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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.
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I have Intermittent sharp pain on left side of my head. The pain is left side, near back of head. It started 6 days ago, I have tried several over counter meds. Excedrin Migraine, to BC Powders. Nothing has worked.
I have made appointment with my Doctor, next week. What do you think this pain could be. I have never suffered with Migraine Head aches before. Thank You, Joann.
The pain you describe could be any number of things. You don't mention how long the pain lasts. If it lasts just seconds, it could be ice pick headaches, but only your own doctor will be able to confirm a diagnosis. You can find some information on ice pick headaches in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
Are you having any other symptoms? If not, these are unlikely to be Migraines because Migraines have other symptoms in addition to head pain. See Anatomy of a Migraine for more infor...
Full Question: My 6 year old daughter has been complaining of a terrible pain in the left side of her head (Temple area) she had this headache a few weeks ago and also the last 3 mornings, she doesn't seem to have any other symptoms other than also complaining of a stomach ache, but they don't necessarily coincide with each other, she had an MRI about 8-9 Months ago and it came out clean. Is there anything you can recommend? I can't find much on headaches in Children. Thank you in advance, Michaela. Answer: Dear Michaela; Sometimes, children this young have symptoms that they don't recognize and tell you about. A parent's observations are as important as what the child says. When she has a headache or stomach ache, does she shy away from light or noise? Sensitivity to sound or light could indicate Migraine. Is there any history of Migraines, sinus headaches, or "sick headaches" on either side of the family? Most of the time, wh...
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