Headaches

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Going through perimenapause I have headache every day and I get fatigue, I just started perimenopause about 4 months ago is this like this when you first start, if anyone can tell me this is it than I can except it I'm going crazy I don't know what to do anymore. 

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    I woke up with a terrific headache today, and had them every other day all week. So annoying. 

    I think you should: A. Have your sinuses checked out, from your posts it sounds like you could have something going on there. B. What kind of pillow do you use? I can only use a certain feather pillow, otherwise I will have neck issues. Don't lay on the sofa to watch TV, that will hurt your neck, and make sure you aren't looking down at your phone or computer all day, keep it eye level. Tech neck is real, and it can really screw your neck up and give you headaches.

    If your sinuses check out OK, then it probably is just peri related and you'll have to kind of see what triggers the headaches. I'm caffeine free so I know it's not that. But lately I find when I eat sushi I wake up with a headache. Last night I skipped the avocado but still got one. 

    The fatigue is a rough one. You just have to rest when you are feeling that overwhelming fatigue.

    XO

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      Thank you Suzanne, 

      I went to the ent on Friday he saw my ears didn't see anything he said put some ice compress, told me to come back in a month if not better to do ct scan of my sinus had a ct scan of my head at the er doc said it was fine but this headache I have it also in the back of my neck and some days my shoulder hurts this is driving me crazy will this subside. 

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      When I had the bad pain in my neck and head it was from using too many pillows and also looking down at my phone too much. I had an MRI done on my neck because it was so bad and the neuro said I had the neck of a 20 year old! Huh???? Anyway, when I got these things straightened out my neck started feeling better and the headaches got under control. 

      Lately, when my feet start burning, it can also cause a weird headache, but I'm assuming these are my body's hot flashes. I also get pain in my back, shoulder, stomach, and an adrenaline rush kind of feeling. It's really awful. 

      I'm a year and a half into this, and most of the really bad symptoms have gotten a bit better. But I think it's because I finally relaxed and decided that this is all peri related. I mean I've had everything scanned, MRI'd, bloodwork out the wazoo, and nothing was ever found, so the odds I have some disease that never showed up are slim. Although I did have an old virus surface. So keep in mind that can happen during peri when your immune system is low. But anyway, my point is, I think the anxiety I had thinking the doctors were missing something made everything so much worse. And I also think it takes a long time for your brain to get back to normal after all the anxiety, like it needs to rewire. 

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      Where your symptoms worst when you first started perimenapause,only because I wasn't feeling like this before perimenapause I mean I would get headache once in a while but not like this ,also I noticed that my vision gets blurry, what are you taking for your headache 

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      Heed my warning on this one. When the headaches were so bad I was taking Advil daily. This is what led to having bad chronic gastritis. Be really careful with NSAIDs, and if you do take them, make sure you are definitely taking with food/milk. So now I just have to take Tylenol, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. 

      Yeah, my peri hit me like a train. But thinking back I did have some things going on all throughout my 40s. Bad night sweats. IBS stuff. Strange pain in my lower right abdomen. Things that could never be explained, but now I know it was probably all hormone related. But boy, when I hit 50 all hey hah broke loose. And yes, my vision gets wonky. From blurry, to floaters, to flashing zig zag lights, and lately silver glitter rain when I look at the sun. Had my eyes checked last January by an opthamalogist and all was fine. Of course it was. Everything is always OK, but man, can you feel like a train wreck!

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      I can't take advil have gastritis had an endoscopy and colonoscopy in November, colonoscopy was fine but endoscopy showed chronic inflammation I guess because when I was having headache I would always take advil  instead of tylonal,does your shoulders feel heavy sometimes,I haven't even dye my hair in about a month because of how I feel sometimes it even hurts to brush my hair.  

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      Suzanne, 

      When you move your head from one side to another do you feel like something is moving in your neck it strange feeling ,sorry I'm just trying not to freak out I feel a little shaky .

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      Seems like many of us start out with gastritis. So many similarities.

      When all my symptoms were at their worse I also developed frozen shoulder which was excruciating. And not being to take advil didn't help matters for that. So I've had pain in my head, neck, upper left back next to my shoulder blade which was awful, and shoulders, it's all related to peri. 

      When I move my neck back and forth I can feel and hear crunching. I used to heat up one of those lavender neck wraps in the microwave. This really helped, and also sometimes alternating ice and heat when it was really bad. If you're waking up with the headache it's probably neck related.

      I can tell you are starting to go down that anxiety rabbit hole. You've got to try and keep it together. Sounds like you've had many tests like I've had, and everything is OK. So just know that all these crazy symptoms are hormone related. I just don't know if there is anything we can do, but anxiety definitely makes it worse. I had to come to the realization that yes indeed peri can make you feel like you are dying. I had a hard time fathoming that, I mean, how can hormones make you feel that rotten and give you that many symptoms? But this is where this forum was a lifesaver for me, when you see that others are going through the same hell, it makes it easer to believe it.

       

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    HI, maybe get your bloods done, anaemia can cause headaches.  Also try calcium and magnesium supplements, also b vitamins.  I do go on about B vitamins all the time because I just wish I had known how helpful they can be when I started this journey.  The headaches could just be hormonal, I used to get a headache for THREE days.  So debilitating and I’m not normally one to give in.  The doctor finally prescribed one of those triptan tabs that I’m possibly not supposed to mention here.  Very helpful though.  Now I’m almost out the other side, I can assure you that things get better, at least for me the headaches are much less painful and best of all much less frequent,  Hang on in there girls!
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    Hi Jacqueline

    Sorry to hear you a feeling so awful I didn't suffer with headaches so much but was very fatigued, tearful and just agitated at times which wasn't me at all .I guess all our symptoms vary but when I was on the hrt livial tibbilone because I was 29 at time and it was needed to prevent osteoporosis the tablets helped and made me feel more like me less flushes etc . They stopped me on them a few yrs ago when bleeding started erratically.

    I hope your symptoms ease soon and you start to feel well no one prepares you for this do they !

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