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Old 04-22-2016, 12:54 PM
 
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Try a different chiropractor. You might even have to try several to get one that works for you. It's as much an art as a science. Drink plenty of water and you might want to try massage and meditation too.
I might have to switch, yeah. I get a massage about once a month and have finally found a clinic that works for me. They aren't cheap, but they are good.
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Have you had allergies at any time?
I just spent $800 to find out I was mildly allergic to dust and was prescribed Flonase which doesn't seem to be doing a damned thing.
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Old 04-22-2016, 12:59 PM
 
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What food and drink do you take daily? Do you take constant medication?
Nothing so consistent that I could pinpoint it as the root cause of the issues. I generally tend to stay away from migraine-related stuff such as chocolate or red wine, but even when I do eat/drink them, they don't seem to affect me one way or another.
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You mention when on vacation your symptons largely subside, while sitting at the desk whether it's at home or work , the symptons return, this says that your circulatory, including lymphatic, system is blocked, and your usual exercise routine is insufficent or ineffective.
When I exercise, I do feel better, but I do agree that running 2x/week, elliptical 2x/week and soccer 1x/week, as well as a lot of walking, is not enough even for my own fitness goals. Were it not for that pesky shoulder, I'd be lifting more weights, but I may resume doing it now anyways, just be careful with it. Trouble is, when you have a three-hour long "ice cream headache" like I had last night, going to the gym suddenly becomes less of a priority (as it was last night when I didn't even do my usual hour on the elliptical).
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Try stretching several times a day, incorporating them to as many daily tasks as possible: walking on stairs rather than taking elevators, stand tall (as if an invisible string is pulling up the top of your head) while waiting for green light at the intersections, consciously breath with lower abdomen instead of shallow chest breathing, do a few push-ups against the kitchen counter before the cooking timer sets off, etc.
Many ailments stem from idle circulatory system.
Not a bad shout, all those. I never take the elevator as it is and am wary of push-ups for the time being due to the aforementioned injury, but I could probably benefit from more stretches, in fairness.
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Old 04-22-2016, 01:01 PM
 
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OP, I sent you a DM, what I've done in the last 20 yrs or so is pretty much left conventional medicine and worked with integrative MD's to get to the root of issues...I'm much older than you but want to stay as healthy as I can till I'm no longer around. I've been burned from drugs and so have family members and we've learned the hard way.

My daughter who is left with too many issues from allopathic medicine is seeing a D.O. now, going into her 3rd treatment next week and she "feels" an overall shift in her body.
D.O.'s are Osteopathic doctors who have gone the extra miles to work on body alignment. I had a D.O. work on my back from my 30's into my 60's...he's gone now but he saved me for a long time. You might seek out a D.O. some time.
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Old 04-22-2016, 01:14 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I have no doubt that some of this is stress-related as the first half of the last 12 months was insanely stressful for me with a job change and struggles, marriage and some of my family's thoughts on it, etc. The severity of those issues has subsided dramatically in the second half of the 12 months, but I'm sure the lingering effects are still with me. What does bother me is that they keep manifesting themselves in different ways.

I'm also starting to think that maybe staring at a computer screen all day is hurting my eyes in a subtle way (I do have 20/20 vision, but sometimes I have trouble focusing my eyesight). These symptoms do get better on weekends when I'm out and about doing stuff and not at home on my computer (hence my saying that if I'm active, I don't feel this as much), so maybe it's not so far-fetched that this is another contributor. A coworker just mentioned he'd had similar issues in the past due to reading too much and too intensely, so I'm going to see a vision specialist once I get a referral.
It's taken months for my physical symptoms from stress to start to subside.

About the computer, one of my kids' teachers was telling me yesterday that her ophthalmologist said they're starting to see a new kind of permanent eye damage in younger adults who use a computer all day, something that's not treatable. She's started using gaming glasses at the computer and says she doesn't get headaches anymore. The glasses have a yellow tint and they block out some of the blue. She said the glasses were only $20 and they seem to make a big difference for her.
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Old 04-22-2016, 01:17 PM
 
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She's started using gaming glasses at the computer and says she doesn't get headaches anymore. The glasses have a yellow tint and they block out some of the blue. She said the glasses were only $20 and they seem to make a big difference for her.
That is a really good idea. I do stare at the screen a lot, so this may be a worthy investment.
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Old 04-22-2016, 05:00 PM
 
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Find some yoga stretches that isolate the area of your pain and surrounding area. Also weight lift targeting that area to tire out the muscles. I also use a tens machine.

Never underestimate diet, especially when going through a lot of stress.
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Old 04-22-2016, 05:29 PM
 
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I strongly recommend a "happy light" in the winter months for your mood, regular exercise (which will also help your mood and anxiety), and keeping a regular sleep/eating schedule to prevent headaches. If you have had a migraine, chances are you at risk for more, as well as daily headaches. So avoiding headache triggers by getting good regular sleep and not skipping meals is a good thing. Don't over do it on caffeine, which can contribute to bad headaches over time.

Ice cream headaches are related to migraines. Only people who are prone to migraines get them. Keep seeing the neurologist. It is completely reasonable to try physical therapy for your neck/shoulder again to help daily headaches.

Also, search for "mindfulness" online. You (we all...) would benefit from some relaxation/stress reduction. It will help your mood, and your headaches. There are a bunch of Apps.

Nothing you have mentioned sounds concerning for something that the doctors are missing. You don't have MS, if that is what you are worried about. Your complaints are all very common ailments. But your mood/anxiety issues are likely making it more challenging for you.
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Old 04-22-2016, 05:42 PM
 
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So the headaches now at least are predictable: towards around 2 pm, I start getting a pressure-like cramping feeling on the top right and left of my head, above the eyes and ears; then it travels to my nose (which is not congested, like, AT ALL - I wish it was always like that without the pain). The really weird thing is that around the same time I get the same crampy feeling in my stomach, as well and, pardon the mental image, going to the bathroom actually helps (yeah, wtf, no idea). This is how this entire week has gone - yesterday was really awful, today I think I was able to stop it by taking Excedrin Tension and going to get a massage (and asking the masseuse to focus on my head and face). Tomorrow I'm going to try avoiding the computer as much as possible and see if the same thing happens.

Did buy grapeseed oil extract and the licorice pills, which, I was right, I had tried before to some success.
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Old 04-22-2016, 07:29 PM
 
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Try a different chiropractor. You might even have to try several to get one that works for you. It's as much an art as a science. Drink plenty of water and you might want to try massage and meditation too.

Have you had allergies at any time?
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You should try a physical therapist that specializes in myofacial. The TMJ can affect the muscles in the neck and shoulders. This also can trigger migraines and headaches. I used to have severe migraines and neck and shoulder pain that no one could adequately treat. It turns out my TMJ was causing it all, and I just needed the right physical therapist. I don't have a clue about the other symptoms. Good luck!
Both of these are excellent advice.

I've had chiropractors that hurt me and some that have been excellent.

A back out of alignment could be causing a lot of your problems.
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Old 04-22-2016, 07:47 PM
 
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Have you tried a basic set of x-rays to see if your neck -- well, really your entire spine -- is in line? I had an MD tell me for years that I DIDN'T have scoliosis or other health problems and told me to "get used to" my migraines. Years later I learned that if the useless guy had done any tests of any sort, he probably would have learned about my 17 food allergies which chronically upset my stomach & triggered many of my headaches. A chiropractor took a set of x-rays and showed me the dramatic s-curve in my spine below the ribcage and the fact that my neck was so out of joint my chin was practically on my sternum. With adjustments and a set of exercises, the scoliosis is almost gone. Between that and changing my diet and taking anti-histamines, I have very, very few migraines today. You mileage may vary of course; I'm just saying there are a lot of causes of migraines and you're very right to keep looking for more thorough MDs.
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