I ate or drank something and got a headache and dizziness with the whole room spinning. The last time it happened I had eaten Instant chocolate pudding with artificial colors (yellow #5 and Red 40) , artificial flavor and BHA preservative.
No one should just accept a diagnosis of Migraine Headaches when they can prevent them by finding out whats causing them. Its usually a food intolerance. Unfortunately there is no test for Salicylate Intolerance because it isnt an allergy. You have to go off the foods that are high and very high in sals as well as artificial colors and see how you feel. Good luck, Joan<!-- Edit -->

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   Posted 1/24/2013 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
@MyWifesCrazyHeadache. I am curious to know if you two found an answer? I am now on day 7 of a bad headache. I have had a lot of headaches in the past. This one is not debilitating but sure difficult to deal with. I have nausea and when I finally get enough meds to take the stabbing pain away a little bit I'm in a fog. I thought it was a migraine to start, then thought it was a sinus issue. Sudafed and DayQuil do not help. I've used my neti pot w/o any results even though I am not stuffed up. I have diarrhea, headache and nausea. I am 37 years old. I feel like I'm dying. I am Vit D and Iron deficient. Too much info if it doesn't pertain but just letting anyone out there who can help know. Let me know what you found out if you ever see this. I sure hope your wife ended up being ok and got over the headaches.

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   Posted 1/30/2013 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
@alp1118. You sound very much like myself. I am on day 6. My typical headaches can be treated with ibuprofen and the occasional severe one responds to tylenol w/ codeine. This time, nothing helps. They just seem to make me more nauseous. I have been taking an iron supplement and vit b for about a year. The headache varies in intensity. It is always present, but I will almost forget about it for a moment and then my eyes will start burning and it returns full force. I can sleep without a problem, but when I am awake, it is persistent. Two days ago, I was certain it was a migraine as I was very sensitive to sound, smell, and light. But, now I don't notice the sounds and smells so much, but light is still difficult. Like you, I am hoping that someone has found an answer or some helpful hints to get it to back off. idea

wb1452
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   Posted 1/31/2013 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
alp1118 said...
@MyWifesCrazyHeadache. I am curious to know if you two found an answer? I am now on day 7 of a bad headache. I have had a lot of headaches in the past. This one is not debilitating but sure difficult to deal with. I have nausea and when I finally get enough meds to take the stabbing pain away a little bit I'm in a fog. I thought it was a migraine to start, then thought it was a sinus issue. Sudafed and DayQuil do not help. I've used my neti pot w/o any results even though I am not stuffed up. I have diarrhea, headache and nausea. I am 37 years old. I feel like I'm dying. I am Vit D and Iron deficient. Too much info if it doesn't pertain but just letting anyone out there who can help know. Let me know what you found out if you ever see this. I sure hope your wife ended up being ok and got over the headaches.


You should goggle vitamin D deficiencies and MIGRAINS !! MOST UNDIAGNOSED cause there is !!
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