Lyme Question: Does anyone else experience headaches and/or head pressure?

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Headaches & Head Pressure

So the question of this week is about headaches and head pressure.

Headaches are a common complaint with Lyme disease and listed on almost every symptom list you can find relevant to Lyme disease. There are many different types of headaches that are experienced however.

Migraine:
Many Lyme patients talk about having “migraines” a lot.  Migraine headaches are can be preceded by warning signs. They can be triggered by  hormonal changes, certain foods and drinks, stress, and exercise.The pain  caused by migraines can be a throbbing in one particular area. Nausea, throwing up and sensitivity to light and sound are also common symptoms. Many patients will lay in the dark for a day or two while experiencing these.

Tension:
Tension headaches can be triggered by stress and anxiety. They are often caused when our muscles, subconsciously tense up, especially in our back and neck leaving our muscles tense and achy. It will feel like pressure all around your head and even down to your neck and shoulders.

Cluster headaches:
Cluster headaches  are recurring headaches that occur in groups or cycles. They can come on suddenly and cause  severe, debilitating pain on one side of the head. Sometimes you may also experience watery eyes or a runny nose. These headaches can last days or weeks, and then leave just as suddenly as they came on. They might disappear for months then start up again.

Rebound Headaches:
These are actually caused by taking too many pain meds or over the counter meds.

Lyme Related Headaches

Head Pressure:
So those are the normal headaches that anyone can get, but Lyme patients seem to experience something else, HEAD PRESSURE. It’s a feeling like your brain is too big for your skull or like there is a vice squeezing  your head. It’s hard to look up, down or sideways. It can last to varying degrees for years.

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN):
TN is a condition that is characterized by intermittent, sharp shooting pain in the face. Trigeminal neuralgia affects the trigeminal nerve, which is one of the largest nerves in the head. The trigeminal nerve sends impulses of touch, pain, pressure, and temperature to the brain from the face, jaw, gums, forehead, and around the eyes. With a TN headache you might experience shocks, sharp shooting pains, or really sever sharp pain around your eyes, jaw or cheek. Learn more about it here.

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