February 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm #1234
I was wondering what type of headache diary do people use? In the past i just recorded the pressure when my headaches started but my problem is not having a proper system or keeping it going for long enough. I’ve downloaded the one from this site and it seems pretty good. Has anyone had any success with it or do you you some other method? I asking because with the clusters of headaches I’ve had in the last 3 to 6 months i think its time to find out whats the cause. I was checked out several years ago back in Ireland and the doctor thought the problem was migraines.April 18, 2012 at 5:45 pm #1246
I don’t have an actual diary, but wanted to tell you *from my experience* that it depends upon the doctor you see. I saw several different types of specialists who tested everything under the sun to rule out tumor, infection, etc. I now see a pain management doctor, and even though I hate pain meds have found the trick is to attack the headache before it attacks me! So, as soon as I start feeling it coming on (and I even have a magic number of 29.8), I take at least a prescription strength ibprofen. I’ve been fussed at for waiting too long, and letting it settle in before taking a painkiller. Since doing that, I haven’t had the severe vomiting, pain or blood pressure issues.
Mine are always the same, probably because my underlying problem is actually my neck. All of the muscles are connected, so my neck gets tight, then up around my ear and under my eye..always one side, nearly always the left. My blood pressure gets high (and I used to always have a low normal BP reading). So, you might want to add those readings to your diary. I also have found that a wet hand towel in the microwave for a minute or so helps alleviate the spasms I get, too. That idea came from the doctor who did a surface EMG and said in 35 years he’d never seen so much activity. I don’t know if this helps much, but we can hope they start paying more attention to this type of headache.September 4, 2012 at 7:49 am #1251
Hi ohnounder, my name is Jessie and I’m a LMBT. From what you posted I have a few more questions like what happened to your neck and if the pain pattern you feel is around the left side of the back of your neck to behind your ear and to your eye? If so, then I would think its a trigger point headache. Heat will help but since trigger points are an accumulation of metabolic waist at the nerve receptor, in this case in the upper trapezius muscle about in the middle of that muscle belly( there may be a tender spot there) a lmbt that knows trigger point therapy should be able to help. Also, you mentioned normal to low BP? My question is does walking help with the pain in your head?
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