Panic and Headache

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GCutter
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   Posted 12/17/2006 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
For the past three weeks, I have had a persistent headache. It started right behind my left eye and was on and off. Felt like a sinus headache as I was extremely lightheaded and lethargic for a week. The ligthheadedness had subsided and now nausea has settled in. I havent vomited but i feel as though it is coming ay time. Its awesome let me tell you. The headache has persisted now for a while. It has predominantly been on my left side but shifts all over the place...left back, left front. right front etc...

Problem is that I cannot stop thinking about it. I feel metnally as though I have some sort of tumor or degenerative disease. Of course, internet research isnt helping either since it proves that I have every symptom imaginable. Anyway, I cannot seem to beat these headaches at all. Ive been taking levaquin for the sinuses and tylenol with codeine for the headaches and it doesnt seem to be working.

Went to see two doctors and one says that its a sinus infection that will take time. The other says suggests that an MRI is a reasonable thing to pursue to put my mind at ease. That may be true.

Was wondering if anyone has been inthis boat before. I feel as though Im losing this emotional and physical battle. I have a history of anxiety and this is the third consecutive December that I have been sick. Unreal.

Cutter

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 12/17/2006 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Cutter, welcome to HealingWell. You will find lots of support here. I am someone who suffers from chronic migraine. For many years I went down the "sinus" road. Finally, I went to a neurologist and learned that migraine often "mimic" sinus headache. I recomment that you take your doctor up on the MRI but ask to be referred to a neurologist. My migraines almost always start behind one of my eyes and then rotate all over the place. I get neck pain too, feel nauseaus but do not throw up. You don't have to get an "aura" to have migraine. Only 10% of migraine sufferers get the aura. It sounds like migraine to me. Why not do a google search on migraine and take one of the headache quizzes to determine the "type." Perhaps the reason it has been so persistent is because you are taking sinus and coidene. Both of these meds along with narcotics can cause "rebound." The blood vessels constrict and then you take something to help them unconstrict and then when the med wears off they constrict again only worse. I hope this helps. Take care.
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GCutter
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   Posted 12/17/2006 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply. It does help actually. Just need to hear that other people have the same symptoms as Im 32 and this has never happened to me before. Never really suffered from headaches like this. My biggest fear is anything life threatening to be honest. I always fear the worst. Thanks for the post....i appreciate it.

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 12/17/2006 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi agvain Cutter. Fearing the worst is anxiety. The headache can be related to the anxiety. Our bodies feel an overdose of tension and it has to come out some way. Please do not worry about this being life threatening. Get off of the internet my friend. Someone like yourself should not be surfing the big bad net right now. Do some deep breathing for your anxiety. Let me know if you need some techniques. Write down what you need to do to find out about your headaches and then follow the list. Don't allow your mind to get ahead of the list. Stick to the list and tell yourself that you will deal with whatever it is when the time comes and chances are it's just a migraine spell. Take care.
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GCutter
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   Posted 12/17/2006 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
If you do not mind, what techniques are there to use? Im not sure what to do except sit around and be depressed about it. I have the curling up in a ball thing down pretty well.

Greeves
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   Posted 12/17/2006 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I did the same thing!  I had constant migraines and was sick for like a month....headaches and nausea and diarhea.  Blood test showed I had a virus but it never 'progressed'  I increased my zoloft and it helped.
 
Whenever I get stressed/anxious it takes a toll on my body first and I get sick.
 
Currently i'm in the process of trying to find a new job b/c i was fired from my job for being out too much and we're having to sell our house....and guess what...I'M SICK with a sinus infection and nausea.
 
STRESS SUCKS.

GCutter
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   Posted 12/17/2006 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry about that one Greeves. Amazingly, mine came right after a stressful moment in my life and it continues. It boggles my mind on how the mind can do such things against its own body. I refuse to believe sometimes that panic and anxiety can cause these conditions. Amazing what the mind can do to ones self. Its getting harder and harder to know the difference between what is real and what isn't. Good luck to you my friend.

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 12/17/2006 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Get a book called the "Mind Body Prescription."  It is by John Sarno, M.D.  Basically, a lot of problems, even those with explanations from MRI's and xrays like disc degeneration are the result of anxiety and muscle tension.  We, as humans, need to have a label for our ailments.  Anxiety is not the cause for my migraines, however, it is one of the ways that my body purges the result of too much stress and anxiety.  The anxiety causes me to tense, the tension triggers a migraine, the migraine causes anxiety and depression (who wants to live with chronic pain) and the vicious cycle repeats. 
 
Here are a couple of techniques:
 
1)  Take red dots and place them all over - your clock, your rear view mirror, the spedometer, the computer, the microwave, ETC.  Whenever you see one of these dots - you must BREATHE.  Deep breath from the abdomen
 
2)  lay down on your back, put one hand over your tummy.  Breathe "in" to the count of 7 - making sure that your tummy goes "out."  Don't allow your "chest" to fill up - make sure that your tummy goes out.  HOLD the breath to the count of 7.  Exhale to the count of 7.  While exhaling, try to relax to the point that your shoulders are flat against the floor and the small of your back too.  You might not acomplish that but aim for that so that you get the total release.  Do this for 10 -20 minutes everyday.
 
3)  Get an index card and write down an affirmation such as "this too shall pass" or something that will comfort you.  Whenever you are feeling anxious, look at the card.  It gives your mind something to do instead of getting carried away with anxious thoughts.
 
4)  When you start to feel a panic attack, look at the clock while you breathe from the abdomen.  Focus on the technique while looking at the clock.
 
5)  Whenever an anxious thought comes to your mind - write it down - on a "to-do" list.  Attack your to-do list in a methodical manner.  Remind yourself that you are doing the best you can.  And remember YOU ARE.
 
I hope some of these help you.  I LIVE this.  I also suffer with depression, have been through hell in the last year and a half.  If I didn't have my faith and my doggie, don't know if I would have made it through - still "making it through" one day at a time. 
 
Let us know how you are doing. 
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nervymeg
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   Posted 12/18/2006 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Isn't it terrible what our minds can do to our bodies..honestly! I just finish panicking and then the depression set's in followed by the headaches and the IBS.  I just wish we could get a break! Thanks for the tips hopeful and goodluck Gcutter and welcome.  I'm not normally this depressing I promise.  Really bad day.
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 12/18/2006 3:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there...

I get headaches all the time that start out in my eye or eyebrow... then spread to the side of my face (usually starts out on the right side of my face... so I dunno)... but anyways... it'll spread to my jaw and then eventually I'm engulfed in a terrible migraine...

I've had this migraine on and off for the past three days.


i've been sufferin with the ones similiar to your's for years!! *HUGS*

I hope you find some relief... maybe Tylonel?



or just as the other folks suggested i spose


Twiggygal~
"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."

DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
 
RX: Lorazepam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (20 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines
 



Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/18/2006 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I have them constantly when stressed or after stressful time
Our bodies way of telling us I think and they hurt and irritate like Hades
Welcome to HW and I think all have given you great input
Hopeful can help ya with the headaches a migrainer herself
Be well and hope to see you active here
Lyn
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