depression and headaches

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gillian03
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   Posted 1/18/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there
 
New to these boards but its good to have somewhere to vent with people who understand.  I have been ocd froma young age but just went though my first bout of depression about a year and a half ago, managed to pull thro with help from doc and family but recently it has come back. I also suffer from anxiety, I was wondering if anyone had headache associated with anxiety and depression, I have had a headache for a week, been to docs and she doesnt seem to think it is serious.  Is it just coincidence tht it coinsides with my depression or has anyone else experienced this?
 
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Gill

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   Posted 1/18/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Gill, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to you on your first visit to Healing Well! To help you get the most out of the A & P Forum please take the time to browse our threads.

Anyone who has suffered from chronic headaches knows how depressing the endless days of pain can be. Which came first, the depression or your headaches. Is it a migraine headache or a tension headache.  The info is now saying specifically migraines, do indeed cause depression, not the other way around. Migraine sufferers are very affected emotionally. This may be casued  by  the unpredictability of when attacks occur, and the limited ability to control a migraine once it starts.

Tension headaches may be set off by anxiety and if you can remove the trigger you may reduce the headache pain.

Keep posting and know we are here for you.


 
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gillian03
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   Posted 1/18/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks alot for replying so quickly. I have never suffered from headaches before. The feelings of depression came first I could feel the dark feelings setting in and then the headache appeared the next day. I would describe it as a tension headache, I dont have the other symptoms of migraine. I can get very anxious and the headache is making me even more anxious (scared it is a more serious cause). My mum is just gettin annoyed with me now she thinks i should get grip of myself but its just not that easy!
It is good to have a website like this we all need some support now and again!

Thanks

Gill

Aussieangel
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   Posted 1/18/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gill, when I had my 2nd bout of depression, I had severe headaches all day and night I thought for sure they must have been a tumor. Once I started on antidepressants I could feel them relaxing each day till they went.

I also suffer anxiety so Iknow where you're coming from, it's hard but try not to let your mums words sink in. NO one wants to be like this.

gillian03
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   Posted 1/19/2008 1:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks alot! I live in scotland so ive just woken up lol its pretty early over here. I seem to be able ot get some sleep but when i wake up they just return again. How long did u suffer from ur headaches for? Any tips on how u can relax a bit? Ive basically convinced myself this is something serious, its a vicious circle.

Gill

Aussieangel
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   Posted 1/19/2008 1:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I had mine for 2 weeks straight and also wasn't eating through the stress. Besides all the pain killers Lavender oil is useful, rub some into your temples to help relax and ease the pain. I also tried lying down and visualising the band around my head loosening, sometimes a good wlk can help as well.

Take care.
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