Getting to the Bottom of a Chronic Headache

by Dr. David Watson & Teri Robert Health Professional & Patient Advocate

Full Question:

Hi. I'm 25 years old male. I have headache for 6 months. I feel dizzy sometimes, including vision problem such as blurred vision and zigzag line. I also have earache and ringing in my ear, toothache, neck pain, chest pain, burning sensation on my tongue, numbness on hands, feel weakness and restless, difficulty fall in asleep. I have done CT and MRI of brain but all are normal. I am highly depressed and scared about my condition. What's wrong with me? I have gone to different neurologists and they told me there's no abnormality in brain. I also done my CBC and it's also normal. Please reply me or suggest will be appreciated. Thank you. mr.

Full Answer:

Dear mr.:

We can't tell you what's wrong with you. Nobody can tell you that via the Internet. We can share some information with you though.

Many of the symptoms you list fit various forms of Migraine with aura. Here's some information:

Chest pain does not fit with Migraine, so you should consider talking with your doctor about an EKG or other testing to rule out any heart issues.

If you have Migraines, CT and MRI usually do NOT show any abnormality. These tests are usually performed to rule out organic causes such as stroke, aneurysm, tumor, etc. for your symptoms. This also applies to tests such as CBC.

The lack of positive findings on your tests shouldn't stop your doctor from being able to diagnose and treat you. If your doctor isn't able to help, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

Dr. Krusz is a recognized expert in the fields of headache and Migraine treatment and pain treatment. Each week, he and Lead Expert Teri Robert, team up to answer your questions about headaches and Migraines.

Please note: We cannot diagnose, suggest specific treatment, or handle emergencies via the Internet. Please do not ask us to diagnose; see your physician for diagnosis.

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.

Dr. David Watson & Teri Robert
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Do you have questions about Migraine? Reader questions are answered by UCNS certified Migraine and headache specialist Dr. David Watson, and award-winning patient educator and advocate Teri Robert.