Hi, I am a 21-year-old female who suffers from many headaches. It seems like I have been battling headaches for as long as I remember. When I was younger, I would get such bad headaches that I would cry all night long because I was in so much pain, enough that I wouldn't get any sleep. At that time, my family doctor told me that the cause of my headaches was my lack of vision and that I needed glasses. However, I have been wearing glasses for over 15 years, and my headaches are still very present. That's the least of it because I often get very bad migraines as well. They are bad enough that I feel dizzy, nauseous, and in a lot of pain. Light bothers me; loud noises bother me. For a 21-year-old, I may be wrong, but it doesn't seem right. I shouldn't be getting so many headaches/migraines, right? It's almost daily now, but that's not all. Now when I get my headaches, I have a lot of neck pain. My neck is always stiff and burning with pain. My doctor tells me that my headaches and neck pain have to do with my car accident a year ago, but I have been battling headaches a lot longer than that! And besides, it wasn't that bad of an accident.
The reason I write today is because I can no longer accept hearing that my headaches are probably normal. Probably does not seem good enough any more. I need a definite answer, so I stop driving myself crazy. I know that this might be the only thing that you can tell me, too, and if that's the case, then I still appreciate your time.
Also, I think I should mention that I get a lot of stomach pain as well. I don't know how to really explain this, but the pain only comes when I press on my stomach. I always thought that I just have a weak stomach, but it may be more than that. It really hurts if I accidentally poke myself; when that happens it's like a stabbing pain. A family member told me that my headaches and stomach pain could be related to a liver problem, but I never took it seriously because this person wasn't really a health professional. However, after my accident I started acupuncture, and the acupuncturist told me that I may have a liver problem as well because I had such a weak stomach. Again, I didn't know if I should take that seriously. I guess this is the reason why I've also written about my stomach problem. I don't know if the two are connected, and I was hoping you could shed some light.
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I am a nurse, and have a son who is battling chronic headaches with belly pain as well. As we are going thru evaluation for this with a doctor we have seen that one of his liver lab amounts is high, therefore we will do further bloodwork to see why.
My point to you is that you SHOULD be seeing a doctor...either a very experienced "internal medicine" doc or better yet, a neurologist. Call your insurance and see what you have to do to get them to pay for you to have a neurology consult. I would not waste your youth hoping they will go away, but treat them and LIVE! They are NOT normal, but they may be treatable. Also, make sure you are eating well, have a healthy weight (Weight watchers is great if you need help there), and exercise. These things will help you too. I HOPE you find a good treatment and can consider this a minor inconvenience in your life in the future. God bless you! K