Q. I am suffering with new daily persistent headache. My headache began Jan. 21, 2012, and I have had it every day since. From what I have read, my situation is like others who have this condition. Medications do not seem to work, so I have continued to try new ones via a neurologist who specializes in headaches. All tests are clear–MRI, MRA, MRV, CT scans, blood work and spinal tap. I have occasionally tried alternative methods–Botox, occipital nerve block, chiropractic care, naturopathy, Chinese herbalism, massage, yoga, Thai yoga therapy, none of which helped with the headache either.
I have read that this can last from months to decades. Is there any current information on the most successful approaches to make the headache go away? Continue Reading
Q. I develop a severe headache at the back of my head behind my ears when I laugh too much. My skull gets tightened and pressurized so much that it feels that if the pressure doesn’t stop, my head will explode. It also happens when I get nervous. Is this normal, and what kind of headache is this? Continue Reading
By Edmund Messina, MD, Medical Director of the Michigan Headache Clinic in East Lansing, Michigan
While headaches are typically thought to be located around the forehead or back of the head, there are types of headache that strike the face itself. Trigeminal neuralgia is a form of severe facial pain in which patients experience brief volleys of very painful electric shock sensations triggered by mild touch to the face or mouth. This touch can be from washing, shaving, eating, brushing the teeth or even talking. The trigger zones are particularly sensitive in the area between the nose and mouth or on the chin. Continue Reading
Q. I have had hormonal migraines for twenty years. Recently I’ve noticed that the new compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are triggering attacks. I heard that Congress is considering a law to stop the selling of regular light bulbs. I’m not sure what I will do if I can’t purchase regular light bulbs. Continue Reading
Q. When I laugh, the back of my head tightens up and hurts. Please tell me why this happens? Continue Reading