Hi I'm new here, but here's my story...
3 weeks now (could be 4) I've been getting short, sharp pains just above my right eye. They feel like an ice cream headache and last between 1/2 a second and 3 seconds. They vary in intensity and frequency, but most days I'm getting them on average every 5-10 minutes, I'd guess. The
location is always the same, although having said that I think that they might be occurring a few millimeters lower at the moment. I have absolutely no other symptoms at all and there appears to be no external trigger, nor any obvious means of relieving them. There's no sensitivity to light, sound or anything - just the pain.
A few days they've been milder and/or less frequent, only to get worse just when I'm getting my hopes up that they're going away. I don't think I'm getting them at night, but then again they're so brief that if they did wake me up I probably wouldn't be aware of the cause (I'm a very light sleeper anyway, so I'm used to waking throughout the night).
I went to the doctor a week ago and he said that he thought it was a Neuralgia and prescribed 600mg of Ibuprofen, 3 times a day to see if that helped and said to come back if in 10 days if I was still getting them. He seemed slightly perplexed by my symptoms to be honest. I don't think the Ibuprofen is having any effect (I've not taken it every day), although given the natural variation it's hard to tell.
I did recount to the doctor how about
a week before this started I had what I guessed to be a migraine in which large sections of my vision disappeared (he agreed that it sounded like one). I don't consider myself to be a migraine sufferer although I think I've had a few in my life. I do come from a family of migraine sufferers, so I knew enough about
them to lead me to suspect I was having one.
I don't have any existing medical conditions (that I'm aware of... well unless I count my 3 bouts of migraine in my 38 years) and consider myself to be very healthy (this is the first time I've ever posted on a forum like this!).
I've done some digging around the web and I'm having a hard time finding an exact match for my symptoms. While Ice Pick Headaches sound like the closest match, I'm under the impression that they move around and aren't as frequent and persistent as mine. Perhaps someone else has them like mine and could enlighten me. Either way, it looks like I'll be heading back to visit the doctor next week!
Thanks, and sorry for the long post!
Post Edited (JonS) : 12/9/2006 3:03:49 AM (GMT-7)