Lots of sudden headaches

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aeshleyrose
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   Posted 9/8/2011 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   
So I've been on Nexium for over a month now, and my tummy is FINALLY feeling great. Luckily for my body and mind, my 4.5 months of GERD hell has taught me a huge lesson and I'm eating very healthily and exercising every day trying to get my weight down to normal weight.

My only trouble is that I'm having headaches that I can feel in my teeth. It's ONLY the back molars... I'm wondering what anyone's thoughts are about it possibly being GERD or silent GERD?

I had these headaches before everything got bad with reflux but I never knew what they were. I have remarked to my husband several times that it's very lucky that I didn't have these terrible headaches AND reflux... makes me think I may have had silent reflux for years before this.

I'm literally having them every single day for the last week. I am still following the trigger-free diet and the head of my bed is still elevated. I take Nexium 40mg/day, I still don't drink coffee, soda, or alcohol.

Every great now and then, I do get a food burp where a bite of food comes up into my throat but it NEVER hurts.

Any ideas??

Thanks all. I hope everyone is feeling well :)
Ashley

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 9/8/2011 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, do you think you could have any sinus problems? I've had a lot of dental pain over the last 12 months but my teeth are always fine on the xrays. Although I didn't feel as if I had sinus congestion, my cranial osteopath found my sinuses "very full". You could try steam inhalation to see if that helps, as sinus trouble can cause headaches, especially if the pain is worse when putting your head forward (down). You could also try rinsing your nose with saline if you think your sinuses are involved.

The other cause (if your teeth are otherwise sound) is grinding of teeth at night or tension in the jaw joints (TMJ).

I do find my osteopath a great help for this kind of stuff, so that might be something to look into too.

They do say GERD irritates the sinuses, though I'm not sure of the mechanism in my case because my reflux is very low down and nothing reaches my mouth, let alone my sinuses!

Steam inhalation would be a great starting point to see if your sinuses are involved. Good luck!

MMM
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stkitt
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   Posted 9/8/2011 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ashley,
 
Dang, you did not need to develop headaches.  I am sorry to read this !  Many things can cause headaches and Nexium may be one of them.  Therefore, if you are taking Nexium and headaches occur frequently or appear to be related to the medicine, talk with your healthcare provider.
 
Great input from MMM also.  May you have a gentle day.
 
Blessings,
Kitt
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mock turtle
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   Posted 9/8/2011 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
AshleyRose

yes, headaches that involve the teeth

ive had several rounds of these...one several months ago when i was on a common OTC PPI

and more recently, while off PPIs, a similar thing...every day

it seems that a nerve in my back upper molars is inflamed, or irritated or something

and the pain radiates up to my right eye and then soon there are waves of a headache pulsing all around my skull

whats amazing is that sometimes the reverse seems to happen, the headache at the temples or the crown of my head, moves around until it localizes in my eye sockets and then, then i feel pain on a line from my eyes to the big teeth in my upper jaw, in the back

i saw the dentist and x-rays revealed no cavities, no infections

very strange

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 9/9/2011 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
MockTurtle, that is EXACTLY what happens to me. I could have written your post!

Kitt and MMM, thanks for your sweet responses. The headaches aren't too terrible, just annoying. I'm extraordinarily lucky that I don't get migraines like my mommy.

I see the dentist in December and will ask him if it looks like I'm grinding or have TMJ (which my mom and my sister have, also).

Such good ideas!

Thanks,
Ashley

mock turtle
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   Posted 9/9/2011 2:10 AM (GMT -6)   
AshleyRose

funny thing..due to the increasing headaches and dizziness, and other symptoms i finally talked my pcp into letting me get a brain MRI

i have the worlds cheapest insurance, i pay 100% of everything up to the first 10,000 dollars in any year and then 50% of everything up to 35 grand, ....after that im 100% covered

so the cost of all this would be out of my pocket, but still they dug in their heels !!!...... until i pushed real hard

ok so as the MRI date approaches i get a lot of anxiety...and i get a prescription for lorazepam...which i use judiciously...often taking half doses and stretching out the frequency

guess what ?? the head aches are all but eliminated ! (and btw gerd symptoms decrease)

i dont know wt* is going on with me...but what ever it is,,,,stress is playing a huge part

i know there are many many people who have reflux due to absent or deformed morphology, physically damaged esophagi and herniated hiatus and damaged crural diaghram etc

but...but...i am finding more an more that for some...some more than others...stress, anxiety (and possibly depression) plays a huge role in the pathology of acid reflux...and headaches fit right in there

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 9/9/2011 3:01 AM (GMT -6)   
It's really funny, I have also never noticed that I am an anxious person until about two weeks ago. When I was in the states, I always had this strange feeling that I was going to die in a car accident. I thought that since we don't even own a car here the anxiety would go away, but now I notice that I am worried that a car is going to clip my ankle when I cross the street.

I also notice that even when I feel great, I will start to get GERD like clockwork every time I go to meet a friend. Isn't that strange?! I have always been a very confident and outgoing person... I would never have guessed that I have social anxiety.

My brain is possibly trying to drive me crazy! Does that make sense? :)

mock turtle
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   Posted 9/9/2011 3:33 AM (GMT -6)   
AshleyRose, yes, agreed, it does make sense
because
the 10th cranial nerve (vagus nerve) seems to combine the "gut" with "feelings"... that is, it carries the nerves that operate the GI tract AND the parasympathetic nervous system

somedaysarediamonds
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   Posted 9/9/2011 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
It is indeed amazing how much anxiety can impact our physical condition and also just as amazing how our physical condition can and does impact our anxiety levels.

I was never in my life a headache person until my acid got so bad before my August NF surgery. Headaches became a way of life for me both day and nighttime. They're better after the NF but are still around too much of the time just not as bad.

On the days when I do have headaches my "teeth hurt" as well. It's an odd phenomenon and I can't explain it but my teeth hurt.

For me it's the "ongoing" nature of unpleasant symptoms that seem to cause my anxiety level to go up and it's hard to get to go down. Anxiety is real and everyone has it to a certain degree. It's just when it gets out of control or becomes the central feature in your life that it can become a problem.

Hope all of you find answers for what's going on with you.
Rita

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 9/9/2011 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Rita I couldn't agree with you more. I actually got my first bout of heartburn today in over a month and the nervousness of "ohmygodwillitgoaway?!?!" was the worst part.

On a happier note, I've been following your other posts and couldn't be happier that you seem to be feeling better. May the trend continue!

Ash

somedaysarediamonds
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   Posted 9/9/2011 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Ash.

I'm posting a new thread and will be interested in seeing what you have to say.

Rita
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