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Headaches during Radiation

hellomykitty
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Joined: Mar 2010

I am on my 13th day of radiation therapy for breast cancer. I have been having severe headaches during the last two weeks, and this morning woke up with one. I was not stressed-out and slept well. I hardly ever have had headaches in my entire life, so I believe this must be associated. It seems that whenever I ask the nurse or doctor, their constant reply is, "It has nothing to do with the radiation", or, "It is too soon for you to start having any side effects." I personally think it is too much of a coincidence to not be related.
Thanks for any feedback.

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Angie2U
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I am not a doctor, but, I don't think that headaches are related to rads, unless you might be having them done on your head. It could be nerves, stress, sinus's, change in weather or many other things. If they continue, you might ask your oncologist for a brain scan, just to check things out. Good luck!

calvertcrafts
Posts: 93
Joined: Oct 2009

I too had headaches during radiation and they also told me it wasn't from the rads. I told them that I was not a person prone to headaches, therefore it must be from rads and I needed something to control them. After being nice but firm the doc gave me a prescription for something stronger than tylenol.

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jnl
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I've never heard of rads giving you a headache either. Headaches can be from so many other things. Try taking something perhaps stronger than aspirin. Or, it could be just your nerves. Hope they go away.

Hugs, Leeza

Tinkerwoman1
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Joined: Feb 2013

Don't think my headaches are from nerves though. I understand while have treatment but it's been a week since my last treatment and the headaches are getting worse. Morning and night whereas they were only at night at the same time each night.

Tinkerwoman1
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I too began having headaches about 1/2 way into the 33 treatmnts. Mentioned this to the doctor and technicians and was told they weren't caused by the treatment yet I'm reading others having the same symptoms. Now that treatment is over I continue to have headaches at the same time every day? Was only having them at night but now wake up with a headache. I've been taking 1/2 of the hydrocodone from the surgery but DO NOT want to rely on them. Aspirin and or Aleve do nothng to relieve the headache. Radiation oncologist was willing to give me a brain scan but I said no. Now now so sure. May ask the medical oncologist for one when I see him mid March...hopefully the headaches will subside before then and there won't be a need for the scan. But they keep getting worse so ... I sure don't want to be a hypocondriac over this.

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LC814
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Joined: Aug 2012

Your not alone, I've been fighting migraines since I finished my 34 rads.  I had hardly any side effects from rads but fatigue and a slight headache during treatment. Half way through and The headaches began getting worse, and alieve and tylenol didnt do anything.  the Radiation Oncologist said it wasnt related, and just probably due to the change in weather after hurricane sandy.

I'm finished with Rads now, but still suffering from migraines..... I go back to my Medical Oncologist in April, and hopefully she will be able to find the solution for these Migraines

((Huggs))

Liz

Tinkerwoman1
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Joined: Feb 2013

Primary prescribed Bupap for the "tension headaches"...would have thought I'd have had them when first diagnosed wth breast cancer. Just seems odd they came on during the radiation treatment. Hydrcodone Acetomiophen is the only thing that eliminates the the pain. Bupap only helps for 2 hours and I'm not supposed to take them ever 4 hours so a waste. Not happy about depending on the hydrocodone but until I speak with the oncologist that's what I'll take. Can't function with my head pounding constantly. What I found odd wat the headaches would begin almost exactly 12 hours after a treatment. Honestly, the headaches have been the worse result of the cancer diagnosis, surgery, recovery and radiation treatment. Didn't have the skin issues some patients reported. 

Tinkerwoman1
Posts: 13
Joined: Feb 2013

Primary prescribed Bupap for the "tension headaches"...would have thought I'd have had them when first diagnosed wth breast cancer. Just seems odd they came on during the radiation treatment. Hydrcodone Acetomiophen is the only thing that eliminates the the pain. Bupap only helps for 2 hours and I'm not supposed to take them ever 4 hours so a waste. Not happy about depending on the hydrocodone but until I speak with the oncologist that's what I'll take. Can't function with my head pounding constantly. What I found odd wat the headaches would begin almost exactly 12 hours after a treatment. Honestly, the headaches have been the worse result of the cancer diagnosis, surgery, recovery and radiation treatment. Didn't have the skin issues some patients reported. 

disneyfan2008
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Joined: Oct 2010

sorry to hear of your headaches. I must say I was very fortunate I did not get any side effects at all from radiation. (8wks)

I did not burn, chap, fatigue etc. I am one of the thankful lucky ones..

 

I am sure you will get some good advice with this posting..

 

Denise

disneyfan2008
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Joined: Oct 2010

sorry to hear of your headaches. I must say I was very fortunate I did not get any side effects at all from radiation. (8wks)

I did not burn, chap, fatigue etc. I am one of the thankful lucky ones..

 

I am sure you will get some good advice with this posting..

 

Denise

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