Q. I have been getting daily headaches for almost a year now. When a really bad one hits, it lasts for more than 4 days and gets more intense right after eating. I feel like it makes my neck so tender that it hurts, and it feels like I am suffocating when I have my neck against anything (lying on a pillow, wearing a scarf, etc). I have no idea what is the trigger for the headaches, but my brain is buzzing all the time. My joints feel tender in my neck after the headache starts. I did get in a car accident almost 2 years ago and had a stiff neck, but didn’t have headaches until about 8 months after the wreck, so I don’t see any correlation. Continue Reading
Q. I’ve had chronic daily headaches for more than four years. I just cannot get relief. I have tension headaches that typically start at the same time each day. Recently, I’ve been having more and more nausea and visual problems. I fear I may have rebound headache from using ibuprofen nearly daily for so long.
I would like to know if there is an invasive but guaranteed method for eliminating head pain so I can have my life back. I’m doing a trial with an implant in my forehead, but I haven’t gotten the results I was hoping for. I am now hoping my doctor will allow me to try again with an occipital area implant. Continue Reading
For several years, health professionals have known that children who are abused more frequently develop migraine than those who did not experience that kind of trauma. Now, a new study has found that, among women, many types of adversity during childhood may raise the risk of migraine, chronic daily headache and stroke. Continue Reading
One in five soldiers who sustained a concussion in Afghanistan or Iraq developed headaches on a daily or near daily basis, a new study has shown.
Concussion is a common injury for those fighting in Afghanistan and was for soldiers in Iraq as well. Headache frequently follows a concussion, and a new study conducted at the Madigan Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash., has shown just how pervasive post-concussion headache is for wounded U.S. troops. Continue Reading
Q. My son suffers from terrible cluster headaches. I read about a rechargeable battery-powered electrode device that is the size of a matchstick and is being called the latest headache cure. When implanted in the back of the neck, it sends signals that reduce the pain by as much as 95% for patients with chronic headaches. Can this device be used to treat people who suffer from cluster headaches? Continue Reading