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jenmar
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/21/2006 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!  This is my first time posting a question on this site.  My headaches go in cycles.  I'll go for a month or so without having a headache and then one day I'll get a headache that lasts anywhere from a week to a month.  I often end up on this site when they get closer to a month in duration.  I always thought that it felt like sinus pain, but without any congestion.  However, the allergy medicine prescribed by my ENT did not help.  The pain hurts around and above my eye and across the back of my head, neck and shoulders.  I only use over the counter headache medicine and never take more than the recommended dose, but much of the time it doesn't even take the edge off.  My head hurts when I go to bed and starts again midmorning.
 
I do drink caffeine, usually 1 can of Diet Coke a day.  My routine is not any different during the times that I have headaches and the times that I don't, so I'm at a loss for finding a trigger. 
 
There have been a few occasions where I have seen an aura which lasts for about 30 minutes, but this rarely happens, so I don't know if all of my headaches are migraines or just those few.   
 
Does anybody have an idea as to what kind of headache this is?  How do you know when it's time to go see you doctor?
 
Thanks for your help!
 
 

Annuk
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   Posted 9/21/2006 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi jenmar,

Welcome to Healing Well. I am sorry that you are suffering so much, you don't have to go through this alone you have us now. Yes, it is time now to see a doctor about this, you need to be properly assessed, preferably by a Neurologist.

I cannot say what sort of headache this is as I do not have any medical qualifications, but it does seem to be migraine, but a Doctor will be able to tell you better what it is and give you the help you need.

Please let us know how you get on, take care

Ann

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 9/25/2006 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jenmar,

My rule is that anytime a headache lasts for more than a few days or interupts your life it's time to go to the doctor. I have found that both caffeine and the chemicals in diet pop trigger headaches for me.

Do you experience more stress during the month of the headache? Are there any other cycles going on in your body? or in the weather? I find that rain and low clouds start my headaches.

Good luck.


Nicky
 
I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside. 
                 --Wayne Dyer


jenmar
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/26/2006 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you both for your replies.  I'd never thought about diet drinks causing headaches.  It's possible that they could be a trigger.  My headaches started about 7 years ago, but I've only been drinking diet drinks for about 4 years.  However, they could have added to the problem.

I know that sometimes pressure changes in the atmosphere trigger headaches.  Also, if I don't eat on a regular schedule, I get a headache.  If I sleep later than usual, I get a headache that lasts most of the day. 

Thanks for the advice.  Hopefully, I will get in to see a doctor soon!

 


Amby
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   Posted 9/26/2006 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
That's how my migraines started out. I would be fine for a few months and then bam....I would get them again. I have had them for 7 years as well. They started with my first pregnancy. Over 3 years ago though I started getting them really bad, I usually have them once a week, but can have them up to 5x a week.

If I don't eat when I should I will get a migraine, that and the heat/sun can bring one on. Have you tried a diary? It might help to find some of the triggers? I was able to find some of mine, but still could end up with them out of no where.

Best of luck!
Amber
 
Living with IBS,
Migraines & Tachycardia
 

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