Tension headache, Sinus infection, or other?

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/9/2008 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a 24-yr old, female who has been suffering from chronic daily headaches since I was 10yrs old. Topamaz proved to be the one preventive that could help my chronic daily headaches. Within the past 2 years my daily life routine has changed drastically (I have graduated from college, moved out on my own, and started my career) and with these changes, my migraine pattern has also drastically changed. It is believed that I am now suffering from Tension headaches. Within the past two years I have tried numerous medications with minimal success. Currently, I am on 25mg daily of Nortriptyline as a preventive and 350mg of Carisoprodol when a tension headache occurs. My symptoms do not fit directly into the tension headache category, so I have been wondering if something else could be the problem. A typical headache for me now consists of a tightening and pulling sensation at the base of my neck on one side only, a pressure pain runs along that side of my head, over an eye, and down into the bridge of my nose. At times, the pressure is an extremely sharp pain on the side of my head, above my ear, and also particularly painful at the bridge of my nose. I have recently been tested again for allergies and have none. I have also had a CAT-Scan for chronic sinusitis and do not have any damage in my nasal cavities which would have shown that. These headaches tend to become more severe and frequent during the winter months. During the first year of experiencing these headaches, I was often going to my primary care doctor who assumed most of my symptoms were related to a sinus headache and about every 3 weeks I would be prescribed antibiotics to treat the sinus headache. The antibiotics would alleviate the pain, however the headache would always return a week or so later after finishing the medication. I began to form a headache diary to try to find the triggers for the headaches. I soon noticed that it often occurred either before and right after a stressful moment in my life. I spoke to my Neurologist about this, and he believed the pain in my neck was a muscle spasm and this spasm sent pain from the back of neck to the front of my face. I was then prescribed Nortriptyline, which has helped somewhat, however since the weather has recently changed, I tend to get more headaches more often (even not during a stressful time). The pressure pain at the bridge of my nose and on the side of head has become more frequent and painful. It often disables me to the point where I cannot go to work for the day and need to spend the day in bed. I have done a lot of research on Tension Headaches online, and though the pain in the back of my neck does reflect a typical symptom, I cannot find anything online that relates to the pain on the side of my head and bridge of my nose. I am wondering if anyone else has these issues with the pressure on the side of the head and at the bridge of nose. If so, what are you being treated for? Any medications help the pain? Are there any tests I should request my doctor to have done to rule out possible reasons for the pain?
Thanks in advance!

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 12/21/2008 3:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering why you don't take Imatrex or a migraine med to take care of this pain? There is another new one on the market as well.

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   Posted 12/23/2008 3:53 AM (GMT -6)   
medicine is one thing which everybody will take as soon as one feels any problem, but i'll tell you one thing, especially for migranes, go to a physiotherapist and ask him to teach you few relaxation techniques, and if you go for yoga,deep breathing etc.it will work wonders!!!

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/16/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there,

I'm 22 years old male and I have the exact same symptoms ( neck and upper neck spasms and pressure pain on the tamples, bridge of the nose and forehead that is coming from the back of neck, especially where my head meet my skull.

I did research on the internet and i was scared when i fugured out that there were nothing explaining my pain patern but recently i found something that is explaining it and upper neck spasms ( especially those from the suboccipital triangle ) can irritate the nerve close by and then producing the pain on the forehead and bridge of the nose. Here read about stress headache on this website, it's explaining the pain we have and it's good to know we are not crazy and the pain is real and that the neck can produce such pain http://www.doctorken.com/headache.html

I have some more documentation i can send you if you are really interested into knowing more. jus send me a private message so we can share our emails so i can send you the documentation ( i only have the pdf files.. )

I can tell you it's obviously stress related, both physical stress like bad posture, head forward posture, and emotional stress too.

I feel a bit better now that i know i'm not alone with such strange neck and head pain!
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