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i have this week finally been diagnosed with CS with mild stenosis! I started with headaches approx three years ago diagnosed as tension headaches. Problem was no pain killers worked and I suffer for upto 5 days at a time. I tried paracetamol, paracetamol with codeine and ibuprofen and nothing helps with the pain.
i have very few other symptoms, bit of shoulder ache and sometimes a weakness in my arm.
Over the past three years I have developed a number of coping mechanisms as I have learnt what causes the bad heads and how to get rid of them. I now have a headache every 6/8 weeks instead of every week.
when I have a headache it can be relieved by a very hot shower or hot pads placed on my shoulder if that does not work I have learnt how to self massage my neck.
i got the diagnosis by chance as I happened to mention the headaches to the orthopaedic surgeon treating my sciatica, I also have two prolapsed lumber discs! He immediately ordered X-rays which confirmed the diagnosis.
on researching the condition I discovered the forum. It is always comforting to read stories of fellow sufferers, I am no longer alone!
what would be useful if anyone can share any meds or methods they have of coping with the headaches.
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