Posted By Christina on September 17, 1998 at 16:18:31:
I injured my lower back (pulled a muscle) 4 years ago and about 2 months after I began to get a very severe throbbing in my head after I would straighten up and after bending down to pick things up off the floor or to brush my teeth. It also happens when I sneeze, get up out of a chair, laugh very hard, and other various times. The pain starts in the lower back of my head, and radiates up to my temple area. I have had MRI's, X-rays, physical therapy, etc. Nothing helps. I am now taking Neurontin to attempt to control the pain. I have heard of positional headaches so I wanted to get some more information on this type of headache. One thing that did help is a nerve block that was given by injecting it into the back of my head, even with my ears almost. The pain was gone for only 3 days and I was very nauseous and dizzy afterwards for weeks. So I can't receive any further shots. I have a lot of trouble sleeping as my neck always hurts. Only on the right side. Occasionally I will get twinges of pain up the right side of my neck that go up to my temple area. The only way to relieve this pain is by applying ice. I am a graduate student and much do a lot of reading and I have trouble bending my head down to read so must prop books up. The worst pain causes me to feel nauseous. The intense throbbing sensation that I feel when I get up from a bending position lasts for about 5 seconds. After that, I feel very little pain. My neck is always stiff and sore and my back has permanent knots of binded muscle all up and down my back. Sorry for rambling. I am trying to get everything in so you can get a good idea of what is going on. Could it be that when I pulled or tore the muscle in my lower back that when it healed it pinched a nerve or in some way affected a nerve that is "pulled" everytime I stretch my back? In essence, that is what I am doing everytime I come out of a position that causes this pain. It is always some sort of stretching out of the back (as I arch over). Any ideas would be so appreciated. My activities are severely limited and sometimes I feel like a pharmacy with the number of different drugs that have been prescribed. One more thing. I was taking Tegretol for this pain and I believe it helped somewhat, but the side effects of lethary and dizziness were intolerable. Thank you, Christina Schelling
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