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 haveWmP.S. I'm already looking for a different job.
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
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
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
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
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
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.CaatFighting off a mild one tonight, hoping it doesn't turn into a worse one.
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
L-Tryptophan is good but if you can give a little time improving your sleep and sleep quality you can experience a better life and relief form headache and related health issues.
Watch out for the caffeine in Excedrin Migraine and some other over the counter migraine relief medicine. Too much caffeine will cause rebound headaches. I found that out the hard way a few years ago after I started getting migraines in my early 50s. I started getting some bad ones, so to keep them away I started taking Excedrin Migraine and started popping them a lot. After a while I was content to have daily headaches as long as the bad migraines stayed away. This went on for a couple of years. Little did I know I was falling into depression since I was constantly hurting from the pain--I'd wake up with a headache and go to bed with a headache, but as long as the bad migraines stayed away, I convinced myself I was better off. I found out later I was overdosing on caffeine, since I was also drinking a lot of coffee and soft drinks, and caffeine was in the Excedrin, as well as the pills my doctor prescribed. I was probably taking a dozen pills a day. Finally after a few years the bad migraines started coming and wouldn't stop so I had to go to my doctor. Fortunately, he wasn't available, so I saw his PA, who saw what I was doing, got me off of all my caffeine related meds, did a steroid treatment for a week to clean out my system, put me on Topamax daily, and Imitrex when I had a bad headache, and within a few weeks everything cleared up nicely. I still take my Topamax daily, and if I feel a headache, take Tylenol, and if it continues take an Imitrex, which knocks it out. I keep a log of my meds, and I average about one Imitex a week. Fortunately, I'm averaging now about 1 bad migraine a year--knock on wood. Bottom line is rebound headaches caused by caffeine in medicine and other substances can be a real big problem, so watch out for it.Best,Guy
I drink a Plexus Slim each day which balances out my system & helps me be healthier all the way around. Helps many with migraines & several other health issues.