Headaches - common or problem?

By JenS12 Latest Reply 2014-10-30 00:28:06 -0500
Started 2011-05-13 16:13:12 -0500

Ive been having headaches in the back of my neck now for the past month, off and on and practically everyday this week, including right now. Id like to know if this has anything to do with my diabetes or if its just stress causing this, as me and my husband are under a lot of it due to me not working yet. Ive talked to my doctor about it recently and he said its stress related cause at the time I was about to lose my job, but then 2 nights ago, Ill admit, I cheated and had a bowl of cookie crisp cereal at 12am right before I was going to bed (I know, bad bad). I not only woke up with a bad headache in the back of my neck, but I noticed yesterday theres a big heat rash-like red spot back there and Id like to know if that is from the sugary bowl of cereal I ate so late or something else? Are my headaches common or is it a problem I need to address? I take ibuprofen which usually works great but not this time. Please help. Thanks.

16 replies

Sidehack 2011-05-16 05:47:42 -0500 Report

Do you take Niacin?

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-15 23:41:18 -0500 Report

I have a lot of headaches too. Some are migraines and some aren't. If you continue to have them you should check with your doctor. They may just be stress, but they could be migraines are any number of things. I hope your pain eases up, I know headaches are terrable.

JenS12 2011-05-16 00:08:14 -0500 Report

If they are stress related, its perfectly understandable as Im trying to find work and my husband this past week has been under more stress than usual with 2 people having left his company. Hopefully this week will be much better for both of us.

Zolar1 2011-05-15 17:48:02 -0500 Report

The headaches you refer to are called basilar headaches. Causes can range from heart problems, nightmares, vitamin deficiency, sleeping wrong, and yes, high blood sugars, amongst other causes.

I usually get them too when I eat too many carbs close to bedtime.

Right now, I keep getting tightness in the chest, but my pulse seems normal.

I get this too after eating too many carbs.

Try drinking 1/2 gallon of water and 2 baby aspirin under the tongue at bedtime.

JenS12 2011-05-16 00:05:47 -0500 Report

You mention nightmares. I have some, but I dont think thats the cause. Its hard at times to pinpoint when it begins/happens. Tonight I thought one was starting but it wasnt, thank goodness. I dont think its vitamin deficiency, but I never sleep through the night undisturbed. Havent for years. Drink a 1/2 gallon of water? Wow, thats a lot! I dont sleep well as it is. If I do that Ill be up every hr going to the bathroom.

Jackie375 2011-05-15 19:11:16 -0500 Report

I also get headaches at the back of my head and am not sure what the problem is. I get really scared as in 2002 I had to have brain surgery due to whatever as I have never heard the whole skinny on it. I just pop some baby aspirin at night or in the daytime if the headache gets too bad. I drink plenty of water as hydration is important, so I don't know if it is from the diabetes or not. Only a doctor or someone more informed than me could tell you. I do know that many things can cause headaches.

JenS12 2011-05-16 00:01:30 -0500 Report

I need to drink more water, but I dont think I can drink what they recommend. What is it, 6 or 7 bottles a day? That just seems like a lot. I dont think thats the cause of my headaches though, dehydration, but when I go to the dr again soon, if its been consistent yet, then Ill be asking again.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-16 01:04:14 -0500 Report

My Dr. says drink lots of water too. I told him I also eat a lot of soup. He told me that yes you can get extra water from things you eat like soup. But to still drink as much water as I could stand. I don't drink a lot before bed time either, so I try to make it up during the day. I think you have the right idea of asking your Dr. about your head aches he can give you the best advice.

jayabee52 2011-05-16 01:21:41 -0500 Report

Yes Trudie, but unless the soup is home made or extra low sodium, getting liquids that way can cause other problems like edema.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-16 01:28:40 -0500 Report

Thank You jayabee. I make my own home made soup and always try to follow my nutricion guide lines. But you are right if you use to much sodium you can cause problems, so I am careful. Thanks again I do appreciate your advice.

AuntieBear 2011-05-14 01:53:27 -0500 Report

There are alot of different causes for headaches. One cause that many people do not consider is hydration. If you are not drinking enough fluids (especially water) you can get headaches. I do not know the science behind not enough water being the cause of headaches, I just know that dehydration causes headaches. Water can also help counter-balance some of the sugar from the Cooki-Crisp. There are alot of prescription medications on the market that have the side-effect (adverse reaction) of causing headaches. To find out if any of your meds can do this is easy. Just ask your pharmacist. They can look it up and tell you. Stress can give ANYONE a headache. What kind of shape are your pillows and mattresses in? If your pillows and mattresses are in bad shape they can place un-needed strain on you head, neck and back causing headaches and neck pain.

As for what to do to relieve them, there are many rememdies for headaches. THere are over the counter medicines such as aspirinn and ibuprofen. There are many good prescription headache rememdies too. Heat packs and ice packs on the back of your neck can bring relief, and so can massages and vibrating neck pillows.

I have found tremendous success with music therapy and meditation. I put the Man Without A Face soundtrack cd into my cd player and as the music plays I close my eyes and think about a calming relaxing place and try to picture that place in my mind. I also have a set of cassette tapes by this preacer who used to be on television. I place them in my walkman and listen to him. Not because he is such a dynamic preacher, but because there is something very soothing about his voice that just seems to massage headache pain away.

Finding the cause and finding a remedy for your headaches is pretty much a matter of trial and error. Just keep trying stuff until you find soemthing that works.

Whatever you do, make sure that your doctor knows how often and how severe the headaches are.

katseyes 2011-05-13 16:46:38 -0500 Report

I don't really know if diabetes can cause headaches ' but i myself keep them 2 and my thought about it was actually what u r asking. But i hardly ever take anything for them b/c i never really knew what was safe or what wasn't ' so i would just lay down and try to grin and bare it until it went away.

JenS12 2011-05-13 23:44:44 -0500 Report

I hear ya. Ive tried to just rest n let the pain go away on its own but with me, the pain usually just gets worse if I do nothing, so Ive always taken advil/ibuprofen for it. Im hoping its just all stress cause if its linked to my diabetes, that would really stink.