Editorial Article by Jim Lantern, Norman Oklahoma
Update 2 August 2013…
As I recommended in my previous update at end of June 2013 for others to do, I kept a written record of foods and beverages consumed. I was low on money during July 2013, so my budget was very tight, and so there were several things I could not afford to buy. Almost exactly a year ago, a former neighbor visiting me brought some bottles of VitaminWater. I tried one, liked it, and began trying other flavors. I liked “XXX” the most. I realize now, that’s when I began getting the very unusual headaches of sudden severe focused pain slightly behind and slightly above my right ear, like direction of northwest of ear. I didn’t have any of those headaches during July 2013. I just did some August shopping this Friday August 3. All of the beverages and food I’ve consumed today is beverages and food I consumed during July, except 2 bottles of VitaminWater XXX that I had after getting back from an exhausting bicycle ride. Then about an hour after drinking the second bottle, it was like a hammer hit me in the side of my head behind and above my right ear. Could be a coincidence, but I now have no doubt that is the cause. Perhaps think of it as an energy drink instant hangover. No doubt, one of the unusual ingredients, and perhaps amount of it, is the actual cause.
I know from doing some searches that I’m not the only person who has suspected VitaminWater causes headaches. Even so, no official finding has been done yet.
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Update 29 June 2013…
It’s probably monosodium glutamate or a variation of that ingredient in some foods, which is known to cause severe migraine headaches. A new similar ingredient is probably causing the severe pain slightly above and slightly behind the right ear. Keep a written record of the foods you eat and beverages you drink. Then check the label for ingredients of everything you consumed within the past 24 hours before the pain began. Also keep a record of your activities, as a simple list for date, time, location, and what you did. If not in food, or beverages (including bottled or tap water), then it could be some other product you consume such as drugs. Also, it could be in the air, such as various oxidants. If it is oxidants, then taking anti-oxidants might help.
Avoid monosodium glutamate, a kind of oxidant, which does cause migraine headaches, and might be one of the possible causes of the unusual pain behind and above right ear.
However, I do believe the cause is something that has recently, within the past 2 to 6 years, been introduced into the environment, or into foods, or beverages, maybe water, and possibly something in the air.
I use StatCounter and WordPress Stats to determine city and country location of the visitors to this blog, who are reading the articles I’ve posted about this new and unusual pain problem. The stats include the words used in search engines to find my articles about this. Then I cross reference that to the geographical location of readers. Whatever the cause is, it is not limited to one area, one city, or one country. None of the readers searching for information about this problem have been in the same city. Some have been in the same state. Most have been in the US. A few in Australia and the UK. One in Singapore. Those in the US have been all over the country, not just one area. There have been more in North Carolina than any other state. More than one in California, and Nevada.
So far, the CDC is not interested in determining the cause of this problem.
Update 12 May 2013…
I’ve had more readers of this posting than any other article I’ve posted so far at this WordPress blog. I didn’t expect that to happen. This indicates to me that there is a greater number of people experiencing this same symptom than I previously thought. Also, it is a fairly recent development, rather than it being a symptom suffered from for many years. Apparently something out there is causing this fairly new symptom. I don’t know what the cause is, but I no longer believe it is any of the things I’ve so far suspected. It might be useful if readers here would start posting in Comments their experiences with this symptom and any suspected causes. Or contact me via my public email address firstname.lastname@example.org. See new posting https://timeglassjournal.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/seeking-feedback-from-people-experiencing-pain-behind-and-above-right-ear/ for place to provide feedback. Perhaps something has changed in the environment, or in beverages and food, or perhaps a common medicine, now causing this new symptom side effect.
Originally posted 8 April 2013…
I recently began getting sudden extreme sharp severe pain slightly above and slightly behind my right ear. That’s different from slightly less painful but severe migraine headaches involving pain above right eye and behind right ear. I usually get pain at the back and front of my head, not just the back of my head. So I did a Google Search for “pain above and behind right ear” and found hundreds of other people have recently done the exact same search or used similar key words to find information about the exact same problem. Each of those reporting a different cause diagnosed by their doctors and engaging in different treatment, all of which has failed.
Is it a symptom of the start of the Zombie Apocalypse? Probably not.
I found the most people looking for answers at SteadyHealth.com website…
…I posted a comment there in my name after I joined for free. Then the moderator edited out a link to a source providing answers for causes of that symptom, what the others are looking for, that I included in my posting as I found no answers at SteadyHealth.com. I’m opposed to that kind of stupid censorship. The Terms of Service appears to allow that kind of link. Even so, I reread the Terms of Service, and concluded the moderators there engage in excessive unreasonable censorship. Here is the link for where I found some useful information…
…And so in my case it probably is a new variation of a migraine headache. I’ve suffered from migraine headaches at least as far back as age 14 in 1970.
Applying a hot washcloth with pressure to the area slightly reduces that pain for me.
By the way, Extra Strength Excedrin and Excedrin Migraine are same formula. They got in trouble with FDA when Excedrin Migraine came out for a higher price than normal Extra Strength Excedrin [and there is no normal strength Excedrin] and implied it is a different formula. It’s the same ingredients of Acetaminophen, Aspirin, Caffeine. The Aspirin improves the blood flow and makes the delivery of the Acetaminophen more effective, as the Caffeine gives a boost of energy to make up for the loss of energy to pain. Pain uses up energy. Sometimes the Caffeine in beverages can reduce my headaches. Goody’s Headache Powders now has the same “Extra Strength” formula but with more Aspirin than is in Excedrin.
I have to be careful to not take too much Aspirin because of a history of bleeding stomach and esophagus ulcers. I also sometimes get “hypoglycemic headaches” with hypoglycemia low blood glucose, opposite of diabetic, which feel like migraine headaches and require different treatment such as a high protein meal like white meat turkey.
I also get ocular migraines, which is not pain but visual distortions, like flashes of lightning burned into field of vision and floating gashes in field of vision. Those usually happen just before a migraine headache hits, and in my case happens when my hemoglobin count is low, being in need of more iron for iron deficiency anemia, and from internal bleeding.
Google Search Images for “Map of Metabolism” to see the the diagram, like a wiring diagram, to see how it is all connected. If you were in electronics repair like I was in the past, then you might use a wiring diagram to trace the cause of a problem and then fix it. The same is true with this. The Map of Metabolism shows how complicated life is, how life actually functions, and how it is possible for life to exist.
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