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why have my headaches only gotten worse ? should i be worried ?

for a while, i've had really bad headaches —— though, it didn't start out as a headache. i've always had problems at the base of my head and around my neck. it started out as just a feeling of numbness. i used to explain it as my brain just felt mushy. my doctor had told me tension headaches and with my past history of seizures, was thinking that it could be a form of absence seizures, with my other symptoms. she had recommended i go to a neurologist. i haven't had the money to go back to her, let alone go to a neurologist. anyway, that feeling of numbness has mustered into sincere, extremely bad headaches. they always come in waves and always at the base of my head, often tensing up my neck.  ( as bad as it is, every time one comes on i have to end up popping my neck just to make it go away. )  they're not constant, but they might as well be. it's gotten to the point that i can't laugh or strain in the slightest  ( bend down, lift something heavy, laugh, cough, etc )  without it bringing about this huge wave of a headache. it's often so bad that it will either give me hot flashes, make me dizzy, make me tear up or drop me to the ground all together.

any ideas or answers will help ! i just don't know what to do at this point or what to even begin thinking that it is. thank you !
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We hate to hear you have been in such pain.  This sounds hard to live with.  And it is complicated by your inability to currently see a doctor.  We hope you are able to find the means to do that.  Self pay at clinics or urgent care which now are typically staffed with professionals that see regular patients may be of benefit to you as they often use a sliding fee scale for payment.  

Here is an article related to your  headaches that might help shed some light on what is going on https://www.medicinenet.com/tension_headache/article.htm  

I know you are not buying your doctor's explanation but when you describe that tightness at our neck and relief from 'cracking' there, it does sound tension related. Do you drive a lot?  Sit at a computer a lot?  Have a job using your shoulders a good deal or under a lot of stress in general?  Those things could contribute. A chiropractor could possibly help, muscle relaxers or even an over the counter NSAID like ibuprofen.

But you do need to be evaluated to make sure this isn't a more serious type of headache called a cervicogenic headache.  Be well.

Cervicogenic Headache
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Ask your doctor if you can try Amitriptyline (Elavil) daily for pain management.  I've been on it for about 11 years, and it has almost eliminated my migraines.  I went from 6-8 a month, to about 2 a year now.  Plus the generic is only about $4/mth.  It's worth a try.
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I personally have suffered from many headaches, what helped me were some pills made from feverfew, boswellia, Ginger and Magnesium extracts. This has helped me a lot
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