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HEADACHE AND HEAD AND BACK TINGLING
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CARIBLUE posted:
HELLO

I'M A 41 YEARS OLD WOMAN, ACTIVE AND WITH HEALTHY HABITS, NO SMOKE, NO ALCOHOL. TWO YEARS AGO, WHILE I WAS DOING ABDOMINAL WORKOUT ON THE FLOOR AT THE GYM, I HAD A TERRIBLE PAIN IN MY HEAD WHEN I LIFTED MY BACK/NECK/HEAD FROM THE FLOOR. PAIN WAS THE ONLY SYMPTOM, NO NAUSEA, NO VOMITING, NO DIZZYNESS, NO LOST OF VISION OR NOTHING ELSE, JUST HORRIBLE HEADACHE.
SINCE THEN, I SUFFER CHRONIC PAIN IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD, MAINLY IN THE LEFT SIDE AND A LOT OF TINGLING IN MY HEAD. I HAVE SEEN SEVERAL NEUROLOGISTS (7 IN 2 YEARS), BUT THEY ARE NOT SURE WHAT COULD BE HAPPEN AND STILL HAPPEN IN MY HEAD. I HAVE HAD BRAIN CT SCAN, MRI, MRA, AND THANKS GOD THEY DIDN'T SHOW PROBLEMS. BUT I'M LEAVING WITH THESE SYMPTOMS ALMOST EVERY DAY (TINGLING IN MY HEAD, PAIN IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD, SOMETIMES TINGLING IN MY BACK AND LEGS). ONE OF THE LAST DOCTORS I HAVE SEEN TOLD ME THAT MAYBE I HAVE SOME KIND OF NEUROPATHY DUE TRAUMA OR INJURY, BECAUSE I'M NOT DIABETIC, BUT HE DIDN'T GIVE OPTIONS TO KNOW WHAT NERVE OR WHERE IS THE DAMAGE AND WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE TO STOP OR REVERT THIS DAMAGE BEYOND PAIN KILLER PILLS. I HAVE A SMALL DISC PROTUSION IN MY LEFT LOW BACK, I HAVE ASKED IS THIS COULD HAVE SOME LINK, BUT I HAVEN'T HAD ANSWERS OR OPTIONS.
I'M KIND OF DESPERATE AND EXHAUSTED CAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M DEALING TO. DO YOU KNOW ANY CENTER, HOSPITAL OR GROUP IN USA WHO WORK IN ANY KIND OF NEUROPATHY? ( NEUROPATHIC PAIN SPECIALIST DOCTORS) IS THERE ANY ALTERNATIVE SUPLEMENT THAT I CAN TRY TO HEAL THESE SYMPTOMS AND AVOID THEY GOT WORST OR CAUSE ME PERMANENT DAMAGE?
I WILL REALLY APPRECIATE ANY COMMENT, SUGESTION OR OPINION? THANKS A LOT IN ADVANCE
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David Maine, MD responded:
Thank you for your post. Have you had the opportunity to see a dedicated pain specialist? I suggest you see one, perhaps at a local academic center. A localized "neuralgia" could perhaps contribute to your symptoms but an exam and careful history would be necessary to allow for any therapeutic options. I hope that helps. Good luck.
 
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CARIBLUE replied to David Maine, MD's response:
Thanks Dr. Maine for your time and answer. I have seen 7 neurolgists and 4 neurosurgeons in 2 years and a half. I haven't seen a pain specialist doctor, I really dont' know if in my city there is a doctor like that, need to do some research. I'm very worry cause in this period i haven't received a specific diagnostic, and it scares me no be attacking the cause of the problem, and that it became in something worst.

Thanks for your advice,
 
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annette030 replied to CARIBLUE's response:
There is a nerve that runs down the sides of the back of your head that can be irritated and cause headaches. I think it is the occipital nerve, if I remember correctly. Doctors can inject it with a long acting local anesthetic and a steroid to help calm it down.

I saw a regular doctor do this, but I would probably feel more comfortable discussing this possibility and having a neurologist do it. It was diagnosed as occipital neuralgia, you might discuss this possibility with a neurologist that you trust.

Take care, Annette
 
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David Maine, MD replied to CARIBLUE's response:
Good luck. If you have trouble finding a pain specialist you can try your local Med Chi chapter to get names of physicians or call your insurance company. Please let us know if you have any further questions.


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