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Help me Help my mom...
An_225972 posted:
Mom my has terrible (throbbing pain)headaches 24/7. No-one knows the reason/causes of them...from MRI to CAt scans to blood tests various visits to acupuncture and chiropractor to dentists and neurologists. She doesnt have insurance either-- so... yesss it costs a lot of money!!! No meds (herbal incl.) seemed to help. Regular pills makes her tongue burn or's reddish at the tip with white...? They said it's not migraine nor cluster... It starts from the roots of the teeth and goes up through the right side of her face and up through her nose, to the forehead, and up to the center of the head...constantly.

There's an iphone app that I could look through some of the med. conditions and I found something on MUSCLE CONTRACTION TENSION HEADACHE. hmm.. So I was wondering if that's it and would like to know more info..What specialist do I need to go? She has been complaining of going to dentists to have her teeth checked because it hurts a lot recently down there... but.. will dentists do that or do they specialized in cleaning??

I have been desperate to find SOMETHING to help my poor mother, but I am so helpless yet still on the verge of being hopeful and hopeless :'(

Annie_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Anon_169990,

I'm sorry that your mother isn't feeling well. We do have a resource post

Free & Low Cost Health Care Resources

that you may find helpful if your mother does not have health insurance.

We do have several community boards that may also be helpful to you as community members may be able to point you in the right direction:

WebMD Migraines/Headaches Community

WebMD Pain Management Community

WebMD Oral Health Community

WebMD Ear, Nose & Throat Community

Read more about tension headaches by using the WebMD search engine. You can pull up articles like:

Tension Headaches - Topic Overview
Please also visit our
Migraines and Headaches Health Center .

Let me or another moderator know if we can be of further assistance to you. I hope your mother is feeling better soon!

- Annie
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LadyBurd71 responded:
I'm really sorry your mom is so much pain.
I'd like to offer a couple suggestions and toss an idea or two out there for you...I am not a doctor nor do I have any training in the medical field, only personal experience and observations.
One thing you may want to check is may sound odd but I worked with a girl who smoked about a pack of cigarettes a day and always had headaches. She found out after trying many things, that she was actually having the headaches from the cigarette smoking. She quit more headaches.
Another thing is coffee, caffinated beverages, soda, tea, etc...Some people are very sensitive to the caffeine in a beverage without realizing it. I've had 1 to 2 cups of coffee per day for years. If I have too much I get headaches, if I have none i have caffeine withdrawal headaches. Just tossing that out there as a possibility as well.
Sensitive teeth is a painful experience also. If your mom's teeth are sensitive it could be a definate matter for a dentist to discuss options with her about. They take care of teeth and mouth conditions...they're not just for cleaning, capping and pulling teeth. It's a good idea to see a dentist regularly for preventative care instead of just when there is a problem with your teeth and gums.
It may be as simple as changing to a "sensitive teeth" toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. Let's hope that's all it takes.
I truly hope some of this helps you help your mom!

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