Q. I am under the care of my doctor for headaches. After reading about tension-type headaches, I feel like these are what I have been having. I have mild-to-moderate headaches for two weeks at a time. No over-the-counter (OTC) medicine helps. My doctor gave me a sample of migraine medications, but they didn’t help. I don’t know what to do from here or how to get treatment. Exactly what should I tell my doctor so that he can help me? Do you have any advice to help prevent the headaches? I work full time and I’m a wife and mother to two kids. I can’t continue having these headaches.

Q. My 23-year-old son has been suffering from electric shocks and other symptoms of occipital neuralgia. His life has been a living hell as his doctor only told him that he must deal with his “anxiety.” Finally his dentist referred him to a neurologist who diagnosed him with this condition. Is there anything I should be aware of at this point? I do not want him to go on suffering as he has already been sick for eleven months.

Q: My husband was in a car accident five years ago and suffered a brain injury and many broken bones. He now suffers with constant chronic headaches which are gradually worsening over time. The doctors said all his injuries have healed and CT and MRI scans showed “nothing significant to cause headache.” All kinds of therapies and pain medications have been tried, which either did nothing or made his condition worse. The doctors don’t know why he has a terrible headache all the time. It seems to me that there should be some kind of testing procedures available that would locate the cause of the headache. And why don’t the pain medications ease his pain?

Q. I have been suffering from numbness of the scalp, forehead and around my eye and nose. The numbness is predominantly right-sided and more pronounced when I wear my glasses and wipe my head with a towel. These symptoms have been intermittent for years. They last for weeks and can go into remission for weeks at a time. I have been diagnosed with migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, cranial syndrome, cervicalgia and occipital neuralgia. The symptoms still persist despite trials of a number of medications.