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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 ...
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