Possible reasons for headaches

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   Posted 11/11/2012 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
On 11/4, I was in the hospital with my 17-year son who was hooked up to IV's for 4 days. He's had headaches for about 1 year and they've gotten better than worse, but recently he has not gone to school because of a severe 12-day headache.

This morning, after his sleep study last night, we found out my son has sleep apnea which means never having enough sleep and headaches. We are still taking him to an upper cervical chiropractor in the morning just in case he has something out of place pushing on a muscle or nerve giving him a headache (very possible). We spent an hour with his pediatrician on Friday and realized he wasn't having migraines. Everyone called them that, but he wasn't having other migraine symptoms except for the pain. He was able to function. His ped said it could be sleep apnea OR he could be producing too much spinal fluid in which case they gave him an MRI. If is comes back negative and if the sleep study didn't show anything, then they were going to do a spinal tap. So for those of you with chronic headaches, three possibilities:

1) sleep apnea
2) Producing too much spinal fluid which causes pressure on the brain and severe headaches
3) Something out of whack with your neck or spine. Don't let a chiro touch you without doing xrays, but from my research, they can be very successful in helping headaches.

Now that we know it's sleep apena, we can do something about it. I don't know what your symptoms are, but 3 headache specialists didn't venture into these three areas despite bottles and bottles of pills. Not one mentioned going to a chiropractor or the possibility of too much spinal fluid. So if you've taken medication after medication and it still isn't helping, you might want to pursue one or more of these possibilities. Good luck.

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   Posted 11/12/2012 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
How much does your son weigh? Is he overweight or obese? A colleague of mine uses something in the mouth, a silicone denture like between his teeth and claims it avoids his sleep apnea.

Personally, I sleep on my side to avoid it.
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   Posted 11/12/2012 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, he gained a lot of weight quickly which is probably the cause of a lot of his problem (with sleep apnea), but I think his posture/neck is the cause of the headaches. He had xrays today and what the chiropractor said made a lot of sense. He's getting adjusted Wednesday.

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   Posted 11/15/2012 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
i am new to this site,not sure where to ask a question.so i,ll try here...sometimes i wake up during the night with a pain in front of my head,across my forehead.it seems to hurt most when my head is on th pillow,when i sit up in bed it seems to slowly go away..i put a cold wet facecloth across my head,feels better..what could this be,i,m a little afraid to go to the doctor,should i be?
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