06/25/07 #3 - Pain originates at the top of my head rather than in the temples?

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    I am a 55 year-old female who has been experiencing migraines since my mid-thirties. I've tried many preventatives and have used most holistic approaches to prevention - all under the care of doctors - but still continue to experience chronic daily headaches.

    My question has to do with the location of the current head pain. For the past year the pain originates at the top of my head rather than in the temples (as it did for so many years). The pain wakes me up in the early morning hours and rarely comes at other times during the day.

    My Neurologist says that these are migraines and that "I am complicated" which isn't what one really wants to hear of course. I am concerned about the pain being in this location since there is very little information on that as a site for migraine pain. Any suggestions or information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you – Nina.

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    Dear Nina;

    I don’t know why you are specifically focused on the location of your daily headaches, and I don’t know what your neurologist knows about migraines or other headaches. The top of the head is not an unusual location for headaches. Daily migraines are rare, but early morning migraines are not. “Complicated” migraines often means that they accompanied by neurologic symptoms that don’t go away when the migraine does. My guess is that your sleep pattern is less than optimal and that focusing on that aspect might allow you to wake up with less headache.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: June 25, 2007