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High Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha Levels in People with New Daily Persitent Headache?

I have long thought that I have a lot of inflammation in my body, which is why I still have a headache, and was brought on by the sinus infection caused by removing my wisdom teeth. New research by Dr. Todd Rozen, at the Michigan Head Pain and Neurological Institute, suggests that almost all NDPH patients have an elevated level of tumor necrosis factor α (TNF α) in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). As about 30% of NDPH patients have their headaches start after an infection or illness, the possibility of a persistent state of systemic or central nervous system (CNS) inflammation comes into question. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) α is a proinflammatory cytokine involved in brain immune and inflammatory activities, as well as in pain initiation. Elevation of CSF TNF α levels has been found in a select number of neurologic conditions, suggesting CNS inflammation in those disorders. Proinflammatory cytokines in the CSF produce and enhance pain in animal models. Up until recently, spinal cord glia were considered the sole source of CSF cytokines including TNF α. A new investigation, however, has suggested that cells in the meninges adjacent to the CSF space also produce proinflammatory cytokines that enter into […]

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Another Visit to the Acupuncturist

Well today I went to the acupuncturist again. He asked me how I was doing and I told him I noticed no improvement. Again I took of my socks and shoes and lay down. This time he put a few more needles in my head, but none in my feet. He then put the heat lamp over me, turned off the lights, put on some soothing music, and left. I remained in the room by myself for almost an hour. It does hurt to have needles in you for that long. Not only that, whenever I lay down I can feel my head pounding constantly. While, I could feel some different movements and sensations going on, the headache remained strong and would not go away. After, I made another appointment to see him. In Other News: Chocolate Better than Fluoride? New research suggests an extract of cocoa powder that occurs naturally in chocolates, teas, and other products might be an effective natural alternative to fluoride in toothpaste, according to Tulane University doctoral candidate Arman Sadeghpour. Sadeghpour said his research revealed that the cocoa extract was even more effective than fluoride in fighting cavities, according to a news release from the […]

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Visit to the Chinese Acupuncturist

Today I saw a new doctor, a Chinese acupuncturist. He was a very small guy and really enjoyed laughing. He had pictures hanging up on the wall of famous athletes he has seen. He proceeded by first having me fill out a few forms of background information and then we discussed my history. Next, he had me lay down and he performed some spinal manipulation. Then, he proceeded to insert needles into my head and neck. He put less than I was expecting, only about 4 on each side and he also put one in each of my feet.  After, he put a heat lamp over my head, turned on some soothing music, told me to relax, and turned off the lights and left the room. Let me tell you, the needles did hurt, especially the ones in my forehead. The others though I couldn’t feel that much. It felt as if blood and nerves were moving around and primarily in my head but also throughout my body. About 20 or 30 minutes or so later, the doctor came back into the room and removed the needles. It felt a bit painful after he removed the needles, but then the […]

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August Visit to the Neurologist

I saw my neurologist today to discuss medications. I had been on verapamil for about 3-4 weeks. However, when I increased the dosage, I had a strange reaction after I went in a hot tub, where veins seemed to be really inflamed on my back and popping out. So I hadn’t been on any medication for 9 days. My neurologist decided that I should give amitritpyline a try and wants me to start out at 5 mg every day for 10 days. I have never been on amitritpyline before, but was on something notritpyline, which is similar for 3 months. Amitriptyline is an older antidepressant that has been proven effective for headaches. The reason I was on notritpyline instead of amitripytline is that amitripytline causes more side effects, and I tend to be susceptible to side effects. Hopefully I will see some relief with the new medication.

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Ear Nose and Throat Doctors

Today I went to see a new ear, nose, and throat doctor and learned of some surprising things. The reason being is I have become upset with my current ear, nose, and throat doctor. I have noticed blood occasionally coming out of my right nostril, and my doctor thinks it’s because it is just dry. Well I never had any problems prior to seeing him with blood coming out of my nose. So that’s why I wanted to see a new one. Background  My current ear, nose, and throat doctor operated on me back in August of 2006 to drain my right maxillary sinus. This was because the only finding on my MRI was an infection in my right maxillary sinus. So after the antibiotics didn’t work he drained my sinus. This was hopefully going to get rid of my 24/7 headache, but it didn’t. The New Doctor  The new ear, nose, and throat doctor I saw today explained to me about how my right maxillary sinus is much smaller than the left, something that only 2% of people have. In the past, like 15 years ago, he would have performed operations to drain the smaller maxillary sinus. However, he […]

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