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Re: 4 am headaches

Posted by Sean on June 25, 1999, at 17:11:30

In reply to 4 am headaches, posted by Jane on June 24, 1999, at 10:10:57

> Does anyone have headaches while sleeping that go away upon rising and then return later on in the day because of lack of sleep. My headaches always start around 4 am. They persist until I give up trying to sleep and get up. This ruins my day! I have experimented with the timing, dosage, changing of meds, diet, beds, pillows, rooms, therapy, etc. This has been going on for 4+ years. Not all the time but 50-75% of the time. For example, today I moaned in bed from 4 until 4:45, got up, drank juice, sat up for an hour and a half, got very sleepy, went back to bed, slept another hour and was awakened with another excruciating headache that went away after just sitting up for an hour. Does taking antidepressants cover up underlying health problems that haven't been diagnosed? If there was a definite depression and treatment started could there be other medical problems contributing to pain but dismissed because of the diagnosis of a mood disorder? Isn't this a potentially dangerous position to be in? When should a patient insist on further evaluations for other potential illnesses causing similar symptoms? If I have nighttime extreme thirst, headaches, daytime exhaustion, etc. I can conclude that these are all side effects of Effexor XR and Xanax and stick with the medications because they help control the mood disorder (cyclothymia.) But is it possible that the initial mood disorder is being successfully treated and another illness displaying similar symptoms has emerged and is being untreated? So many questions! Your posts are invaluable to me--like a support group that I listen in on. Thanks.

Sorry 'bout the headaches Jane, sounds really
frustrating. I have noticed that xanax gives me
a headache. Have you considered treating the
cyclothymia with one of the newer mood stabilizers?
Since some doctors use them for pain and headaches,
they might be a better option that xanax...

Best wishes,





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