Scared & Frustated - Non-stop Headache for a Month

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hateheadaches
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   Posted 10/24/2012 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had a tendency toward headaches most of my life...usually tension or hormone related. They've always gone away though. I have now had some type of headache for a month. I say "some type" because it changes. Sometimes it is my suboccipital muscles, neck, and shoulders, with pain that radiates up both sides of my head. Sometimes it is over my sinuses, and is more of a pressure-like feeling. Sometimes it is all of it together. At times they are mild enough for me to go about my life, and other times they are debilitating. I have spent more time in the bed over the past four weeks than I can imagine.

I called my doctor about it after about a week-and-a-half. She prescribed Bupap for tension, which did nothing but make me feel a little loopy. I also tried Tylenol #3, which was not helpful most of the time. I tried heat, ice, a mouth guard, kept a headache diary...the whole nine yards. I can't take NSAIDS, so Advil, Aleve, and aspirin aren't options. Nothing helps.

I finally got in to see the doctor on Monday of this week. She said I had a right ear infection - eardrum was very red - and my sinuses were inflamed. She gave me a shot of Rocephin and Decadron (a steroid), and ordered a CT scan. I haven't had the CT scan yet, but it is in the works.

Yesterday morning I felt better, but by the end of the day I had a lot of pressure over my face. It wasn't as bad as it had been though. Unfortunately this morning I woke up and the headache was back, but different. I have a lot of tenderness over my face, but not really anywhere else. My eyes feel very heavy and sensitive to light. My head feels like it weighs too much. I am so tired I can barely keep my eyes open. Could the antibiotic be working, and that's why I feel this way now?

I am trying not to freak out over this. It's hard to have a headache for this long and not be worried about brain tumors and other scary things. It is incredibly frustrating. My quality of life SUCKS right now.

deltaforce
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   Posted 10/24/2012 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Why you can not take NSAIDs?

You say, you have headache diary and it is hormone/tension related, are you saying that they are the triggers? If not, does your diary has enough data points to find your triggers?

My quality of life was not good either but I educated myself and I think, I am lot better now. If you need help, please post some specific question and someone could help.
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.

hateheadaches
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   Posted 10/24/2012 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
My headaches would arrive toward the end of my menstrual cycle and last about three days then go away. This has been a completely different sort of headache.

I cannot take NSAIDS because I am allergic to them.

Unfortunately I have not been able to pinpoint any triggers through my headache diary.

As for questions, I'm just trying to see if anyone has experienced anything similar or if anyone has any encouragement or advice.

deltaforce
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   Posted 10/24/2012 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
If your headaches are close to menstrual cycle and don't you think there is a correlation with hormonal activity? What does your OBGYN or Neuro says about it? Although I can not have first hand experience of what you are experiencing, I did not come across any solution for hormonal migraines (but I could have missed it too).

I would actually like to dig deeper in your NSAID allergy, like symptoms, if any medical professional told you etc., because in my case, NSAID is the ONLY thing that aborts my migraine. I also have Ulcerative colitis (if you know what it is). Within 4 hours of conventional NSAIDs, I bleed profusely (back end, of course) and my next 6 month are almost equal to hell. When picking my PCP's brain in Jan. this year, he Rxed me newer NSAID, Nabumetone, and life has been darn good since then..
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.
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