I've had a headache for 17 days now. I've had no real changes in diet, physical activity, tobacco or caffeine consumption, liquor consumption, etc. I haven't had problems w/ nausea. I have had very mild cases of vertigo, sensitivity to light and sound; although probably related, these sensitivities have been really insignificant throughout the duration of my headache. I'm not taking any medications or using recreational drugs. I've had no head trauma. I've never been diagnosed with any other physical or mental illnesses (other than depression during and after a divorce several years ago.
My headache is fairly constant with some sharp pains and a few moments where it's almost unnoticeable. Many mornings, I don't start to feel it until I get up and moving; however, most mornings it's there. Prior to this headache, I've never really had much difficulty with headaches that couldn't be cured w/in 20 mins with an Excedrin; and, headaches were few and far apart.
I've visited with a doctor (general practitioner) twice now. Following is a summary of each visit:
FIRST VISIT (after 10 days): My doctor asked many pertinent questions (the answers are covered in my first paragraph above). My blood pressure was mildly high and lowered after a 2nd test. The doctor prescribed Flexaril (5mg) and Vicodin (5/500). She then scheduled a follow-up visit (at 15 days).
RESULTS: The combination of Vicodin and Flexaril helped my headache go almost un-noticeable. I slept frequently and was very aware when the medication(s) were no longer in my system. I followed the recommended dosage between 4 and 6 hours.
The day before my second visit, I stopped taking any medication just to be aware of how severe my headache still was. It was pretty bad still; so, I kept my schedule with the doctor.
SECOND VISIT (at 15 days): My doctor asked many of the same questions. She was reluctant to schedule a CT scan and wanted to try another medication (midrin). My blood pressure was normal this visit. We discussed whether rubbing the area hurts/helps, etc; it does neither. We also discussed my sleeping habits. I've been very much an insomniac for the past ten years or so (I just turned 40). Sometimes I sleep wonderfully and others I toss and turn all night, unable to get my mind to slow down.
RESULTS: I took the Midrin as directed for 1.5 days. It didn't seem to help with the pain at all. It also seemed like a couple hours after taking it, the pain in my head would become even worse. I've stopped taking any medications for my headache and I've notified the doctor. I have another visit scheduled with her a week from today. She is also on vacation until then; so, I'm unlikely to hear from her.
After 17 days now, I've become more than concerned about my headache and just want the pain to stop. I've tried relaxation, being very aware of my posture and support for my neck. I've also been scouring the internet to find related information or others who have had the same problem with very little luck.
If you are someone who has experienced this or are someone in the medical community with knowledge on this subject, I'd really like to hear from you with comments/suggestions. I will certainly continue my scheduled visits with my doctor until we learn more.
Some information I'd consider very useful before I visit with my doctor again would be:
1. Similar experiences or patient experiences and treatment/outcome.
2. Symptoms to watch out for which may indicate the need to visit the emergency room.
3. Harmless, homeopathic remedy suggestions that may soothe my pain until the next doctor visit.
Thank you in advance for your response. I'm beyond worried about this headache; but, not in a panic. I've also missed way to much work (fortunately, I am my own boss).