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kma3346 Donating Member (423 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-01-06 10:47 AM
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Headaches every evening--what could it be?
This is the first time I've ventured into the Health forum. It's a very interesting place! I thought I'd see if I could get any answers about a health problem I've been having.

About two months ago, I started getting headaches every day--usually in the evening but sometimes in the afternoon. In the past, I've rarely ever had headaches and when I did, a couple of Exedrins would take care of it and I wouldn't have another one for a long time.

First I thought it was sinus headaches because I live in a place where there are tons of trees (including lots of sycamore threes in the neighborhood and a redwood tree in the back yard, both of which can really make you hack on occasion!) Then I thought maybe it was hormonal (I'm 53 and using the Vivelle hormone patch), but I've been on that for five years with no problems. I don't think it's a migrane because it's not that painful and I don't have the nausea or auras. I don't think it's a tension headache because it's not a "band-like" pain and I don't think it's a cluster headache because it's not severe and doesn't wake me up in the middle of the night.

It's a moderate pain that is sometimes across my forehead but I've noticed lately that it's mainly on the right side of my forehead and my eye (and sometimes the upper part of my head on the right side) hurts. When I cough or sneeze, it hurts worse. I had a CAT scan that was normal and that was a couple of weeks ago. Where do you go from here? Anyone have any ideas? I've been searching the Internet and nothing I find seems to jive with my symptoms.

Thanks for any replies/thoughts. I have a call into my doctor, but thought I'd check here as well.
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EST Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-01-06 10:52 AM
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1. Allow a little more room between you and the headboard
when you do sex.
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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-01-06 10:52 AM
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2. hmm
It could be stress related. A herbal or homeopathic formula would help,
along with meditation and massage therapy.

Also, don't discount that patch.

Sue
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cassiepriam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-01-06 10:52 AM
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3. Have you had your furnace checked? Possible CM leak? nt
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-03-06 12:10 PM
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6. That was my first suggestion
although with a CM leak, that headache would be worse in the morning.

The one sided head pain is characteristic of migraine, the across the forehead pain suggests eyestrain.

In any case, new onset headaches, especially those that follow a fixed schedule, need to be checked out. It sounds like your doc is on top of it, so if he can't find anything, I'd suggest a visit to an optometrist plus getting that furnace checked.
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Hand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-01-06 11:10 AM
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4. Dehydration, perhaps?
I sometimes wake up in the morning with a headache when the heat's been on overnight; drinking more water during the day and before retiring at night helps a lot--as well as having two large glasses of water first thing in the AM.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-01-06 11:11 AM
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5. my physical therapist
would suggest that you are not holding your head on your shoulders correctly. Surprisingly, I live in northern California and thought that my excruiating and many years long headaches were sinus related and that mold had alot to do with my headaches. About a year and a half ago, I went to see a physical therapist for another reason altoghether and as a result of my work with him, I no longer have headaches (unless I spend too much time in positions that are headache inducing and then by changing my posture, the headaches go away. I also used to have terrible heartburn, and that is now gone as well. I think my asthma is much improved and dermatitis is almost gone. It is so amazing what can go wrong when you are crunched up.

But, check all the other environmental conditions and then maybe check out a PT who has sports related background (that's what my PT said was best). Good luck with that. I also took Excedrine Migraine because it really worked for all my headaches. BUt because of the acetaminephin I am trying not to take it ever again (kidney failure possibility).



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Wickerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 09:54 PM
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7. locking
It is against the DU rules to solicit medical advice in the forums. While we appreciate the desire to find the cause of your ailments it is DU's policy to protect users from the bad advice that is often delivered on line by unqualified sources.

Please do see your doctor and we wish you improved health.

Wickerman
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