About over a half a week ago, I had this sudden sharp pain on the top-right side of my head. I don't remember how painful it was, but it packed enough punch to make me say "ow" aloud. Shortly after that I had a headache that I couldn't seem to shake. I took a nap and it ended up going away.
Ever since then the pains and headaches have been coming and going. They've gone from being sharp to dull, and they happen often, but they only last a few seconds. However, my headaches last a couple of hours.
My headaches generally bother me around my forehead and temples, it makes my eyes sensitive and achy. It also feels like a lot of pressure.
I've been doing some research on the internet, and a lot of what I'm reading is scaring me. What is it most likely to be? I have a doctors appointment set for later this week, but I'm nervous to pieces about what they will find. Has anyone experienced this before? Please share.
Have a library card? Try reading Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program by David Buchholz. Last February 2012, I experienced my first onslaught of various sensations - all part of the migraine spectrum, and they really scared me - I totally understand your nervousness. I started flipping through the book when a nurse mentioned it to me. It's been 3 months now, and my symptoms are getting better. If you can't get the book - in a nutshell. Step 1 - don't be a victim of quick fixes. (ie, if you're taking a painkiller, don't use it for more than twice a week for mild to moderate headaches) because they cause rebound. Step 2 - Identify your triggers and cut them out. Dietary triggers (like caffeine, dairy, chocolate, MSG, nitrates, etc). Get exercise (not just on the weekends - make it a habit), and sleep the SAME hours (ie, don't oversleep on weekends). Reduce your stress as much as possible. Step 3 is only if this doesn't work after 4 months. Then you need prevention medications prescribed by a doctor. Hope this helps and you feel better. It takes time! You CAN get better. You might also want to try "The Keeler Migraine Method" by Doctor Cowan - as you can see, I totally think reading will be a HUGE help rather than waiting for advice from random strangers on the internet! Hehe Read from the experts. Good luck.