Headaches and stabbing body pains?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by nerdieduckie, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. nerdieduckie

    nerdieduckie New Member

    Hey all,

    Definitely been a long time since I last posted here. I am trying to find some answers to some problems I have been having lately.

    I've been having extremely frequent headaches. This wasn't a problem for me up until around June of this year, now I haven't had a week go by without me having a headache, many of which are migraine-level.

    I know headaches are common with fibro/CFS, but headaches like this?

    Also, I've been getting these sharp stabbing pains in my body, mainly in my right knee but now also in my right shoulder. There is nothing to cause these pains, they happen very randomly, but they are extremely painful and usually last 10-15 minutes. They are enough that I cry out in pain every time it happens. Is this part of the fibro as well?

    I never know anymore what I should or shouldn't get checked out by a doctor...
  2. kat0465

    kat0465 New Member

    sorry your feeling so bad, just letting you know that for me it's a common thing. although it dosen't happen all the time.
    i may go 3 or 4 months without a Migraine then Wham! they hit me hard for a while. as for the stabbing pain. my hands have been killing me.only in the Joints and across my knuckles.
    besides the fibro,I'm pretty sure i have arthritis in my hands.so it's a double whammy. the weather is cold and wet right now, and when that happens stuff starts hurting.

    although if your pain is new and different, yo should let your Doc know.at least check it out. but sounds pretty common, IMO.

  3. kat211

    kat211 New Member

    I have had migraines and a constant headache that has peaks and valleys like a roller coaster since 1997. I have found a daily dose of topamax works the best for me. I actually went off it for a couple of years b/c of severe and chronic kidney stones (I have a kidney issue that predisposes me to them) b/c they can be a side effect of the med. I recently begged my dr to put me back on it b/c I couldn't take it anymore. I have been doing much better since going back on it and now my headaches are limited to my sinus and neck issues.

    I also have the sharp stabbing pains. I think they are part of the fibro, at least for me.
  4. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    Hi Nerdieduckie - Always get new headaches checked out if they come on suddenly, are severe, or last more than a couple of weeks. Don't assume that they have anything to do with CFS or FM.

    They could be hormonal, stress, a tumour or an aneurism. Or, they could just be CFS or FM related. It is always best to get them checked out just incase it is something that needs immediate attention. I always err on the side of caution as I know of a few people whose headaches have turned out to be either tumours or aneurisms.
  5. lisadot

    lisadot New Member

    Sorry to read about your awful headaches, and the stabbing pains. I highly recommend you get to the doc ASAP. It's safest to make sure there's not something going on which requires immediate attention.

    And I totally understand the confusion with mixed symptoms. I hate this condition. I really do.

    I have had ongoing issues with migraines and headaches. My neuro ordered x-rays and then an MRI which showed I have osteoarthritis in my cervical spine. No wonder I am having troubles. That, and combined with the fibro and ongoing stress in my life. It's a domino effect...

    My doctor wanted me to get a cervical epidural, but I refused for now. I opted first to try acupuncture, which I might of continued with if not for the annoying staff at the doc's office which forgets I am there and leaves me in horribly uncomfortable surroundings...I then went to a chronic pain specialist, and he's giving me trigger point injections into my traps (muscles on top of shoulders) and into my neck. I'm not going to say they are fun, but so far, so good. My headaches have GREATLY reduced!!!! I don't think the marcaine and lidocaine injections are hurting my liver as much as I'm wondering if the steroid packs were/do.

    Good luck, and I hope you get some answers soon, and some relief!
  6. linda3273

    linda3273 New Member

    Hello nerdieduckie,

    I wanted to let you know that I also have stabbing pains that last toooo long! First my muscles perform the swan dance, then the ugly duck shows up and BITES me. It is intense and very painful. The pain comes and goes, as you described. I think the pains are part of Fibromyalgia.

    The headaches come and go for me. I did invest in one of those satin eye covers because the daylight is painful. My family knows that when they see me with the eye cover on, it is bad. I also get those zappers in my temples prior to headaches. Sometimes the zappers come a day before the headache. Miserable things, those headaches.

    Wishing you well,

  7. coolma

    coolma New Member

    With all symptoms that are new, check with your physician FIRST. If they can't diagnose anything specific, yes it can be fibro. I have had these symptoms, sharp darting pains, in winter months. They usually go away in the warmer weather. But, make sure it is not symptomatic of anything else going on. Changes in seasons can trigger severe migraines. Changes in atmospheric (barmetric pressure) hi and lows can trigger fibro pains. Cold weather brings on big time fibro pain, as does high heat, wind. Good luck!
  8. nerdieduckie

    nerdieduckie New Member

    Okay, so I guess now the question is, do I find a GP to see or do I see my fibro doctor about this? I'm not scheduled to see him until February.
  9. coolma

    coolma New Member

    Get some relief NOW. Do not put it off. Do not wait until February1
    Start with your fibro doctor, and your GP.
    Do you have degenerative discs? They are the common cause of fibro pain.
    You could have degeneration in the neck causing bad headaches.
    Then we somehow get oversensitized to stimuli, and things like temperature changes, or excessive light or noise can cause us to flare, especially, headaches. There are a myriad of reasons.
    Have you read the book on fibro by Mary Ellen Copeland and Devin Starlanyl? They list a huge amount of symptoms and possible treatments. Fabulous book if you have fibro.
    Good luck!
  10. nerdieduckie

    nerdieduckie New Member

    ...I don't have degenerative discs, but I honestly don't know very far so I suppose it could be possible.

    I do know that it seems like my photosensitivity has gotten a lot worse, because excessive sunshine makes me nauseous. Which is kinda weird and depressing, heh.

    I haven't read the book by them, I'll have to check it out. Thanks for suggesting it. :)