Hi diane2956, I am trying to remember exactly how long I have been having these 5 second headaches that you also get. It has been probably several years or more. I just always thought it was caused by a muscle spasm. When I did ask my dr. about it he did say that it is a real headache and unfortunately there is nothing to take to prevent them. At least I finally got an answer because I really did not know what was causing them.
If you have been having these for the past 20 years, how do you handle your shocking 5 second headaches? That is a really long time to have these types of headaches in my opinion. Of course, if your dr. did find the calcification of some blood vessels, then what does he recommend for you to do? It sounds as though maybe something should be done. I just don't know though.
I am sorry that you have been having these and for that long. That is awful. Please let me know what you plan to do if anything for them.
Do you take any meds from your dr. for headaches? I wish you well and by all means, don't ever think that a headache is just "nothing".
Hello, My adult daughter started having severe headaches about 2 years ago and went to the ER. They did the usual tests, but nothing was abnormal. Then she finally started seeing a neurologist and he prescribed the normal meds for tension and migraine headaches. She was taking fioricet and soma, and Relpax for the migraine headaches.
This went on for more than 3 months and she was just not getting any relief and was in so much pain. The medications did not touch her headaches. Finally, her neurologist sent her to a well known neurosurgeon in the Medical Center and he looked at all of her MRI's and other tests and said that he knew what was wrong. On one side of her brain the blood vessel was almost completely flat. It is supposed to be open and full of spinal fluid. Her neurosurgeon picked up the phone while we were all there and scheduled her for a craniotomy for the next week.
My daughter's persistence actually saved her life. If this brain surgery had not been done to correct the vein that was closed down, she would have died.
My message to any of you that have continuing headaches or start to have headaches and take the appropriate meds to treat them and you still have the headaches is run as fast as you can to a neurologist and get the proper tests done and go from there.
Never in a million years did I expect that my daughter's problem was so dangerous and how it might have killed her if left undiagnosed.
Please do not think that having a continual headache is normal. When your dr. prescribes any type of medication for the headache and it does not get better then I suggest that you see a neurosurgeon. I mean I am hoping that you have already seen a neurologist first and then go from there.
We all learned about this very unusual medical problem and I am so relieved that the neurosurgeon was so knowledgeable to figure out what was the problem and operate in order to correct everything.
Of course this was a rare type of condition, but even so, please see a neurologist if you have continual headaches.
I am sorry, but I do not agree with you that a chiropractor can help with headaches that will not go away. I have suffered for about 40 years now with constant headaches. Some are tension, and some are migraine headaches. Many years ago I did see different chiropractors to treat me. Instead of helping me they only made my neck pain worse and even grabbed me by the jaw to make an adjustment and it really messed me up.
I have severe TMJ and have had many jaw surgeries. These drs. knew that and they really screwed me up. I would never go back to one.
Maybe, for those people that have headaches and seeing a chiropractor helps them, I just can't speak for them.
We all have individual pain problems and not all one thing works for all of us. If you get relief from seeing a chiropractor, then keep on doing what helps you.
When I was writing about my daughter's situation it was very serious. She could have died if the neurosurgeon did not figure out what was really wrong. That is why I suggest that anyone that has severe/chronic headaches that do not respond to medications that they see a neurologist and see what they have to say.
All of this pain is an individual thing. No one person is alike. What works for one, does not always work for the other. Don't you agree with that?
I know people that have awful pain and choose to not take anything for their own pain. In my opinion I think that is just down right stupid. There are so many medications available to treat headaches and also pain in other parts of our bodies that it is a shame that a person would not want to get some type of pain relief.
You sure do not have to agree with me. That's just how I feel about all of this. I have lived with chronic pain for so long that the medications that I do take just take the edge off. My pain mgt. dr. will not increase my pain meds either. I am just grateful to have meds that do help some. I do not expect a miracle in my own case. To each there own or something like that.
Hi lovelittlemermaid, I have been having tension, migraine headaches for the past 40 years now. My headaches actually rule my life. I have a wonderful neurologist that I see on a regular basis.
The past year or so I have been getting a different type of headache. It is like a shock and the pain is unexpected and very sharp and severe pain. When I saw my neurologist this past week I asked him about this new type of headache that comes unexpectedly and does not last for very long. He said that it is a real headache condition but there is nothing new that I can take for it. I was relieved to hear him tell me this.
Do you take any pain meds for your headaches? I take fioricet w/ codeine and summatriptan for the migraine headaches. He also prescribes promethazine for the nausea. These medications really do help me a lot with the tension or migraine headaches. I was getting botox in my neck to relax those muscles, but I have not found it to be very helpful lately.
All of my CT scans show nothing is wrong, but the headaches are the real deal and put my life on hold quite a lot.
I have had in the past TMJ and the oral surgeons convinced me that I needed to have jaw surgery with total jaw joint replacement. I started having these jaw surgeries when it was 1983 and it never helped it only made my jaw hurt much worse. Well, after having 6 jaw surgeries I said "no more" and the last jaw surgery was in 1995. I cannot express just how much you all should not let a oral surgeon start doing surgery on your jaw. My jaw implants were from Vitek, which ended up causing many huge problems with their implants. Finally, they were shut down and the FDA recalled their implants in 1990. The implants have many dangerous materials in them and once implanted in a person they continue to cause severe damage and pain.
My message to anyone that has headaches is see a neurologist and for heaven's sake do not let a dr. operate on your jaw.
I hope that some of this info is helpful to you. Good luck, meaningfulc1952View Thread
Hello ajrmama3, I have had the botox injections in my neck for a few years now that my neurologist does. I have not found them to be of much help with my migraine headaches at all. The botox does relax my stiff neck muscles but that is all.
You say that you are taking hydrocodone for the pain. My experience with that medicine is that is does not help at all with my headaches. I take fioricet with codeine and if it is a migraine I take summatriptan. Relpax is a very good migraine medicine too. I see that you take that when you can.
Maybe you should not discuss your headache problems with your family since they are not being helpful at all. You could always say that you have a very good dr. that is treating you for the migraines and leave it like that.
I take Lexapro also. My pain mgt. dr. prescribes valium and skelaxin for me to help with my muscle spasms. Of course valium is and can be addicting for some people.
Are you seeing a neurologist? If you are not then I recommend that you find a good neurologist and go from there. Some of them do not want to prescribe meds like I am taking and some of them will. It is just a matter of how these particular neurologists are when it comes to medications.
Just because your CT scan was normal does not mean that you do not have a real headache problem. I have had tension and migraine headaches since I was a teenager. I am now in my early 60's. Have you seen a neurologist? If you have not then I would recommend that you do.
My neurologist prescribes fioricet w/codeine and summatriptan and Phenergan. The summatriptan is for migraines and the fioricet w/codeine is for the tension headaches.
Some neurologists that I have seen in the past do not want to prescribe the medicines that I take. If that is a problem for you then I would keep on trying to find a neurologist that will be more helpful for your headache problems. There are many different medications available now to help with tension and migraine headaches. Do not give up, just find a better dr.
Hi Adviceneeded97377, I have the same problem with certain perfumes. The perfumes that are very strong will give me horrible headaches that often leads to a migraine. Now that I have figured that out I avoid wearing those particular perfumes.
There is a definite link between perfumes and migraine headaches. You should try not wearing any perfume and see what is the outcome. If that does not help then it must be another trigger than causes your migraines.
I also have migraine and tension headaches. My treatment for migraine headaches are fioricet w/codeine 30mg. and Phenergan 25 mg., sumatriptan 100 mg. and now atenolol. All of these medications have helped so much with my migraine headaches.
One more thing though. My daughter never had migraine headaches until last year. It got so bad that she went to the ER and they ran all kinds of tests and all were normal. Finally, she went to a neurologist and after he ordered more tests he saw that there was a problem but wasn't sure how to diagnose it. He sent her to a well known neurosurgeon and that dr. knew in seconds after he looked at her tests what was wrong. My daughter had a major vein on the one side of her frontal lobe in her brain that was almost shut down. It was supposed to have spinal fluid in it, but it was almost flat instead of being full. Her neurosurgeon scheduled her for brain surgery the following week and sure enough that was the problem. Now she is not having any type of headaches at all. She is suffering from severe neck pain though. That is another story altogether.
If you do not get better with medications, I suggest that you go see another neurologist and don't stop until you have an answer. The neurosurgeon saved my daughter's life. In fact he said if this was not diagnosed she probably would have died from the severity of the problem at a later time.
I hope that you find another dr. and wish you good luck. meaningfulc1952View Thread
I have had tension and migraine headaches since I was a teenager. I am 60 yrs. old now. I finally found a wonderful neurologist to help me. He has been prescribing fioricet w/codeine 30 mg. and Phenergan 25 mg. for nausea and sumatriptan for the migraines. He also has been giving me botox injections in my neck. My neck is so stiff and always hard to move without having a lot of pain.
I would absolutely change to another neurologist asap and try some of the other meds and treatments. Also, atenolol taken at night helps prevent migraine headaches. I just started on that new med and it is helping a lot. Since I started taking the atenolol I have many less headaches. I am really surprised too. Atenolol is for blood pressure problems I think.
Believe me, any dr. that says there is nothing else to try for migraine headaches well, they don't sound like they are up on the newest treatments that are available. If it were me, I would sure find a new dr.
Hi to All that get Headaches! This message is to anyone that has headaches and their dr. just does not know what is causing them. In my case, I have migraines and tension headaches. If someone gets a headache and normally does not and the headache persists, then please get medical help. If your primary dr. dismisses your complaint, then I would say, please see a neurologist. In other words, do not give up until you know what is going on. This could save your life if you pursue getting help for the headaches. That's all folks. I am not a Dr., but I have learned a lot about the different type of headaches that people get.