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Anyone else have this type of headache

For 3.5 years I’ve head daily persistent headaches, present almost throughout the entire day. They came on suddenly one day, and i had never had headaches before this. They started around the same time my periods regularized, and that’s the only connection i can really pinpoint.

It’s this constant tension/squeezing/pressing between my eyes. It gets worse when I’m in a reclined position. The pain is rarely severe; it ranges from very mild to the point of being easy to ignore, to probably a level 5 (on a scale of 1-10), but the pressing sensation never goes completely away. When I’m walking around and running and stuff it’s a lot less noticeable, but as soon as i sit to try and do homework, or to drive, or lie down and go to sleep the intensity immediately increases. When I chew food/gum, the tension is immediately relieved, but only while I’m chewing. There aren’t any accompanying symptoms. Doctors have prescribed the same meds to me that are used for migraine sufferers.

I’ve just never met anyone with my sort of headache before and cant even find anyone on the internet who’s described their headaches like this. I know these headaches don’t really match the description of a migraine but I’ve heard that not all migraines have accompanying symptoms.

I’m posting to find out if anyone has this, and if they have found any effective treatment for it. Thanks

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  • Jojiieme
    2 years ago

    Tamara has a good point about hydration; it’s possible though that you’re tired of everyone mentioning that. 😉 I used to get a similar kind of ever-present vice-pressure you describe when I was still menstruating; I’ve just realised that in the last almost-year since my hysteroscopy, it’s not been as constant. So perhaps it’s related either:
    *hormonal levels, or
    *back or neck muscle tension?

    What I used to do help ease the discomfort was take some primrose oil (when I was able to; then I learned later I have a sensitivity to it), reduce the environmental irritants (lights, noise, smells), and do either a yoga or Feldenkreis session to ease the tension on specific muscle groups.

    Heat (hot water bottle or heat pads) helps with period pain and headache associated with period.

    The rest of the time I relied on my preventives… Wishing you some quick relief…

  • Tamara
    2 years ago

    Hmmm that is interesting ….. how much water you do drink vs coffee, tea or other caffeine, “energy” drinks?

    My headaches tend to go between the eyes when I’m get dehydrated (2.2 litres for a 130 pound female). Plus when you drink juice, high surgery drinks/ food or caffeine it is taken as a negative value. So if I drink one cup of black tea, I have to add TWO cups of plain water to compensate. It takes a few weeks to get up to the proper level and have your body recover from chronic dehydration (which is extremely common).

    I also notice a headache like that when my eyes change and I need new glasses, get too much sun, too much screen time etc. I have prism in my glasses because my eyes don’t focus properly together, so basically they are fighting double vision all the time. It cleared up headaches once I got this done as a kid.

    I would try to find a good headache specialist (search on the top right or maybe someone else will be nice and add the link), they would be able to look at all your sysmptims, tests and have more knowledge on the less common headache types.

    Also might be worthwhile looking into your sinuses and see if there is a polyp or infection going on … there are small ones behind your eyes and could be causing your symptoms.

    Hope that gives you a few things to look into, all the best.

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