Oct 31, 2008
Hello people. This is my first entry because I just found this site. It looks like I may get some help here, I hope. Here's my story:
I am a 15 year old girl, and the summer before last I started to get these headaches. They occur sporatically, lasting from an hour or so up to 4 or 5 days with varying intensity, several times per month. I don't know how the pain is compared to other people, but for me it is pretty bad; I often have to stay home from school or lack concentration in class. My grades over the last two years have suffered. I was a straight A student before high school, but now I really struggle to meet my own standards.
I have been to the doctor several times, but no prescription has really helped much. I had some kind of head scan that came back normal, and a PT came to my house several times. One thing that seems to help sometimes is having my mom do manual traction on my neck (that means pulling on my head, in English).
My headaches have some strange characteristics. They are bilateral, which kind of rules out migranes, even though I have a family history of them. Also, they are not a throbbing-type pain, more of a steady ache. The pain moves throughout the top, sides, front, and back of my head and neck, sometimes but not always affected by changing my position. I always have something new to tell my doctor at every visit, because they tend to keep changing over time. It is very frustrating not to have much explaination for the pain. The prevalant theory is tension headaches.
I guess what I want is not so much a cure (I don't think it will be that simple) but more an explaination of what is going on and a management plan, as well as an explaination for my teachers and school district to help with my grades. One major source of stress for me is trying to keep up with my few absences, and stress is the main cause of tension headaches! I also get stress from worrying about when the next one will come. It's like a cycle! Ughh!