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cleopatra84
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   Posted 7/19/2006 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone. In September 2003 I was getting all glammed up and decided to get some hair extensions put in. After they were put in, I had an allergic reaction to the glue. The pain was awful and I started getting blisters on my head. about a month later, the bumps and everything on my scalp cleared up. Every since then I've had an ongoing headache. Everyone says that my headache is probably a coincidence and not due to the allergic reaction. I agree with them. The headache pain is like a dull pain and a lot of pressure at the top of my head. The pain is always there. The headache has gotten better because it was super severe in the beginning, but although the pain has gotten better it's still bad.  Amitrypline and Vivactil does help but it hasn't made the pain completely go away. My neurologist says that my headaches are due to stress and migraine since they are on going. I have thyroid problems, severe sinus and allergy problems and TMJ. Does anyone know of any medications that might help me get rid of this dull headache at the top of my head??  Do my symptoms that I described in my post sound like I have migraines? I don't have nausea or sensitivity to light, and 2 years ago I took Imitrex and it didn't effect me.  What's going on with me?

Post Edited (cleopatra84) : 7/19/2006 9:54:41 PM (GMT-6)


Annuk
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   Posted 7/20/2006 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cleopatra,

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry you have had such a tough time, how long have you been seeing the neurologist, and what have they recommended for you to take for this pain in the top of your head?

We cannot make any diagnosis here as we are not healthcare professionals, we can only speak from our own experiences, so I can only give my personal opinion. It doesn't sound like migraine, but that does not mean it isn't! The person to know best here is your Neurologist!!

But...... what we can do, is support you here and share experiences. When do you go back to see your Neurologist? - let us know?? Daily headache is a rotten thing to live with never mind you other health issues. Is the pain in the top of your head still decreasing - albeit slowly?

Take care and let us know how you get on

Ann

hopeful82
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   Posted 7/21/2006 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey cleopatra,
I just wanted to say that finding the right combo of treatments for a headache is not always easy! It seems like you have a lot of issues playing into your headaches, as do I. Do you get treatments for the sinus problems? Maybe they aren't working? Also, for the stress part and the TMJ part - both those things can cause teeth clenching and a misaligned bite - I had this happen with me and went to my dentist to have a bite splint made, which prevents me from clenching and gridingin my jaws. I think this was the main culprit for my headaches, which were always near my temples and around my ears, where the muscles for your jaw are. I also am on Klonopin (an antianxiety medication) which further relaxes my muscles at night. Before that I tried amitryptyline, cyclobenzaprine, and atenolol with no luck. You might not be able to find one miracle med, but I just wanted to give you an example of the things I do to keep my headaches in check. Just keep working with your neurologist, and don't hesitate to use multiple therapies to get rid of the pain!
ali
 
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CRANKY 1
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   Posted 7/21/2006 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cleopatra,
From listening to your symptoms, I think your major problem is the TMJ.  Having migraines for thirty years, and many episodes of TMJ, you should be aware that you can have tension in your jaw both day and night.  A night guard and the Klonopin may not be enough to keep the TMJ at bay.  A muscle relaxer (Flexeril, Slekaxin, Valium, etc..) might help more as an immediate solution for the pain.  You might also see a dentist who specializes in TMJ, who may find something physical in your jaw joint that actually needs to be surgically corrected.
 
As a separate option, you may be stuck in the cycle of "rebound" or "over-medication" headaches.  You can actually be giving yourself the lowgrade headache if you take any pain reliever (OTC or prescription) every day, or every other day.  If you get stuck in this cycle, try only taking a pain killer one day a week if you can possibly stand it.  If not, talk to your doctor about how you can stop the cycle the most pain-free way.  I occasionally will get a rebound problem because my migraines are so frequent.  It's a real aggravation to deal with, especially since I don't handle pain well.
 
Think about these options, and see if either one sounds like it might work with you.
 
Best of luck and let us know how you do,

Leigh Ann cool
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cleopatra84
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   Posted 7/21/2006 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks a lot guys. What do rebound headaches feel like? I have a lot of pressure at the top of my head and behind my eyes, is that typical for a rebound headache?

CRANKY 1
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   Posted 7/25/2006 2:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Rebound headaches are what you get when the medication taken for the migraine wears off, especially if you took more medication than the prescribed amount. You can also get rebound headaches from taking any OTC medication more that a couple days a week. This includes EXCEDRIN in any form, aspirin, tylenol, or ibuprofen. If you have migraine(excruciating) pain more than you can control, seek professional help from a Neurologist for a preventative medications. They come up with new ones all the time. Good luck!!

Leigh Ann
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nhkat
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   Posted 7/28/2006 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I don't have the TMJ problem, but I had sinus surgery earlier this year (septoplasty and turbinate reduction) it did help the migraines that started out as sinus headaches. I use Midrin for my headaches and it works most (not all) of the time. I know it is prescribed for Migraine and Tension headaches because it has a mild sedative in it. I don't seem to feel much of the sedative effect, but I sure function a whole lot better with it than without. This is an older drug, so it is not quite as expensive as some others also.

retouch
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   Posted 7/29/2006 3:22 AM (GMT -7)   

From my 30 some odd years of dealing with  Migraines it doesnt sound like you have one.

It sounds like trauma from the blisters, which causes swelling, which causes pain. Migraines are usually on one side of the head or the other and, eventually stop. The longest migraine I've ever had is 8 hrs. Ive heard of some lasting 1 or 2 days at the most, but never longer than that.

Keep in touch with your Dr. Good luck!

 


AngMichelle
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   Posted 7/31/2006 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
sounds like either tention h/a or rebound (or both if you are taking meds for the daily headache) let us know how you are doing. Feel free to vent here.
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