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Severe pain in left eye, head, and neck

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My husband has been having severe pain in the back of his left eye and deep in his head that goes down his neck when he coughs, sneezes, bends over, lays down to quick for almost a year now. We are military so he has seen the doctor on base at least 4 times over this but they can't think of what might be wrong. He did have a MRI and they noticed a vessel that was smaller than usual in his brain but said nothing else about it and didn’t think it would cause the problem. This is a daily problem for him. The pain has brought him to his knees and I have seen him cry over frustration and just from the pain itself. I am very worried and frustrated that no one can figure out what is wrong. He has seen an ophthalmologist because he is diabetic but they didn't notice anything unusual. I personally think he needs to go see a neurologist ASAP! Something is not right here. This shouldn't be going on for a year and only getting worse. I was hoping you might have some ideas that we could work with or look up. Anything would be great. I am verry worried!!!
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replied July 17th, 2008
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Is the eye pain intermittent (episodes)?
Have he noticed some signs before getting the eye pain, like bulging of the eye, swelling of the eyelids, redness of the eye, double vision?
Is he experiencing dropping, red, tearing eye and runny nose, too?
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replied July 18th, 2008
None of those
No none of those. I really don't think it has anything to do with his eye. The pain starts behind the left eye but he doesn't have eye bulging or redness or anything else that would be considered not normal except for the pain. He is fine until he coughs or strains in any way. Even bending over or laying down too quick will cause the problem. As soon as he does any of these he gets this severe stabbing pain that goes from right behind his left eyeball to his head and down his neck. Then he gets a really bad headache. It's not like a Migraine. He gets those too so he knows the difference as do I because I get those myself. This is really sharp and seems to be happening more often. He has been dealing with this way over a year now but it seems to be getting worse and happening more and more severe. It’s heartbreaking to see a grown man hit the floor in pain because he coughs or sneezes. That is just not normal in anyway!
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replied July 31st, 2008
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Sorry for delayed post!

Headaches triggered by coughing and other types of straining like sneezing, laughing, blowing your nose, crying, singing or bending over, and straining when having a bowel movement are named as cough headaches.
They can be primary without structural cause, harmless, usually, improving on their own, within two months to two years.
What is important to be aware of are the secondary cough headaches, caused by structural problems within the brain (an obstruction blocking the flow through the normal fluid channels of the brain-the ventricles; narrowing of the carotid arteries should be excluded, too).
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replied July 13th, 2009
Cough Headaches
Would like an update to this -- my dh also has suffered from these headaches as "somethingwrongs"-- mri showed spinal degeneration.. is greatly affecting quality of life. How is somethingwrong?
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replied March 2nd, 2012
I hate to complain but.....what would be really helpful is if people who post these problems would then also post an update. Did the problem ever resolve itself? Did you get a diagnosis eventually? Forum after forum, there's a problem posted but never an update. Please don't leave us hanging.
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replied September 12th, 2012
My dad had a clot in his eye. He is having treatment.
Recently he had high BP so has started new tablet. Since then he
Has had headache above left eye with painful neck. I'm hoping
It's nothing serious?
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replied July 10th, 2013
I am having a very painful feeling in my left head.Also Iam having redness in my eye...also i am coughing very hard....what could be the reason of these things?
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