anyone been diagnosed with cervical daily headaches?

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givenup
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   Posted 11/25/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I have headaches from the moment I wake up in the morning from the moment I go to sleep at night. I've had a non stop headache for a year and a half with so many different symptoms that I can barely live my life anymore. My face turns freezing cold and feels like it's being pricked with little tiny needles all over my nose and eyes. My nose gets stuffed up and so do my ears. My whole entire head feels like it's being tightened by some kind of grip. Like the bones in my face are being crushed. My teeth even hurt sometimes. My neck hurts and so do all the muscles in my shoulders. I can't go to work or school anymore and I never leave the house. I'm 22 and my life has been taken away from me. I have heard that people can live their entire lives with these types of headaches and that they never go away. If anyone has these please write me back.

Tweedle
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   Posted 11/25/2007 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I too ave the same type of headaches/migraines and have been diagnoised as having chronic daily headaches. Ive had them now for about 20 years (im 23 now). Ive recently been to see a neurologist whom has prescribed 500mg of naproxen, 120mg of Amitriptyline and has put me in for an Scan. Up to now I have just lived with the pain, and looks like I will have to live with the pain longer. Try hang on in there and hopefully they will reduce on there own (or a better treatment comes along) and I know its painful at the moment but trust me you will get used to the constant background pain to a point where it will not bother you as much

sarahswan
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   Posted 12/6/2007 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Givenup-
 
When I was in my mid20s my migraines got so bad I was in bed for a year and a half with a constant migraine...it never left, and I too felt like life had been taken away.  I'm so sorry you're in so much pain.  Your post didn't mention if you're under the care of a doctor, but the title says "cervical daily headaches".  Is that what you've been diagnosed with? Who diagnosed you with this? Are you currently on any kind of headache treatment plan (i.e. medications, relaxation techniques, special diets, etc.)? If you don't already I would strongly suggest seeing a neurologist who specializes in migraines.  In my experience, the general neurologists I encountered didn't have the same information or attention to the whole issue as a neurologist specializing in migraine/headaches did.
 
Also, hoping this isn't getting too personal...but when I was in bed in constant pain and angry at the feeling life was passing me by I got very depressed. One of the causes for both depression and migraines is decreased levels of serotonin (the chemical in your brain that lets you be happy) in the brain.  Although getting on an antidepressant didn't help my migraines, it really helped a hopeless feeling I had been having.  You might want to discuss this as an option with your doctor as well. 
 
Wishing you a peaceful day!
 

korbnep
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   Posted 12/8/2007 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
hey. What's your specific diagnosis Ashley? There are a ton of different types of cervical-type headaches. Is it a cervical-vascular disorder? Because there are a ton of those.

specifically:
6. HEADACHE ATTRIBUTED TO CRANIAL OR CERVICAL VASCULAR DISORDER
6.1 Headache attributed to ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack
6.1.1 Headache attributed to ischaemic stroke (cerebral infarction)
6.1.2 Headache attributed to transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
6.2 Headache attributed to non-traumatic intracranial haemorrhage
6.2.1 Headache attributed to intracerebral haemorrhage
6.2.2 Headache attributed to subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH)
6.3 Headache attributed to unruptured vascular malformation
6.3.1 Headache attributed to saccular aneurysm
6.3.2 Headache attributed to arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
6.3.3 Headache attributed to dural arteriovenous fistula
6.3.4 Headache attributed to cavernous angioma
6.3.5 Headache attributed to encephalotrigeminal or leptomeningeal angiomatosis (Sturge Weber syndrome)
6.4 Headache attributed to arteritis
6.4.1 Headache attributed to giant cell arteritis (GCA)
6.4.2 Headache attributed to primary central nervous system (CNS) angiitis
6.4.3 Headache attributed to secondary central nervous system (CNS) angiitis
6.5 Carotid or vertebral artery pain
6.5.1 Headache or facial or neck pain attributed to arterial dissection
6.5.2 Post-endarterectomy headache
6.5.3 Carotid angioplasty headache
6.5.4 Headache attributed to intracranial endovascular procedures
6.5.5 Angiography headache
6.6 Headache attributed to cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT)
6.7 Headache attributed to other intracranial vascular disorder
6.7.1 CADASIL (Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy
6.7.2 MELAS (Mitochondrial Encephalopathy, Lactic Acidosis and Stroke-like episodes)
6.7.3 Headache attributed to benign angiopathy of the central nervous system
6.7.4 Headache attributed to pituitary apoplexy

And of course you know that I emphasize with your disability. I've been the same way for a long time.

Good luck,
Ben
DX: NDPH, Recovered CRPS
RX: Lamictal, Abilify, Verapamil, Provigil, Clonazepam, Ambien CR, Rozerem, Emsam, Namenda
PRN: Haloperidol, Zyprexa, Lodine, Zofran, Oxycodone


korbnep
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   Posted 12/8/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Tweedle said...
Hi, I too ave the same type of headaches/migraines and have been diagnoised as having chronic daily headaches. Ive had them now for about 20 years (im 23 now). Ive recently been to see a neurologist whom has prescribed 500mg of naproxen, 120mg of Amitriptyline and has put me in for an Scan. Up to now I have just lived with the pain, and looks like I will have to live with the pain longer. Try hang on in there and hopefully they will reduce on there own (or a better treatment comes along) and I know its painful at the moment but trust me you will get used to the constant background pain to a point where it will not bother you as much


Tweedle,

I'm glad you've seen a neurologist, but be careful taking that much Naproxen. It can easily cause your headaches to become worse if you take it frequenty and it's not a particularly strong drug anyway. Anyway, I hope it does work, just be on the look-out for increasing head pain and realize that you may one day need something stronger.

Ben
DX: NDPH, Recovered CRPS
RX: Lamictal, Abilify, Verapamil, Provigil, Clonazepam, Ambien CR, Rozerem, Emsam, Namenda
PRN: Haloperidol, Zyprexa, Lodine, Zofran, Oxycodone

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