I had a closed head injury in a boating accident eleven years ago. I now get headaches that start with neck pain and facial swelling. The facial swelling gets worse each day. My face swells and I get a red indention that last for hours when i use my phone (phone pressed against cheek). My ears feel full and I hear ringing and pops in my ears. My headache gets worse each day until I can not even lie down and sleep the pain keeps me up. This will go on for four or five days. It is debilitating. The only way I have been able to get relief is to take a Claritin D 24 hour for a few days every week when the headache, facial swelling and ear noise start. I can go for two or three days on 20 mg of zyrtec during the day and at night on 25 mg of diphenhydramine hydrochloride then I have to take the Claritin D for one to two days. Now I am having heart problems and am told to stop the Claritin D. This has been going on for a year now. What can I do? What is causing this. It almos...
Three days ago, I woke up with a very sharp pain in the lower right side of my head. I had migraines before so I know this is not a migraine. The pain is no longer that sharp but I can not seem to move my head and if I need to pick up something it really hurts. I have Tinnitus on the right ear, but I do not know if that has anything to do with it. I do not suffer of sinus. An odd thing is, that for a month now I had vertigo, but I stopped taking a diuretic and the vertigo stopped. I must say that I had vertigo for many years (very violent) but I stopped having it for over a year in a half. it just came back for over a month but went away. I would like to know if the vertigo has anything to do with it. I've been taking Tylenol for the pain but after a few hours I need it again. I've also been swimming for about a week now, could that be the cause? I know, I will see my doctor on Tuesday but I just wanted to know if any of the above mentioned had to do with it. I must sa...
Steps to take care of your whiplash injury include:
Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Apply heat or ice to the painful area. One good method is to use ice for the first 48 - 72 hours, then use heat after that. Heat may be applied with hot showers, hot compresses, or a heating pad. Be careful not to fall asleep with a heating pad or ice bag on. This can give you burns or frostbite.
Reduce or stop your normal physical activity for the first few days. This helps calm your symptoms and reduce swelling (inflammation).
Perform slow range-of-motion exercises -- up and down, side to side, and from ear to ear -- to gently stretch the neck muscles.
Have a partner gently massage the sore or painful areas.
Try sleeping on a firm mattress without a pillow or with a special neck pillow.
Use a soft neck collar for a short period of time to relieve discomfort. (Using a soft neck collar...
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