6/9/08 #10 - Headache for almost three months?

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    I have had a headache for almost 3 months.


    Have had a MRI, Brain Scan, cartoid artery scan, Total Blood workup, Spinal Tap, Sleep Apnea Study. Everything but the sleep study came back normal. I fainted on March 15th, do not know how long I was out, this is the first time I ever passed out, when I woke up I had the headache and it has been with me ever since. I have been to 5 Dr's no one seems to know what is going on. I am a insulin dependent diabetic and have been for 20 years. I am taking 600 mg of Gabapentin 1 AM-1PM, 4MG Zanaflex at night, 25MG Topamax at night, 50 MG Seroquel at night.

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    If anyone has any idea I would sure appreciate it. My pills last for about 3 hours then the headache comes back really bad and it is a long time between pills, I sometimes take 800MG of ibuprofen in the middle of the day just to be able to navigate. I should tell you I turned 60 on March 13.


    Thanks and sorry this is so long, Vicki.




    Dear Vicki;


    You said everything but the sleep study came back normal. What did the sleep study show? Any problem with sleep can be a trigger for headaches and Migraines. If you have any sleep problems, you need to be treated for them.


    You don't say what you're taking for this "headache" other than the preventive medications you listed. Keep in mind that anything you take acutely to relieve the headache, if used more than two or three days a week, can compound the problem by causing other headaches called medication overuse headache or rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires.


    Without knowing what type of "headache" this is, it's difficult to suggest much else. Your best bet would be consulting an actual headache and Migraine specialist. There's a link below to our directory of patient recommended specialists.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: June 07, 2008