I have had headaches for a long time, but growing up, we attributed them to stress. And that’s what they seemed to be. Classic stress headaches.
However, since getting sick, I have experienced headaches much more frequently. Sometimes they are in the front of my head, over my eyes and nose. But most of the time, they are this intense pounding on the back of my head and at my brain stem.
Several years ago, as a result of my headaches, I went to see a neurologist. And he told me that given that headaches are so much more common in the general population than lupus and RA are, he felt my headaches had nothing to do with my illnesses and were just headaches.
He gave me a prescription for Imitrex, which I took twice. But both times it made me feel really spacey and I would rather deal with the headache than my head-floating-in-the-clouds feeling.
This sounded like snake oil to me.
I wasn’t buying what ...
Hello, I have been having sharp throbbing pain and stiffness in my neck and shoulders. This pain has been going on for a few weeks. I also have bad pain all around the top of my head. The pain occurs at night and in the morning when I wake up and usually last all day long. It may go away for a couple hours throughout the day but it does come back. Other symptoms I am experiencing is nausea, occasional tenderness, I feel emotional and vulnerable, and there is pressure in my head and I do feel it when I move it or sit still. I do not feel any pressure in my eyes or any vision problems and I do not hear any swishing in my ears. I have tried over the counter medications such as Advil, Aleve, and Excedrin migraine. But none of them work. I have also been experiencing shortness of breath in the morning for the past few days, feeling very cold before going to bed and a sharp pain going across my upper abdomen. I have gone to the doctor and he wasn’t very much help...
It is natural for anyone beginning a new medical treatment to be a little fearful. For people beginning radiation therapy, this fear seems to be heightened by some common misunderstandings about the treatment.
Radiation therapy is painful. Not really. Most patients have no sensation of radiation when the machine is delivering the daily treatment. A few patients report a slight warming or tingling sensation in the area while the radiation machine is on. Over time, the skin in the area being treated will gradually become dry, sore, itchy, or burning. These feelings can be uncomfortable, but usually not enough for a person to stop or interrupt her treatment. Read more on coping with skin reactions .
Radiation therapy will cause me to be radioactive. Only in certain cases. If you are treated with external radiation, you will not be radioactive at any time. The radiation you receive delivers its dose to your tissues within an instant — there is no lingering radiation once the treatment mac...
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