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Sap04
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   Posted 10/12/2012 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I am 27 years old.Suffering from headaches from past 10 years.
Initially I used to get headaches once in a while.From past three four years ,I hv daily headaches.
I used to take pain killers,but now a days they are not working.
I am in deep pain.Plz help me.
here are the symptoms.
1)I hv moderate pain 24/7.
2)this is one sided pain around eyes,cheeks,below ears.
3)diagonsed for sinisitis ,nothing helped.
4)Pain increases once in fifteen days otherwise ,it ll be moderate.
5)pain never goes off,if a take a Pain killer it shifts the side immediately.
6)I hv stuffed nose as well.
7)not sensitive to light.
Doctors say this is not migraine no need of MRI.
always I get phlemgn in my throat.


I tried following tablets which never worked for me.
1)Tension headaches tabs.
2)Pain killers,brofen,Tylenol..
3)Sinusitis tabs..

Plz hep me..

tangle1985
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   Posted 10/21/2012 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was in college, I had headaches everyday. My doctor prescribed several different medications, but the one I had the best luck with was 800 mg Ibuprofen. It gave me the least amount of side effects, and got rid of my headaches quickly. After over a year of taking Ibuprofen daily, I wanted to see if there were any all-natural approaches to relieving my headaches (I'm sure one day my liver will thank me :)). I started going to the chiropractor weekly, and my headaches literally disappeared. I have continued to go to the chiropractor regularly, and I have occasional headaches, but not everyday...maybe once or twice a month. Here's some info I found on how chiropractic can help treat and even eliminate headaches: http://callowaycountychiropractic.com/wellness_topics/c_17_headaches.html

Hope this helps. I know how exhausting daily headaches can be!

Raquelle
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   Posted 10/21/2012 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 22 and u suffer from bad headaches days at a time every month, no pain killer works I was give 800 mg of ibuprofen but that also never worked. I kinda just turn off the lights and pray it goes away. It's usually on my right side of my head by my temple and I feel it behind my eye. I usually tilt my head when I have it because it affects my neck. I never know what to do either its like an unexplained phenomenon . I take enough meds a day for my other conditions so I avoid taking anything else. Good luck I hope you find what you need to ease your pain

deltaforce
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   Posted 10/23/2012 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Sap04 said...
Hi,
I am 27 years old.Suffering from headaches from past 10 years.
Initially I used to get headaches once in a while.From past three four years ,I hv daily headaches.
I used to take pain killers,but now a days they are not working.
I am in deep pain.Plz help me.
here are the symptoms.
1)I hv moderate pain 24/7.
2)this is one sided pain around eyes,cheeks,below ears.
3)diagonsed for sinisitis ,nothing helped.
4)Pain increases once in fifteen days otherwise ,it ll be moderate.
5)pain never goes off,if a take a Pain killer it shifts the side immediately.
6)I hv stuffed nose as well.
7)not sensitive to light.
Doctors say this is not migraine no need of MRI.
always I get phlemgn in my throat.


I tried following tablets which never worked for me.
1)Tension headaches tabs.
2)Pain killers,brofen,Tylenol..
3)Sinusitis tabs..

Plz hep me..


What is tension headache tab?
Have you tried Aspirin or Alleve? (ask your doc before taking one)
What is Sinusitis tab?
Have you tried allergy medication? (ask your doc before taking one)
What the doc diagnosing it as?
Are you a female? If yes, do you see any correlation with your menstrual cycle? Are you taking any birth control pills/patch?
Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC at the age of 30.
Currently on,
Colazal 9 daily, Imuran, 200mg daily, Vit. B12, 1mg, Multivitamin, 1 tablet daily, Fish oil 2400mg daily, Vit D 2000 IU daily.

Verapamil 240mg for migraine, Migraine episode now at least twice a month,
Ibuprofen 400mg is the only solution (but leads to bleeding). Looking for alternatives.

Sap04
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   Posted 10/24/2012 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
Thanks for your suggestions.

Sorry for the late reply.

Yes I am a female and I am not on any birth control pills/patch.
I never tried allergy related tabs.
Do you think allergy may be the reason?
I hv pain 24/7(not only during my periods).
Pain ll be moderate ,once in a week or two weeks it gets worse.
These are the points where I feel pain
1)Cheek bone
2)Above eyebrow.
3)below the skull.(not always)

Pain shifts side,I mean if it is on right side today ,tomorrow it ll be on left side.
I checked with many doctors,read forums,I did nt get exact answer for radiating pain.
Plz help me...Its killing me slowly...

Sap04
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   Posted 10/24/2012 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Forgot to mention the tabs...
1)For sinusitis I was given Antibiotics..
I dont hv prescription right now with me...forgot the names...

deltaforce
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   Posted 10/24/2012 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I am in a process of making a sticky post for this section of the forum. If Admin and mods permit, I will post it very soon. Some of the things, I will mention below, you will find in the sticky (If it takes long for approval, I will post it here for your convenience).
 
 
First and foremost, if you have headache for 10 years, have you maintained a headache diary? If not, you should start making one. Record as much tiny details as possible, more the better, easier for your neuro/headache specialist to figure out your problems.
 
Keep a perfect record of all medications you take along with the dosage, start and stop date, and the indication for which these medications were prescribed.
Same goes for OTC medications like Tylenol, Advil etc.
Keep a record of allergies, of medications, foods etc.
For all females, my strong suggestion is to keep records of their menstrual cycles, along with the bleeding types. Migraine is more in women than men and thought to have a correlation with Estrogen levels.
 
When you start maintaining a diary, you will be able to figure out if there is any trigger like food, weather, mental stress etc. It is VERY important that everyone with headache/migraine tries to find out their trigger. Sometimes, it can be as simple as coffee or red wine to totally failing to find a trigger (like me). This will not solve your problem right away but I became little wise after 5 years of voracious reading on headaches and my migraine is little under control.
 
 
To get back to your story, you should talk to your PCP about your headaches first. If s/he agrees, then you should give a try to OTC medications like Tylenol, Advil, Alleve or other OTC brands specifically for migraine. NEVER EVER exceed the recommended dosage, not even if you feel like you can't stand the pain. More people die eyery year because of OTC pain medications than anything else. If these guys help, make a note of it and how long the effect lasts. If you don't get complete relief, do you need to take one more dose after 6 hours (happens with me sometimes to get total relief), make a note of that too. If after 2 doses, it doesn't help, STOP, don't take any more and record the level of pain on scale of 1-10 (ALWAYS record pain on this scale).
If these OTC guys do not help, you should have generated enough data (at least 3 months) to see a neuro and get some sensible prescriptions. These usually take months to figure out the dose of your need so you need to be patient. It took almost 9 months to stabilize my Verapamil dose.

From you pain locations, it sounds to me like trigeminal nerve thats firing like crazy. This is the nerve that feeds into the area you mention (but it could be something else too).
 

To the questions you ask,
Yes, even allergy can drive you nuts with headache. DW's nasal cartilage is weird. She has also undergone surgery for that but inspite of the trouble, pollen period and this time of the year, she goes crazy with headache. (Actually, at this very moment, she is lying in the bed with headache and allergic sinusitis).
I can not offer any more exact help at the moment as I am not your doc. Ponder over these points and discuss with your doc. DO NOT take any medication without medical supervision. There are really a TONS of meds you could give a try to and there is a strong possibility that at least one will give you a relief if you are disciplied.
 
 
Finally, I don't want to be rude but nobody will help you if you don't help yourself. Read up some stuff on Migraine/headache. Internet is loaded with useful and useless information. Sometimes it is just too difficult to figure out what is true and what is plain BS. If you are just a beginner, I STRONGLY recommend you to read a book by Teri Robert - Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know. There are literally tons of books on headaches but I found this book is a good primer. Frankly, there is absolutely nothing in this book that the doctor doesn't tell you. A good doc will tell you almost everything but not in these details due to the lack of time. The copy I read is from 2005 so its little dated. She might have added some new stuff. 
 
I will keep adding stuff when the sticky is made but you could get going with the material above. Post your questions and I will try to answer them as much as I can.
 
Good Luck, don't despair. Hope is just round the corner.

Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC at the age of 30.
Currently on,
Colazal 9 daily, Imuran, 200mg daily, Vit. B12, 1mg, Multivitamin, 1 tablet daily, Fish oil 2400mg daily, Vit D 2000 IU daily.

Verapamil 320mg for migraine, Migraine episode now at least 4X a month,
Nabumetone 750mg as an abortive, so far so good with GI side effects.

Sap04
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   Posted 10/24/2012 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you deltaforce for your suggestions.

Yes I have observed somethings.
My headache gets worse
1)Whenever I eat peanuts,Frozen food,Oily food.
2)sometimes without any reason :-)

But I am clueless about the pain which I get daily.
I feel more pain when I open my eyes in the morning,after sometime as I start doing
daily other activities pain becomes less.
One of my friend told me that Its a mind block,bcz I dont have any work, I keep on thinking about it.

I tried searching about headaches on internet.
I got confused,started relating all symptoms to me..

One more thing I want to mention here..
I used to get cold oftenly ,I took Homeopathy treatment for that.
which cured my cold.but headache started.(Hardly I catch cold,once in two years).
I use nasal decongests daily.


thanks
Sap0




deltaforce
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   Posted 10/24/2012 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I wonder how old are you that you 'don't have any work'.. And it is NOT mind block, wish it could be that simple.

Could you do experiments to confirm your observation? Eat regular food that you think doesn't cause/trigger migraine for about 6-7 times at random days, same recipe and try to get same ingredients. And then add one of the suspect in the mixture. If it triggers migraine, you have a culprit and then you avoid it. I did this with Splenda. My neuro suggested me to give up Splenda but I wanted to avoid sugar so I refused. I did similar experiment and it turned out Splenda doesn't trigger my migraine but now I have switched to Stevia as I hated Splenda anyways. Later, I did a experiment with increasing amounts of MSG..

You need to make a detailed record of daily pain and disucss it with the doc. And migraine is never without reason, even if you think so (then mine are ALWAYS without reason, LOL).

I have never tried homeopathy myself so not too sure about it but if your cold has gone, why do you take nasal decongestants daily? And what med is exactly what do you use? Phenylepinephrine or Psudoephedrine? Be warned, you could be inviting big trouble in future if you are very young. This stuff creates dependency.
Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC at the age of 30.
Currently on,
Colazal 9 daily, Imuran, 200mg daily, Vit. B12, 1mg, Multivitamin, 1 tablet daily, Fish oil 2400mg daily, Vit D 2000 IU daily.

Verapamil 320mg for migraine, Migraine episode now at least 4X a month,
Nabumetone 750mg as an abortive, so far so good with GI side effects.

Sap04
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   Posted 10/25/2012 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I am using Nasal spray,oxymetazoline hcl...
and i am working on it,trying to avoid using sprays..
I hope In next 15 days,I ll not be using any nasal sprays.. :-)

deltaforce
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   Posted 10/25/2012 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
You can not use that one for more than 4 days at a stretch. Use saline spray instead.
And my question was, if you don't have cold then why do you need Oxymetazoline?
Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC at the age of 30.
Currently on,
Colazal 9 daily, Imuran, 200mg daily, Vit. B12, 1mg, Multivitamin, 1 tablet daily, Fish oil 2400mg daily, Vit D 2000 IU daily.

Verapamil 320mg for migraine, Migraine episode now at least 4X a month,
Nabumetone 750mg as an abortive, so far so good with GI side effects.

Sap04
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   Posted 10/26/2012 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Always my nose gets blocked (one side)...
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