One-sided headaches for more than 5 years, no diagnosis?

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    Hi there, I have had one sided headaches for more than 5 years that I have not received a diagnosis on. It is on my right side only. I get burning pain from the right side of neck, face and into my eye. It is pretty much constant pain. I have had an mri scan showing nothing. When I watch tv or look at a computer for awhile I get burning pain in my right eye and forehead. I feel that it all starts in the right side of my neck. I get burning and tingling on the top right side of my head as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Colin.        


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    Dear Colin;

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    We'd love to help you. You definitely need a diagnosis. The problem is that what you describe could be any number of issues, and it's just not possible to diagnose via the Internet. What you describe could be a form of headache, a form of neuralgia, or something else entirely.


    Your best course of action, since your doctor has yet to give you a diagnosis, is to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check the Find a Health Care Specialist on the ACHE web site.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert




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Published On: January 22, 2014