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A 35-year-old member asked:

what might cause my pain at the base of skull?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, eye strain, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, eye strain, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What can I do tokeep from making my pain worse?

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Dr. K. Olson
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Psychiatry 39 years experience
Pain worsening: It truly depends on the cause. Treating the underlying ailment of course is the shortest course. Not overdoing it can help with many muscular or degenerative arthritis - stretching, modest exercise objectives in a little slower pace. Sometime medicines themselves can worsen pain - monitor the chronology of its introduction to detect this (antidepressants, histamine blockers, stimulants, opiates).
A 21-year-old member asked:

Friends and family tell me to ignore my pain and get on with my life. They act as if i'm making it up. Is there anything I can do to make things easier on all of us?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
This is rough: There are whole practices and support groups devoted to chronic pain. It's wrong that other people are unsympathetic when pain interferes with your doing the things you want to do, but it is a fact of life. You've had the initiative to contact healthtap -- now find a good pain-management specialty group and also a community support group. Good luck.
A 34-year-old member asked:

If I broke my pain contract with my doctor, what should I do next?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Communicate: Speak with your doctor. This is really not a "legally" binding contract and is for your benefit. It is a matter of trust and responsibility. We are human and it may be very helpful for you to explain what happened.
Dr. Paul Reynolds
Pain Management 35 years experience
The doctor patient relationship is all about communication. Being honest and open is the best step.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How to find a doctor that will manage my pain affordably?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
Pain doctor: The question you have to answer should not be based on price - it should be a choice between quality care or affordable care. Top quality comes at a price. Affordable care most often lacks quality.
A 47-year-old female asked:

Im a prisoner to my pain i want to recover my life not spend my life in recovery and stop complaining. How?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Go see your doctor: 1st go see your family doctor for a complete evaluation. Tell her/him what's going on, where you hurt, when it started, what makes it worse/better, what you've tried etc. Depending upon your answers, s/he may have several options available to you. Or s/he may refer you to a pain specialist. But rather than be controlled by your pain, go see your family doc & take control of your life. Best wishes!

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