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   Posted 2/19/2007 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
For the past two years I have been getting frequent headaches, at least 2-3 a week I'd say, and over the past few months they seem to have gone from tension type headaches to migraines with nausea. I konw that I definitly have a trigger point in the right side of my neck/shoulder that is causing these headaches, because thats usually where the pain starts from. At their worst they've gotten to a pain level of 7 or 8, but the nauseous feeling and pain usually cause me to leave work or school, and it doesn't leave until I take 1000-2000mg of Tylenol usually - and even then it takes several hours to dissipate.
However, and this is the point of my thread, last night I had the absoutely most painful headache I have ever had in my life, I mean on a scale of 0-10 it was a 12. I was writhing and crying in pain it was so bad. My question is, I was really tempted to go to the ER for relief, but my husband wasn't home and I was alone, and the nearest hospital is a 20 minute drive. And that would just stink to have to be there so late at night. I remember a thread on here a while back about when you should go to the ER, and I can't find it now.
Luckily I was able to somehow fall asleep through the pain, and I awoke about 3-4 hours later and it was completely gone. I'm tired of this happening to me, it disrupts my life, depresses me, and makes me worry about my poor liver with the amount of Tylenol I take (probably anywhere from 1000-4000mg a week).
Ok this got way longer that I meant, but I guess any advice about this situation would be helpful, and finding that old thread would be great too! :)
Oh, and ps yes I've been to a neuro and had an MRI - everything normal
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