04/23/07 #6 - Constant tension headaches, not rested?

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    I've had tension headaches since I was a teenager, I'm now 31 years old. I live in Rhode Island but can not find a specialist who knows how to deal with these headaches. They are always there, some days worse than others and nothing seems to work. My primary doctor only goes by what I tell her and I don't think she understands this constant pain. I'm always tired during the day and do not feel rested when I wake up in the morning, my motivation to do anything when I get home from work is almost nonexistent which causes a lot of friction between my wife and I who is also a person who does not understand. Who can I see for help? Is this all in my head? I'm very frustrated, Can you help me? David

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    Answer:

    Dear David;
    Like so many other headache sufferers, you live in a world where you are not well understood. Many "tension" headaches continue nearly daily and can be aided and abetted by (daily) overuse of simple over-the-counter analgesics. Things like Tylenol, ibuprofen, aspirin and other so-called "pain-killers", even by prescription. You state that you do not feel rested in the AM, and often frequent headaches are accompanied by a poor sleep pattern. Usually when the sleep is made better, lots of things will fall into place, including the desire to do things with family and loved ones. Certainly, there are a number of headache specialists in the Boston area, if finding one in Rhode Island is difficult. This would be my suggestion; to seek out someone who specializes in headaches.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: April 22, 2007