I need advice before i drive myself crazy.

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Date Joined Aug 2012
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   Posted 8/7/2013 3:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
For the last week or so i have been experiencing this weird stabbing pain in my head. It started with this really sharp pain that made me flinch. It started on the left side just above my ear on the top of my head, but its also on the right side too but not at the same time. The stabbing comes in waves and lasts a few seconds then i have a few little throbs and it goes but leaves the area feeling delicate and a bit twingy. I saw the doctor and she said it sounds like neuralgia, she said she wasnt worried about it, and to go back if it got worse. So i still have the odd sharp pain, not as bad as it was but i still feel it now and again. I dont have any other symptoms other than a runny nose and i sneeze loads, so im not sure if this is sinus related. The pain does travel to my forehead and eyebrow and my jaw is achy today and hurts to open too wide. Is it normal for it to last this long and will it eventually go? Im driving myself crazy thinking that i have a brain tumour, or an aneurysm. I suffer badly with anxiety and have recently had a bit of a bad time with it.
Thank you in advance.

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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 8/10/2013 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
First of all, everything I say is just my experience, I have exactly zero medical experience.

My migraines impact on my sinuses. I will get a blocked up nose, and a runny nose until the migraine has completely resolved. The pain/symptoms your describing also sound like it could be a sinus issue, have you tried a decongestant to see if it helps?

Also, I've had generalized anxiety on and off for years. Anxiety will make headaches worse both in intensity and duration.

As for a brain tumor or aneurysm, my great aunt had a brain tumor (cancerous, managed to beat it despite the odds) and she had a LOT more symptoms than headaches. (Which I won't tell you, because if you're anything like me you'll spend the next week freaking out over if you have the symptoms or not, lol.)
If the pain is improving, then it's probably not something that would get worse with time, like a tumor or aneurysm.
Chronic Asthma, Migraines (1990), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (1994), Fibromyalgia (1996), Endometriosis (diagnosed 2013).

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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 8/11/2013 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I was having severe headaches every morning, it wakes me up and I couldn't figure out why. At first I thought I had a cold, cause it comes with runny nose. So I took medication, the headache didn't go way. Then it got worse, the sinus seemed to be causing the headache, my eyes seemed to be getting worse, can't see very well. In fact, it felt like a migraine, but if I moved my head to the left side while sleeping, it seemed to go away. I went to the doctor and she said that it sounds like a migraine, but I told her that I'm very familiar with migraines, I suspect that it's not a migraine, it could be a tumor. So I went and got a CT scan and yes, I had a 2.5 cm tumor in my pituitary gland. Always trust your instinct. Anyways, I was very calm about the news, by the way, this calmness derives from years of mindfulness meditation. The next day after the brain surgery, I continued to meditate, the post-surgery headaches were under control, internal healing continued to take place, I was already walking and jogging after the 1st week of surgery. My mind was at peace, I was feeling confident and very grateful for my brain surgeon who also contributed to the success of my surgery. If you feel that you need to strengthen your mind and eliminate anxiety, please find a good guided meditation to listen to. I can also recommend this one. It worked for me. http://db.tt/P6F8GYni
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