Why are my headaches next to my ears on my face?

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ttwarrior1
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   Posted 10/6/2006 10:57 PM (GMT 0)   
and in the temple area right above on the side. Does that means its a specific type of headache. No i have no tmj . Doc said my headaches might be because of high blood pressure but as far as i know its down now. It was up that day i went though .
 
taking 10 mg of generic ziac and something for headache containing cafeine, codeine and acetomphine.

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   Posted 10/7/2006 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ttwarrior,

Please forgive me if I have asked you this question before, but have you seen a Neurologist about your headaches? If so was it the neuro that prescribed the Ziac etc? A Neuro should be able to tell you which sort of headache you have. High blood pressure does cause headaches and it is usually the Docs first thing to look at!

How are you getting on with the Ziac etc? Please let us know how you get on.

take care

Ann

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   Posted 10/7/2006 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
No it was a regular doctor whatever that means. I have no money to do anything else, in fact , I may be turned over to collections because i dont have insurance or a dime to my name.

So the doc i seen doesnt know what kind of headache it is? he said it was the bp so i guess i have to live with that answer.

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   Posted 10/8/2006 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ttwarrior,

You really need to see a Neurologist, preferably one that is a Headache Specialist. I am sorry you have money problems, unfortunately I cannot advise you about how to get the treatment you need in your situation as I live in the UK and things are very different here.

Keep in touch as we can support you through this.

take care

Ann

ttwarrior1
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   Posted 10/8/2006 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
annuk, do you take anything natural or eat anything natural at all. Thanks

Annuk
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   Posted 10/9/2006 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry ttwarrior1 I do not. I do stay away from preservatives where possible and try to keep a balanced diet, but nothing in particular.

take care

Ann

ttwarrior1
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   Posted 10/14/2006 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
bump. headaches are worse today. Still right next to my ears on my face and temple area.

He prescribed me verapamil saying the ziac bp med is causing it now. He first said it was my bp being up. Which he would make up his mind. Whats he gonna say amonth from now on next visit. Say another reason?
 
My bp is 130/85 now so great improvement so i doubt that is causing it. Im frustrated though because now its down he wants me to take verapamil and ziac. Thats what he said so i guess i will. Doesn' t make any sense though

Also can i take 2 if it say take 1 or 2. The headache med is cafeine, codeine and acetometaphine.

Naproxin doesnt work either. Almost feels like my head is gonna explode

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   Posted 10/14/2006 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ttwarrior1,

Sorry to hear that you are suffering so much still. I think the verapamil is probably a good idea and I am surprised he has not prescribe a triptan. I think the sumatriptan injections would work well for you as because they are injections and bypass the digestive system the drug gets to the point of pain more efficiently and quicker giving optimum relief. Sadly there is a cost issue here as the sumatriptan injections are expensive!

Sometimes you just have to keep going back, I did, and it has been a long time but has finally got me somewhere! I am hoping you can get some relief soon. Keep in touch and take care

Ann

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   Posted 10/14/2006 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
If this is a new head ache and you have never had before...I hope you get a MRI or a MRA...You should get checked for abnormalities...Better be safe than sorry...I get BP headaches all the time and mine are on the top of my head...very painful and pulses with my heartbeat...Thats how I can tell when my BP is high...But is usually way to high by that point...190/110.....And me with a aneurysm...Not good,,I monitor my BP everyday,,My docs wants it really low..I'm on Bp meds and PRN lasix,,, If your headache is all of a sudden you or anyone should get a MRI or a CAT scan at least...It could save your life....Hugs, Cindy

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   Posted 10/14/2006 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like a migraine. I get migraines behind my eye, feel pressure on my ear and my cheekbone/temple and down my neck - all one sided. I went down the "sinus" road. If you could try a triptan and it worked, it could help you determine if it is migraine. I hope that you feel better soon.
K.

ttwarrior1
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   Posted 10/14/2006 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
you can get migraines in the face? I dont know the definitions of what headaches are what . Ive had this headache for a month, same area and place as my original visit.

I have no money and not a dime. If triptan is an injection. I sure as heck dont want that. Ive never injected anything in me ever and would pass out looking at the needle.
 
if the ziac is causing the headache and i know it isnt, why would he have me on 2 bp meds now with one causing headache. Plus taking at the same time seems scary to me. his

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hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 10/14/2006 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you should check out 2 websites:
 
1) MAGNUM
2) National Headache Foundation
 
They will have a lot of information about headaches/migraines.  I used to think that my migraines were sinus headaches b/c they were on the "lower" part of my head - my teeth would ache and I would feel pressure near my ear and temple.  I had a one today and a triptan (a pill) like Immitrex aborted most of the pain.  All neuros will tell you that the percentage of people who think they are suffering sinus headaches are really suffering migraine.  Of course, that is for a doctor to diagnose. 
 
Here is a book that you can get at the store (it will cost you about $12):
 
Heal Your Headache by David Buchoholz.  He talks about BP and all other types of headaches and triggers.  You are at the beginning of a potentionally very long journey but we are here to help.
 
I hope you feel better.
 
K.

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   Posted 10/15/2006 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ttwarrior,

The injections come in such a way that you do not see the needle at all!!! They are called a subject pen and they are about the size of a pen too!! You load them from a cartridge so sight of the needle is not involved until you have injected and then you only see the tip!!! Sumatriptan comes as a Nasal Spray too which is fast acting if you really could not stand the needle idea - just a thought!!!

When my pain is bad I would do absolutely anything to get rid of it, including banging my head on the wall if I thought it would help!!!

Any way I will leave it with you, take care

Ann

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   Posted 10/18/2006 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
hey, have yu looked into clusterheadaches. sound like a lot of familiar pains.

clusterheadaches.com if it helps.

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   Posted 10/19/2006 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi ttwarrior,

I have just read your posts and have a couple of thoughts you might discuss with your doctor:

1.) How about a beta blocker for your blood pressure? My neurologist suggested a beta blocker for my migraines and it also helped my blood pressure. Beta blockers increase the amount of oxygen in your blood which for me decreases the throbbing.

2.) You mentioned your headache med is cafeine, codeine and acetominophen, which I know to be generic Tylenol 3s. These are really bad for causing rebound headaches. As Ann mentioned, a triptan medication might help better. Zomig and Imitrex have nasal sprays that bypass your stomach. Zomig also has one that melts in your mouth and I find that works better than those that digest in your stomach.

3.) Is there medicare available if you have no money which will pay for medications or a visit to a neurologists.
 
4.) I live in Canada, but we get American TV. There has been an organization advertized on the TV called www.pparx.org. It apparently helps Americans get their prescriptions paid for if they can't afford them. I don't know anything about it, but could it possibly help you?
 
5.) Have you tried some relaxation techniques? (i.e. meditation, yoga) I find these very helpful to relax and calm my headaches sometimes.
 
Good luck.
 
 
Nicky
 
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I'm working everyday to overcome the pain and depression that comes from my chronic migraines.


ttwarrior1
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   Posted 10/19/2006 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
the verapamil is a blocker if thats what you mean. I went to a chiro health guy today and just got charge 125 bucks for xrays and pressing on my back. I will be bankrupt soon

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   Posted 10/19/2006 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Sorry, ttwarior, I didn't  know verapamil was a blocker. Hopefully that works. Did the chiropractor work at all?

My chiropractor helps but he definitely isn't the end all be all of my migraines.

Good luck.


Nicky
 
"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why its called the present."
I'm working everyday to overcome the pain and depression that comes from my chronic migraines.


ttwarrior1
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   Posted 10/19/2006 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
no the verapamil isnt working, in fact its worse i think and the chiro visit was pretty much just x rays for now and he pressed on my back twice. He wants me to come back on monday but i have to find money by then i guess.

the verapamil is a calcium channel blocker if thats what you mean, thanks chris

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 10/19/2006 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
There's a difference between calcium channel blockers and beta blockers, I'm afraid I don't know the difference. If the calcium channel blocker doesn't work perhaps the beta blocker would work.

Do you have confidence that the chiropractor will help? Did the couple of presses work at all? If money is tight it will only increase your stress to pay for something that isn't working. If you decide to go next time and it doesn't work then, then I would recommend not going again.

Unfortunately, money can be a big stressor and a trigger for migraines if you're worried about it.

Good luck.
Nicky
 
"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why its called the present."
I'm working everyday to overcome the pain and depression that comes from my chronic migraines.


hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 10/20/2006 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Ask the MD you went to give you some samples of Immitrex or some kind of migraine abortive. I get migraines uni-lateral - eye, temple, ear, cheekbone/upper-teeth. That's a migraine. If you take an abortive and it helps, you will know that it is migraine and that is half the battle. The chiro is great but if you have no $ (and I do know what you mean - I was recently housebound for 5 days because I had a flat tire and could not afford a new tire) - you need some relief fast.
Talk2Kel 
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RX: Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Soma, Immitrex 
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