Thread: Headache for 8 weeks now
3/02/2011 8:16pm, #1
Headache for 8 weeks now
The point of this thread is partly to whine and bitch about this, and partly to bring it up for discussion and see what happens. I'm not expecting medical advice but by all means, contribute if you have something meaningful to say.
So I've had a headache for 8 weeks. Started sometime in January, and it coincided with a cold, which then came back as pnuemonia requiring antibiotics. It started out as just a nuisance, but one snowboarding trip the headache got so bad that after two runs I had to bail and wait for my buddies at the bottom of the mountain till they were done. Driving home was a nightmare and I considered letting my friends drive instead of me (but I concluded letting aussies who've never driven in snow is more dangerous than me driving with a headache). When we got home I went straight to the clinic to see what they could give me. The doc gave me a shot of painkiller (and a lecture about taking 5 tylenol in 2 hours) and said the headache may be related to the cold. The next day I went back to the clinic and got a perscription for pnuemonia.
The fucken cough lasted for two weeks, and each time I coughed my headache would pound. The headache remained after the cough disappeared, and I decided to try boarding again. I work at a ski hill so there isn't much to do for recreation. The day went ok, until we hit some difficult runs and the headache started again. I called it off and went home, only to have a migraine when I got to my place. Migraines are totally different from this headache, but the headache seems to cause migraines when agitated. I tried to board again later that week, with the same result; a migraine. I've stopped boarding because its too painful and the risk of Migraine isn't worth it.
I had a CT scan on monday and was told my doc would have the results within 2-3 days (damn you socialized medicine! How dare you make me wait 2-3 days for the results of a procedure I didn't have to pay for and took less than 30 minutes!). I'm hoping they call me tomorrow and let me know what they find.
The headache started around the same time I started taking creatine monohydrate, and I've considered that they are linked but I stopped taking creatine during my pnuemonia. There was no change in the headache.
The doc suggested a tension headache, but I'm not that stressed, I stretch a lot, have tried a hot water bottle on the back of my head, and a few spells in the hot tub. All to no avail.
It's also not a dehydration thing. I'm a fitness nut and drink more water than most people here. My diet is also better than before I moved to the ski hill.
So far I've stopped boarding, running on the treadmill, and sparring. I'm still teaching jiu jitsu and lifting weights in the gym, but chest press is a little painful and I can't manage deadlifts/squats. Drinking makes it worse, although that may be connected with the yelling/loud talking that accompanies drinking.
I'm bored out of my mind because I work security in the evenings and there is ****-all to do here during the day aside from snowboarding, go to the gym and watch TV.
I'm not sure what I want to hear from the Doc. If the CT shows nothing, well then what is causing my headaches? If the results are nothing, my nxt step will be to try a chiro/deep tissue massage, to see if that has an effect.
I kind of want the results to be something simple and easily fixed, as opposed to complicated and life threatening. Only time will tell though. I'm not all that stressed out over the possibilities, but I am pissed off that I can't snowboard or spar.
I now open the floor to discussion and ridicule.
3/02/2011 8:27pm, #2
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Have you taken any spills on your head?
3/02/2011 8:29pm, #3
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I can only recommend taking excedrin, it really does work. I used to get migraines frequently and after numerous doctors visits, the only thing that worked was excedrin.
3/02/2011 9:17pm, #4
Banged my head in December on my first day boarding. Headaches started at least a month after that.
I've got persciption meds for migraines but they are pricey and not designed for this kind of thing. I've been taking advil and if I want to sleep I take an acetominophen/codeine product (500mg/8mg respectively).
3/02/2011 9:26pm, #5
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3/02/2011 10:09pm, #6
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speaking as a judo player, stop being a *****, tape it up and get back on the mat.
now that i'm done dispensing the judo answer to everything, in all seriousness, if the cat scan doesn't show anything, get an MRI if at all possible. don't screw around with your brain, dude."Face punches are an essential character building part of a martial art. You don't truly love your children unless you allow them to get punched in the face." - chi-conspiricy
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3/02/2011 10:33pm, #7
I'll brin that up with the doc Ming if the CT shows nothing. I would almost rather it was something like a blood clot as opposed to cancer or an anuerysm or something.
3/03/2011 8:12am, #8
I had the same a while back, had an MRI and a CT scan and they didnt find any problems.
The doctor suggested I may be taking Ibuprofen and paracetamol too often (about twice a week after/before hard training to get injuries through).
I found after a couple of weeks they went.
I would reccommend a full detox for a month, treat your body like a temple and get all the crap out of it , that includes not eating any processed foods.
This may help:
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3/03/2011 8:31am, #9
Several years ago, the missus started getting headaches and then began getting migraine headaches so we went for an MRI and CAT scan....nothing.
She started getting little white splotches in her left eye. Went to the eye doctor who referred us to a specialist for a possible detached retina....nothing.
She went to several doctors and specialists, including a neurologist, several complete blood work-ups and physicals.
What was discovered was two things, which were simple but odd:
first, she had an case of congenital toxoplasmosis, likely from en utero from her mother.
second, she has naturally low blood pressure. the stress of being at the doctor resulted in her blood pressure being raised and reading to a "normal" level thus giving a false reading.
sometimes it is simple and the doctors aren't looking for the simple. stay with it and good luck.
3/03/2011 2:30pm, #10
I had a friend who got a migraine everyday. They are horrible and largely unexplainable as to why they occur. I'm glad I only get them sporadically.
I'm also living at about 5-6000 feet right now, with occasional trips to 8,600 feet, so I've considered that it may be altitude related. I'm assuming the doctors would see lots of that here though if that was common.
De-toxing isn't a bad idea.
I haven't gotten laid in a while, so maybe the doctor will tell me "go have some sex and this will clear right up".