Full Question: Please help!! I am a 30yr old female. A few years ago, I was in a couple of car accidents. Ever since then, I have had problems with headaches. They are usually in my neck and behind my eyes. I have occasional nausea. My problem is that I have a neck/head ache every single day. I have been to PT, chiropractors and tried different meds. My neuro has mentioned Topamax or Cymbalta. I have both sitting in my cupboard, but I don’t know which to take. I am extremely scared of side effects. I’ve read so much online and it scares me to think of what these pills could do to me. Doctors haven’t really said what I have; I’ve heard chronic daily, tension and migraine headaches? What is your opinion? Any suggestions? I don’t know how much longer I can deal with these headaches, they are controlling my life. Thanks in advance. Angie. Answer: Dear Angie; You most likely are suffering from the after-effects of a pro...
Full Question: I've got a question that I hope you can help me with. Two years ago, I was in a car accident - I was a passenger in the front seat. We were hit from behind at a high speed and the fellow's head from the back seat collided with mine - also leaving 2 teeth in my head, which weren't removed for over a week. I've got a lot of problems since then with memory loss, and nasty head pain. I've been told a lot of different things - but yesterday finally met a neurologist that seemed to understand that there would be a lot of what I am experiencing from the impact and the teeth. I also have a history of kidney stones (cystinuria). This dr. prescribed topiramate at a low dosage - Anyway, before filling any prescription, I do check to see what it is about. I have never seen kidney stones mentioned before that I know of - but there it was - and as I researched, I see that when taking this medication, you should increase water intake as it could cause 'calcium...
The association between neck pain and migraines was a mystery for quite some time. After some research was published, many of us talked with our doctors and found that the neck pain we thought was triggering some of our migraines was actually a symptom of our migraines. A recent study took a look at the prevalence of neck pain in both migraine and tension-type headache .
"We assessed the prevalence of neck pain in the population in relation to headache."
A total of 797 individuals completed an interview and provided self-reported data on neck pain.
Participants with migraine (M), tension-type headache (TTH), or both migraine and TTH (M+TTH) were identified and grouped.
Pericranial tenderness was recorded in 496 participants.
A total tenderness score (TTS) was calculated as the sum of local scores with a maximum score of 48.
The one-year prevalence of neck pain was 68.4% and higher in those with migraine and TTH vs. those w...
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