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kms904
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   Posted 12/9/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Reading everyone's comments has made me feel a little better about the headaches I've been having. about a month ago I started getting horrible pressure headaches. I went to a clinic and the doctor said it was a migraine and gave me maxalt (rizotriptan) but I never took it because I have never had a migraine before, and I was unsure about that kind of medication. I decided to go to my normal doctor and he told me I had a sinus infection and prescribed me erythromycin since I'm allergic to amoxicillin. It seemed to work but the headaches starting coming back after a few days. This time the doctor said I was having tension headaches and prescribed me amitriptyline but i was making me sleep for at least 12 hours a day and since I'm a student I can't really afford all that time wasted so I stopped taking the medication and the sinus pressure came right back. Sometimes I get pains in my left temple and behind my left eye. I bought a netipot to help with the sinus pressure and it seems to be working fairly well, I'm just really worried that I have something more than a simple sinus infection or tension headaches.

ladyG
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   Posted 12/11/2008 1:25 AM (GMT -6)   
hi all,

I'm new to this site, i'm so happy I found this forum. My headaches started 3months ago, for the first month, they just come and goes like an ordinary, normal headache so I was not too worried about it, but since two months ago, I started to have sleepless nights because whenever I tried to get some sleep, these stabbing,shooting pains in my head would start out of nothing...it will start just right after I would lye down and try to get some sleep. The pains are unbearable, it's like something is stabbing my head and there's burning and itching, as if somthing is crawling inside my head. I haven't been sleeping well for the last 3 months, I will only sleep now if I take sleeping pills. My doctor thinks In have serious migrane and anxiety problems so he prescribe tritptan, it works a bit for the headache but i get chest pains and palpitations. I do have arrythmia for a long time now and I'm taking verapamil. My doc thinks it could be the reason why I'm having these headaches, but this is the first time I had this kind of problems. My left eye feels sore and gritty all the time and it twitches when I blink, also I get some muscle spasms in my legs and hands and body. My left leg feels weak and I have pain behind my knees that doesn't go away. At the moment I'm suffering from runny nose and my left eye feels like burning. I only have a slight headache but I still can't sleep at night. I'm only taking paracetamol to ease the pain but it will only help me for a while. The burning,stabbing and itchiness in my head would still come back at night as soon as my head touches my pillow. I'm wondering if anyone had this kind of problem. I'm just waiting for an appointment to see a neurologist but here, it takes a long time to get seen if you don't have an insurance and I don't have one unfrtunately.

ms5806
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   Posted 12/12/2008 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I am new to this forum but I wanting some theories to why I am getting frequent headaches. I have had a history of migraine headaches, around 3 a year and more frequent sinus headaches but, the migraines have become more frequent (at least one a week). The pain feels like an ice pick behind my eyes, with the pain more frequent on the left side. I also noticed my vision had gotten blurry over the past 6 months, so I went to get an eye exam and found out my prescription had doubled in the past year and a half. I am 41 years old, not diabetic or hypothyroid and had a CT scan recently that came back normal. Anyone have any ideas what would cause this? My doctor just prescribed me Verapamil, has anyone had any luck with this for migraines?

abbyann
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   Posted 12/16/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
that is so sad about your daughter having to live with headaches like that. I have frequent headaches that feel like sinus headaches, but my ENT says it is not. Don't know what is causing them, but I think I have an allergy to dairy. I take the triptan Maxalt and have developed rebound headaches, so now I have to get myself off of them. THe rebound headaches come everyday, so I have a headache everyday now. At first I thought I was just going to have to deal with the pain (I've learned that it can take 6 wks-2 months to get of off the triptans) until my body got used to not having them. However, Gabapentin has worked for stopping the pain for now. I take 600mg 3 times a day. I'll see how long that last. hope it last till I'm off the triptan. I read that you develope the rebound pain if you take the triptan 3-4 times a week or more. You should use no more than 2 a wk. I have also started taking fish oil

Post Edited (abbyann) : 12/16/2008 1:15:56 PM (GMT-7)


golden66
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   Posted 12/29/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all fellow sufferers !

I'm a 66 year old senior citizen. I've been having all those symtoms you all have been posting. I've tried all the tests for allergies and balance. I've taken many medicines and the problem is still with me. I now take a plain old 550mg aspirin, one in the morning and one in the late evening and they work just as well as anything else. I am not belittling anyone else's pain believe me. I have just found over the years that all these intense prescription medicines have too many side effects. With the aspirin the pressure, head pain and even the dizziness go away for a few hours, (4 usually) and I can function thru-out the day. I still wake up every morning feeling sluggish and a little dizzy, but this seems to be it is what it is! I'm guessing that maybe the aspirin is thinning my blood and this may be the source of the temporary relief. I stop taking the aspirin daily after ten days and wait awhile and then start again. Yes, I am tired of being sick and tired but life has to go on and I refuse to let this crazy thing beat me. Once I get started doing my daily activities I forget about the misery and I try to focus on the task at hand. ( I admit this doesn't always work, but it helps to not give in .)
Oh, by the way, I did have to stop drinking anything with caffiene in it as I noticied the minute I drink anything with it I got a head splitting pain.
Pray, or meditate and be well, dear fellow sufferers.

Ziporah73
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   Posted 1/25/2011 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there
 
This sounds very much like the progress of my sinus suffering which was treated although I still have facial pain ( nose; forehead. gums, teeth) and nothing gets rid of it permanently.  I chanced on a site describing trigerminal neuralgia and this seems to make more sense...  I would like to know what others feel about this possibility in their case.

wonderfulKate
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   Posted 1/26/2011 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
PLEASE READ THIS. IT CAN HELP!!!!!!
I have suffered with migrain, SEVERE migrain for 15 years in the last 2 years every day and night, no rest, no life. You know how it feels.
Please try something i tried, stummbled accross it by pure chance, on internet studies, through research and people commenting. All positive comments, all positive results!
in my case i havent had A SINGLE MIGRAIN since i started taking the hormone melatonin. It is natural and is safe. From what i know at least. I studied responces from different countries in different languages (me being russian)- ALL POSITIVE and after all I TRIED IT and the pain IS GONE. I'd like to help by this comment if i can to those who will experience similar results if they only try. It is cheap, can be bought on internet, nature shops. Please dont give up on your life, i hope it will get better for you too...

Cherlin
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   Posted 12/17/2012 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
53 here, "migraines" that are not migraines all my life. Running out of ideas. I'm used to the 3-7, but nothing works completely; and nothing helps if the pain level hits 8+.
I think they are the source for constant exhaustion, I'm not tired, I feel like how it was when I pulled all nighters as a kid.
I'm very stubborn and won't give up and just live with this. Seeing new doctors and dealing with the "new patient" attitude is depressing. If one more doctor tells me they refuse to give me pain pills / narcotics when I haven't even requested or hinted in any way I want this... (Growls).
I've read that celiac disease and food intolerances cause constant painful headaches, but I've heard that if your body isn't flooded with gluten you probably won't get a true test result. I eat healthy and have for decades, I've "Undiagnosed"ulcers in my digestive tract. I do have Crohn's disease but its been in remission for years.
I think the ulcers is just stress from all the pain.

I'm wondering if the food idea is a good idea to research. I'm gluten free now, but that was easy because I'd had it maybe 3-4 times per month. I cook from scratch so that helped when I researched where gluten hides :)
My other guess is scent overload? I probably have a better sense of smell then a bloodhound :) Alergies and what ever this is related to keep my sinuses inflamed, so much so that my hearing changes by the hour. I had sinus surgery 15 years ago, to widen the passages. I was getting constant infections and super antibodics were no longer working.
No more infections, but the inflammation and pain remained.

I'm tired of being tough, dealing with this level of pain daily. Only time I get a break is if I stick my head over steaming bowl of water. Unfortunately I can't hang one around my neck ;) Humor and music is my drug of choice, but unfortunately I do have to take pain pills. I tried taking as many as I was "suppose to", and that's no way to live, in fact your a walking coma. So I'm as active as I can be until the pain makes all mobility impossible, but that leaves me (at worse) 3-4 hours per day (at best) 6-8 hours per day active before the pain is too much. I can always take more drugs, but you develope tolerĂ nces and what hardly works now, never works later on, and your zombiefied.

Any advice, ideas, etc. would sincerely be appreciated.


Cherlin (53 years of this and haven't gone crazy... Yet ;). )

Tobbe
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   Posted 4/1/2013 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! my mother has this same symptoms. I was hoping someone found out what caused it and if there is a cure?
my mother has given up on finding a solution so i am trying to help her.
Please update me on how its going for all of you.
thanks
//Tobbe

irvinemom
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   Posted 8/9/2013 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cherlin,

I'm also 53 and can totally relate, especially when you say "I'm tired of being tough." I have chronic allergy-induced sinus headaches very similar to migraines. The pressure gets really bad in dusty, stuffy, air-conditioned or perfumed environments -- car, carpeted offices, etc. Sleeping always triggers the headaches these days although I've switched to an expensive latex mattress, high quality sheets that I wash regularly in hot water etc. I also use only unscented products -- shampoo, soap, cream, detergent, dishsoap, dishwasher powder, cleaning products etc.

A couple of years ago I finally got tired of waking up with horrible headaches every morning and started taking 25 mg Imitrex (Sumatriptan) every morning at 4 or 5 a.m., whenever the pain woke me up. Then I thought why let it start in the first place? So nowadays I take it an hour or two before bedtime. The good news is that it still lasts for 11 hours and still works for me pretty reliably. The bad news is that Imitrex (in tablet form) takes an hour to kick in, never works during or right after a meal, makes you drowsy, brings on a hot flash, and makes the digestive tract sensitive. I try to avoid taking a second one during the day, but sometimes that's unavoidable. If I'm too nauseous to take the tablet (actually morsel off a 100 mg -- cheaper that way), I use the 20 mg nasal spray.

I think you're really onto something with food. Blueberries do wonders for me. I also keep carrot juice in the fridge. I try to tell myself that if chocolate, alcohol and coffee mess me up by dehydrating me, there must be the opposite effect if I have lots of fresh fruit, veggies, vegetable juices or diluted fruit juices. Here is a daily breakfast that makes me feel better by reducing the swelling and cooling -- I soak organic rolled oats in apple juice in the fridge overnight (1/4 cup each), then in the morning add plain greek yogurt, frozen/defrosted raspberries, half a grated apple with the peel on, and whatever other fruits are in season. You can add crunch on top, such as chopped walnuts. This very moist and delicious mix is known as Bircher Muesli. It carries me through the morning. It is cold, but I have it with a cup of tea, so it's not too rough on the stomach. I discovered it a couple of years ago, quite by chance, and find it delicious. Whenever there's a lull in dinner preparations I quickly get my oats ready for the morning. You can also double it. It lasts for 1-2 in the fridge.

I also see improvement when I either swim in a sal***er pool (no chlorine) or do stretching exercises for 20 minutes a day. To get started with the exercises, let a physical therapist guide you. My doctor sent me to one, and I loved everything about those six sessions: the neck and shoulder exercises, the massages, the stretches that make me yawn -- I still use those when I have a hard time falling asleep.

I hope you keep searching and manage to keep up your sense of humor. I wish you all the best.

Debbie Boling
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   Posted 8/13/2013 3:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you guys considered Trigeminal Neuralgia? This is what I have and it won't show up on an Mri unless you do an Mri on your neck. There are several different kinds... some that is continuous chronic pain, some sharp stabbing, and others that go around to the back of your head.

Debbie Boling
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   Posted 8/13/2013 3:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh...and I thought mine was sinus for two years.

anna-cool
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   Posted 3/22/2014 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there! I am "lucky" to suffer of both migrane and constant sinus infectios. I also have rhinites and a small deviated septun, which causes a lot of my sinus infectios. I had my first migrane at about 10 e sinus infections, i guess since i was born. I can tell clearly the diference between both headaches. Sinus can be a constant pain or as pulsing as a migrane. Migrane is usually on the sides of your head. If you place your fingers on each side of your forehaed, you would feel the vain pulsing. Sinus is more about on the face. Most of the time feel i am carying a small peble inside my forehead. I am 35 and have 2 children. Since i had them i get sick mpre often. I guess they bring bugs home from nursery and school. I guess life is a bit more stressful as well.

Post Edited (anna-cool) : 3/22/2014 12:31:27 PM (GMT-6)


lizmorgan
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   Posted 3/23/2014 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, new member here and hoping for some help/advice with my problem,, It started one week ago, I have a cold and I coughed several times, this was followed by a sharp pain in the back of my head and headache, it is now 7 days the headaches are very severe and the prescribed pain killers are non effective.
I have pain in my head, neck, forehead and a small reddish rash like patch at the crown of my head, I have a good pain threshold but have been crying every night and only managing a couple of hours sleep at a time as my skin is actually painful to even touch a pillow when I try and sleep.
Doctor has said its a pulled muscle caused by the coughing and would ease in a few days but the pain is getting worse every day.

tmac_tom
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   Posted 1/13/2015 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I hate to hear of people in pain, but I am glad not to be alone. :-)

I have had this headache for over 6 months now. Started one day when I got sick and will not go a way. The pain is on my left side right under my ear, temple, eye, jaw. At times it feels like stiff muscles, other times it just hurts. I cannot bend over without pain, I cannot have my daughter sit on my chest without pain. Sneezes and coughs are pure agony. Advil is the only thing that will make the pain go away. I have had the same treatments and have been diagnosed as everyone here, sinus, dental, TMJ, etc. It was my dentist though who made the suggestion that has really helped.

She suggested I go to a Chiropractor to look at this. And sure enough it has helped. Some days it is so good I don't need any Advil at all. And it is still getting better. If I go slow, take his suggestions, don't strain, and limit myself to walking or very limited exercise then everything is good. He does think that this will eventually go a way, but that I have to be patience with this and don't over do. I am here looking up advise because I had to move Christmas boxes up stairs and help replace a heavy toilet and my head has been killing me and my patience is gone. But just reading all of this does help. For those out there who are suffering with headaches I really recommend going to see a chiropractor. Just to see if they can help. They are WAY cheaper than an ER or even a doctor visit and they really can help in ways traditional medicine cannot.

thorn
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   Posted 1/26/2015 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel like some of you are explaining my headaches to a T. I guess my headaches started about 5 yrs.ago. I've tried all kinds of drs.(including an Amish dr and natural herbs) so far nothing helps not even Tylenol,ibuprofen Excedrin) my headaches sometimes go away and sometimes have for days. It is like pressure in my left temple and sometimes across my forehead. My jaws hurt and I tried a mouth piece and I just bit on my mouthpiece. So I don't wear it anymore. If anyone has any advice or solution please let me know.

BnotAfraid
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   Posted 1/27/2015 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thorn,

sounds like you might have TMJ. I also grind my teeth.

I find that meditation helps with this. I focus on relaxing my jaw and slighty opening my mouth.

It takes practice, however after a while it does reduce the headaches, your muscle memory in your jaw remembers to relax.

the only issue is sometimes at night I still grind my teeth.

I take prescription meds for the migraines. I see a neurologist at Thomas Jefferson Univ in Phila, Pa.

Peace
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edward1239
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   Posted 1/31/2015 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
So glad I stumbled across this forum and found others with similar issues. I started experiencing sinus pressure that turned into headaches about five months ago. It feels like someone taking a hammer to my forehead a few seconds when it is at its worst. I am very frustrated right now after being passed from regular Doc, to ENT, to a neurologist in the past month. My CT Scan came back normal and I discussed my recent brain MRI with neurologist yesterday which was mostly normal, but she said there could be signs of past migraines. She said she would need a comparative brain MRI from the past or in another six months. :( In the end she is prescribing for me to try the generic for Topomax and after reading about it last night I am not thrilled about the side effects. During the visit when I mentioned the original cause of the headaches being my sinuses closing off and causing pressure she said that would be the ENT's realm. So frustrating because it was the ENT that referred me to them because he didn't think it was his realm anymore. I am really hoping someone has found some success dealing with my type of headaches as the doctors just seem to want to throw drugs at it then have you come back in a few weeks.

Al_bog
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   Posted 2/4/2015 3:17 AM (GMT -6)   

OH MY GOD GUYS!!! I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM FOR 3 YEARS I FEEL YOUR PAIN. THIS MIGHT SOUND RIDICULOUS BUT FOR ME I WAS DEHYDRATED FOR 3 YEARS WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING I THOUGHT I DRANK PLENTY OF WATER AND NEVER QUESTIONED IT BUT THATS WAS EXACTLY WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME AND MAYBE EVEN YOU?? ONE DAY I JUST WOKE UP AND IT MUST HAVE CONE TO ME IN A DREAM I KNEW THAT I WAS DEHYDRATED SO I STARTED MY QUEST TO REGAIN MY HYDRATION IT TOOK 4 DAYS OF DRINKING 3-4 LITRES OF WATER A DAY WITHOUT TAKING ANY PAIN KILLERS BECAUSE I KNEW THAT THEY WOULD ONLY CAUSE REBOUND HEADACHES WHICH IM SURE YOUS ALL KNOW about. TRY DRINKING TWO GLASSES OF WATER WHEN YOU WAKE UP TRUST ME IT BETTER THE. DRINKING COFFEE AND THROUGH OUT THE DAY HAVE A BOTTLE OF WATER WITH YOU AND REFILL IT AS NECESSARY BUT TRY TO INTAKE ATLEAST 3 LITRES A DAY. WATER IS SO IMPORTANT YOUR BODY IS MADE UP OF 75% WATER AND IT IS RECOMENDES THAT YOU DRINK 1 LITRE OF WATER PER 25KGS I HOPE IVE HELPED YOUS I UNDERSTAND HOW CRAPPY IT IS TO HAVE A HEAD ACHE EVERY DAY AND NOT BE ABLE TO PERFORM AT YOUR A GRADE HAVE A GREAT DAY AND GOOD LUCK !!

miss. bee
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   Posted 2/16/2015 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with migraines. The doctor said I have had them since I was young. Well I don't remember that . Ur he said well you wouldn't because migraines cause lost of memory. In 2009 I was diagnosed with fibromyaglia. It got worse over the years and the more I think about it i use to put a heating pad on the back of my neck and on my head. In 2012 I had a fall if which I fractured my back and cause sacrum problems with a nerve. Fractured my tail bone. I just iced my back that night and went to work the next day. Need mind you I was already on pain pills but felt pain in my back. Just thought it was muscular . I was going threw a bad divorce and kept going cause I had bills. A year later when I finally got diagnosed with my back. And whipped my neck. Don't remember hitting my head on the stairs. This occurred in my basement. Then I was diagnose w post concussion syndrome and now PTSD. So I am on a lot of meds. But I get migraine every day . Since then from the fall my fibro got intensely worse. So for my migraines I take topamax daily. Sumatrphan and diflocen sodium if needed. Well the sumatrpban works well but the insurance only covers 9 pills a month. I wish I could take them every day. I have had nerve block shots and botox shots for a year until the last nerve blocks gave me three bald spots on back if my head. So in due time my primary told me to go to a radiology place to have my nerves reset. It is sulllse to lessen your migraines. They place a catheter up both nostrils and put lidacaine on them. It was a difficult procedure for me as I have anxiety . I get so depressed because of all my pain. I don't like taking antidepressants because they make me tired and bring me down. I take xanax and that helps to level me out more. I have sleep problems and have to take three at night 0.5mg each. And another during day if needed. Well k need more then that but it also helps my migraine. It has been two weeks since I had procedure done. The first day I smelled better heard better but my anxiety was everywhere and is. But then again I just started depakote which is suppose ty help migraines but makes very nervous and can t sleep . But they are red and I am allergic to red dye as it makes me hyper . Going to see doc tomorrow about my meds. But I have tried everything . The boss procedure helps a bit. I now don't wake up in morning with migraines. Now they start mid afternoon and last all day still. Going to get docs opinion tomorrow. And go over meds. Have u ever thought u may have fibro? As they can go hand n hand....but trust me I know the pain. I have to hold the top of my head sometimes just to have a conversation. I hope u will get better....or some type of relief!!

miss. bee
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   Posted 2/16/2015 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with migraines. The doctor said I have had them since I was young. Well I don't remember that . Ur he said well you wouldn't because migraines cause lost of memory. In 2009 I was diagnosed with fibromyaglia. It got worse over the years and the more I think about it i use to put a heating pad on the back of my neck and on my head. In 2012 I had a fall if which I fractured my back and cause sacrum problems with a nerve. Fractured my tail bone. I just iced my back that night and went to work the next day. Need mind you I was already on pain pills but felt pain in my back. Just thought it was muscular . I was going threw a bad divorce and kept going cause I had bills. A year later when I finally got diagnosed with my back. And whipped my neck. Don't remember hitting my head on the stairs. This occurred in my basement. Then I was diagnose w post concussion syndrome and now PTSD. So I am on a lot of meds. But I get migraine every day . Since then from the fall my fibro got intensely worse. So for my migraines I take topamax daily. Sumatrphan and diflocen sodium if needed. Well the sumatrpban works well but the insurance only covers 9 pills a month. I wish I could take them every day. I have had nerve block shots and botox shots for a year until the last nerve blocks gave me three bald spots on back if my head. So in due time my primary told me to go to a radiology place to have my nerves reset. It is sulllse to lessen your migraines. They place a catheter up both nostrils and put lidacaine on them. It was a difficult procedure for me as I have anxiety . I get so depressed because of all my pain. I don't like taking antidepressants because they make me tired and bring me down. I take xanax and that helps to level me out more. I have sleep problems and have to take three at night 0.5mg each. And another during day if needed. Well k need more then that but it also helps my migraine. It has been two weeks since I had procedure done. The first day I smelled better heard better but my anxiety was everywhere and is. But then again I just started depakote which is suppose ty help migraines but makes very nervous and can t sleep . But they are red and I am allergic to red dye as it makes me hyper . Going to see doc tomorrow about my meds. But I have tried everything . The boss procedure helps a bit. I now don't wake up in morning with migraines. Now they start mid afternoon and last all day still. Going to get docs opinion tomorrow. And go over meds. Have u ever thought u may have fibro? As they can go hand n hand....but trust me I know the pain. I have to hold the top of my head sometimes just to have a conversation. I hope u will get better....or some type of relief!!

CHRISTINASIMENETA
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   Posted 3/4/2015 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I have these symptoms too. My sinus CT was "clear". I never had migraine or regular headaches before this started. Has anyone found any answers? I have an MRI tomorrow. Please if anyone found answers, let me know. I am a mom to 3 little kids and this is ruining all our lives.

Sethlessness
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   Posted 3/14/2015 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
All,

I had chronic headaches for years and overcame them. 4 doctors were not able to help me but I did my own research and found the truth.

Unfortunately there is no "One Answer for Everybody." Each person will have to address this slightly differently depending on them.

What have you already tried? What has worked and what hasn't?

If the doctors' orders aren't working then clearly it's time to try something different. :)

Maarilyn
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   Posted 5/20/2015 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have suffered from sinus migraine for 12-15 years. (menopause started it). Previously, my optic, stomach vomiting, sometimes headache migraines were clusters of 3-5 every 7 years. After menopause, typically monthly or cycle related. this took me 5 years to figure out that there was a pattern, and only when they got worse and I had to take time off work over an 8 month period, did I figure this out!!!

My sinus problems lately got worse and worse to the point that I had them all day every day. and were triggered hours before a hot flash. After a hot flash, my sinus cleared up for an hour or so and the sinus problems returned. Drs, specialists, refused to believe that my hot flashes were related to my thyroid medication. (I had acupuncture to correct hypothyroid problem!!!), alas, I am the one in one hundred where my blood levels that don't match symptoms. But I solved my extreme hot flash problem!!!! Two years later, I began to suffer allergies, chronic sinus problem for 10 months, every day stuffed up. I had a coughing spell that latest 3 days.. so my doctor prescribed a puffer, Advair, which I took for 2 months. Still had serious sinus problems all the time. I had a complete hearing blockage and had been oral steroid for one week, hearing blockage slowly cleared up 3 months. I had another coughing spell about 4 weeks after finishing the oral steroid. So I reached for my puffer, Advair and interesting enough, my sinuses felt relief. So I took it again the next day and instead of exhaling through my mouth, I exhaled through my nose.... more relief... (yeah!!) The next day, I used Adviar, and pushed some of this by popping my ears and then exhaling though my nose. even more relief with both my hearing blockage and my sinus migraine.
I am still using Advair ... stopped it for one day.. and chronic sinus problems returned. I reported back to my doctor that I wanted a refill of Advair as this worked better than any other product that I have been using for one year!!!!

I am hoping that by using Advair for 6-8 weeks, that it snaps my sinus from over-acting.

(BTW- I tried going back on thyroxin and my sinus migraine & more migraine symptoms & significantly more hot flashes returned!!!!!!)

Maarilyn
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   Posted 5/20/2015 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I have used amplitripline for general menopause symptoms (daily cluster headaches, sleep distribuances for extreme case of hot flashes). I find that my need for amplitripline varies. I can get by with one night of restless sleep but not two days. If I don't get restful sleep, then I take two of them for two -three days and then go back to one a day then sometime half dose. It does help me.

One neurologist told me that the thing about migraines is they are always changing!!!!! I find that to be very true. Mostly, I had stomach migraines, then I had optical migraines, then I had headache with aura migraines, then I hit menopause .. and that's when I had OTHER problems!!!
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