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Sunday, August 10, 2008 Eileen, Community Member, asks

Q: Sharp pain in head when sneezing, coughing?

I have severe pain in my right eye and temple area when I bend over, cough, or sneeze.  I also have slight bulging of my right eye.  All labs, MRI, and MRA were normal.  The neurologist diagnosed migraines and wanted me to take anti-seizure medication.  I cannot believe this is a migraine because I have it every day; it never goes away.  The newest symptom was a weak feeling in my right leg last evening.  I'm afraid my doctor is missing something.  I have an appointment with an endocrinologist in a few weeks, but all thyroid labs have been normal.  What could this be?

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
8/16/08 3:43pm

Hi Eileen,

We have an Ask the Clinician question on this very topic you can see by clicking HERE. I can understand your frustration with your diagnosis, and it's always very hard when you don't feel your doctor is listening to you. Here are some other links that might also be useful to you right now:


Why Yoga Can Help Soothe Many Types of Chronic Pain

Using Mindfulness Meditation to Alleviate Physical Pain Using Tylenol Responsibly

Let’s Talk Pain Meds

What You Didn’t Know About Pain Meds


Good luck


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