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help me please.. throbbing pains in head
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smileu - September 15

Hello I have been having so much pain. It started under my arms, then to my left shoulder, followed by my right shoulder, furthermore my left shoulder, back to my legs and knee, now it's in my head throbbing pain like burning sensation. I have 10 MIR including one is schedule for my head. My family thinks i'm depressed because i keep going to the doctor about all these problems I'm having. I have seen all specialist in NC area. Now, this pain has hit my head. i have never had pain in my head I rarely have headaches. I take Vitamin D 5000 Omega 369 my diabetes medicine, blood pressure, baby aspirin. I was taking lyrica but I couldn't tell if it was working or not. In the past 11 months
I have been through so much. I also have Gerd. I just need some answers concerning this throbbing pain in my head. One of my specialist stated symptoms of Fibromyalgia. I have found standing in the sun feels great to my skin.

 

toots2889 - September 15

I think your on the right path. You said you have an mri scheduled for your head? If they cant find anything, go see a rhuematologist to have yourself checked for fibro. That could be what is going on but it might not be. Sorry i wasnt more help here, but let us know what happens and what you find out. I would also start keeping a journal of symptoms, what would make it better or worse, ect. if your not already doing so. That way if you go to rhuemy. you can give it to him.

 

Stacey373 - September 15

Hi Smileu - I know ALOT about headaches! I have suffered from constant headaches and migraines for MANY years.

Your head hurting could be caused by several things. The first is stress. I don't know about you, but I really got tired of hearing a doctor tell me that stress was my problem. (for me it was so much more than that!) But I have to admit that stress will cause alot of problems in your neck, shoulders, jaw, and your head.

A couple other things that could be causing it is TMJ and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. you can check both these things out in the little blue boxes on the left side of this page. Click on the one that is titled "Associated Conditions."

There are really too many things that could be causing your headache for me to even list. If it started in your arms and shoulders...you could be having "referred pain" or there is actually a problem with your arms and/or shoulders.

As for fibromyalgia causing your problems? It's entirely possible. Alot of people will get Fibro from other diseases or illnesses (Like GERD) The major symptoms for Fibro are - Chronic pain for at least 3 months (most of us have had it for years before being diagnosed), pain in all 4 quadrants of the body (upper, lower, left & right side) it doesn't have to be all at the same time...but will appear all over your body for no apparent reason. Extreme fatigue (Fibro disrupts the normal sleeping cycle so we usually have to take sleeping meds just to sleep even a little while). headaches and migraines. Your body aching like you have the flu. And stress will cause you to feel worse and have more pain. (I may have missed a couple symptoms, but I think those cover most of it)

There is no test to prove you have Fibro. A doctor can do what is called a "Tender Point Test" on you...which is applying slight pressure and you having pain in most of the 18 tender points on your body. you can also have a blood test to check your Vitamin D levels. Most Fibro sufferers are Vitamin D deficient. (which it sounds like you have already been checked for that) Even though you are already taking Vitamin D...you may need to get a prescription strength Vitamin D. I take 50,000 IU once a week and now my doctor thinks that might not be enough because my levels aren't going up at all.

I know how you are feeling. I know how frustrating it can be when you know something is wrong with your body and the doctors (and family) either don't believe you or they just can't find anything wrong with you. whether you have Fibro or something else...it's all frustrating and depressing.

One of the main drugs Fibro people take are an anti-depressant. I'm sure you've been told that you are having all of these problems because you are depressed...but alot of times it's the opposite...you're depressed because of all the pain and problems. If you're not taking any now, I suggest you talk to your doctor about getting some kind of anti-depressant. Cymbalta is usually the one prescribed for Fibro because it also helps with pain. I actually take Lexapro and it works good for me.

I hope this information helps you even a little. If I think of anything else, I will let you know. Feel free to ask any questions or just vent...that's what we all here for! Let me know how you are doing...Take Care, Stacey :o)

 

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