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 ...
Neck pain in the morning can be due to straining the neck while asleep. During certain stages of sleep, the muscles are contracted. One option would be to use a firm flat mattress and a flat pillow—or preferably no pillow in those cases where morning neck pain is prominent. I would strongly recommend you describe this condition to your primary care physician so that he or she can refer you to the appropriate specialist who can properly evaluate you and review your options. Important: We hope you find this general medical and health information useful, but this Q&A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. For all personal medical and health matters, including decisions about diagnoses, medications and other treatment options, you should always consult your doctor. See full Disclaimer .
Full Question: I have been dealing with rather bizarre and intense headaches for the last 8 years. So that you know what I am dealing with, my headaches include: A slow developing pain over the right side of my head, particularly above and behind the right eye. This pain intensifies. There is a great deal of pressure, as if bricks are weighing down the eye. The eye turns blood shot, the pupil is affected. There is tearing and the lid droops. My face becomes flush and my right sinus often swells. I become very exhausted mentally and physically. I feel as if I am in a mental fog. Although I have no nausea or sensitivity to light or sound, some movement (especially rising) can intensify the pain. On rare occasions I have experience ocular migraines, but they have never preceded a headache. It has only been with in the last 2.5 years that the headaches have become increasingly aggressive to the point that I have sought a headache specialist fo...
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