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Acute headaches

jakesm001jakesm001 Posts: 17
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Chronic Pain

Since the last 4-5 weeks, I have been waking up in the mornings with throbbing headache. I tried changing the pillow, I also tried not using the pillow. The doc says there's nothing to worry. I avoid taking pain killers but some days I just can't avoid them. I am at my wit's end now, scared to wake up! Should I get an MRI?


  • I would get an MRI for sure. At least you will know if there is anything going on in your spine. If nothing is found then you can move on to other testing to rule out whatever else it could be.

    Did the pain come out of no where? Did you have a fall?

    Hope you can get it figured out soon! Take care.
  • The first time I started having migraines, I was frightened that something was going to explode through the side of my head. Since I had watched many TV shows as a youngster, I had all these horrible images in my mind thanks to Hollywood. It wasn't until after seeing several doctors and getting sent to a neurologist that the cause of my headaches was discovered and proper treatment began. I then learned that although it felt like my head was being ripped apart, it really wasn't.

    I'm not trying to make a mockery of the situation, but am trying to say that jumping to conclusions and focusing on an MRI as a be all tell all is foolish. It can also prolong the time between getting proper treatment and pain relief.

    It is too easy to want to bypass our general practitioner and go directly to a specialist. However, it is a necessary step in weeding out the more simplistic and common reasons for a headache. It also keeps the focus for the doctors as one progresses through the medical system.

    jakesm001 I would suggest calling your primary care physician and making an appointment. Start at the beginning and work your way from there. I hope you find relief soon.

  • what you said it is very interesting.
  • Thank you for all the replies. @ chagland, I did see my physician & he told me the same thing. I am already feeling better. Thanks a ton
  • Really glad to hear that you are feeling better! Once you can identify your triggers, it will help reduce the number of headaches and give you back a ton of freedom!

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