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Just stress or something else??

I get a headache or huge amount of pressure when I lay down on my stomach only. I've had a history of migraines and had a CAT scan that showed nothing. I got sick once where I had a terrible migraine with sensitive eyes, shivers and neck and shoulder stiffness. I do wear glasses and I've also had a muscle spasm in my neck before. Are any of these related and what could be wrong?
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When you had the migraine with the shivers, did you take your temperature?  

Lying on your stomach, of course you likely would be turning your neck and the muscular tension from this could bring on a headache.  Also, if you have any TMJ dysfunctional issues, lying on the side of your face could bring on pain which could lead to headache.

Further, lying on your stomach if you have sinus congestion perhaps might lead to concentration of that congestion by the position you are in, leading to a sinus pressure headache.

Have you ever been checked for sleep apnea (which can lead to headache)?

You mentioned you wear glasses. When was the last time you have had your eyes checked to be sure your prescription is still accurate?  
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Stomach and head pains can be related.

Stress and anxiety can trigger off migraine attacks.  As can certain foods and drinks and being at the computer for too long.

You may already be aware that certain foods and drinks can trigger off migraines.  Some people trigger foods are different to other, but the main culprit foods are:

Chocolate, oranges and citrus fruits, red wine, cheese, coffee.  There will be others too that I can't remember off hand.

Best is to keep a diary of what you eat and drink and keep a record of when you feel worse, to try and find out what trigges off your migraines.

My husband used to suffere very badly from migraine and it was related to stress and anxiety and from acid reflux due to a hiatus hernia.

When my son was about 11 he used to have terrible migraines with vomitting every week.  We found it was due to stress because he was petrified of playing ruby, and it was always on the day that he would have had to play rugby.  Once we knew and he was then exempt from playing rugby, he was fine.

I have experienced severe migraine with zig zag lines in my vision and feeling ill for nearly two days.  I was extremely tired and had spent too much time on the computer.

The neck and shoulders problems can also stem from sitting at the computer for too long.

Hope you can find your triggers so that you know what to avoid.

Best wishes.
Hope you will be able to find out what
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When you had the migraine with the shivers, did you take your temperature?  

Lying on your stomach, of course you likely would be turning your neck and the muscular tension from this could bring on a headache.  Also, if you have any TMJ dysfunctional issues, lying on the side of your face could bring on pain which could lead to headache.

Further, lying on your stomach if you have sinus congestion perhaps might lead to concentration of that congestion by the position you are in, leading to a sinus pressure headache.

Have you ever been checked for sleep apnea (which can lead to headache)?

You mentioned you wear glasses. When was the last time you have had your eyes checked to be sure your prescription is still accurate?  
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Thank you for your response. I had my eyes checked about 5 months ago. I didn't take my temperature and I haven't been checked for sleep apnea.
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Thank you for your response. I do watch tv a lot and was getting into the habit of sleeping with it on and I'm on the computer a lot. I didn't know those foods could bring a headache on though. I'm glad I know now. Thank you again.
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You're welcome.  

Headache can come on for those who have sleep apnea, so you may want to get that ruled out.  

If you clench or grind at night, a TMJ night guard might be of some help with TMJ headaches which can come for some people with 'bruxism'.

I guess it's pretty hard not to sleep on your stomach, but maybe you could do in reverse what they recommend to those who snore when on their back- make a pocket in your pajama bottoms and put a tennis ball in it so it would be uncomfortable to lay there?
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I am glad I have been of some help to you.  I thought you may have already known about food triggers for migraines, but as you didn't, I'm glad I mentioned this.  I have a friend who has to avoid quite a lot of foods because of triggering off her migraines.

Keep a diary of your food and drink, because people have different triggers.  Someone's migraine may be triggered off by chocolate, but you may be alright.

Sitting at the computer for too long and days on end will definitely give you muscular skeletal problems giving your the problems with your neck and shoulders in turn giving you a headache.  And glaring at the screen for too long can give you migraines.

Make sure you switch off and have a good sleep hygiene (that's what it is called, but what it means is that you have a good regular pattern of what time you go to bed and when you wake.  

Best wishes
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Ok. Thank you again.
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I do catch myself grinding throughout the day so I may be doing that when I sleep. I will look into it. Thanks again.
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Most people clench or grind their teeth from time to time. When this becomes a habit, usually triggered by stress or anxiety, it is known as bruxism.

Bruxism can cause permanent damage to your teeth; it can also trigger other symptoms such as earaches, jaw pain, and headaches.

Bruxism typically occurs during the night and is known as sleep bruxism. Bruxism that occurs during the day, usually subconsciously, is known as awake bruxism.

In some cases, bruxism may stop once you have learned to break the habit. This can include learning relaxation techniques and holding your jaw in a more relaxed position. Once daytime bruxism has subsided, sleep bruxism is likely to improve as well.

A dentist can also make you a teeth guard.
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I am a clencher myself.  Having very bad TMJ dysfunction, I have learned to relax my face a lot in the day, but after years of practice, still find that I can clench at night, and the splint (hard, flat-planed appliance prescribed by an oral and maxillofacial specialist, which is different from the much cheaper, and I believe more commonly prescribed night guard which a lot of dentists help their patients with) I wear I am very blessed to have.    

I had someone at a dentist office suggest I practice putting my tongue between my upper and lower front teeth to help keep them apart.  I no longer need to practice that.  Pain is a great motivator to try to relax the jaw muscles & I try to keep slack jawed during my waking hours.

Are you taking active steps to try to manage and treat your stress issues (you mentioned in your title stress or something else)?  This is a big contributor to muscle tension, be it with the TMJ, the neck, the shoulders, or that band of tension that can come around a person's head.

There are a lot of people who have enough incidents at night when they stop breathing for a time during their sleep that they get diagnosed with sleep apnea.  This can lead to waking up with a headache as well as still feeling tired.  I got tested for this at home- it wasn't a comfortable night, but at least I learned sleep apnea was not my problem.  I do have an in-law who has this problem, however.  
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I just try not to worry. As young as I am, I'm a very worrisome person. My mind is like a crazy highway and being a mom, well I'm sure you know or have heard. I've been like this for a while and I think it's all catching up with me. I know I'm behind on some doctor visits so hopefully, I can start to take bigger steps to getting this controlled.
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Anxiety is a burdensome struggle for so many of us.  

I'm not a mom myself, but know I've caused plenty of stress to my own mom. :0(

I'm glad you are determined to take steps toward better health for yourself and hope you will find relief soon!
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Lol. Everyone has and thank you for the advice.
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You're welcome!
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