Mum gets headaches every morning and has been for years... Please help

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Jasonblown540
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   Posted 2/12/2013 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
My Mother is 69 and she wakes up at 4am every morning with a headache. This has been going on now for years. She takes a heap of drugs each morning to try to cope. Over the last 12 months she has been for brain scans,acupuncture,checks,etc. Her doctor told her that she has a degree of arthritis in her neck. Could this be causing these headaches? Last week she trialed a sleep apnea machine with no success. She still wakes every morning with a bad headache. I would love to be able to help her out but not sure where to go from here. Any help would be greatly appreciated

salsadancer
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   Posted 2/15/2013 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I did the same thing for about 25 years before I hit upon the cause. During that time I went for every kind of test, tried to relate it to everything under the sun -- allergies, hydration, the weather, you-name-it. Turned out, the cause was my jaw dropping open when I slept and straining the temporalis muscle between the jaw and scalp.

I found this out from a paper I found online entitled "Living with Headache," online at http://www.drjimboyd.com/HEADACHE.PDF I highly recommend this article to anyone with morning headaches. There is nothing to sell here, just a well-written document, illustrated document by a doctor; it changed my life.

Jasonblown540
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   Posted 2/15/2013 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply. How did you overcome this problem? Do you now sleep with a jaw strap on?

salsadancer
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   Posted 3/13/2013 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I have slept with a jaw strap. More effective for me are devices you can put in your mouth to hold your jaws together. There is one you can buy at Walmart or drug stores that you heat and custom mold; they are for teeth-grinders but they work somewhat for this. More effective and more expensive is a device obtainable from some dentists that fits over the front teeth -- two top and two bottom. When they are anchored together you can't open your jaw. The device has changed since I got mine several years ago so I'm not sure exactly how it fits now. I don't use mine anymore.

I did this for awhile and all along I trained myself in awareness to not let my jaw drop open. This self-awareness training is the most important. I rarely have headaches now and when I do it's manageable with ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).

The device is called NTI-tss; I just found it here: http://www.kellerlab.com/115/products/nti-tss-plus.php Note they say: The NTI-tss protocol is indicated for the prevention of medically diagnosed migraine pain and jaw disorders.
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