I'll try to keep this short. 4 years ago I had a mild concussion. Ever since then I've been dealing with chronic headache-esque episodes on my left side. I say "esque," because there really isn't any pain.
What there is though is a very intense throbbing, tingling (almost burning,) and an overwhelming feeling as if the left side of my head is extremely inflamed.
These episodes can be extremely debilitating, and usually cause intense anxiety and, at their worst, even feelings of doom. Almost like a no-reason sensation of claustrophobia or something.
These "headaches" are always triggered by something. They never arrive randomly, or just hit me out of the blue. Depending on the intensity of the insult, they'll typically last anywhere from 1-9 hours.
Here is a list of triggers, in order of severity:
Warm/hot water (shower, bath, sauna)
Pushing during a BM (even very very gentle pushing)
Intense exercise (especially neck exercises)
Video games (fast-paced, intense, combat, etc)
Anything that triggers fight or flight
Inversion (handstand, yoga poses, etc)
Typing (even typing this right now is causing a tingle/throb)
The only thing I've found that relieves symptoms is being face-down (whether laying face down or even hanging my head down, chin to chest, while standing.) Laying on my back doesn't help. Laying on my side helps some. But being face down is a silver bullet. Instant relief that lasts as long as I'm face down. Sometimes, when my symptoms are mild, laying face down for 20 minutes can even clear me up for the rest of the day.
Currently seeing a neuro for this. So far, he's stumped. MRIs looked good.
This is ruining my life. Most days I spend the second half of the day laying face down, just trying to hide from the throb.
What could all this mean? The triggers? The relief from being face down specifically. Does this ring any bells for anybody?
Any insight would be appreciated immensely.