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4.5+ Years

Well, I have had ongoing headaches (or migraines) for 4.5+ years now.  I also have sharp shooting pains in the base of my neck/top of my spine and upper and lower back pain.  I have seen a spine specialist, allergist and neurologist, had CT's, MRI's and bone scans.  I am currently taking Midrin but that doesn't seem to be doing much help.  No one can help me and I don't know who or what to ask.

A breif medical background:
- broken hip -> metal rod w/ 2 screws: Jun 03
- chondrosarcoma -> partial scapulectomy:  Aug 03
- headaches/migraines begin:  Feb 04
- tonsillectomy:  Aug 04
- wisdom teeth extraction:  Apr 05
- PRK (eye correction surgery):  Jun 06

(no family history of cancer or etc.)

If anyone has any advice, please share.  Additionally, I am always tired, but when I lay down for bed, it takes me a while to fall asleep.
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Hello Dear,
You should again get an MRI done as the pain in the upper and lower back seems to be neurological.It could be due to degenerative spine changes,neuropathy,nerve compression,spinal stenosis.Yoga anad back exercises will help you.
Preventive medicines include Beta blockers — which are commonly used to treat high blood pressure and coronary artery disease — can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. These drugs are considered among first-line treatment agents. Calcium channel blockers, another class of cardiovascular drugs, especially verapamil (Calan, Isoptin), also may be helpful. In addition, the antihypertensive medications lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril) and candesartan (Atacand) are useful migraine prevention medications
Pain relieving medicines-
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)..
Triptans.. They are effective in relieving the pain, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound that are associated with migraines. Sumatriptan (Imitrex) was the first drug specifically developed to treat migraines.
Ergots,anti nausea medication,opiated are also given
You should do exercise and sleep well.
Avoid dietary triggers of migraine.
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