Stabbing headache with dizziness

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Jojo redeye
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   Posted 11/18/2012 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
A month ago my husband and I took a trip to IN and he felt sore on the side of his head and jaw like coming down with a cold or tired from the drive, and chronic tenitus from change in elevation. When home he awoke because of "strobbing" in his head. He stood up and then fell over and looked dazed as he said he felt like he was in a black cave (he thought he had passed out). The neurologist said he had positional vertigo and gave him exercises and pills that put him out for 2 days. Went for accupuncture and herbs and did exercises. Then started having pain in eyes when looking up. Always had tenitus but now felt like his ears were bleeding. Family doc said he had sinusitus and gave 5 days of antibiotics (nothing). Then piecing headaches especially when he would lay down for bed and his breathing while sleeping sounded like he was watching an action movie in his head. If he raised the pillows felt better. ER room did CAT scan and blood work with a sep test and said on paper he is the "perfect man" and indicated he had migraines and to keep a log of them. The piercing headaches then moved around his head and it was sore to the touch. ENT doc said he never saw signs of sinusitus on CAT and gave him muscle relaxers. Chiropractic electric muscle stimulation seemed to help and xrays showed c1 is fused (chronic problem with neck). Totally fatigued and sick to stomach so not eating and cold all the time, to the point that he threw his back out from shivering. Neurologist then said it was just his time in life to start having headaches and wanted to start a prescription regimen. We tried to take a trip and that night when he went to bed he awoke so hot that his body and face were red and his glasses would steam up. Gave him tylenol and cool wash clothe and by the time at ER he was fine, so left. We feel that we are crazy and in a dream. All the docs seem to us to be either guessing, giving in, and not thinking "outside the box". We are vegan and careful about what we eat. We are exhausted and he is sleeping now after deciding to try the muscle relaxer (he hates meds). Has anyone had all this or have an idea on what/who to pursue next to get to the bottom of this?

deltaforce
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   Posted 11/20/2012 6:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad to find at least someone here is careful about what they eat. Although veganism is good, make sure you are getting all nutrients that you need, esp minerals like Magnesium and Zinc.

Now to your husband's issue, not too sure how old he is but headache period is usually between 25-55 years so unless he falls in this range, there is no defined age for headache.

Honestly, I am not very clear on his symptoms. You need to be more specific in terms of migraine symptoms, if they are migraine symptoms at all. Have you guys done annual physical and blood work? How do your cholesterol and other numbers look like? How is your overall health and lifestyle (active or sedentary etc) What kind of pain does he get, like throbbing, stabbing? Where does he get this pain? How often does he get it? What medication tried? which helped and which did not? Please explain step-by-step and may be someone can chip in.

Meanwhile, find a headache center in your area (not just a neurologist) and schedule an appointment.
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.

Jason V.
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   Posted 11/23/2012 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
All of these symptoms sound very similar to a pinched nerve at C7. This situation is like a perfect storm of sorts. Since C1 is fused and most likely C7 is subluxated, all the other cervicals are over compensating and have become very hypermobile. So, he's having nerve irritation from the "stuck" bone at C7 in addition to all the irritation of the hypermobile joints. He really needs to find a chiropractor who specializes in the Gonstead technique so that the neck adjustment can be made with extreme precision without twisting and without disturbing the other vertebrae. Good luck!

Jojo redeye
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   Posted 11/23/2012 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much. We have an appointment with a chiropractor next week...one that I understand is less "aggressive than our usual doc. I will check about the Gonstead technique as well. Thanks again.

deltaforce
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   Posted 11/23/2012 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
@Jason,

Are you a PT?
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.

Jojo redeye
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   Posted 11/23/2012 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a personal trainer (pt), as compared to a physical therapist (pt).

Jason V.
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   Posted 11/27/2012 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
@Deltaforce  I am a Chiropractor.  I am not here to spam nor am I wanting anything from me posting other than to help some of the cases on here.  Honestly, as I read through the history of the people on here, I feel like I could easily help 95% of them.  Obviously, with the spamming policy, I can't give any links or direct info to me but I can at least offer some basic info as much as possible.  It just kills me to see so many suffer who truly don't need to be.  What's frustrating is to see people who are resigned to taking meds the rest of their life but it doesn't have to be that way.  Please, if there are any questions I can answer, let me know!

Jojo redeye
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   Posted 11/27/2012 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
After visiting the Chiropractor and reviewing his x-rays, the problem seems to be with the atlas/axis. She is going to work in "baby steps" with him on this and I think he feels very hopeful and that someone is listening/explaining things to him. He started having hot flashes along with the cold spells and of course the nurse took blood to test thyroid. We are hoping to get with a doc in town who will look more at the big picture and not just a "snipits".
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