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Hello, I have recently been suffering from severe headaches that originate behind my left eye, behind my ear, to the base of my neck. It hurts to cough, sneeze, or even bend over to pick something up. I had a CT of the sinuses and it turned up nothing. My doctor put me on 800 mg ibuprofen, but I'd rather get to the root cause and not just the symptoms. Any ideas on what it can be? Sylvia.
The symptoms you describe are often symptoms of Migraine, but not always. That said, nobody can diagnose via the Internet, so you definitely need to find a doctor who understands Migraine and headaches . If you have trouble finding a doctor, there's a link below to our listing of patient recommended specialists.
One thing you can do to help you and your doctor determine what's going on is to keep a Migraine and headache diary. You can download a free diary workbook from our article Your Migraine and Headache Diary .
Good luck, John Claude ...
Full Question: My daughter is 12 years old and is experiencing severe headaches. They started about 3 weeks ago, every couple of days she would have a headache and she would have to lay down for a couple of hours for it to go away. The headaches have increased in severity and are coming almost daily. They are making her sleep constantly. I have been to my physician and they did a head CT. The results were negative, they also checked her sinus cavity and it to was negative. She has been tested for Mono, Strep, Diabetes, all came back negative, they also did blood work and here white blood cell count is fine and so is her iron. No over the counter drug works. She is not able to go to school and I don't know what to do. the doctors are not sure of what is causing the headaches so they won't prescribe anything. Can you give me any suggestions? Answer: Dear Concerned Mom; Find a headache and Migraine physician who isn't afraid to treat your daught...
A 2010 study showed that neck pain is more common as a symptom of Migraine than nausea. 2 (See Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom .) Now researchers are finding that when a Migraineur has neck pain, Migraine treatment is often delayed. 1 The study Study objectives: "This study will examine whether presence of neck pain is associated with a delay in Migraine treatment. Background: We have previously shown that neck pain is exceedingly common in Migraine. We have further shown that its presence on the day preceding Migraine is associated with impaired treatment response, and that neck pain is predictive of Migraine-related disability independent of headache frequency and severity." 2 Study methods: Prospective participants were examined by Migraine and headache specialists to confirm diagnosis of Migraine and exclude both cervicogenic headache and fibromyalgia. 113 participants kept a detailed diary for at least one month and until six Migraine had been treated. Part...
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