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Suffering with Headaches and MS

Cathy Health Guide March 28, 2011
  • Since childhood, I’ve had headaches.  I’ve never seen a doctor to find out what “type” they are (tension, cluster, Migraine).  Each time they invade me (I feel it IS an invasion) they typically start on both sides of the back of my head.  Gradually the muscles o...

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  • Lisa Emrich
    Health Guide
    Mar. 30, 2011

    I used to get bad headaches (rarely) when growing up.  The type of headaches where trying to sleep was really the best option.

    Since I spend so much time on the computer, I get 'headaches' which really come from tight muscles between my shoulder blades.  I have not found a good way to stretch and release those muscles on my own.  It's like I...

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    I used to get bad headaches (rarely) when growing up.  The type of headaches where trying to sleep was really the best option.

    Since I spend so much time on the computer, I get 'headaches' which really come from tight muscles between my shoulder blades.  I have not found a good way to stretch and release those muscles on my own.  It's like I can't get down to the root of the spasm and tightness.  So frustrating at times.

    Thankfully I don't really get serious headaches much anymore.

  • Amy Gurowitz
    Health Guide
    Apr. 07, 2011

    I'm also a member (of the childhood-headache group, that is!) I continue to get them...(hmm... is this a theme with MS? We may be on to something!) Mine are distinctly tension. (cathy... yours sound like migrane... that whole "no light" thing screams it.) I, like Lisa, have tension headache with similar base of head, neck, shoulder blade stuff. (I ran to heat...

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    I'm also a member (of the childhood-headache group, that is!) I continue to get them...(hmm... is this a theme with MS? We may be on to something!) Mine are distinctly tension. (cathy... yours sound like migrane... that whole "no light" thing screams it.) I, like Lisa, have tension headache with similar base of head, neck, shoulder blade stuff. (I ran to heat up my neck wrap upon reading the words... and noting that I'm all tensed up!) I also get sudden, dramatic pain, usually in my temple that subsides as quickly as it hits, giving me enough time to yell in pain. It makes my husband look to me with that very worried; please don't have an aneurysm face. (ie. I love you!) not to be too corny! ;)

     

    Thanks for starting this conversation Cathy~

    • Cathy
      Health Guide
      Apr. 07, 2011

      Amy,

       

      I think somehow I am in between a migraine and tension.  As I type my head is throbbing, neck and shoulders tight.  I tried Advil and then I tried coffee (for migraines they give caffeine - who knows...) and this is the 2nd day I've had it.  Oy yoy yoy!:) I definitely know this one's from stress...

    • cherylok
      Apr. 22, 2011

      These sound like migraines to me, too. My first migraine was after my first severe MS relapse when I was too old for usual migraine. Nonetheless, the symptoms are there and when they occur I take Maxalt, a tryptan that works well but is expensive.  It is really fortunate for you that you have a spuse who will do massage. 

  • Vicki
    Health Guide
    Apr. 04, 2011

    Hi Cathy,

    Yes, you are pretty corny, but that stuff works for all of us.

  • Karen
    Mar. 28, 2011

    Before I had my hysterectomy, I had migraines all the time. Now I have occasional headaches but nothing like a migraine. I have the neck & shoulder pain and never really realized it was MS related. It's not excurating but a constant ache. I've gotten so used to it, I don't even realize how sore I am until my husband starts massaging on me.

     

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    RHMLucky777

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    Before I had my hysterectomy, I had migraines all the time. Now I have occasional headaches but nothing like a migraine. I have the neck & shoulder pain and never really realized it was MS related. It's not excurating but a constant ache. I've gotten so used to it, I don't even realize how sore I am until my husband starts massaging on me.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Karen
      Mar. 28, 2011

      I take aleve when it gets really bad or use a heating pad. Icy hot helps some.. Undecided

    • Cathy
      Health Guide
      Mar. 28, 2011

      Hmm.  Have you tried yoga at all?  The studio near me offers class in gentle stretching which can be done standing or from a chair.  Keep the muscles stretched does help.Cool (I love the emoticons...)  There are also videos online that you can check out from youtube.  Just some random thoughts.