Pain on right side head

cateyes1213
By cateyes1213 Latest Reply 2013-03-23 21:56:35 -0500
Started 2012-09-19 19:18:12 -0500

I have been having pain in one spot of my right side head on/off for a while now. Help!!!!


64 replies

Lois T
Lois T 2013-03-17 18:54:58 -0500 Report

I realize this was written awhile ago but this is a symptom I had for over a month and didn't want to tell anyone. Then I needed to have a stent in my LAD and it never happened again. It was the flow of oxygen in my arteries.

cateyes1213
cateyes1213 2013-03-17 18:57:39 -0500 Report

Where in your heart or head?

Lois T
Lois T 2013-03-17 19:00:23 -0500 Report

The pain and tingling sensation was above my ear, kind if. It was very unusual and that was why I knew it might be something. It would hurt worse when I sneezed. That with other symptoms never came back after my left descending artery was opened up with the stent.

Lois T
Lois T 2013-03-17 19:08:00 -0500 Report

Thank goodness. Having heart disease is not fun. I have a friend, healthy in 49's and she had a series of strokes Friday and Saturday and us not in good shape. It broke my heart this morning.

Lois T
Lois T 2013-03-17 19:13:15 -0500 Report

Palpating are scary. When in super stressed I can feel my heartbeat in my neck and head. Stress us crazy

cateyes1213
cateyes1213 2013-03-17 19:16:30 -0500 Report

Yes it is and the drs say I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks but who knows. I take celexa for it and they also want me to take Xanax but too afraid of it.

Lois T
Lois T 2013-03-17 20:56:51 -0500 Report

Same but save them to nighttime. Yes they are addicting. I don't mind them at all. They help me

Lois T
Lois T 2013-03-18 18:10:04 -0500 Report

If you are going to a doctor and they suggest something to you, it would be best to do what they say over what others say on here. As long as you have done your research, I can imagine it would help you. But it's a personal choice.

mr.awesome
mr.awesome 2013-03-15 14:35:48 -0500 Report

People are alarmed to hear a physiatrist say there are "spots" on their MRI of the brain. These Spots are Called "Unidentified bright objects (UBO). High signal intensity areas(HSIA) White matter hypentersis and "nonsispific white matter changes".

mr.awesome
mr.awesome 2013-03-12 19:15:00 -0500 Report

Hmmm… I don't know what to say. I'd keep a good look out for any more symptoms. Another good choice is to see a diagnositic doctor.

Whitewolf51
Whitewolf51 2012-12-16 21:42:06 -0600 Report

I had 5 by passes at the age of 52. 18 months later, 4 of the 5 have collapsed I am 61 and have one artery feeding my heart. I have no support system and I am afraid it will get blocked. I have echo grams and stress but my heart is not getting. Any better

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-12-16 22:40:39 -0600 Report

wolf,

Glad you found your way here. Have your doctors determined what it is that is causing your arteries to be blocked? I would ask about things like lipoprotein(a) and Small LDL cholesterol. If your docs do not know about these risk factors find one who does and ask about advanced lipoprotein testing.

HH

cateyes1213
cateyes1213 2012-09-26 04:25:57 -0500 Report

I know he made my anxiety go even higher. He did order me an mra and MRI with and without contrast. Today I am going for an EEG.

Thank you so much!! I will keep you posted.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-09-25 01:19:00 -0500 Report

cat,

The brain has no nerves endings and can't feel pain. Most migraines are caused by an involuntary expansion of arteries in the brain. The expansion stretches artery nerves causing the pain which I define as "vascular."

HH

cateyes1213
cateyes1213 2012-09-25 05:07:26 -0500 Report

So maybe that's what the dr means as vascular. Also he said it could be an anerysm and I am a walking time bomb.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-09-25 23:56:08 -0500 Report

cat,

Anything is possible but it is unlikely. If your doctor said that you are a "walking time bomb" that is unacceptably unprofessional! 98% of all headaches ARE NOT due to aneurysms.

Absent other symptoms and with knowledge of your health history he is only creating undue anxiety. He can certainly mention it but should never never use such over the top language. If there is any real fear of aneurysm by your doc then he is guilty of malpractive by not ordering an MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiogram) of your head. But to suggest you are a walking time bomb then let you walk out the door is outrageous!

Here is an article that I think can help answer a lot of the questions your doc should have answered.

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/760-aneurysm-headache-vs-normal-headache-recognizing-the-difference

HH

MWmelbourne
MWmelbourne 2012-09-20 21:15:12 -0500 Report

I found that changing my diet to fresh fruits, veggies, seafood.. occasional eggs, very little meat or bread has helped a lot. I try to stay away from processed foods. they say this is heart healthy too … thought HH - I LIKE that article about chocolate :)

cateyes1213
cateyes1213 2012-09-21 03:59:10 -0500 Report

True I should stay away from canned foods too!

MWmelbourne
MWmelbourne 2012-09-22 18:17:24 -0500 Report

moderation is the key to success in many things :) I find relaxation, meditation and music (in any order) are good ways to reduce stress - good luck and have a peaceful weekend!

cateyes1213
cateyes1213 2012-09-22 20:09:02 -0500 Report

I do try that. Thank you and you too!! I went for blood today to check my kidney function before going for MRI with contrast.

MWmelbourne
MWmelbourne 2012-09-20 20:48:07 -0500 Report

well I had a bad headache in 2008 but it wasn't on/off (turned out to be a brain abscess - "junk" entered thru ASD) & ended up w/surgery.. heck of a way to find out you have a hole in your heart ;) Those types of headaches are unmistakeable and you can't function at all though one of those, I don't wish that on anyone!

If it is a migraine, very often they are food related. Try keeping a log and seeing if certain foods or activities coincide with the pain.

A neurologist can probably give a more definite answer, as HH says talk to your doctor more. If it is vascular there are tests to find out & medications to help. A second or third opinion is a good thing when discussing your brain ;)

Good luck & wishing you many pain free days

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-09-21 23:50:45 -0500 Report

MW,

Great input! Thanks for chiming in!

HH

MWmelbourne
MWmelbourne 2012-09-22 18:09:41 -0500 Report

I still try to check in once in awhile ;) too many irons in the fire & not enough energy these days though to stay on the computer like i used to do.

keep up the good fight :)

cateyes1213
cateyes1213 2012-09-20 20:55:23 -0500 Report

I did see a neurologist three of them. I was told it could be food related to stay away from MSG, nitrates and sulfur. I have to go for an mra and MRI and I am scared!!

cateyes1213
cateyes1213 2012-09-20 05:10:54 -0500 Report

I did and one Dr said maybe it could be a vascular issue in the head and another sad migraines food related.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-09-24 00:51:35 -0500 Report

cat,

Yup, both are potential causes. Mine were purely vascular, often in response to lack of sleep.

HH

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-09-19 23:04:45 -0500 Report

cat,

Do you have any other symptoms? Could be migraines or a number fo other things. I had a similar situation almost 35 years ago and was sure it was a brain tumor. Turned out to be classic migraine complete with visual aura!

Call your doc (or nurse) and explain all the symptoms.

HH

cateyes1213
cateyes1213 2012-09-24 05:14:40 -0500 Report

What do you mean vascular? As in clogged arteries? He also told me it could be that or an aneurysm.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-09-26 23:56:19 -0500 Report

cat,

By "vascular" I mean related to the arteries but not clogged arteries. The brain has no nerve endings. Migraine pain is caused by involuntary dilation of the arteries which stretches arterial nerves.

HH

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