Are My Frequent Headaches And Stomach Pains Related?


Asked by Kiran

Are My Frequent Headaches And Stomach Pains Related?

Hi, I am a 21-year-old female who suffers from many headaches. It seems like I have been battling headaches for as long as I remember. When I was younger, I would get such bad headaches that I would cry all night long because I was in so much pain, enough that I wouldn't get any sleep. At that time, my family doctor told me that the cause of my headaches was my lack of vision and that I needed glasses. However, I have been wearing glasses for over 15 years, and my headaches are still very present. That's the least of it because I often get very bad migraines as well. They are bad enough that I feel dizzy, nauseous, and in a lot of pain. Light bothers me; loud noises bother me. For a 21-year-old, I may be wrong, but it doesn't seem right. I shouldn't be getting so many headaches/migraines, right? It's almost daily now, but that's not all. Now when I get my headaches, I have a lot of neck pain. My neck is always stiff and burning with pain. My doctor tells me that my headaches and neck pain have to do with my car accident a year ago, but I have been battling headaches a lot longer than that! And besides, it wasn't that bad of an accident.

The reason I write today is because I can no longer accept hearing that my headaches are probably normal. Probably does not seem good enough any more. I need a definite answer, so I stop driving myself crazy. I know that this might be the only thing that you can tell me, too, and if that's the case, then I still appreciate your time.

Also, I think I should mention that I get a lot of stomach pain as well. I don't know how to really explain this, but the pain only comes when I press on my stomach. I always thought that I just have a weak stomach, but it may be more than that. It really hurts if I accidentally poke myself; when that happens it's like a stabbing pain. A family member told me that my headaches and stomach pain could be related to a liver problem, but I never took it seriously because this person wasn't really a health professional. However, after my accident I started acupuncture, and the acupuncturist told me that I may have a liver problem as well because I had such a weak stomach. Again, I didn't know if I should take that seriously. I guess this is the reason why I've also written about my stomach problem. I don't know if the two are connected, and I was hoping you could shed some light.

Thank you


Dear Kiran,

Your question has been answered in our Ask the Clinician column. Please see Frequent headaches and stomach pains related?