HELP! What kind of headaches are these?!?!

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dakotagirl
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   Posted 4/9/2007 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been having some extreme headaches lately and I told myself that with the next one that I'm going to the doctor.  Well, it's happening again today and there just isn't a way for me to get there today :(
 
I do have a chiropractic appointment, so I'll see if that helps, but I don't think it's going to take this away.  The pain is across the front of my head and at the base of my neck.
 
The headaches seem to consume my entire head.  My eyes want to close.  When I bend over to pick something up, one side of my head just throbs!  I first experienced these in or about February.  It was about six weeks of headaches.  I didn't do anything about it then because I thought it was a pred withdrawal side effect.  I was tapering off after a nine months stint on prednisone.  I had a massage at one point in there and it relieve the pain for about four hours.
 
Last week, work was chaos.  We are working on remodelling and had to move a bunch of furniture and files.  I was put in charge of getting a lot of stuff moved - which means that I did do some moving of things as well.
 
My dad used to have frequent migraines.  My brother has had a couple.  I also have cousins who have had migraines.
 
I also wonder - is this a sinus thing?  From clenching my teeth?
 
I feel like I can't even think straight!  So I'm sure I missed things...  Thank you so much :)
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 4/9/2007 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay - saw the chiropractor and he thinks it's a sinus thing. He gave me a bunch of antioxidant stuff to take. Which I'm willing to do. However, I kind of doubt that alone will fix the infection. I do have an appointment tomorrow with my GP to check it out as well.
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   Posted 4/10/2007 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Dakotagirl,

Migraines tend to be very hereditary.  If you have relatives with migraines, chances are that you are having them too.  I've had them since I was 8, so that's about 34 years worth.  Needless to say, I'm pretty well versed in all things headache-related. 

I think you're missing the mark with seeking help via the chiropractor.  Chiropractors are like Lays potato chips, you can't go just once.  When Chiropractors give you adjustments, they are just temporarily realigning your vertibrae.  This is pretty much like when people crack their knuckles or other joints.  The noise is basically just squeezing out the air that has accumulated in the joint.  It feels better for a little while, but it doesn't last.

Because your spine alignment is determined by the condition of your muscles, your chiropractic treatment gets undone rapidly as your muscles return to their normal state.  To get more lasting results, you have to work on your muscle strength.

Personally, I think your Chiropractor sounds like he's full of it.  Anti-oxidants aren't going to do a blasted thing for migraine pain.  A quick x-ray will show if your sinus cavities are full of gunk, so you should probably go directly to the ER and get some answers.  Unless you are blowing green stuff out of your nose, it's probably not a sinus infection.

Your posts don't mention you taking any kind of pain medication.  Are you taking anything for the headaches?  You also didn't mention why you think TMJ might be a possibility. 

I seriously doubt TMJ is the problem, since TMJ pain is mostly in the jaw joints and farther down on your face(your mouth and teeth would hurt).  I've been dealing with TMJ on and off for about 24 years, so I'm very well versed on this miserable condition also.   TMJ is pain comes from inflamation in the jaw joint.  After being on Prednisone for so long, the likelyhood of having any inflamation in your jaw joints is miniscule.

I'm really betting on Migraines being your base problem, and too much medication or taking medication too frequently has thrown you into a cycle of rebound headaches.   Again, I'd think I recommend hitting the ER with your headache problems so you can get on to a quick diagnosis.  If you try to get a referral to a neurologist, it could take weeks or months to get an appointment.

Let us know what happens, so we can give you any information that might be helpful in resolving your problem.  Good Luck!!

Leigh Ann cool


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dakotagirl
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   Posted 4/11/2007 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I saw my doc yesterday afternoon. She thought migraines as well and prescribed Midrin. Tylenol just wasn't touching the pain. She also sent in paperwork for an MRI of my brain - because of the sudden onset in the last few months.

No green gunk in the nose and no congestion either - so I was very doubtful that is was a sinus infection. Although I am having allergy issues, but that's another story.

I thought TMJ because my last visit to the dentist brought attention to my clenching my teeth. I've been paying a lot more attention to that lately - trying to keep my jaws in a neutral position. I will notice pain in my jaws from clenching some mornings. It is getting better since I've been focusing on not clenching.

I've been seeing a chiropractor for years - I was a very active child and lots of falls have created a less than wondeful spine and neck :( I don't believe that he is the "be all end all" solution for many issues.

Thanks for the response!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
 
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Prednisone - Never Again!
Aciphex, Effexor XR, BCP
Acidophilus, Biotin, Folic Acid, Forvia, Calcium, and B12
 
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