Non-stopping headaches for weeks, dizzy, spotty vision?

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Well I guess my problem is that I have constant non-stopping headaches. I've had them for a while now but these past few weeks, they've been really bad. Sometimes, when i get up too fast during one of those headaches (which frankly is all of the time now) i get really dizzy and my vision gets spotty but only for a matter of seconds. Also lately, i've been feeling tired all the time even though i sleep early and at an healthy hour. And also, sometimes when i move my head, it feels like my brain is moving inside and it hurts a lot. These headaches sometimes wake me up at night and other times keep me from sleeping. I've been to a doctor and had an MRI scan but i'm still waiting for the results please help because i'm really worried. Thank you, Farida!

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Dear Farida;

There are many possible causes for your symptoms. They could be from Migraine, another headache disorder, or something else entirely. Some of them sound like Migraine, but it's impossible to diagnose anyone online. You can take a look at Anatomy of a Migraine for information on the phases and symptoms of a Migraine attack while you're awaiting your MRI results.

Don't be surprised if your MRI results are "normal." With Migraine and most other headache disorders, imaging studies do come back "normal." Imaging studies such as an MRI are performed to rule out other cause of your symptoms such as stroke, tumor, and others. Once your doctor has the results, he or she will hopefully arrive at a diagnosis and treatment recommendations fairly quickly. If there's any history of Migraines or headaches in your family, it's important to let your doctor know because that can help significantly with your diagnosis.

How often are you taking pain medications for these headaches. This is something to be careful about because they can make things worse. Taking any kind of pain medication, over-the-counter or prescription, more than two or three days a week can make matters worse by causing medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See _Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires _ for more information on this.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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