• 10 months ago

    Headache for 10 years (migraine ?)

    I have been suffering of headache for almost 10 years. I am working in IT industry.
    I have tried to list out everything to know all about headache.

    Symptoms
    1. One side headache (throbbing). 75% left side and 25% right side headache.
    2. Nerve at side of the scalp gets enlarged and blood goes speedily
    3. Little blur vision and sometimes flashes
    4. Sensitivity to reflected sun or bulb light
    5. Sensitivity to thin and high sound
    6. Little hot body
    7. Feeling hot and little sweat sometimes
    8. Weakness
    9. Anger
    10. Yawning
    11. Nausea (never vomit)
    12. Confusion and lack of concentration
    13. Gas and burps
    14. Hard to eat even small bite

    I feel symptoms 1 to 5 every time, and other depends on how severe headache is.

    What can trigger headache (in 75% cases following list trigger headache)
    1. Too much stress or anger
    2. Sleeping less or during day time
    3. Foods like onion, chickpea flour foods, cold drink etc
    4. Facing sun for very long time
    5. Too much heat
    6. Too much physical activities, sex, long journey during day time
    7. Once a week during summer, once a 10 to 15 days in winter (without any above reason)
    8. During partial cloudy weather in monsoon
    9. Skipping meal or meal at late time

    What helps
    1. Paracetamol + nimesulide, paracetamol + ibuprofen, paracetamol + diclofenac
    2. Giving pressure in side of the scalp (on nerve), back of ear, side of nose near eye, below jaw gives pain relief for time being. Pressure on the side where pain is occurred.
    3. Sometimes rubbing Vicks vaporub.

    History
    1. This kind of headache has been almost for 10 years.
    2. Mother, uncle (mother's brother) also have headache but not all have same symptoms.
    3. Tablets give relief in one to three hours.
    4. If its just starting of headache (light headache), then half portion of tablet gives relief.
    5. Mostly starts during mid night. When getting up in the morning, I start feeling symptoms.
    6. Little to mild headache continues throughout the day and getting worse as day passes. Finally have to take medicine.
    7. Sometimes headache starts in evening and goes away during night sleep without medicine.
    8. After severe headache goes, I feel too weak for couple of hours.
    9. During normal days feels energized and peace in brain.

    Consulted many doctors (Allopathy, homeopathy, ayurvedic) but all have different opinions,
    - Migraine headache
    - Gastric headache
    - Swelling in one side
    - Paracetamol over usage.

    Can anybody please tell me what kind of headache it is?
    What is the treatment or medicine(safe)?

Responses

  • 8 months ago

    RE: Headache for 10 years (migraine ?)

    I am so sorry for your pain!!! Do you have a neurologist? My headaches were constant, right above my left eye. They had me in tears a lot, and went through just about everything you've described. I had MRI's, and CAT scans. There was no real reason for the headaches, so he put my on gabapentine. It has done wonders!
    I wish you all the best,
    Amy
  • 8 months ago

    RE: Headache for 10 years (migraine ?)

    Do you still have headache issues or did you get treatment?
      • 8 months ago
        I very seldom get the headaches, the gabapentin does the trick! I also have Epilepsy, and had a TBI awhile back. You should see a Neurologist if you haven’t already, ask for an EEG, maybe even an MRI. Let me know how everything works out! No one deserves to live like that.
      • 5 months ago
        I too have had migraines for 10 years, and have tried many different medications. I've been on a preventative, Topiramate, for many years, though the side effects are very difficult to live with. Fortunately the new drug, Aimovig was approved by my insurance, and the drug company that makes it, has a 1 year program that lowers the copay, so I am now trying that drug with great success. That is allowing me to lower my Topiramate gradually. I'm not sure what I will do when my 1 year is up, as this drug is too expensive to take without financial help. The Rx drug Imitrex was helpful, yet it too brought side effects. I'd say what has helped me most was my neurologist, who I've seen for 10 years, and will fight my insurance for what he knows is best for me. I'd suggest first getting on board with a specialist, and then going further, as 10 years is far too long to suffer with such a debilitating condition! Good luck to you!
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Headache for 10 years (migraine ?)

    I have a lot of empathy for headache sufferers. It is especially hard when so many other maladies join in at the same time. I will spare you the details, but my experience has been similar. Nothing has been identified through neurological or blood test. So, knowing the pain (at times debilitating) is real, I chose to start googling my symptoms. I have found many possibilities but am so tired of doctors I am just enduring for now. It might be stress.

    However, reading your information, I am struck by your mentioning the vein enlarging and blood seeming to flow faster. I urge you to see a doctor. Headaches like you are experiencing need to be evaluated by a neurologist. It sounds scary, but you might just find your cure. Today they have non-invasive radiology procedures that can be used with far less risk and better outcomes than actual brain surgery. It very well might be vascular in nature. Apparently, most headaches unrelated to an obvious illness, are caused by the vessels in our brains. Sometimes it is simple and temporary. I don't think you fall in that category.

    What is exciting, there are several cerebral, vascular problems that can be completely reversed. Untreated, they can become very dangerous. Have you seen anyone yet?
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Headache for 10 years (migraine ?)

    Hi. So sorry for your suffering. There is a new medical news show that want to help people find answers to their medical issues and I thought with its resources nationwide, we might be able to help. Please let me know how we can contact you.