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Does anyone have any advice. I frequently (2/3 times a week) get headaches which always seem to be like a dull ache around the left eye socket. As the day progresses they normally move to the left side of my head, but ofen they remain above my eye.
They seem to be accompanied by intense hunger or frequently needing to go to the toilet and pass a stool.

I am getting really fed up with it. I've been to my local Dr who simply told me to eat when I am hunger as he thinks that is a trigger. However when I wake up in the middle of the night with this kind of pain it isn't practical to eat as occasionally it leads to vomitting too.

The only effective treatment is using an eye bath, accompanied with Anadin (pain killers), but I have to take at least 4/6 of these in a short space of time to have any effect and even when I do this majority of the time they simply dull the pain for a couple of hours and it returns more intensely.

I am at my wits end. I am in a vicious circle of taking pills or having the headaches.

Anyone got any advice ?
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replied April 18th, 2008
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Does this pain start near one eye and shoot up to the top of the head on that side?
Is the pain often starting at the same time each day?
How long does the pain last?
Is this pain sudden and severe, accompanied with watery eye and runny nose?
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replied April 18th, 2008
Yes it is normally early hours of the morning or first thing in the morning.
Yes it does normally begin as a pain round the eye and then progress to the same side of my head.
Normally lasts about 6/7 hrs
It can be accompanied by a runny eye or nose....
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replied April 21st, 2008
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Are you experiencing dropping eyelid and red eye?
Do you feel sweaty, restless, or nauseated when you have headache attack?
Do you find this pain very severe?
How long is the period of having this kind of headache?
Have you been waken up from the headache at night?
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replied January 1st, 2009
Continuation of the above...
I have similar symptoms:

I also get this type of headache. Sometimes I break into a sweat, get nauseated, restless, and am highly sensitive to light, noise, etc.
My neck gets stiff, and vision can get blurred.
I've been having this type of headaches for probably 15 years. I don't generally wake up from them, but it does take a fair amount of time to get to sleep (several hours). The headaches tend to start prior to waking up in the morning (wake up with the headache) and will last all day, and sometimes span multiple days.
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replied August 8th, 2012
I get the same pain in my left eye socket . It wakes me up most nights around 2 am.and if I were to have a sleep during the day..I break out in a sweat and it hurts to keep my eye open although I don't feel sick the pain is really bad . Fortunately I have a good supply of codine and I find 2 of these gets rid of the pain in 10 mins .
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replied September 10th, 2012
Hi Stephen,
If the pain wakes you up at night it's a good idea to get it checked out by a neurologist and have a scan - just for your own peace of mind. It is probably fine but can be an indicator of some kind or intracranial process and it's better just to check it out early on and put your mind at rest.

Michelle
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replied February 1st, 2009
is the problem here known?
i am having the same problem as initially stated on this thread but mine only started last night after using the computer (i'm always in front of the computer btw). since i felt really pain in my left eye socket, i decided to sleep but noticed early in the morning the pain is still there and watery and now having runny nose. i know its only my 1st day but the problem seems similar to this thread. just wonder how come this thread has not been followed up anymore. please help!
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replied February 24th, 2009
I have the same type of heachache
Since I was 13 years old, Ive suffered from this type of headache. My pain starts mildly on my left eye, usually from the moment that i wake up. If it goes untreated, the pain carries to the entire left side of my head, it becomes a throbbing, unbearable pain. What i do is eat something fast (toast, bagle, etc), take two extrastrength Excedrin CAPLETS in the green bottle (these are the only ones that work form me, never the round tablets)with a cup of coffee. I lay down and 15 minutes later, Im as good as new. This works for me every time, try it for yourself.
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replied September 17th, 2009
I have had the same problem as the person above. I have had really bad headaches EVERYDAY for the past 5-6 years. I get them during the night so I wake up with them every morning. It's hard to pin-point where the headache actually is because it moves so much from time to time. The first thing I usually do in the morning is take an excederin. Sometimes putting on my glasses helps a little too. I have taken excederin every morning for the past 5-6 years and I fear that it may have some long term effect. I have seen a physician, neurologist, and a sinus expert and none have found a valid solution to my problem. The recommendations never work. I have taken a MRI and a sinus X-ray and all came back normal. I can't seem to find what the problem is.
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replied February 17th, 2010
Same here. Trying to find some kind of cure. I've had this dull type of headache in the left side of my head behind my eye for about 10 years now. The only way I avoid getting them is by keeping the same sleep pattern. I usually need to wake up around 5 or 6 AM in order to avoid getting a headache. I tend to get one everytime I sleep in. I thought it could have been caused from caffine, so I stopped drinking caffine at all for over a year now and it still doesn't seem to help much. It seems to be associated with my left eye somehow. The only thing that helps for me is to try to sleep with a cold washcloth over my eye in a completely dark room. Right now I patched my eye closed which seems to help a little. If anyone finds out the cause/cure for this issue please post.
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replied April 5th, 2010
Looks like it may be a migraine...
I suffer from Migraine headaches, had them when I was younger,then they went away and returned when i was in my early 40''s.. Im taking migraine medicine for them however they only prescribe 9 at a time?? I have been told these are hormonal and may decrease after time. Nothing over the counter works, pain pills just make me sleep and then I still wake up w/the headache. Triggers: wine,chocolate,too much sun,and mixed sugary drinks. Imitrex is what I am currently taking and although the side effects are uncomfortable, i''d rather have that then a headache lasting for days. It appears you may suffer from migraines if they end up on one side of your head. Not all migriane sufferrs have aura, sickness etc.. although i have been sick (vomit) from one, it was because I let it go too long before taking meds thinking it was just a stress or sinus thing. See a Neurologist, get a referral from your Dr., your physician is likely to prescribe pain medicine, not a migraine pill, and not only are they bad for you, they are only a temporary fix.
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replied July 8th, 2010
Chronic Headaches and I dont know what to do
Im ready to go to the emergency room today. When am a 26 year old female that wakes up almost every day with a headache. At first I thought it was just my cycle causing the headaches and the doctor prescribed Naproxen for me to take two weeks out of the month but I am realizing that I have a headache every day of the month and if I dont take something for it to numb the pain ( doesnt go away) i will have a full blown migraine. I dont know what to do, I do not smoke, have much caffeine, I work out, I eat healthy and I am only 26! What should I do????
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replied August 21st, 2010
i have been having these problems for a few years now since around 13. i usually assume its cuz i'm always staring at a computer screen. it starts off as an intense pressure around my eye and then moves to a throbbing headache on my left side.my saliva starts to feel thick and i avoid eating cuz i get nauseated very fast.i usually take drowsy headache tablets or else 2 Excedrin.sleep seems to be the only way i can get rid of these which is impractical if i get them during work hours they render me useless.
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replied August 25th, 2010
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jasmineaqua wrote:
i have been having these problems for a few years now since around 13. i usually assume its cuz i'm always staring at a computer screen. it starts off as an intense pressure around my eye and then moves to a throbbing headache on my left side.my saliva starts to feel thick and i avoid eating cuz i get nauseated very fast.i usually take drowsy headache tablets or else 2 Excedrin.sleep seems to be the only way i can get rid of these which is impractical if i get them during work hours they render me useless.


Sitting in front of the computer will cause this, but it's not the screen but the emissions coming out of the screen and computer that is referred to as electro magnetic radiation. These headaches are similar to migraines and usually when you get a pain in the left eye, you usually fell a pain in the right side of the brain, particularly when you cough.

Keep away from Wi Fi and cordless/wireless equipment and you will find that they will reduce.
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replied February 5th, 2011
I constantly have this type of headache. Pressing my finger into the uppoer corner of my left eye seems to relieve it, but I obviously can't do that all day. I've found that 2 Excedrin and coffee seem to work (even if it's the middle of the night) and I'm not that big of a coffee drinker so it's not because I need a fix of caffiene. I've had this for years. I also find that I tend to have a runny nose on the left side when I eat, come in from outside, etc. Nothing horrible with the nose, just a nuisance. I had cataract surgery a few years ago, at 50 (which I thought was young for cataracts!) I thought that would help, but it hasn't. Any ideas? Does sinus medicine work for anyone, I think I'm going to try that next but don't really want to take it on a regular basis.
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replied March 14th, 2011
headache, left eye/right eye
The worst headaches I ever had were associated with a tooth infection I had had. As soon as the infection had passed, with a round of antibiotics and a root canal, I felt so much better. The pain was behind my eyes, accompanied with light sensitivity and I felt sick to my stomach.

Other bad headaches were due to tension; my tension goes to my jaw. I have to lower my lower jaw, to self-monitor, or it gives me headaches. Other times, my headaches were remedied by seeing a chiropractor for a simple neck adjustment. Like Calabash above, I will have to press my finger above my left eye, and it helps. I rank that to bad posture and a car accident (I got rear ended). Interestingly enough, I read on-line that a pain in the right eye can be a symptom of gall bladder disease.

Worst case scenario: I had a friend in high school who had constant headaches, light sensitivity, nausea and vomiting... She started missing a lot of school, because the headaches were so bad she'd have to stay in a dark room. One day, we joked that it might be a brain tumor. She had a diet soda habit. Imagine our horror, when the next week, this was the diagnosis! Unfortunately, there were complications, and she didn't survive (it was so sad, she was so young!) So, the point is, is if you have a chronic issue, and it is really severe, get checked out!!!
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replied August 17th, 2011
Damn' Headaches
I have these freakin' headaches in my left eye. I take Imitrex and a Motrin 800. That's the only thing that seems to work for ME. Side affect is hot flashes, it's so freakin' great!

What can I say? Life sucks then you die. And life still sucks after that. It's never ending folks!

Have a good day!
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replied September 5th, 2011
I've been getting headaches behind my left eye for three years. MRI showed nothing. I get them Monday evenings and Tuesday at noon. Other times are nor exempt. They are severe. My left eye droops a little and turns red. Sometimes my left nostril runs if it's particularly bad. I feel wiped out after they subside. Most of the time I can take a couple Advil and it goes away after a while. They never last too long but I can't take them anymore. I don't get them while I'm on vacation for the most part.
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replied October 24th, 2011
left eye migraines
I think these have been related to stress. I also suffer from left eye migraines, have for many many years.

Some have been so bad that I seriously felt like I was going to die and said my goodbyes to my pets and hubby before going to bed. I felt cold to the touch but was hot, nauseous, dizzy, couldn't see, etc. This was after a 2 hour bike ride. Usually these appear to creep up for no apparent reason.

I am also on the computer all the time, but have RX glasses I always wear to not strain my eyes.

I still dont know why I get migraines but I do know if you get them following exercise, that your body probably requires more electrolytes during exercise. You would want to use gatorade and sip it throughout your exercise, or water with a splash of sea salt and squirt of lemon (salt is an electrolyte).

I usually do get left eye migraines when the weather changes. They are called barometric migraines. I know there is nothing that works (tried all the meds) so I just shut myself in a dark room when I feel it coming and go to sleep. Usually when I wake up the next morning, I feel normal.

If its not exercise or barometric related, good luck finding out what the problem is. I'm 99% sure mine are from stress (pinching my forehead muscles between my eyebrows together all the time). If that is possibly your case, try laying down in a dark room with candlelight and relaxing spa type music every day as if it were required.

Food is also a contributor factor to my left eye migraines. Sometimes if I have too much sugar, not enough sugar, not enough protein, etc it will cause a migraine.

I sometimes know what the migraines are from, and sometimes I dont.

Make time to unwind. Hopefully that will help.
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replied January 10th, 2012
I started have the headache couple days ago, my sleeping schedule is really bad right now, maybe that's it. But I've never ever had this headache before. Also I feel like my left eye is more sensitive to light I usually have to close my left eye for couple sec every min just to mild down the pain. I just turned 19 and pretty scared to have this problem but this thread has made me feel safer knowing that its a migraine and not deadly. I will still go to the doctors tho.
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replied January 10th, 2012
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Mike, you definitely should go to the doctor to rule out any serious issues. Hopefully its nothing serious.
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