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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/5/2007 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, im looking for somebody to relate to my headache experience at present (i have seen the doctor and had tests and im in the progress of being given a date for headache clinics)
for the past year i have had a head ache nearly everyday im 22 yeard old, the headache is all across the front of my head and makes me feel groggy and i cant consentrate fully, loud noises are bad and i squint ..not because my eyes are effected but the heavyness of the headache, im sat here crying cos i cant take it no more i have a toddler and a fiance (maybe having my daughter started it? hormonally i mean) and its affecting my life...i cant be a good peoson with them
please help..just by relating to me or advise
many thanks

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 12/5/2007 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome to the forum,
I am so sorry that you are in so much pain. I know how frustrating this process can be, please know that you are not alone. You will find alot of people on this board who can offer alot of advice and support. Hopefully, the doctor at the headache clinic can help you find a way to eliminate the headache or at least keep them at bay. I have suffered migraines for 7 years. I do not get headache (sorry) but have siezure like symptoms(not siezures) so I know how migaines can effect your life. But there is hope. Have you heard that there is triggers that may cause migraines? Sometimes you can eliminate them and it helps. This can be food, noises , flourscent lighting, even certain tv programs. Also, you are right hormones can play a role. Others know more then me about migraines and I am sure they will chime in...... But I wanted you to know you are not alone

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   Posted 12/5/2007 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
its all about elimination isn't it, hard though when so much fills ur day and noise with a toddler is unavoidable lol. i know its something silly like sleeping wrong to much some type of food i dont know though i wish some one wud wave a magic wand and tell me

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   Posted 12/5/2007 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey if you find that magic wand send me one lol. I am still trying to find my trigger. I know it is hormones and florescent light. It is hard when you have a toddler. I had twins, they are 18 now (I think they are just louder now) ha ha. jking. Some people have tried to eliminate all trigger foods and then reintroduce them. Noise, I am not sure how to isolate that especially with a toddler. I also find that sometimes darking the room helps if light is an issue. Did the doctor give you any meds yet or suggest what to take? There are alot of natural things out there too. Hang in there:)

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   Posted 12/6/2007 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   

the doctor has given me a trail of imigran (sp) to see if ti is a migrain head ache, and said stop taking paracetamol if i can. heard some bad stuff about imigran though with the side effects.

havent really thought about light being an issue...would i know if it was just be not being able to tolerate it?

could be anything...even thought it could be the fact that i have a flat screen telly on the wall and its the wrong angle for my neck? or i have a bone out in my back from giving birth? food coffee??? so many things.

im going to start a diary from tommorow,  x

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   Posted 12/6/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I got my first migraine right after I had my 2nd child, and I know for a fact my migraines are hormone related but this last summer I decided to jump in a very cold river with my kids and my blood pressure went thru the roof and gave me one fo the worse migraines ever, so I think a sudden change in body tempature causes them too for me. I take imitrex 100mg and fioricet if that doest help. I have a 5 and 7 year old and when I get migraines I know they can feel it and it makes them nervous and they start acting up big time.

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 12/6/2007 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sam,

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry to hear you are suffering so. How long does each attack last? Have you tried the Imigran yet? Has it helped? Don't get to caught up with thinking about side effects at this stage, it would be better to find what sort of headache it is first and what actually works, then the long term stuff can be thought out.

Have you tried Ibuprofen as that can help, but make sure you take it with food - just a biscuit or something will do!

Starting a diary for your headaches is an excellent idea, it will give your consultant a much clearer picture of what is happening to you - I was taken seriously for the first time when I did a diary.

Hope you get a date for the Headache Clinic soon, please let me know how you get on?

take care

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Melissa in Monterey
New Member

Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/15/2007 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   

I wanted to share my 22 year migraine journey in the hopes that it might help others who are still suffering.  My daily migraines started right after a car wreck in which I got whiplash.  They sent me in for Cat Scans, tests, gave me pills like there was no tomorrow, but nothing could touch the migraine pain that I had on a daily basis.  My life was pure hell!  I felt like I had tried everything over the years to "properly diagnose" & cure my migraines.  I saw specialist after specialist and yet no one could seem to do anything to help me.

When I got into that car wreck it knocked my neck out and left untreated & in the incorrect position for years (the doctors never felt they should send me to a chiropractor & I being young @ the time did not know any better) my body compensated & over time set itself to where it thought was a correct position.  Once I went to a chiropractor he immediately found one problem to my migraine journey....the misalignment of my back/neck due to it being out for so long.  I saw a chiropractor for many years as well as a massage therapist.  It helped quite a bit, but not 100% & only having a peice of the problem being attended to it did not stop the migraines.

After many more years of migraines and also progressively getting worse & taking more pills (I became addicted to the caffeine in my migraine medications, which is pretty common by the way) I was urged by my  dentist to see a TMJ specialist to just see what he had to say. I was skeptical because my jaw did not hurt, but what did I have to lose @ this point!  That meeting I had with Dr. Steven Rose in San Jose, CA (408-578-5595 saved my life!

Many people are under the wrong assumption that to have TMJ means that your jaw hurts.  I was under that assumption as well & boy was I wrong!  My migraines, back & neck problems (my neck would go out 20 or more times a day even with chiropractic help!) were all caused by an extremely bad case of TMJ!  I was floored!  I had no idea I had TMJ!  Everytime I opened my mouth/chewed my muscles/body/TMJ were @ war against each other thus causing my neck & back to go out all the while causing migraines.

I made the commitment to drive from Monterey to San Jose several times a month to go thru Dr. Rose's TMJ therapy for several years & I am thrilled to say that here I am 22 years after that infamous car wreck that started it all & I am 99% better!  I now get 1 migraine a month due to my hormones. I don't get them on a daily basis thanks to Dr. Rose. He gave me my life back!  Without him I am sure I would have overdosed by now.  The amount of pain meds I was on was pretty astounding.

I hope that my story helps other migraine sufferers to explore the possibility that you might actually be suffering from TMJ & not even know it.  I would like to point out that you need to go to someone who specializes in TMJ.  Find a specialist!  It could make all the difference in the world. They have the extensive training & equipment to properly diagnose & treat TMJ that you really need to have when dealing with this issue.  I live in Monterey & even my Dentist sends her difficult TMJ patients up to Dr. Rose in San Jose for treatment. 

Not only do I feel 99% better, but I can also see and hear better!  The ringing in my ears has lessened alot & my perscription for my contacts went backwards!  TMJ not only affected my jaw/neck/back/head, but also  my hearing & vision.  It's amazing how it ruined my life & I had no clue that I even had TMJ!

I wish you the best of luck & hope that you too get your life back.


Monterey, CA

Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 120
   Posted 12/16/2007 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Sam,
I've had a daily migraine for about 4 years, it never goes completely away, even with medications.  Low concentration levels, groggyness, aversions to noise and squinting are all characteristics that I share with you.  When you said "i cant be a good peoson with them" I understand how you feel, however, it is not true.  You are a good person whether or not you feel like it.  It's obvious that you care about getting better not only for yourself, but for your family as well; this is proof that you are a good person.  I hope you find some relief somehow.  Even if you don't get relief right away, don't give up, there are so many different kinds of migraines/headaches and treatments available for them.
Best wishes,
Dx: Chronic Daily Migraines & Chronic Depression
Daily meds: Trazadone, Norpramin & Cymbalta
PRN meds: Tylonal #3

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