Thank you for both of your replies. I just don't know what to do with this problem. I try so hard to convince myself that nothing is wrong, but I just can't seem to do it. I had myself so worked up over "brain tumor" tonight that I was literally shaking. I have a horrible headache right now, it's eased up some since I cried a little bit over ex-fiancee's death, my nose started running, so I know it's a sinus headache. It hurt all across my forehead, left cheekbone with shooting pains into my left ear, and on the top front of my head. My husband also said that my shoulders and neck muscles are as hard as our dining room table.
I think what I want to try to find out is if there is any possibiliity that there may have been something so very tiny that the radiologist couldn't see, and now, almost 3 months later, has grown. I have no other neurological symptoms though, just these headaches. I've already had 2 drs. tell me that the possibility of that is slim to none, none being their first choice.
I think it's time to find a good psychologist I guess.
Again, thanks for your replies.
Thanks again for another reply. I'm just getting sick of these headaches. They've been going on for 5 months now. I normally do not wake up with them, didn't today, and I felt so good and happy, till I took that Hydrocodone and sat on this computer all day long. Then I started getting that headache back. I have very poor posture at this computer, I do know that. I've also wondered about rebound headaches from taking waaaay too much Hydocodone for a lower back problem.
I got my MRI films out today and looked them all over again, didn't see a thing wrong, and believe me, if you'll look at an abnormal brain MRI on this internet, those tumors really stand out. I can even find them. (Please, don't do that though, I don't anymore myself). I have this perfect looking brain and lots of headaches. It does NOT hurt if I sneeze, bend over or cough, and the weird thing about this headache is that it moves all over my head all the time. Weird. It moves!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think that's a good thing though, because I have heard that the "other" headaches are pretty much localized.
I've done a little better today after reading your 2 posts here. Yes, I did develop another "moving" headache this afternoon, but I didn't panic about it. And I thank you for that. Because of your reassurance, I think that's why I didn't.
God bless you, you deserve it,
Hi Ann and thanks again for your reply.
I'm beginning to wonder about rebound headaches. I'd never even heard of them till I started googling. I haven't told anybody about my hydrocodone/Tylenol #3 addiction. I have severe lower back pain, and my dr. put me on the Ty 3's, but for a long time, I rarely took them. Then several personal, very devastating events happened, and I started abusing them. Finally talked my dr. into switching me to Hydrocodone. This has been less than a year ago. So basically I went from taking practically none, to "numbing" myself from the emotional pain by taking too many Hydros. I think it's just about the time that the headaches started too. I gradually increased the amount of Hydro that I was taking till I finally got up to 14 of them per day. I was having headaches, mild ones, and I was tired all the time. Convinced I had that brain tumor, had CT, it was negative. Kept taking Hydro's. I remember one day I only had 2 left, I took both of them at the same time when I got up, called the prescription in to be refilled, husband forgot to pick them up, and that night I had the worst headache I think I've ever had. I did sleep, but it was bad when I woke up. So bad that he left work on his lunch hour and picked up the prescription. I took 2 at a time, and within about 45 minutes, the headache was gone. But I was still having them, so I had the MRI done, negative as well. I finally got sick and tired of being sleepy all the time and started tapering off of them. I started a fast taper, then slowed down. I'm still doing that, I'm now down to 4 or 5 a day, but my headaches are frequent and they seem to hurt worse. So, of course with the P/A, I think that they have missed something very, very small, and in 3 months time it has grown. This is terrible.
Will you please tell me what you think about what I've written here? Because if you think it may be the reason, I'm calling my dr. tomorrow, or as soon as I hear back from you. This has GOT to STOP.
Thanks so much for your help. I sure do appreciate you. I've noticed how many people you help on these boards, and I really believe that God will bless you for that.
All the best,
I am so sorry to hear about your aneurysm. Those things run in my husband's family, on his paternal grandfathers side. Every time Brent gets a headache, I panic. I don't let him see it, but I do. I can't imagine living like that. Are you scared, or are you dealing with it pretty well? Are they watching it closely? I will be sure to remember you in my prayers, I really will. Again, I"m really sorry to hear that.
Thanks for responding to my post. It helped me a lot. I just found a website that said that if you have a negative MRI, then you won't need another one for a year or more. So, that helped too. My headaches have just vanished. But, being the hypochondriac that I've become due to all these deaths, I now think I'm having trouble with my speech. That is my ONLY symptom. I FEEL like I'm slurring my words, when I'm really not. I can say tongue twisters 5 times in a row, very fast, and never miss a beat, and yet I think my speech is slurred. I hate being a hypochondriac. I really think that all these deaths have made me so aware of my own mortality, and it's like you said, you just never know when it's going to be your time.
Well, enough said, thank you for replying, and I will be thinking about you. Take very good care of yourself, okay?
In His love,
Thanks Cyndie, I'll talk to him about it. An aneurysm killed his Mother back in 1969, she had what she called a "violent" headache all the time. The dr. first dx'd her with encephalitis and gave her antibiotics and Darvon for her headache. Her headache never went away. She wouldn't go to the hospital for some reason either, my husband doesn't know why. Anyway, after 3 full weeks of suffering needlessly, she died. Same thing happened to her father, his sister, and Brent's 11 year old 2nd cousin. The only one that lived was his grandfather's sister, but she had hers operated on. I'm terrified of them as a result, because I have known my husband ever since he lost his Mother, and I went to her funeral.
I don't think I should be telling you this, this was so long ago, when nothing could be done. You never know, God just may intervene, and there may be a way , someday, for you to get yours fixed. I pray that there will be. I am so very sorry that you're suffering with horrible headaches. If you ever want to e-mail me privately, feel free to do so. My address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Amby, and thanks for your reply.
I take Hydrocodone, and way too much of it, for lower back/leg pain. I thought rebound headaches were only caused by taking to much OTC medications. Can Hydrocodone cause rebound headaches? I went for over a month without a headache at all, no neck, shoulder tension, nothing, and thought I was finished with the brain tumor phobia. Then, my DH went on yet another binge and the verbal abuse was horrific, that's the only way to describe. The things he said to me were horrible. We fought constantly, I mean screaming matches. He called me every filthy name in the book, kept taking off his wedding ring and throwing it at me, calling it a "piece of trash" (sorry DH, but that ring cost me over 500 dollars, I wouldn't call that a piece of trash), threatened to call all members of his family over to this house and "cuss" me out, he wound up going to jail for DUI, was there for 6 days, I wouldn't bail him out, then I finally did, he turned around and got drunk again for 8 more days, during which the verbal abuse was horrible. I didn't have a headache one time during all that mess, and the day after he finally sobered up, all that tension and those headaches came back, along with slight nausea and dizziness. I was already having nausea and dizziness when I had both CT and MRI done, or I'd be more worried I guess. Could the headaches coming back along with the nausea and dizziness be caused by all that stress? The phobia is back with a fury. I"m in desperate need of reassurance now.
Sorry to unload on you, I guess I just needed to ramble.
Again, thanks for your reply. I really appreciate it.
All the best to you,