Suggest treatment for severe headache and neck pain
Also had blood work done and it came back good. Every time I get done I feel so much better but then in a couple days the pain appears more noticed. Why is that? Am i losing my mind? Is this all anxiety?
This week symptoms are more neck and lower head tightness right up the middle. As I'm typing my stomach was churning and I got hot and the place where your neck and head meet began to hurt alight. It's like I felt it go up that nerve. Help!
In part may be due to anxiety but also medication effects
Good morning. My name's Dr. Saghafi and I'm an adult neurologist as well as headache specialist who says many cases such as yours at the VA Medical Center and so I'd like to recommend both similar treatments as well as advice that I pass on to all of patients and especially those with symptoms such as yours. The type of headache you have can be a couple different types...and perhaps, you even have at least 2 different types anyways. But whatever the case what you should not do anymore for any reason is have a chiropractor manipulate your neck. This is a dangerous procedure and one which can leave you quite disabled or worse. I've witnessed 3 women during my training who had all visited the chiropractor within 2 hrs. of being brought to the ER for major complications of stroke after having their necks "adjusted" and 2 of them had serious strokes which resulted in permanent disabilities and one died after several days. She was in a coma from a blood clot that wiped out her brainstem and we had to pull life support off....entirely unnecessary consequences in my opinion. I regularly tell people of the dangers of this procedure and urge them to do their reading on the subject on the Internet before making a decision. Hopefully, people are making better decisions now compared to a few years ago since the rate at which people were flocking to chiropractors for something was so high that it was getting ridiculous.
After reading your first paragraph with all the changes and rapid cycling you have of medications for these headaches/head pains I also believe you may be suffering the effects of polypharmacy which means, "too many damned drugs." There is something called MEDICATION OVERUSE SYNDROME....and while your situation is not exactly the same as classic MOH; it certainly could be a reasonable variant. In other words, a lot of medications which are prescription as well as over the counter substances are being thrown at you without:
1. Having a clear cut and unified diagnosis (though the neurologist seems to think you've got OCCIPITAL NEURALGIA)
2. Giving your body a chance to really wash out of 1 set of drugs before starting another.
Therefore, I think your body may be suffering from a possible baseline headache condition with MULTIPLE CAUSES (etiologies)which could be mild migraine types (don't have to be SEVERE, SEVERE but they can have many of the symptoms you've described) along with Tension Type, medication induced polypharmacy sequelae, possibly Occipital Neuralgia although your current symptoms are a bit sketchy for that diagnosis, and last but not least headaches tied together with your issues of depression, anxiety, and perhaps some of your own medical problems.
You mentioned about your headaches getting worse when the temperature gets hot. Did you know that for every 7 degrees F that the outside (or inside) temperature rises above 72 degrees F that approximately 20-30% more individuals with predisposition to headaches will have worsened headaches. In your little blurb you mentioned how your headaches seemed to come back around the time things got really hot.
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BTW, you're NOT losing your mind but your anxiety levels certainly can be contributing to the baseline headaches. It would be to your benefit (though you may be having a little bit of trouble believing it) to stop all the medications being given to you for any acute pain or headache relief as well as start keeping track of the headaches with detailed descriptions of what their symptoms, duration, and other odd feelings may be that should be documented.
With several weeks of good coherent data keeping with the logs we can have these diagnosed in no time (if you go to a headache specialist) and then, be on better footing as well as what type of treatments would be best in your case.
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