This may end up being rather lengthy, I apologize in advance.
I have no known medical conditions or food allergies. I have been sick once in the past 18 years (aside from the sore throat now and then and occasional minor sinus infections probably brought on by spring allergies).
I have had headaches ever since I was young, starting in early high school if not middle school (so 12-13). I had bottles of aspirin in my locker and would take them quite regularly. After high school the frequency and severity of the headaches went down considerably, although never dissapeared.
From high school on until my mid 20's I had headaches maybe once or twice a week, a double dose of tylenol taken at first sign of symptoms could help make them bareable, if I waited too long I would usually take about 3-4x recommended dose just to alleviate the pain a little bit. Typically it began as throbbing pain in my head and would escalate to my right eye.
In my mid 20's I went back to college and the frequency and severity almost immediately increased drastically. After a year or two of severe constant pain I came to the realization that my headaches may be related somehow to when I wake up. Back in high school I had to be up early, afterwards I worked evening shifts and typically went to bed at 2am and woke up around 10am. Now that I was back in school and up early again the headaches were more severe than they had ever been. By the end of the 2nd and 3rd year school breaks and summertime meant a shift back to the 10am wakeups, and saw a decrease or outright return to the 1 or 2 a week I was accustomed to. During this time is when I first experienced dizziness and nausea, even throwing up once during a particularly painful episode while I was on vacation.
However my final year was very demanding, I worked a 30 hour job to pay for school, had full time classes, and a 16 hour internship, I had a full time 7 days a week schedule that saw my headaches skyrocket. Every day from waking till I fell asleep felt like a pressure on the top of my head, dizziness and veritgo became a daily event progressively getting worse during the day. After a few hours the pain would become severe usually focusing on my right eye and making it impossible to function. This completely debilitating pain does not lessen or dissapear, it only gets worse and worse unless I go to sleep, sometimes being in the dark and closing my eyes for several hours can allow me to function again as well, but that is extremely rare usually even after several hours the pain dissipates, but will come back if I start to move or talk again. I began taking excedrin migraine as tylenol and aspirin ceased being able to even take the slightest edge off the pain. However, the dizziness and vertigo is untouched by Excedrin. During the few breaks that year when I was able to return to my normal 2am-10am sleep cycle, the pressure in my head along with the vertigo would not dissapear. I am unsure about whether this was a new symptom, but I suffered during my college years chronic fatigue and a lack of motivation to do anything
I graduated at 29 and moved that summer. I took a job working nights and evenings. I have lived here for 2 years now, and the pain is truly debilitating most of the time. The pressure on the top/forehead is there every day, after several hours unless I am extremely careful to manage myself (no turning my head fast, no moving fast etc) it becomes completely debilitating. Several times a month, it becomes focused around my eye even with careful management and is debilitating, the only relief I get is when I go to bed, it almost always resets back to just pressure and vertigo the next morning. Some months I get debilitating headaches around my right eye almost every day, some times the dizziness is so severe I almost fell once getting up out of a chair. One month I had basically nothing all month long, no pressure, no pain, no vertigo, it was like I finally found out what "normal" is like. The chronic fatigue is definitely still there.
I'm 31 now, I have health insurance, but my salary sucks and unless insurance will cover a good portion I can't afford a lot of out of pocket expenses (which is why I have yet to have an MRI). What are your thoughts on what kind of headaches I have, and what my steps should be in trying to alleviate this, hopefully the pain and vertigo.
Edit: I seem to be more sensitive to almost everything, and have been as long as I can remember, smells frequently can give me headaches (dating back to when I was in high school). Bright lights, even pressure on the bladder that I normally wouldn't even think about and wouldn't need to urinate for hours later can cause my headache to worsen (bladder pressure has never caused me to have headaches though, it only appears to worsen headaches that are already there). Breathing in through my nose especially when its stuffed up can worsen my headaches, as well as cause them.
Thank you for those taking the time to read this and help me, I sincerely appreciate it.
Post Edited (Mircutio04) : 7/10/2011 9:54:16 PM (GMT-6)