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Im 19,& i've been getting killer migraines for almost 3 years now,it starts as soon as i wake up,right unti i go to sleep,its messing my life up,& the depression & anxiety disorder doesnt help much..the depression is from my dad & baby sis passing away,the anxiety is attached to the migraines,i get a headache,then i start to cry from the pain,& cant stop,i hyperventalate,get dizzy,feel like throwing up,the octors say its stress?i live at home,with a daughter,and my mom,oing nothing all day,how stressed can i be?they think im just taking T3's for fun,but they work!they make my pain go away,they tried giving me antidepressants,which i HATE because they make me groggy & make me wanna sleep all the time!which i cannot do,i have a aughter to look after,what can i do to make the doctors believe the pain i'm in?=(help me please.

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replied September 11th, 2010
Headache and Migraines Answer A16078
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

A headache that worsens on standing up and improves or disappears on lying flat is a spinal headache. This happens when the CSF pressure in the brain falls. This usually happens after spinal anesthesia, spinal taps, or spinal injuries. However in some people this happens without a cause. This is known as spontaneous intracranial hypotension.

A procedure called an epidural blood patch, if is successful, even temporarily, it generally means the patient does indeed have a spinal headache. A small amount of the patient’s own blood is injected into the space between the dura and the bony spine known as the epidural space. If this causes temporary or permanent cure of headache, the diagnosis of spontaneous intracranial hypotension is confirmed.

Other tests are a spinal tap and measuring the pressure. Although spinal fluid pressure is usually low in patients with spontaneous intracranial hypotension, it can be occasionally normal due to variations in the spinal fluid pressure.
A dye can be injected into the spinal fluid and entire spine’s CT scan is taken to locate the leak.

Please discuss this with a neurologist. This may help you cure your headaches. Of course a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net, but there is no harm in discussing this with a neurologist.

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