Daily headache for the past month, might be coming from my neck

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

akp314
New Member


Date Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 7/10/2013 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I will try to make this as short as possible but I'm sorry for the long saga.

A month ago, June 8th, I got a sudden onset headache on my left side. It was mostly in the back and top of my head. My head hurt for about 9 hours that day, despite the multitude of OTC meds I took.The next day I woke up and as soon as I got up I got a headache. But it was mild and only on the top of my head (left side). Basically, from that day on I kept having the same headaches all day but it only seemed to come about when I'd be standing, moving, or bending. As soon as I'd lay down and stop moving my headache would go completely away. They lasted a few minutes at a time but I'd get many of them a day. On a pain scale they were between 1-4.

After a thorough examination by my pcp he said it is most likely a pinched nerve. I was not exhibiting any other neurological symptoms. After I saw my pcp I started noticing tingling and an overall weird feeling in my left arm. Like it's falling asleep but it wasn't numb. I figured it's probably the tramadol. I called my doctor and he said it's probably because of the pinched nerves in my neck. The NEXT day I woke up and I felt tingly all over my body. My head, both of my upper arms, my hands, my torso and my legs. This kept happening every day for about a week but with less intensity. I stopped taking ibuprofen and was getting the same headaches. I finally got freaked out and went to the emergency room. At the emergency room they did a full blood count, took my urine, did a CT scan AND an MRI of my head and neck w/wo contrast. The neurologist said that they weren't sure what it was but suspected MS. The tests all came back normal. For about a week, my headaches really started to let up and some days I could barely even feel them! And like 90% of my tingling went away.

Last Friday I noticed my hands were shaking a little. I notice the tremor when drinking while holding a glass of water. I went and saw one of the acute doctors in my pcp's clinic. When I told him all of this he assured me that there was nothing to be worried about since all of my tests came back normal, especially the imaging tests. He attributed my tingling and shaking to stress.

Other than little headaches that would be primarily on the top of my head, only a few times I've had a bad headache. But when it's bad it's DEFINITELY coming from the top of my neck on my left side and starts radiating to the top and sides. This headache is continuous and I've let it go up to about a 7, at which point I took OTC. When the medication wears off, the big headache is gone but my little ones are still there.

Other notes: my head doesn't hurt when I sleep. I've noticed that one of my big headaches came after I fell asleep on my side on the couch, and one was after an hour in the MRI, which made me keep my head in one position without moving at all. Also, I got a big headache yesterday after pushing, pressing and massaging the top of my neck/back of the head. I don't drink caffeine.

I'm still freaked out despite 3 doctors telling me I'm "fine". At least not anything life-threatening. This has already changed my life completely. I don't want to clean the house for the fear of getting a headache, I stopped going to the gym and I had to bail on my sand volleyball team for the rest of the season. I'm sad and I'm scared and the thought of this never getting resolved is throwing me into a panic. I just want to know what it is. I've spent so much time on the internet researching every aspect of this and the only thing that sounds like what I have is a cervicogenic headache.

Any thoughts?

Post Edited (akp314) : 7/15/2013 11:13:08 AM (GMT-6)


akp314
New Member


Date Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 7/12/2013 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone? Please, any input will be appreciated. I just got another bad headache today and I took 600mg of ibuprofen which only took the edge off. My headache went from a 7 to a 3. Only on left side, I can feel it primarily in the back and top and less in my temple. I'm afraid it's only going to keep getting worse.

Brittney1818
New Member


Date Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts : 12
   Posted 7/23/2013 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have similar symptoms... From the moment I wake up I have a headache that starts from the back of my head to about to me ear it feels more so a pressure headache and my headaches began from when I fell down steps and hit the back of my head so for a year and a half I've had this same headache... I also get numbness in my arms and legs like a tingling feeling which scares me... I've had a X-ray and nothing was shown... I believe for me it is a pinched nerve and I'm going to try a chiropractor in hopes to solve my mystery... Maybe you too should try a chiropractor

rabbit5
New Member


Date Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 7/24/2013 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I have migraines quite often mostly I feel the preassure behind my eyes and radiating through my forehead. I thought maybe it was because I needed glasses but I got some a few years back and it didn't help. Its almost a daily pain. I can go a week or 2 without one but I know it won't last. Ever since I had my son almost 4 yrs ago my migraines have been getting longer and much more painful but last week I fell and hit the back of my head. The next day I had a horrible migrain and I have had it ever since the difference with this one is it starts from my neck and behind my eyes and when I turn my head it sounds like I have sand in my neck. Its very hard for me to do daily tasks all I really want to do is stay in my room with my dark certains and an ice pack. Everything I eat or drink comes right back up so I have a very hard time taking medication with it. Any sugestions would be very much appriciated.

Patzz
New Member


Date Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 7/25/2013 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
@akp314 - If I were you, I would see another doctor and don't tell the new doc what the other docs said. For years, I went through lots of health issues with doctors telling me the tests were negative.

I finally found a doc who looked at my symptoms, not the stupid tests. After 5 yrs, I was diagnosed.

Best to you.
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, August 17, 2018 2:01 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 2,993,558 posts in 328,051 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 161231 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, lxzxmhlove99801.
227 Guest(s), 4 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Scaredy Cat, cilly, Saipan Paradise, suchatravesty