Headaches and or migraines Am I alone?

BrittaniMaree BrittaniMaree
I been getting some pretty severe headaches. I am not sure if they are migraines or headaches though, does anyone know the difference between them? I get them about 2 times a week to about 4 times a week and I have no insurance so I cannot afford to go see a doctor the few times I had to go I am still paying them off so I can get a home for the first time. Anyone else know of any home remedy things or just any information at all to help me out because they are pretty bad. Also they are always above my eye area and they are like a sharp pain and it is so bad I want to vomit or just lay there in the dark. Thanks ahead f time for your posts all.
04/25/2013
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Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by BrittaniMaree
I been getting some pretty severe headaches. I am not sure if they are migraines or headaches though, does anyone know the difference between them? I get them about 2 times a week to about 4 times a week and I have no insurance so I cannot afford to ... More
Sounds like a migraine & without a professional diagnosis by a neurologist or headache specialist, you won't be able to get the relief you can get from prescription medication. They need to rule out other sources of this pain, but the eye involvement, as well as the rest of your description, leads me to suspect they are migraines. The trouble with not seeking help immediately is that if they are migraines, you are loosing the best window of opportunity for effective treatment. The last thing you want is to get into a situation where you complicate the problem by starting a chronic pain response in your body. Trust me, that's what happened to me & makes all treatment sooo much more difficult.

But, the real urgency in being checked out are the other possible causes of your pain, which need to be addressed sooner, rather than later, as I'm sure you can imagine. Unfortunately, this will likely require a few tests & trying different medications before you get full relief & I know you don't want to spend money you don't have. But, this is something that may cause you to be unemployable if not treated & they progressively get worse, so think about that, too. The good thing is that today they have so many different, effective medicines that really give people back their life. There are also things you can do to help that do not have to do with prescription medication.

The most important is establishing a regular sleeping schedule & maintaining it even on weekends. I won't bore you with the science, just the stuff you can do to help. Also, try and notice what triggers a migraine for you. Does smelling smoke or perfume do it? Do certain foods do it? Many migraineurs get migraines from aged cheeses, wine, strawberries, chocolate, etc. You can find lists online of foods to test yourself & see if it helps. Another big trigger for migraines is a caffeine dependency. While caffeine can often help during an acute attack, the roller coaster effect of ingesting it & then needing more later, is often a trigger. Most headache clinics make you stop consuming caffeine at all & maybe only during an attack. Some over the counter "migraine" pills have caffeine in them.

You can try either a heated or cold compress on your forehead area while lying down in a dark, quiet room. Sensitivity to light & noise, especially paired with nausea are common symptoms of a migraine. A sharp or throbbing pain, often involving the eye area or starting on one side of the head & progressing over to the other, are common symptoms as well. You can find tons of info online, but honestly, I think you do have migraines. There are lots of things that may help, but from my experience, nothing is going to help as well as medical care for someone having them as frequently as you do. If you only had them twice a year, you could get by, but you are having them very frequently.

I have tried physical therapy, self hypnosis & biofeedback training, counselling, acupuncture, meditation & yoga, Botox, tons of medicines, supplements and diet & lifestyle changes, to name just the stuff off the top of my head. Hopefully, you will find a quick solution to nip these in this bud! Oh, I forgot to mention that migraines tend to run in families, so if a close family member suffers them, you likely are as well.

Feel free to contact me privately via PM, if you'd like!
04/25/2013
js250 js250
You may also want to rethink your lack of Dr's care. My friend had sever headaches resembling your description. She also chose not to get medical help and she died a month ago from an aneurism. If Sara would have gotten help, she may be alive now....PLEASE get this checked out!!!!!
04/25/2013
ChubbyNerd ChubbyNerd
I get headaches all the time, but I think it's from my hair. It's so long and heavy.
04/25/2013
Gary Gary
I know many things cause this, but dehydration is the root of a lot of headaches. Teeth grinding is another (though I have always assumed that men do this more than women, I could be totally wrong here).
04/25/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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I know many things cause this, but dehydration is the root of a lot of headaches. Teeth grinding is another (though I have always assumed that men do this more than women, I could be totally wrong here).
You're absolutely right about the dehydration & that could account for the nausea & perhaps the need to lie down.

Bruxism usually causes a dull, constant headache, not the sharp pain, the intermittent nature & localization above the eye(s), that she describes. I used to grind my teeth so much the molars were ground down flat! Women are more likely to grind their teeth, but it's by such a small margin over men, it's hardly worth mentioning. The most common cause of grinding your teeth is an irregular bite & most grinding occurs while you sleep, although stress & anxiety can certainly play a part.

js250, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend! That's exactly one of the reasons I warned her there may be other causes that need to be found sooner rather than later. I assumed she would know why she should get checked to rule out several things, but I now think that was foolish of me. Yes, a cerebral aneurysm could cause these symptoms, especially if these attacks are a sudden occurrence in your life & the headache is described as the worst headache of your life.
04/25/2013
Fluke Fluke
It is getting hotter where I live so maybe you are not drinking enough or maybe your head doesn't like the change in climate.

So many people get headaches you shouldn't feel alone, a lot of women I know have migraines and headaches as well.

First you should try to get rid of headaches the natural way. Wicked Wahine listed the stuff to do: cut down on smoking, cut down on drinking wine, cut down on caffeine, cut down on stress, get a good nights sleep, eat regular healthy meals.

Sometimes headaches/migraines are triggered by certain behavior so it will be extremely helpful to make a journal of your daily activities. I would only use medication as a last resort, if you must take pills, only do so once or twice a week, or else you get rebound headaches and reliant on pills.
04/25/2013
Ryuson Ryuson
They do sound similar to migraines. I get migraines, they run in my family! I got my first one when I was 6, and the doctors refused to believe that I had it, but my mum started letting me take her medication.

The best thing to do is find what triggers them and try to avoid it. I get migraines when my blood sugar fluctuates (like if I forget to eat), if I go from a warm place to a cold place too quickly, or if I smell certain scents.

Unfortunately, there can be hard-to-find causes. If it's a hormonal cause, you can't really avoid that. I have a friend who gets migraines whenever she eats gluten-- it took FOREVER to figure that out.

The nice thing is, if you can figure out how to manage them you shouldn't need to go to the doctors all of the time or pay tons of money for expensive prescriptions. Keep a diary of what you do every day, when you do it, and see if anything matches up. Good luck!
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