I'm 36 and have been struggling with headaches since December. At first I thought I was getting an ear or sinus infection. But my doctor couldn't find any ear infection and was diagnosed with TMJ-type pain. I was prescribed naproxen, flexeril (which made me feel hungover in the morning, so I stopped taking it) and xanax (as needed) to relax. Well the headaches got a *little* better but never went away.
My doctor sent me to a neurologist, who sent me for an MRI, which came back negative, thankfully. The neurologist at first diagnosed me with trigeminal neuralgia because I described to her that (at the time) I had a headache with pain around my right eye that shot into the right side of my head. Maybe there was some nerve issues, but I don't think it was trigeminal neuralgia because that part of the problem quickly went away and I never got the "searing" pain that is usually a symptom of trigeminal neuralgia.
For a week I kept a log of every single thing that was hurting because I was exhausted from feeling headachey all the time, I wanted answers. The neurologist said it was classic tension headaches. I've been going to physical therapy twice a week for the past month now and was feeling better. I was getting maybe only a mild headache once or twice a week. But I noticed over the past week I'm getting the ear pain again. It feels like a typical ear ache, inside the ear, you know? I was really tired last night so I went to bed early and woke up this morning feeling really headachey with a stiff neck and achey ears, mostly the right ear. I'm so fed up with this!
I'm wondering if I should seek out an ENT or ask for an MRI of my neck and spine or something. I'm really struggling to get through days like this!