Because headache can be a symptom of temporal arteritis, patients often think it's Migraine or another headache disorder. Temporal arteritis is sometimes called cranial arteritis or giant cell arteritis. Temporal arteritis occurs when one or more arteries become inflamed and are damaged. It occurs most commonly in the head, especially in the temporal arteries that branch off the cartoid artery in the neck. The cause is unknown, but researchers think the inflammation is due to a faulty immune system response. It occurs almost exclusively in those over 50 years old, but may occasionally occur in younger people. There is some evidence that it can be hereditary. Possible symptoms: Excessive sweating Fever General ill feeling Jaw pain, intermittent or when chewing Loss of appetite Muscle aches Throbbing headache on one side of the head or the back of the head Scalp sensitivity, tenderness when touching the scalp Vision difficulties Blurred vision Double vision Re...
There has been a lot of news lately about medication overuse headaches (MOH) that may be linked to those of us who have chronic headaches each month. Do you think taking a 50mg tablet of Tramadol daily (for fibromyalgia) could be enough to cause MOH? Peggy.
Some patients can take tramadol daily without getting into a medication overuse headache. For others, that 50mg a day could cause MOH. If the tramadol IS causing you MOH, it should be relieved when you take the tramadol.
This is a rock-and-a-hard-place problem for people who have both headache and pain issues. Sadly, there's no good solution for it.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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