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Recurrent headache, taking aspirin, dizziness, blurred vision. What is it?

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I have a recurrent strong headache that happens every month at least once, sometimes twice in the same month. It happens suddenly, then stays for the entire day or night. Only goes away with two aspirins and sometimes not even with aspirins. The pain region is over the eyes, and sides of the head, and it's a strong pressure like if there a monster trying to come into head. It hurts so badly that i have to cry. I keep trying to squeeze my head to have a little relief.
It always happened since i was a teenager, but now it's getting more painfull and more recurrent.

When it comes it's a lost day for me, I can't work, i wan't to get into a dark room, with no noise, no light, I get dizzy, blurred vision, and it's so incapacitating.

I wonder if you can tell me what is that and why I have it for so long ?


Posted Tue, 11 Sep 2012 in Headache and Migraines
Answered by Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani 3 hours later


Thanks for posting your query.

I would you to provide me some more information so that I can guide you properly.

1. Exact site of pain: to one side of head every time? The pain changes its site?
2. Associated nausea or vomiting?
3. Any relation with any particular activity? Like periods, stress etc.

Please write again with details.

Will be waiting for reply.

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Follow-up: Recurrent headache, taking aspirin, dizziness, blurred vision. What is it? 15 hours later
The pain is always on the same site of head, over the eyes, from center to the sides, hurts like there is an XXXXXXX pressure trying to come out. When i pressure with hands on the sides, it somewhat relieves a bit of this sensation of inner pressure.

The pain doesn't seem to change its place, it's always the same place and the same pressure feeling.

Theres no nausea or vomitting, just an acute pain, on the front and sides 'slice' of the head. My vision gets blurry though, and light and sounds bothers me a lot.

I can't tell if it's related to the period, as it may happens in the beginning of month, in the middle or in the end, the only pattern is that it always happens, once a month at least, for sure.

I don't take any medication for birth control, I used to take birth pills when i was 20, but i became bloated, my clothes got tight, i felt nauseas and headaches every month, and felt realy bad. After some years I stopped with these pills completely, my body got unbloated, and the nauseas from pills stopped.

My work itself is a bit stressing, I'm a web developer, I write code, solve problems all day long, but I think it's not an incapacitating stress, is just normal stress from everyday's work. Also when i was a kid, I had no work to do, just school, and my life wasn't stressfull at all, but I still had the montly acute pain on the head every month.

I remember this acute pain back from 12 years old, right after my period started. Before I don't remember this pain, only remembers of suffering lots from asmatic bronchitis and ear inflamations, going to hospitals in the middle of night, having strong fevers.

At that time I went to a doctor, and he said I had cefalea, or something like that. But the medication didn't do anything for the pain and I disconsidered it. He checked on the heart too, and this one was just normal.

I work with computer since i was a kid, all day long, maybe it might be related somehow. At that time, the display monitors were that old big ones that expeled bad radiations, and from this I used to have several minor headaches at the end of the day, i think because of my eyes tired. Since I changed the displays to LCD ones around 2002, the minor headaches and eyes tiredness at the end of day stopped ocurring. And the monthly pain was there too.

Afterall, this monthly acute strong pain, never disappeared. It hurts so badly that I have to cry. I even put some ice over the head to get some relief.

Answered by Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani 8 hours later

Thanks for reply.

Putting everything together it seems that there is strong possibility of migraine.

A migraine is a type of headache that you have and it goes for years together.

There are some typical set of trigger factors in all like,

>Some food
>flickering screen
>Atmosphere changes etc.

Other possibility could be vascular headache.

It is advisable that you visit a physician/neurophysician and get your self examined. Normally history and physical examination are sufficient to diagnose the condition; still at times some investigations are advised as per need.

After confirmation of diagnosis you need to take some drugs on regular basis to avoid this headache.

In general:

>Maintain healthy life style
>Avoid possible stress
>Take good sleep
>do not take too much of tea/coffee/drinks
>Try relation techniques like yoga and meditation
>Keep a diary, you will be able to pin point the trigger factor in your case. Just try to note what has happened before headache has started.

I hope this helps.

Please visit a neurophysician.

Wishing you good health.



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