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Headaches with shoulder pain

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I had a crazy week last week, had some sugar - thereby breaking my streak emoticon
and more coffee, wheat than I had planned, but definitely anxious to get back in the groove!

Not only was it a crazy schedule, it was stressful at times, and I don't physically respond well to stress (yet). On top of that, I have been struggling with headaches, shoulder, neck and back pain, constipation and minor annoyances such as a twitch in my eye that doesn't want to go away - for over 2 weeks now.

This headache I have is different than a migraine, although it makes me nauseous sometimes. It is always on the right side, and hits a spot in the top of my shoulder, along my neck, at the base of my skull and above my right eye. (Coat hanger headache)

Here is a good picture of it

I have been working on patiently trying to heal my body by eating real food, cutting out the sugar, caffeine and trying to cut out wheat as much as possible. As well as getting lots of sleep, drinking lots of water, taking vitamins and supplements etc.

I knew that it would be a slow process, but I didn't expect my body to respond so badly to the changes. And even though I hit a few bumps and had a few treats, overall, I am still eating WAY healthier than I was before. I am truly enjoying large salads every day. I am in the habit of going to raw nuts and seeds for snacks instead of chocolate, coffee, muffins etc.

So the headaches, aches etc. are a bit of a bump in the road. I went off all the supplements for a week, to see if one of them was the cause, but no change. Because I was in seminars etc all week, I wasn't typing at my computer which I thought might be a cause, I wasn't in my usual office environment, I wasn't taking the bus or carrying a shoulder bag around for a whole week, and there was no change whatsoever in the headaches/shoulder pain. And of course I had been off sugar and drastically reduced caffeine and wheat for 4-5 weeks already.

I have been going to massage therapy as well as a chiropracter at least twice a week and I started back with Leslie Sansone videos (her walking videos aren't too strenuous or stressful and they get the blood circulating through every muscle group which walking on the treadmill doesn't do.)

I have decided to go back to taking the vitamins and supplements (magnesium, fish oil, L-glutamine) because I don't think there is a correlation there and I think there is a benefit to keep taking them.

I will continue to eat as clean as possible, meaning no sugar, wheat, caffeine and include lots of vegetables, protein, nuts and seeds (and need to include some fruit!) and hopefully figure out the source of these headaches and be able to get rid of them for good!
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    Hope you feel better.
    2007 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    Yikes, that does not sound fun. Good luck!
    2007 days ago
    Good for you for listening to your body. I think you may be interested in my latest blog on digestion issues. Tip: Take 1 tsp with every meal for 2 weeks of omega 2 fish oil. ( that will help with the constipation while your digestion adjusts)

    also check out this blog:
    2007 days ago
    I get the same kind of headaches. My have improved since I started exercising regularly. And stretching has helped me a LOT! So if you are not already I would start stretching especially after workouts!
    2007 days ago
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