I have been having intense pain on the left side of my head. The pain is so intense that if it lasted longer then it did I could not stand it. I have no other symptoms. No pain in the the eye area, no weakness in body, nothing. The pain lasts anywhere from 10-30 seconds at a time. I have lived with it for about 20 years now. I did go to a neurologist about 9 years ago and had MRI done which showed nothing. This pain will last a week or two disappear for months and then show up again. It is not a constant pain, the pain comes lasts 10-30 seconds disappears for a little while maybe half hour and comes back. In the last two weeks this pain it has increased more than I have ever experienced. When I went to the doctor 9 years ago he did not have an answer and said they could be cluster headaches, but I do not have the symptoms of cluster headaches. Anyways. I am not sure what to do seeing how the MRI showed...
Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
As I sit here writing, I'm in a lot of pain. The left side of my low back is throbbing. Often I can ease this pain by popping the back, but this time that hasn't worked, and neither has Advil. The next step will be to put a prescription pain patch on it.
"Depression hurts," say the Cymbalta commercials. Yes, it does, and antidepressants that, like Cymbalta, work to make more of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine available have also been shown to relieve pain.
My questions arise from my own experience. Although I was formally diagnosed with bipolar relatively late, I see symptoms going clear back to childhood. I began to have chronic pain in my early 20s, first in my neck and head, then crippling pain in my arms that finally moved to my mid and upper back. This was diagnosed, after 9 difficult years, as fibromyalgia. Then later I injured my low back and have had trouble with it ever since, while other areas of my back flare up periodically.
One of t...
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