Posted by: Rachel | 2019/12/07


Chronic daily head pain for the last 9 years.

Hello, my name is Rachel and I am writing in hopes that someone may be able to help me. I am 49 years old and I live in Georgia. My life took a turn for the worst back in 2010. Right before I was to turn 40 in April 2010, I went to have lunch during my lunch break, and I experienced a very strange sensation inside my head. I felt a powerful zapping in my head, a very strong feeling like I was struck by lightning or a strong current going through the top and across my head. It’s very hard to describe it but the very next thing I felt like I was going to pass out, a dreadful feeling of not being well and weakness throughout my body. I managed to go back to work but I asked my manager to leave so I can go to the doctor. I just knew something was wrong with me. I managed to get to a Kaiser clinic and the Doctor sent me straight to the ER with an ambulance thinking I might have had a stroke or an aneurysm. I had a CAT scan, blood tests and all the investigative tests required in the ER that day however, nothing was detected. I was sent home and told to follow up with my doctor. The very same night I felt horrible pain at the top of my head where I felt the shock and a burning sensation like my head was on fire. I felt like I was paralyzed on the right side of my face even thou it didn’t look like I was. No drooping or eyelid changes. I felt like I was being strongly electrocuted from the top of my head to the front and back of my body. I called it “heat waves” kind of like in cartoons as the characters get zapped but very frightening, very hot like my body was on fire from the inside. The head pain was extremely unbearable and there was not much I could do. I felt like my nerves in the head were on fire. It was horrible. I started to go to different doctors, neurologists, specialists, chiropractors and holistic healers. I had multiple MRI’s with and without contrast and they were all normal, nothing was detected. Most recently this year I had a MRV imaging and it was normal.Every test I did was normal and I felt hopeless. I tried a long list of medications and cocktails of different mixed medications prescribed by the doctors. I tried nerve blocks, I tried botox shots in my head, I tried hyperbaric oxygen treatments,acupuncture and nothing helped. My Head pain got worse and worse over the last 9 years since this horrible episode happened to me. I can't function and I can't work. Please help with any suggestions I am willing to try anything. Thank you.

Expert's Reply


Headache expert
- 2019/12/11

Dear Rachel,

I only just got your message. It is most important for you to contact me as soon as possible, as I may well be able to help you.

My email address is and my mobile number is +27 825555763 (please bear in mind we are 7 hours later than Georgia). You can call any time up to 8pm our time.

Dr Elliot Shevel

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