I have had headaches all my life, I'm 19 now. These past three months my headaches have gotten way worse, I tend to wake up every single morning with a severe headache. No pain medicines work nothing anyone has tried will help me. They are so severe I've had to quit my job. Also when I get a bad one my legs start to feel very weak. It's almost like I can not live a normal every day life anymore. Any suggestions on what to do? Medicines? Where I should go? Katie.
Waking with a headache or Migraine is most often tracked back to sleep issues...
too much sleep
too little sleep
an irregular sleep schedule
poor quality sleep
Many patients have sleep issues even though they think their sleep is perfectly adequate and of good quality. See Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep .
Have you seen your doctor about these headaches? If you have, but he or she hasn't ...
I wake up every Morning with aa severe migraine. Even tried changing the pillows thinking it was that. I do take extra strength Tylenol which does seem to help if I take 3-4 of them after a while. No allergies to allergies to anything except Penicillin which hasn't been an issue in years. What can I do to help this as they are very painful & seem to be located from the middle to the back of my head. HELP ! Thanks, Lesaann.
The most common trigger of Migraines that people wake with is some type of sleep issue. It can be too much, too little, disrupted, or poor quality sleep. Many people have sleep problems without even realizing it. A starting point would be to discuss your sleep patterns and quality with your doctor. It's highly recommended that Migraineurs go to sleep and wake at the same time every day, including weekends and holidays. You can learn more about this from our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep .
Neck pain in the morning can be due to straining the neck while asleep. During certain stages of sleep, the muscles are contracted. One option would be to use a firm flat mattress and a flat pillow—or preferably no pillow in those cases where morning neck pain is prominent. I would strongly recommend you describe this condition to your primary care physician so that he or she can refer you to the appropriate specialist who can properly evaluate you and review your options. Important: We hope you find this general medical and health information useful, but this Q&A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. For all personal medical and health matters, including decisions about diagnoses, medications and other treatment options, you should always consult your doctor. See full Disclaimer .
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