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Headache, lower back pain. Using Ibuprofen. Had cranial nerve infarction. Stress related problem?

I am having daily headaches and lower back pain for three weeks. The headaches are only slightly eased by constant use of Ibuprofin, if at all. The back pain does not go away. I have not had any injuries, but am under a great deal of stress. I had a cranial nerve infarction a few years back and was tested for MS which was negative (no lesions on the brain). Is this stress related, or should I be worried about something more serious?
Asked On : Mon, 12 Nov 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.

The most likely cause for your headache and lower back pain is stress-related. So, there is no need to worry.

Also, MRI has been done earlier, which did not show any lesions, which rules out serious brain diseases.

As of now, please continue with analgesic medications. For back pain, you can also go for physiotherapy sessions.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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Answered: Tue, 26 Nov 2013
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