Tolosa-Hunt Syndrome

In Tolosa-Hunt syndrome, inflammation of the cavernous sinus (behind the eyes) causes severe eye pain and irritation or damage of the nerves of the face. Males and females are affected equally by Tolosa-Hunt syndrome, which usually affects people more than 20 years old. Symptoms Tolosa-Hunt syndrome begins with severe pain behind or around one eye that comes on suddenly. The pain can be constant and intense. As the sinus inflammation increases and spreads, nerves in the face can be affected, producing symptoms such as drooping eyelid  of the affected eye or numbness and tingling in the forehead. Difficulty controlling eye movements and the pupil may cause sensitivity to light and double or blurred vision. If left untreated, vision loss is possible. Diagnosis The International Headache Society criteria for Tolosa-Hunt syndrome are: One-sided eye pain for an average of 8 weeks … Read more

Working Out

Even though I have had a continuous headache for nearly 15 months now, I still find time nearly everyday to work out, although it is not quite the same as before my wisdom teeth were removed. I did cross country and track in high school and usually would work out by going for a long bike ride or a long run and sometimes both. Now I don’t go running much anymore, once a week at most usually. I also don’t bike quite as much either. I do of swimming and weight lifting these days. I don’t get the same feel good feelings out of swimming as I do with running; however, it still is a workout and usually helps calm down my headache, where as running sometimes makes my headache worse. Another reason why I don’t run much at all … Read more

You might want to get another dentist if..

Written By Brian Matthews Recently, my stepson Mark had his “wisdom teeth” removed. Mark is 12, but according to the oral surgeon, he has the jaw of a 17-year-old. This was just the information Mark needs to further boost his growing sense of being. I imagine Mark being in school bragging to a girl at lunch that his jaw is really old enough to be in high school. Girls like it when you talk about the relative skeletal ages you possess, right? I wish I knew where he got the jaw of a 17-year-old. I have the toenails of a man three years post mortem and the teeth of someone 27 years older than me. This is why I finally made an appointment to go to the dentist. I wasn’t avoiding a visit to the dental professionals because I didn’t … Read more

National Headache Foundation Headlines

My neurologist always has the latest issues of the national headache foundation issues called headlines. He usually gives me a copy when I see him. If your not familiar with NHF headlines, it is a bimonthly publication by the national headache foundation. It discuses a lot of issues surrounding headaches and the latest headache research. For example, in the latest issue of the NHF headlines (july/august 2007) there is an article written by Drs. Seymour Diamond and George Urban of the Diamond Headache Clinic located in Chicago, Illinois. The article discuses cluster headaches. Cluster headache is characterized by recurrent bouts of extremely painful, unilateral (one-sided) headache attacks of relatively short duration. The pain has been described as the most severe form of pain a human can endure and dubbed “killer” or “suicide” headaches by some sufferers. There are more men … Read more

Occipital Nerve Block for Headaches

The AmericanAcademy of Neurology has reported that treating migraine headaches with occipital nerve block is effective. Occipital nerve block is a procedure where anesthetic agents are injected near the occipital nerve on the back of the head near the base of the skull on the side of the migraine headache. Within five minutes after the nerve block, 60% of patients had mild or no headache and 75% of patients had mild or no light sensitivity. Over half of the patients had no side effects. About 20% had pain at the injection site and about 20% experienced dizziness. The investigators of the study concluded that greater occipital nerve blocks are safe and easy procedures that can be performed in the office. The average duration of benefit in these trials was about four days. About 20% of responders still had total migraine … Read more