damged neck amd shoulder causing daily headache in right side of head which ends up behind right eye

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jodavicha
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   Posted 2/15/2011 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
For the past 4 years I have been having atleast 1 intensely painful headache most days. The pain starts in my neck and works its way over the right side of my head and into my right eye. They last about 1 hour start to finish.
about a year ago a friend of mine suggested I go to see a Physio who treats headaches. He suggested my neck and shoulder may be damaged and this fits in with an accident years ago. Although I am not cured totally I am able to regulate and lessen the pain with Physio, heat and correct posture. I'd love to hear from anyone with similar problems either to advise or to be advised. Thanks

EvilFluorescents
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   Posted 2/16/2011 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Your physio probably thinks it is a pinched nerve. That's great that the exercises are helping! I wonder if a short term course of corticosteroids would help. I know they do this with pinched nerves when the symptoms begin to present. Not too sure if they do this 4 years after the first pain episode. It's definitely worth checking with your doctor.

If your thinking about taking daily meds I would think starting with something like lyrica (or gabapentin) or amitryptaline (or nortriptyline) would be good places to start. You could also try a nerve block. I would consult a pain specialist (a specially trained anesthesiologist).

Best of Luck!

jodavicha
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   Posted 2/17/2011 1:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm trying to avoid medicine as all I've been prescribed so far have been pain killers or anti depressants and, as it would have to be a very strong pain killer, and I don't want any mood changing pill, I'd rather cope with the pain until I find another sollution. Unfortunately everytime my Physio stems the pain I stop going to see him, for money reasons, when maybe I should keep going. Thanks for your advice

EvilFluorescents
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   Posted 2/17/2011 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah, I understand. It really comes down to deciding what's worse, the pain or the meds. This is a personal decision that only you can decide. Only you know how bad your pain is.

For what it's worth, as far as meds go, the vast majority of people find lyrica and gapapentin to be pretty gentle. I've used gabapentin for a few years. Lyrica is supposed to be even more effective with fewer side effects. Lyrica is a little more expensive as there isn't a generic for it.

If your doctor thinks corticosteroids (like prednisone) are called for, you only take it for a short time (maybe a week?).

Your absolutely right. PT is like taking antibiotics for an infection. Even if you feel better, you keep taking it until you're done with the bottle. You're probably getting to the point where the swelling dies down enough that it no longer hurts. You need to continue so the muscle stops constricting around the nerve. The nerve also needs time to heal. If you stop too early this can't happen.

Maybe you can ask the PT for instructions, so you can continue with the exercises on your own at home.

I hope you find something that works for you!

inyourhonorr
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   Posted 2/20/2011 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jodavicha,

When I was 14 I had R Shoulder surgery because I kept dislocating it, so they put an anchor in. My surgeon tied the anchor in too tight, and now I have a limited range of motion, and will continue to have it for the rest of my life most likely. Anyway, I've been getting these headaches in my Right eye - so bad that I literally want to pull my eye out of my socket. I have been seeing a chiropractor for my lower back because I also have Crohn's disease, but he told me that my headaches usually stem from my neck. I don't know if their caused because of my shoulder and my neck, but I just wanted to let you know your not alone. My mom thought I was going crazy, until I started to throw up from the headaches. Have you seen a neurologist? I saw one recently, who recommended I go for an MRI. Thanks for posting this! I thought I was the only one who got headaches in my right eye.

- Lisa !
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