Posted 2/1/2016 4:53 PM (GMT -6)
Hello. I have been having headaches for going on 9 months, every single day. I have had multiple MRIs and CT scans of my head and neck, and all that has come back is that I have 3 degenerative discs in my neck. Additionally, my doctor found a bone spur in my neck on an x-ray. I do not have a diagnosis for my headaches but do have these things that have come back on tests. My headaches are generally pretty dull and travel all over my head. From the base of my skull, to the side, to the top of my head, front of my head and behind my eyes. The pain also shoots into my head and is alarming when it does. The shooting pain is not necessarily thunderclap pain, its more just piercing and can nearly cause me to jump when it happens. The pain somewhat burns and is very uncomfortable. My neck is almost constantly sore and seems to be very pressure- filled. Any time I move my head back or side to side, I hear a pop. These headaches are debilitating and have definitely decreased my enjoyment of life as I am scared something bad is going to happen to me and bring much fear and pain. I have tried a lot of different medicines from my neurologist: verapamil, topamax, amitryptiline, and lyrica to name a few. I have been to a great physical therapist for months with no relief. I have since stopped seeing her because the therapy does not help me. I have also been to a chiropractor, eye doctor, pain specialist (have had about 6 nerve blocks and trigger point therapy), been to dentist (got a mouthguard that I wear at night, no relief), I use a heating pad on my neck, tried dry needling, etc. I am going to an allergist later this week to see if I could be allergic to something. Anyway, I know this post is long but I really wanted to explain everything that is going on with me. I am waiting to get in to see a neck specialist at Johns Hopkins, am desperate for some relief. Among all of this, I am a 21 year old female, so obviously these symptoms are very strange. The doctors that I have seen so far say that there is no way that these degenerative discs could cause this type of head pain, and no one has really addressed the bone spur. As I stated, I am 21 years old and have also never really been sick in my life. If someone could please please provide some insight for what they think could be happening to me or give any helpful tips, I would really appreciate it.