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 ...
Although most people immediately think "headache" when they think of a Migraine, there are many times when some of the accompanying symptoms are as severe and debilitating as the headache, if not more so.
One of those symptoms can be neck pain. Until fairly recently, neck pain was often overlooked as a Migraine symptom. In 2010, a study showed that it's more common in Migraine than nausea. You can find more information about this in Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom .
Beyond the obvious pain, when neck pain occurs during a Migraine, it impacts Migraineurs in other ways:
Its presence on the day preceding Migraine is associated with treatments not working as well.
Neck pain is predictive of Migraine-related disability, regardless of Migraine frequency and severity.
Presence of neck pain during a Migraine is associated with delayed treatment of Migraine attacks.
You can read more about this in Migraine Treatment Delayed by Neck Pain .
The transcript of this podcast is below. If you prefer to listen to it, you can easily do so from the MigraineCast Web site . Hello and welcome to MigraineCast the weekly podcast brought to you by MyMigraineConnection.com and the HealthCentral Network. When many people think of a Migraine attack, they think only of a very painful headache. The reality is that a Migraine attack usually has several symptoms and those symptoms can be broken down into four phases. Not everyone experiences all the phases, and we might experience symptoms and phases during one Migraine attack that we don't experience during the next. The four potential phases of a Migraine attack, in the order in which they occur are prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome. The prodrome is sometimes called the preheadache or promonitory phrase, as in premonition. It can start hours or even days before the other phases. Statistics show that 30- 40% of Migraineurs experience the prodrome phase, but my personal th...
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