Question

Why does it hurt my head to lay down on a pillow?

Long story short. I have had chronic headaches since the beginning of 2010 up and to now. These headaches come and go in waves with different severity. There are times where i feel a warm sharp sensation in my head almost as if blood were leaking but ive had an MRI, CT scan, and blood test and everything has turned up normal. My head is very sensitive to pressure when laying my head down for periods of time, i find myself switching sides to ease the pain and eventually i fall asleep through it. I wake up in a world of pain from laying on it for 8 hours but once i get up and move around i feel alot better. Ive tried taking tylenol and etc.. but it doesnt even help, on top of that long use of painkillers just ruins your kidneys or liver so i cant take this stuff everyday to combat these headaches so scratch that plan. Some people believe that all this pain is "all in my head" but i can concur that this pain is very real and if it were that easy to make up pain then i should be able to believe it goes away if it is mind over matter. Im not depressed or anxious about anything. These headaches are just ruining my life, there are times i blow friends off because i dont like being around people in pain so i instead stay home and wait until i feel better. I also should mention i have facial pain along with these headaches like in my sinuses but i take allegra for it and it doesnt really help much it just makes me feel like i can breathe a little clearer. Anyone have any ideas on what this is?

Answers

One thing is sure, the pains are in your head, literally. You have tight neck muscles causing the pain. Why else your your head hurt worse than if you were laying on what is causing the pain? Of course tight muscles don't show up on scans or tests so they go undiagnosed. Your neck muscles go to the top of your head where they connect to muscles going around your head. When the neck muscles get tight they pull the head muscles into pain and that's your headache. When your neck muscles are tight they can press into the blood vessels to restrict the blood flow leaving the head. That causes the blood to be backed up in your head and can give you pressure there, pressure headaches, and the first place it fills in around is your sinuses to mess them up. To get rid of these problems you have to free up your neck muscles and here's how to do that:

Neck

Put your hands alongside your head so your thumbs are on the front of the muscle under your ear and your fingers are on the back of the muscle behind your neck. Squeeze your thumb and fingers together and hold. Relax your body. After about 30 to 45 seconds, when you don't feel the muscles releasing any longer, slowly lower your head as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your neck lowered for another 30 seconds. repeat if needed

For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

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I would guess it's trigeminal neuralgia....have you seen a neurologist yet? That would not have to show up on a scan.

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