Posted 5/3/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)
Well, yes, I wear glasses for reading, I do have distance, but it's not bad enough to make me wear the glasses.
I have tried a cold pack on my neck, sometimes it does give some relief.
I find taking meds, such as Excedrin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc, does little to help, occasionally Excedrin helps.
I had an MRI, and a catscan, nothing.
My first neuro said I was having pain from my neck and shoulders, causing me not to sleep, then I would have sleep deprivation headaches...he put me on Topamax, which didn't really help.
My 2nd neuro says I am too stressed, have too much anxiety, which in turn causes my neck and shoulders to tense, which causes muscular headaches, he has me taking Wellbutrin, which I think isn't helping, although I always give a med sufficient time for results.
I also have sleep apnea, which in itself can cause headaches, been on CPAP for 7 months now, have not seen a change in the headaches, except they may be worse.
My mother says when I turn 65 they will go away!
My ferritin is very low, and my iron level is too low to suit me, so I am adding iron this week, we will see if this helps.
Per my neuro, I did have physical therapy, 12 sessions, which made my neck and shoulders so much worse, and didn't help the headaches at all, so we agreed, PT is not for me.
I do have peripherial neuropathy, so that could contribute to the pain.
I do get slight relief when I walk the beach, sal***er air is good for you, and there are very few allergens there.
Well, that's my headaches in a nutshell!
We urge all doctors to take time to listen to your patients...don't "isolate" symptoms but look at the whole spectrum. If a patient tells you s/h feels as if s/he's falling apart and "nothing seems to be working properly", chances are s/he's right!