New to the horrible world of headaches and migraines

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bekster
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 8/4/2006 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I'm new. Normally I post in the GERD board, which I believe was also brought on by perimenopause. At least with GERD there were certain things I could do to alleviate the suffering long term, but I only started getting these intense headaches a week ago. In the past seven days, I've had these crawl-in-your-bed-close-your-eyes-don't-talk-to-me-please headaches five days.
 
Because I am recovering from a GERD attack, I need to be careful about the drugs I take (I can't bear the tought of 24 hr a day reflux on top of these headaches). I don't see spots, or auras, I haven't thrown up, and I don't have sensitivity to light. The pain is mostly between my temples and on the back of my neck where it joins the head. So far Tylenol has worked better than Aleve, but none allow me to deal with the pain effectively as you can imagine.
 
I accept any advice, but please try not to scare me, I am feeling pretty depressed. confused Bekster

Annuk
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   Posted 8/5/2006 12:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bekster,

Sorry you are feeling so rough just now. Your headaches do not sound like migraine, but could be tension headaches, or maybe a virus? They could also be from side effects from drugs, or caffeine withdrawal.

Because of your GERD problems I would suggest you talk to a Doctor about them as regards treatment, I would hate for you to have problems because of headache treatment. My personal view would be that they are tension related because you are feeling it at the back of your head and neck. Tension headaches can start in the back of the neck and gradually tighten up the muscles over the top of the head to the temples and can make you feel quite rough. Have you got someone who could give you a massage on the back of you neck, it may help.

I hope and pray that these headaches will pass very soon for you, take care,

Ann

bekster
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   Posted 8/5/2006 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ann,

Thank you for replying.  Because of an administration glitch with my health plan, I can't see my doctor until next week.  The massage is a good idea.  I am laying low today hoping to avert another headache.  I am thinking they are tension headaches too. The headaches coincided with my period and I am hoping they will pass soon otherwise I don't know what I'll do.  Thanks for the support.

 

 


Annuk
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   Posted 8/5/2006 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bekster,

Keep in touch won't you??!! Heres hoping that today the headache leaves you alone....and maybe tomorrow.... and the next day, and.....

take care

Ann

Mooney123
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   Posted 8/6/2006 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I wonder if gerd can cause headaches. I've had gerd for a long time, along with anxiety disorder, but today after drinking a strawberry soda, I had severe indigestion and then waterbrash (when the acid goes into your mouth). It really burned badly. so i drank lots of water hoping it went down and wouldn't cause damage to my throat because of the burn. anyways, about 10 minutes later i developed the worst headache between my eyes, where i had to keep them closed. i took a nap for about an hour and a half and i still have the headache. I don't normally get headaches. I feel like "what if it never goes away?" It is really painful and my eyes feel dry and bulging and my mouth is also dry. I'm really sensitive to light also.  Please tell me this is temporary from gerd....

Annuk
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   Posted 8/7/2006 2:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mooney,

Sorry you've had this headache - I just hate when they feel like they are not going to go!! - they usually do though, even if they take their time! Anxiety can often keep them going!!! Hope you feel better soon.

take care

Ann

bekster
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   Posted 8/7/2006 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
There might be a cause for my sudden, out of the blue, without previous history headaches. It may be a withdrawal symptom from Protonix, the PPI I am quitting. I went from 10 mg to nothing at the same time I got the worst ones.

bekster
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   Posted 8/11/2006 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor does not think it's withdrawal from Protonix. She feels they are the result of my perimenopause (I'm 43). But after reading some of the stories in this room, I should feel fortunate they are tension and cluster headaches and not migraines. My doctor says I should take Protonix again on an "as needed" basis to protect my stomach from NSAIDS, which is what has tamed some of the worst headaches. She also reccomends coffee before exercise (one of the triggers). I haven't had a bad headache in four days (the pressure persists though), so I thought I should give you guys an update. scool
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