New here, I'm a perfectly healthy 23 year old male who's been suffering with a persistent migraine for 5 MONTHS, yes that's 20 WEEKS. The pain is always there, 24/7.
Me and my doctors have tried every kind of headache medication possible.... OTC painkillers, naproxen, antidepressants (amitriptyline and nortrIptyline), migraine tablets (pizotifen and sumatriptan) beta blockers (propranolol) etc.
Lifestyle changes such as relaxation exercises, deep tissue massages. Alternative treatment from other specialists like a chiropractor, osteopath and even a bloody hypnotist.... nothing is working!
My symptoms are out of control and are different every day which makes pain management impossible. Just to list a few:
- All over head pain, mostly on right side, pressure and tightness
- Tension headache
- Sinus pain, sometimes gets so bad I feel like I'm struggling to breathe
- Stiff neck and frequent muscle contraction spasms
- Jaw aches and tooth aches
- Pain behind and around eyes and temples, ranging from burning to sharp stabbing
- Light sensitivity particularly against white surfaces
- Visual disturbances (flashing sparkly lights)
The pain is widespread, but it's always there, every single day I am in agony. I feel lost and very depressed, it's ruining my life.
I have experienced migraines before, but very sporadically and have never really been much of a problem (thankfully, until now), I would get one once every 2 or 3 years which lasted no longer than 48 hours. However this one began as usual with aura, then relapsed into this chronic state of pain I'm currently in.
My doctors seem to think it's migraine with tension headache, and they've now referred me to a neurologist who I'm expected to see early next year. But I'm left puzzled due to the fact that migraine headaches don't typically last for months of end. I'm aware of chronic migraine, from what I understand is a series of individual migraine attacks which occur almost everyday? However, I have had ONE migraine which isn't letting up. I need to stress this point because my condition seems quite unique compared with other people, which makes things all the more worrying.
I will be happy to share more details, any ideas of what's going on?