I have suffered for DAILY headaches, only left sided, for 7 (!!!) YEARS. Yep, you read this right. 7 years, every day. Done all EEG< CT< MRI, wisdom teeth were taken out, had nose operation, done Botox, the whole thing!
Nobody could tell me what it is, nobody knew how to help. Had several breakdowns from the pain, have taken Ibuprofene daily. At some point I started to get depressed because I couldn't live a normal life, I couldn't even think straight, there was this cloud over my head. I have done so many things, its ridiculous.
Heres what helped me:
I changed my diet to living super healthy, cut out sugar, started working out on a regular basis. This helped. I then started to do progressive muscle relaxation. Big improvement. I started to get to know my body, I changed my surroundings and my mindset. Big improvement. I learned when to say no and how to eliminate stress. Big difference. The biggest game changer was to stop smoking. When I did this my Ibuprofene usage went down from 8-3 (220mg) per day to 1 per day.
I then went into a painklinic and spoke to doctors. I agreed to take super low dosage of amitryptilin over 2 month (you introduce slowly and reduce slowly). For some reason I was convinced that once I mange to break the cycle of daily pain, it would be a lot easier to to manage. They told me to take much higher doses but I didn't and I also only went for 2 months rather than the 6 moths suggested.
I also didn't change my diet as they recommended.
After I had broken the Pain cycle I slowly weaned myself of Amitryptilin (it a horrible drug, but it did the trick!) and only had very occasional headaches from then.
Now, when I get stressed, tense, don't take time out, I feel pulling sensations in my left shoulder and shortly after, if I don't react I will get a headache.
But I have learned to listen, so I have a headache maybe once a year now.
Remember to take time out for yourself. Learn to listen to your body. Its amazing, once you know how it works you start to appreciate it.
I know headaches are the worst to go through, I really do. But now I am grateful for those 7 years because it had taught me how my body works, and how I can listen to its needs.
If you smoke, stop it! In my case unfortunately this has brought on another disease that had been at bay for 17 years, but I am confident that I will be able to tackle this one too!
Also, be gentle with it and don't hate it. I know its hard, I have had weeks of just wanting to die because I was in so much pain, but it is here to teach you something. Listen.
I am still getting treatments for this. I go for massages, I see an osteopath and I go to a chiropractor. I also had my atlas adjusted, which makes a big difference. Focus on your posture, be aware of how you stand and sit. Strengthen muscles to support good posture. Do yoga! Its amazing and gives you very good body awareness.