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Friday, March 17, 2006

Worried, Advice/Thoughts on my Headache

Hi everyone, I hope someone can help me out here, Im pretty confused/worried. First some background...I am 27.  I RARELY have headaches, I mean I cant even remember the last few times.   But when I did get headaches, it was usually when I am napping and I get woken up (I dont wake on my own) then I have a headache until I sleep again.  But again this does not happen often.   When I do get headaches, my head throbs, and my left eyeball throbs also.  Thats how it is everytime.

Now on weds (Dec. 11) I was on my way home from work, so I was sleeping on the train, it wasnt a good sleep, I guess I kept waking up...anyway when I got up I had a headache (6pm).  No big deal, like I said I sometimes get it from sleeply weirdly.  When I went to sleep that night at 1am. (still had the headache)

Got up on Thurs (Dec 12) felt fine, watched some tv (I watch from the fl! oor) I got up to get some water, my head throbbed for 2 seconds, no problem, it was a headrush thing.  So I went to the gym around 2:30.   Halfway through my workout, my head started hurting a lot, so I left the gym (3pm) the pain lessened, but I had a headache the rest of the night- until I went to sleep around 12.

Friday I had to go to Jury Duty, but no headache...except when I woke up my head felt tight, like only half of the throbbing...but no pain.  Just a few times during the day when I got up from sitting, my head would hurt for 10 seconds or so.

Now its Sat. my head feels ok...not back to normal yet, but I am going to try the gym later on.

So whats wrong with me?  Like I said, I rarely get headaches, so 3 days in a row is VERY strange/concerning for me.  I did some research, and heres what I thought:

1. Low blood sugar - perhaps, but on Weds/Thurs, I did eat during that time and still had a headache. 2. Not breath! ing while working out - could be, I usually hold my breathe a bit, bu t that has NEVER affected me before. 3. Low blood pressure - I had my pressure checked at my annual checkup last year and it was fine, but would that cause a headache for 6 hours (weds) and 9 hours? (thurs) 4. Migrine - well supposedly migraines have pain in 1 eye (my left eyeball), but I did not feel nauseous, or have any flashes of light. 5. Tension headache - this week has been pretty stress free. 6. Getting sick - well its been 4 days now, no sneezing/coughing/sore throat.  I have no allergies that I know of.

The ONLY two things I can think of...I have not listened to a walkman for years now, I just got one and listened to it on the way to and from work on Weds, and while working out on thurs.  But I dont know how that would be the cause, since I did not get a headache on the way to work. I last smoked a cigarette on Sunday (Dec 1) could it be withdrawal?  I dont usually suffer from withdrawal when I last quit, and would it really hit me ! almost 2 weeks after?

Any thoughts?  Thanks -Tony

23 Comments:

  • At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Ginnie said…

    You're worrying enough - and having enough symptoms - to truly warrant a trip to your doctor. You might be having migraines, or there could be other causes of your problems. One that comes to mind is possible sleep apnea, if you wake up with headaches. Your doc can schedule you for a sleep test that will answer that. He can also do an MRI scan of your noggin that will rule out any brain abnormality (standard migraine test for something they RARELY find.)

    Please make an appointment, and let us know how it turns out, okay?

    Ginnie ________________________________________

     
  • At 10:53 PM, Anonymous ?? ParaDox ?? said…

    : You're worrying enough - and having enough symptoms - to truly : warrant a trip to your doctor. You might be having migraines, or     From reading up on the net, migraines usually are accompanied by auras/lights and nausea, and I dont have any of them.

    : mind is possible sleep apnea, if you wake up with headaches. Your     The thing is...I wake up from naps with headaches, like once every other month or so (if even that often).  Not often at all.

    Thats what has me confused, my symptoms dont seem to correspond to anything I know of.

    Im just hoping its not: tumor, anuerism about to happen Thanks

     
  • At 4:08 PM, Anonymous PokerGuyAA said…

    Hey Ginnie,

    Thanks for the insightful post. I was reminded of my own unchecked sleep disorder thanks to your mentioning it a few weeks back and made an appointment in February to see the sleep disorder expert.

    I find that I routinely have headache upon wakening and awake two or three times during the night (when I am not having severe migraine and can fall asleep). Also, when awakening from a nap I frequently find I am migraining. Those times I awake I am acutely aware of the headache pain. This could be the result of the sleep disorder. Some other symptoms are ringing in my ears, muscular twitches, and sleep paralysis.

    Seems like a lot of people have undiagnosed sleep apnea and my ex-neurologist (who retired) says it might be a contributing factor in my migraine problem.

    Good luck to Paradox.

     
  • At 4:23 PM, Anonymous chris and Lavonne said…

    Hi, Doxie!

    We have a pretty common answer that whenever your headache(s) change their pattern, it's time for a doctor visit.  What you describe strongly suggests making an appt.  There are several things it could be, but you take on a ton of worry when you start to consider "could be's" and that worrying does nothing productive.

    You stated that migraines are usually accompanied by auras/lights and nausea (or sound, btw.)  While this is true, there is a high percentage of migraineurs who don't experience those symptoms.

    You sound like a wise individual and have probably already made a dr. appt. (like you needed us to suggest that, right? :-)  I look forward to your future posts to our happy group and hope you decide to hang around.

    Deep peace, Lavon

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  • At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Ronnie said…

    Doxie always contact your doctor when the migraine pattern changes.  Mine has done this over and over again through my 52 years of having them.  I hope that by the time you read this you have made an appointment...

    Ronnie

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  • At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Jay said…

    Could you have put your neck funny from sleeping on the train? I know it might be completely off the track but it's worth considering... It's happened to me numerous times.

    I hope you feel better soon!

    Jay

     
  • At 5:23 AM, Anonymous ?? ParaDox ?? said…

    : Doxie always contact your doctor when the migraine pattern changes.  Mine : has done this over and over again through my 52 years of having them.  I : hope that by the time you read this you have made an appointment...    I am going to call on monday, but its not even that my migraine pattern has changed...I almost never get headaches, but now I had it 3 days in a row, I know for a fact I never had a headache for more than 1 day. Weird

     
  • At 11:53 AM, Anonymous ?? ParaDox ?? said…

    : Could you have put your neck funny from sleeping on the train? I know it : might be completely off the track but it's worth considering... It's : happened to me numerous times.     I wish...that could explain weds, but not thurs, and friday. Thanks

     
  • At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Jay said…

    At any rate, a visit to the doc's sounds like a good thing... (By the way I've had nasty headaches lasting months from neck problems... hence my thoughts about neck issues.)

    Feel better soon!

    "?? ParaDox ??"  wrote> Jay <J@nospam.com> wrote:

     
  • At 6:38 PM, Anonymous friendlytxtech said…

    I just saw that on the news the other night...that there is a large population with sleep apnea...tends to affect men more than women.

    Sleep or the lack thereof can be a serious problem and relate the to the migraines.  My neurologist is also a sleep specialist...works well for me because I'm a die-hard insomniac.

    As you, I also awaken many times during the night...sometimes I even get up before I know what I'm doing.  It can really make me tired during the day.

    Michelle

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  • At 3:23 AM, Anonymous friendlytxtech said…

    That's what we mean when a pattern changes.  It can change in many ways, but increasing in frequency, duration, or intensity are all ways they change. The fact that you never had them a lot and now you've had them three days in a row is a change that warrants some looking into.

    Good luck at the doctor.

    Michelle

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  • At 11:38 AM, Anonymous kadee-did said…

    On Sat, 14 Dec 2002 22:39:14 +0000 (UTC), ?? ParaDox ??

    Auras and nausea are not necessary for a migraine diagnosis. I read that one in 5 migraineurs experience aura.

    Check out http://www.meldrum.demon.co.uk/migraine/ http://headaches.about.com/ http://www.upstate.edu/neurology/haas/hpmidx.htm for diagnosis criteria http://www.achenet.org/understanding/ http://www.ama-assn.org/special/migraine/support/educate/types.htm http://www.migraines.org/

    Kadee

     
  • At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Ginnie said…

    Tony-

    Migraine is a real chameleon disease. Migraine symptoms don't hit everyone the exact same way every time, not "textbook" same-same like some other common conditions. I never gets auras or lights or warnings (of any kind that *I* recognize) before a migraine... and I don't get nauseated very often. But when I do, I DO, knowhatImean?  

    As for sleep apnea, I have that, too, and I don't wake up predictably with a headache after every time I fall asleep. You said this has only been going on recently - maybe something else is affecting your breathing while you nap or sleep these days - and you get "sleep apnea"-like symptoms. All the more reason to see your doc and get checked out.

    And you sound like you take really good care of yourself, and watch your health; whatever it is, you've got the early jump on it by being so aware of just a few days of weirdness. BTW, are you a guy Tony or a girl Tony? Any chance, if you're the latter, that hormones might be contributing to the problem?

    Hang with us, tell us what the doc says! Ginnie ____________________________________________

     
  • At 10:08 PM, Anonymous ?? ParaDox ?? said…

    ?? ParaDox ?? <s@rocketmail.com> wrote: No headaches, since friday. But Sat and Sun, I have been very tired. Today (monday) I was still tired, but not too bad.   My fatigue is about the same as if I had a cold, I think I am about 75% of normal energy.

    I WISH I had a cold, because then I would know what caused the headaches...but its been 5 days now, and I didnt get sick (cold) so thats probably not it.

    I made an appt with my doctor on Thursday...I am afraid he will just say "It was probably just stress, dont worry about it" Thanks =Tony

     
  • At 11:38 PM, Anonymous Wildflower said…

    ... | | .....Also, when awakening from a nap I frequently find I am migraining.

    �`����,��,�`����,��,�`����,��,�`����,��,�`����,��, I love it.  This is the first time I've seen migraine turned into a verb. But, that's what we all do here.  We migraine!  -- Wildflower P.S.  Wish we could all stop migraining.

     
  • At 2:23 AM, Anonymous Wildflower said…

    ?? ParaDox ?? <s@rocketmail.com> wrote in message ... | : Doxie always contact your doctor when the migraine pattern changes. Mine | : has done this over and over again through my 52 years of having them.  I | : hope that by the time you read this you have made an appointment... |    I am going to call on monday, but its not even that my migraine pattern | has changed...I almost never get headaches, but now I had it 3 days in a | row, I know for a fact I never had a headache for more than 1 day. | Weird -- �`����,��,�`����,��,�`����,��,�`����,��,�`����,��, It does apppear to be a pattern change.  It's very likely that the 3 days of migraine moving in and out are really the same migraine.  This often happens to me when I get the "intractable" ones.  Like, I get a migraine. After a few hours it seems to :aaaaalmost be gone (maybe it's gone but I think I can feel the slightest dab of pain at a tiny little spot in my brain. So, I go skipping along as if nothing happened.  Then, uh oh, it starts to reemerge.  After several hourse it backs off again.

    I tell my husband I'm not in pain, but I can tell I still have -- what I call -- a "background migraine."    He knows what I mean by now, a nd he knows that it's only a matter of time before the -- "background migraine" shifts to become a "foreground migraine."

    My pattern with this type of thing is they typically last about 3 days.  By the 2nd day, if the meds haven't totally backed off the migraine, I simply stop taking fiorinol, imitrex, all of that stuff--because I know from experience that if I take more, I might flip into a week long rebound headache.  In other words, I cold turkey the rest of the migraine til it goes away.

    Sorry you've experienced this difficult type.  I really hate it when they occur. Fortunately, most of mine are the shorter type than can be backed off fairly quickly and easily. -- �`����,��,�`����,��,�`����,��,�`����,��,�`����,��, Wildflower

     
  • At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Lucretia True said…

    Well, I'd say you were having a migraine. What you described was essentially how migraine disease came upon me.

    First, I only had a mild one for an hour after coming home from the movies. Then, I started getting one on the day of my menstrual period. In a few months, these started lasting two days. Then three days. Then five days. They pretty much stablized at a five day screaming migraine very month.

    I began to take treatment from diuretics and got better. 99%

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  • At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Jasmine said…

    I'm curious.  What brand/type do you use? Thanks, Jasmine

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  • At 2:23 AM, Anonymous Lucretia True said…

    TRIAM/HCTZ.  Bottle says it's a generic form of Maxzide. It's a very old drug used in the treatment of high blood pressure. They're sometimes called "water pills".

    The funny thing is, it costs about $10. a month. At the time I was getting migraines, $10. was about the price of ONE Imitrex...plus I still had a migraine.

    The diuretics are getting attention again. I saw a story about them on the national news as it seems they're as effective at treating high BP as any of the new expensive designer pills.

     
  • At 8:38 AM, Anonymous Ginnie said…

    Lucretia,

    I've been on Maxzide, and then its generic, for more than 10 years, and while I agree wih your statement about its treatment of high blood pressure, I'd really be amazed if it relieved conventional hormonal migraines.

    There's a condition of excess cerebrospinal fluid causing pressure and migraines that's been relieved a great deal by a DIFFERENT diuretic, for one of our group's well-known members. You may have had that problem, and the Maxzide may have helped, but the diuretic used for that problem is more specific than Maxzide.

    Ginnie _______________________________________

     
  • At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Lucretia True said…

    Thankfully, and I mean REALLY thankfully, the Maxzide was all it took to address my problem.

    What is your situation now re: migraines?

     
  • At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Lucretia True said…

    the idea of a SPECIFIC diuretic does not compute. :)

    Actually, I have talked about this before two years ago, soon after starting treatment on the diuretic. I had some small success on diuretic herbs. The gerneric Maxzide in pill form really went to town, and it WAS amazing.

    But well... I gushed and was all happy an excited. Sometimes, I could kick myself because my enthusiasm so easily surpasses my social skills.

    I hope it isn't ticking you off that I took the diuretic for just a few weeks and got better while it didn't help you at all with it.

    Migraine is CERTAINLY a mysterious condition. Two months ago, I did have what might be called a "breakthru" migraine. That is... the serverity was dulled by the diuretic, but the underlying condition is still there. I'm not "fixed" as another member here was only too happy to point out. Just mostly asymptomatic at this time.

     
  • At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Hawki63 said…

    Actually diuretics have ALWAYS been first line treatment for high BP...this is not something new..and the "new designer meds for high b/p" are usually SECOND line,,not first...

    rb

    Hawki

     

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