Headaches following closed head injury, ears ringing, heart, thyroid?

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    I had a closed head injury in a boating accident eleven years ago. I now get headaches that start with neck pain and facial swelling. The facial swelling gets worse each day. My face swells and I get a red indention that last for hours when i use my phone (phone pressed against cheek). My ears feel full and I hear ringing and pops in my ears. My headache gets worse each day until I can not even lie down and sleep the pain keeps me up. This will go on for four or five days. It is debilitating. The only way I have been able to get relief is to take a Claritin D 24 hour for a few days every week when the headache, facial swelling and ear noise start. I can go for two or three days on 20 mg of zyrtec during the day and at night on 25 mg of diphenhydramine hydrochloride then I have to take the Claritin D for one to two days. Now I am having heart problems and am told to stop the Claritin D. This has been going on for a year now. What can I do? What is causing this. It almost feels like my spinal fluid is leaking into my head cavity. But how could Claritin D work. I use to get migraines. But these are not the same. My thyroid also does not function so I take Armour 90 mg daily. I also take a low dose of metoprolol tartrate 25 mg for High blood pressure. My bottom number is high, not the top. Thank you for any assistance you can provide. Sincerely and desperate, Julie.

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    Dear Julie;


    Post-concussional headaches often behave like Migraines and are treatable as such. There are not many practices that are comfortable with post-concussional symptom control and treatment of other cognitive issues. The meds you are using (with any success?) are sort of primitive. If you have a post-concussional headache expert in your area, you might get a consult; they are few and far between. For example, in Texas there are three concussion friendly practices, mien in Dallas and the other two are in Houston.


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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: May 26, 2011