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Pain behind eyes upon waking every morning

  • By Anthony

    Has anyone experienced pain behind their eyes upon waking in the morning? I’ve been having this nearly everyday for the past week. I did start taking Nortriptyline about 2 weeks ago, so it may be the medication, but I remember having this eye pain before I was even on any meds. Starting to get concerned about this symptom. When I move my eyes to look far right or left, the pain is pretty bad. On a scale o 1-10 I’d say it’s about a 6-7. Makes me think it has something do with the pressure in my head…I’ve been checked out with MRI’s and CT’s, but never had a spinal tap. Is that something I should consider?

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  • By Tammy Rome

    Any time there is a new or worsening symptom, it should be checked out. Migraineurs get accustomed to all kinds of strange symptoms. It is easy to blow off a new symptom as just a “migraine fluke” when it may or may not be related to migraine at all.

    We can’t recommend specific testing, though. That is best determined by your own doctor.

    Please write back and let us know what you find out.

    Tammy

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  • By Anthony

    I have still yet to report this to my doctor, but plan on doing so very soon. I’m still experiencing the eye pain more frequently than I did in the past when I wasn’t taking any medication. I’ll keep you posted.

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    Awest,
    You may want to ask for a referral to an neuro-opthamologist. This type of doctor is a neuro as well as an opthamologist and could have better insight to this problem if it doesn’t get any better or worse. Just wanted to let you know that there are doctors out there who have this designation.
    -Katie

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  • By Anthony

    Thanks Katie. I have spoken to my Doc about this and she is referring me.

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    • By Anthony

      Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for asking. I’m back on Nortriptyline. Another neurologist and specialist don’t think the eye pain was caused by the Nortriptyline. My eye pain is still worse in the mornings when waking up however, and my docs are aware of this. They would like me to get up to 100mg of Nortriptyline to see if there is any improvement. This seems like a lot to me and I am sensitive to medication, but I will give it my best shot. Every day is a struggle, but I keep on keeping on.

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  • By mrhoa573

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  • By DT456

    Anthony, having same problem. Have you found a solution?

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  • By MaryTyler

    Sorry to bump an old thread but would like to see if OP found any relief with this.

    l have the same problem, and am on 20mg nortriptyline. l don’t notice much improvement upon waking up on that dose.

    Going to tell my doctor l’m going up to 30 mg before appointment next month to reevaluate it and see if l should try something else.

    Anyone else with this problem have any relief from nortriptyline at 30 mg or higher?

    l may also try a beta blocker in conjunction with it but it hasn’t been my first choice.

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  • By glassmind

    I have eye and sinus pain and a mild headache every morning, but it goes away when I drink water. Even if I use a humidifier I still get this pain that (for me) seems to be from dehydration. I keep a bottle with water by the bed. If I go to bed too low on hydration I will wake mid night with the eye and sinus pain and have to drink. I try to make sure I am well hydrated when I go to bed even though it means a nighttime toilet break. I’d rather wake to use the loo, thsn wake in pain.

    This may be unique to me. Morning eye pain from dehydration, but it is an easy cause to investigate. Try drinking 6 or more ounces of water as soon as you wake and see if it helps.

    It may not, but it’s worth a try.

    This habit also helped me end caffiene dependancy. Once I was regularly drinkimg water instead of coffee as my first beverage after wakimg, I stopped craving and needing the coffee. Thankfully, O never had caffiene withdrawal morning headaches.

    Good luck! I hope the eye pain resolves for you.

    And of course as others saod: talk to your doc. (:

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  • By MaryTyler

    l suspect a large part of it for me is nighttime teeth grinding and TMJ.

    l never noticed much of a problem with TMJ until l had migraines.

    It seems like they contribute to each other, l’ve heard that some nerve pain medications can help with the TMJ and facial pain from migraine as well.

    l’m attempting to get a dental guard covered by insurance, what lve used in the $20 price range is alright but it’s not exactly helpful if it doesn’t fit perfectly.

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  • By glassmind

    Tmj may well be a caise/trigger. May your insurance come through for you!

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