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Author: chicagocubs Two stars, 250 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 274  
Subject: daily stress headaches Date: 2/8/2006 10:15 PM
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Hi,

I saw the board and could not help but see if anyone has advice for me. I am under a lot of stress at work and have been getting headaches almost daily for about 6 months now.

I have a family history of migranes, but would rarely get them. Now I have been getting headaches daily around noon that last until I go to bed at night. I've been trying to relax more at night, but this is not helping. I guess the problem is that Excedrin was the only think that would work for my headaches before and now it only works sometimes (not even most of the time).

Does anyone have any advice for me? I think I have overused the Excedrin to the point that it is no longer working for me.

I do have a doctor appt on Saturday and intend to bring this up. I just do know what to do to make them stop.

thanks for any suggestions you might have

Wm
P.S. I'm already looking for a different job.
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Author: bigcaat Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 263 of 274
Subject: Re: daily stress headaches Date: 2/9/2006 12:51 AM
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Hi Cub.

Sorry about your HA. Where are they centered? In your neck? At the base of your skull? Between your eyes?

I agree with you that you probably have become immune to the Excedrin. If its all about stress you might talk to your doctor about taking L-Tryptophan (or 5-HTP, a stronger tryptophan-type thing, but easier to get,) Kava, or St. Johns Wort (can conflict with other meds, such as BC pills.)

Maybe you could also get into a meditation routine, just for 10 minutes or so, about a half hour before your headaches usually start.

Just a thought. Hope it helps.

Caat

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Author: chicagocubs Two stars, 250 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 264 of 274
Subject: Re: daily stress headaches Date: 2/9/2006 7:59 AM
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Thanks for the reply Caat.

All my headaches are centered in my eyes. (I have had my eyes checked and it is not due to my vision).

Thanks for the reccomendations. I'll bring this up with my doctor this weekend and look into the herbal ones as well.

Thanks again.

Wm

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Author: steinbergm Two stars, 250 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 265 of 274
Subject: Re: daily stress headaches Date: 2/9/2006 2:58 PM
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Chicago,

Glad you're seeing a doctor about this. What did you replace the Exedrin with? I wonder if you could be giving yourself 'rebound headaches' from the medications. I believe acetaminophren (in both Tylenol and Exedrin) can CAUSE headaches after getting accustomed to taking it too frequently.

Hope the doctor has some helpful advice. Let us know.

m

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Author: nikita02445 Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 267 of 274
Subject: Re: daily stress headaches Date: 2/19/2006 8:55 PM
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Since they are around your eyes, they may be sinus headaches. I had pain between my eyes and under my eyebrows every day which got worse for months. Just figured it was a new version of my ever changing migraines. I didn't have any congestion or runny nose or anything like that, but it occurred to me at some point that maybe it was sinus pain (I guess because I know that there are sinus cavities under as well as over your eyebrows). I brought this up at my next neurologist appt. and he siad to try some decongestants which I did - just pseudophed, and in a couple days, months of pain was gone. My nose started running and some blockage that I didn't even know was there broke up.

But you've seen your doctor by now, maybe you'll come back and let us now what's happening.

nikita

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Author: chicagocubs Two stars, 250 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 268 of 274
Subject: Re: daily stress headaches Date: 2/19/2006 10:56 PM
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Hi,

Thanks for the info about the sinus headaches. I saw my doctor a week ago and he gave me a trial of a nasal spray because he said my sinuses looked inflamed. It hasn't really helped, but it is for 20 days so maybe that will start helping.

He is an ok doctor, but on this he doesn't seem to pay much attention. He suggested I try the spray and if that doesn't work use 3-6 advil. I flat out told him that I thought that was a bad idea since taking 2 excedrin every 4 hours made it stop working after 4 months.

A freind told me about a clinic in Chicago that specializes in headaches, the Diamond clinic, but it is not covered under my health plan. I think my first step if they persist will be to find a doctor that deals with headaches in my plan. If that doesn't work, I'll see how much the clinic in Chicago will cost me.


Wm

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Author: bigcaat Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 269 of 274
Subject: Re: daily stress headaches Date: 2/19/2006 11:18 PM
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I think my first step if they persist will be to find a doctor that deals with headaches in my plan. If that doesn't work, I'll see how much the clinic in Chicago will cost me.

I think that's a good plan. There are doctors that specialize in headaches, and if that doesn't work, the cost would most-likely be worth it if they can get rid of them.

Caat
Fighting off a mild one tonight, hoping it doesn't turn into a worse one.

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Author: nikita02445 Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 270 of 274
Subject: Re: daily stress headaches Date: 2/23/2006 3:38 PM
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If it flonase or rhinocort or oneof the cortisone type things they take several weeks to work and you need to keep using them. I have been using rhinocort probably a year - since that event. I also took pseudo phed and Ibuprefen (advil) to help break up any congestion. I asked the allergist what was the best for sinus headaches and she did say Ibuprofen. I usually take 600 (3 advils) at a time). It can be every day for a month, but then go away for a few months. And I don't have any allergies. I tested negative for everything. But you might want to see an allergist also.
There are lot's of headache specialists - look under neurologists. That's who I see.
Good luck!
nikita

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