I have had a headache since 4 March 5, 2014- it is April 12, 2014. I have had these "bouts" before and they last between a month to month and a half. Onset is sudden and no known "reason" for it to discontinue. Early on this time, after a couple days, I went to Emeregency Room and was given a IV with two meds (sorry can't remember the names- one makes you figitey, and the other I'm sure was an antinasuant), After leaving the headache was down not at the level it was- but it was not gone. Since then it has gotten worse, and it subsides to a dull ache, and then it flares up again. The nausea comes and goes. Some days all sounds are anoying, and other days smells. I can sometimes manage it, in the sense that I dont retreat to my bed with gravol for the nausea. I smear diclofenac or essential oils or muscle rubs on my forehead and neck, and in my hair if IM not having to go anywhere. I havent missed any work- but only because I dont have enough sick time to take time off.
I drink a pile of water a day so I know that I am not chronically dehydrated. I do not sleep well at night due to post surgical pain. Two weeks ago I woke with a stiff neck which took almost three days to subside to the point that it wasnt consantly painful. I still wake at night with pain in the neck. The headache is almost always present at waking. I have recently had a full blood panel done and everything is A++++ according to my dr.
Early on I was concerned that the headachje was a side effect of two Medications (cymbalta 60mg in AM for nerve pain, and 50-75MG Trazodone PRN at bedtime for sleep). It was not as it was not immediate on starting the Trazodone. THe neck stiffnmess was a concern to my pharmacist that it was seretonin syndrome, but my dr has ruled it as sleeping wrong. (I still have the neck pains when I tip my head back or turn my head -ei- shoulder checking driving, and when I wake at night) I have taken pillows away, added pillows changed which one I sleep on ect.
I found today cleaning my house that the headache increased with acitvity- bending, moving, twisting. I was not lifting anything heavy, just bending down to move a carpet, washing walls, sweeping. Generally when I have a headache I dont do much as I just feel crappy and no motivation. I eat well. Dont eat fast food and crap food. I am actually following a low carb high protein diet, no sugars, no grains, no starches, no pop, only a couple cups of coffee a day. I have been eating this way since September so its not the diet. The previous bouts I was eating a "north american diet" (lol, aka whatever).
recently I bought a blood pressure monitor to check randomly if its my bloodpressure thats causing it. IT varies between a low low reading of 85/56 (I even checked my pulse after that one...) Aside from the low low reading it varies from the low of 92/62 and 116/69 pulse is averaged around 65. According to all I've read those are good readings.
SO I guess what I'm asking of all you good people is does this sound like any of your symptoms? Was this what your onset was like. Did you have a few bouts with no cause or cure. DId anything help you more than others.
As I believed that the first bout was cause by daily use of NSAIDS (as well as ulcer-like syptoms) I do not use naxproxen, and I use acetominophen very sparingly, and use ibuphrofen even less. I do have Emtec (tylenol and codeine) as well as Flexeril(its new to see if it helped with neck pain). In previous bouts I was taking Gabapentin or Lyrica in place of the Cymbalta.
My dr has not came to the conclusion that it is NDPH, but it seems to fit. I had a brain scan done after a past bout so they are not wanting to repeat it as no lesion or abnormalitys were noted.
Thanks for your time.