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Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 13, 2016 01:34PM
Ever since I got my fifth concussion at age 15, a nice Class IIIa that saw me lose consciousness for a couple of minutes and then my sight for about half an hour, I've suffered from random 'spike headaches'- sudden stabbling pain in my right temple , so painful I have to stop what I'm doing, and sometimes even end up on the floor. While driving I have always had enough control to make it to the side. It happens rarely, perhaps once a week or so... I've been through several neurological studies, CT scans, etc. Nothing. (well, ok, there was a brain in there.... Maybe some rocks too.)

In the last three days in the middle of an incredibly stressful family crisis (more on that later once we get through it), I've been experiencing these in clusters almost every half hour. I'm exhausted. My vision is blurred much of the time. The idea of grabbing my trusty cordless drill and doing a little self-trepanning is becoming more and more attractive.

Ugh. Seeing my doctor tomorrow afternoon.
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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: wave rider
Date: July 13, 2016 01:39PM
Wonder if the stress brings on the headaches?

Good luck...



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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 13, 2016 01:51PM
wave... oh, I expect that's a 100% correlation right there. The only solution to this stressful situation involves running away to a deserted island someplace.
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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: Uncle Wig
Date: July 13, 2016 01:52PM
Ouch - that sounds awful. I hope you get relief from the headaches AND the crisis SOON!



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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: decay
Date: July 13, 2016 02:01PM
are they considered Cluster Headaches?

[www.theatlantic.com]

a possible source of relief:
[www.thedailybeast.com]

More than one person in the course of research for this story likened the headaches to “an icepick piercing your brain through your eyes.” The headaches come in cycles, sometime multiple times a day, and an attack can last for up to 90 minutes. It’s debilitating to the point where cluster headache patients cannot function normally in society—how do you tell your boss you need to take an hour off while you suffer through excruciating pain? Modern medications—from opiates to steroids to neuro-implants—are, at best, minimally effective. There is no known cure. The suicide rate for those with the disease is 20 times the national average (PDF), according to a report published by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to expanding the usages of psychedelics and marijuana.

There are an estimated 1 out of every 1000 Americans, 350,000-400,000 people, who suffer with the disease.



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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: MikeF
Date: July 13, 2016 02:09PM
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cbelt3
involves running away to a deserted island someplace.

Close your eyes for a moment and think of Ginger and Mary Ann... grinning smiley
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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: davemchine
Date: July 13, 2016 02:34PM
For you Mike [www.youtube.com]
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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: July 13, 2016 02:44PM
That sounds really, really nasty. I hope you find a solution.
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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 13, 2016 03:12PM
Not cluster headaches. We've checked. And while the pain is bad, it's not THAT bad.

And yeah.. it kind of freaks people out when I have them. All of a sudden I grab the side of my head, sometimes I whimper, sometimes my feet drum on the floor because it hurts so much (some kind of weird flight reflex, I think), then I just ... sag down. My family is used to it.. whomever is around just guides me to the couch or to bed and I'm out for a few hours. At work.. I just sag in my chair until I feel up to moving. Usually 10 minutes or so.

So much fun ! I wonder if it's because a Ferengi has planted a device in my brain ?

[en.wikipedia.org])
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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: billb
Date: July 13, 2016 03:19PM
nature abhors a vacuum



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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 13, 2016 03:24PM
There's stuff in there ! Really ! Recent brain scan :
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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: testcase
Date: July 13, 2016 05:30PM
Sorry you're in distress. Have you ever tried acupuncture?
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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: wave rider
Date: July 13, 2016 05:54PM
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testcase
Sorry you're in distress. Have you ever tried acupuncture?

agree smiley Too



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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: Jack D.
Date: July 13, 2016 06:29PM
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davemchine
For you Mike [www.youtube.com]

Wow! That's weird. I've seen them all several times that episode isn't listed at IMDB and I can't remember ever seeing it. I'm sure it's just old guy memory problems but I'll have to watch it again and I'm sure I'll place it. big grin smiley

Oh, cbelt3. My headache advice to you...



Seriously, I would see my doctor (again) and make sure there's no current health risk.



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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: July 13, 2016 07:51PM
Sounds terrible! Hope you can get relief soon.

Once a week doesn't sound rare to me. I would say that's frequent. But what do I know? According to some...not much.

Good luck!



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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: blooz
Date: July 13, 2016 08:35PM
Geez, I'm so sorry.



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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: July 13, 2016 09:34PM
Had a friend get surgery recently to drill a new channel in the back of her skull for a big fat vessel that was getting pinched and causing stress-migraines. Changed her life. No more headaches! (After a month of recovery. Don't believe a doctor when s/he tells you it'll be great inside of 48 hours after s/he plunges a drill into your skull).

The risk of leaving it without treatment was a deadly stroke before the age of 50.

Talk to your doctor about getting a cranial vascular/doppler ultrasound.



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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: SteveO
Date: July 14, 2016 07:06AM
Sorry to hear...man you've been through the ringer. Hope all the bad stuff is replaced with great stuff FAST.
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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: JoeBob
Date: July 14, 2016 07:27AM
Sorry to hear this. Sounds very similar to the migraines and cluster headaches I used to get.
Hopefully you can get some relief, and soon. I know that there is at least one neurologist on the forum, perhaps they have suggestions.
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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: decay
Date: July 14, 2016 09:38AM
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Onamuji
Had a friend get surgery recently to drill a new channel in the back of her skull for a big fat vessel that was getting pinched and causing stress-migraines. Changed her life. No more headaches! (After a month of recovery. Don't believe a doctor when s/he tells you it'll be great inside of 48 hours after s/he plunges a drill into your skull).

The risk of leaving it without treatment was a deadly stroke before the age of 50.

Talk to your doctor about getting a cranial vascular/doppler ultrasound.

That's pretty interesting.



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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 15, 2016 12:52AM
CT scan showed all good. Meds change for migraine. Hope it helps.
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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: GeneL
Date: July 15, 2016 03:13AM
Holy cow! There's so much going wrong for so many people, right now.

I'll be pulling for you to get a solution to your pain. It sounds awful.



gl @ Dana Point, CA
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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: CJsNvrUrly
Date: July 15, 2016 05:43AM
Mark was a successful lawyer, but as he got older he was increasingly hampered by incredible headaches. When his career and love life started to suffer, he sought medical help. After being referred from one specialist to another, he finally came across an old country doctor who solved the problem.
“The good news is I can cure your headaches… the bad news is that it will require castration.” You have a very rare condition which causes your testicles to press up against the base of your spine and the pressure creates one hell of a headache. The only way to relieve the pressure is to remove the testicles.”
Mark was shocked and depressed. He wondered if he had anything to live for. He couldn’t concentrate long enough to answer, but decided he had no choice but to go under the knife. When he left the hospital he was without a headache for the first time in 20 years, but he felt like he was missing an important part of himself.
As he walked down the street, he realized that he felt like a different person. He could make a new beginning and live a new life. He saw a men’s clothing store and thought, “that’s what I need .. a new suit.” He entered the shop and told the salesman, “I’d like a new suit.” The elderly tailor eyed him briefly and said, “Let’s see… size 42 long.” Mark laughed, “That’s right, how did you know?” “Been in business 60 years!” Mark tried on the suit. It fit perfectly. As Mark admired himself in the mirror, the salesman asked, “how about a new shirt?” Mark thought for a moment and then said “sure…” The salesman eyed Mark and said “let’s see…34 sleeves and…16 and a half neck.” Mark was surprised, “that’s right, how did you know?” “Been in the business 60 years” Mark tried one the shirt, and it fit perfectly. As Mark adjusted the collar in the mirror, the salesman asked “how about some new shoes?” Mark was on a roll and said “sure!”
The salesman eyed Mark’s feet and said “Let’s see… 10-1/2…E.” Mark said astonished, “that’s right, how did you know?” “Been in business 60 years!” Mark tried on the shoes and they fit perfectly. Mark walked comfortably around the shop and the salesman asked “how about some new underwear?”Mark thought for a second and said, “sure!” The salesman stepped back, eyed Mark’s waist and said “Let’s see… size 36.”
Mark laughed, “Ah ha! I got you I’ve worn a size 34 since I was 18 years old.” “The salesman shook his head, “you can’t wear a size 34, it will press your testicles up against the base of your spine and give you one hell of a headache.”




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Re: Ugh... spikes in my skull...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 15, 2016 08:07AM
....from 'Buffy'....and then 'Angel'.....??

.....did he survive through use of an amulet and sacrificing himself......????



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