Post # 1
Every now and again (the last time was a year ago) I get a massive headache. It waxes and wanes for about 5 days, getting worse with movement and concentration. It seems to affect my thinking too – listening to someone speak over background noise is very difficult and I worry about tripping when I walk.
Somehow or other I think it’s stress related. This week I have handed in my resignation for the job I’ve been in for six years, and told my colleagues that I’m leaving. This afternoon I reread some emails about my OH’s leukaemia treatment and that suddenly made my headache MUCH worse!
So, how do you switch off and relax? Over the last couple of days I have tried…
– a relaxing bath
– gentle walk in the countryside
– reading some thing mindless
– heat pack on neck (which holds the tension)
All worked a bit, but the underlining headache is still there 🙁
I would rather not still have a headache for three more days. What do you suggest?
Post # 3
If it’s something you can afford/is covered by insurance, I would SO highly recommend chiropractic. It has improved my bad headaches and migraines by 500%.
Post # 4
@just_me: To me, this sounds like a migraine or possibly a tension headache. If you have insurance, I would highly suggest going to the doctor. Having a headache for five days is not normal by any circumstance. I have a prescription medicine I take when I start to feel a twinge of a headache coming on. It has helped tremendously.
If you don’t want to go to the doctor or cannot afford to do so, try caffeine. It sounds weird, but it helps open the blood vessels in your brain which can help relieve some of the pain.
Post # 5
Am in the UK so insurance/money is not an issue. I saw the dr about it two years ago and he suggested checking that it wasn’t linked to BC pills (it isn’t). Beyond that, he didn’t seem too bothered (especially as it happens sooooo infrequently).
I take paracetamol and/or ibuprofen usually. Last year I got more desperate and tried a codine based over the counter medicine, but that was not good – it made me woozy and a bit confused! And did nothing for the headache.
Post # 6
@arsing89: Will try some caffeine 🙂 thanks
Post # 7
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@just_me: Sounds like a migraine to me. The only thing that works for me is to get my doctor to prescribe Imitrex or another migraine headache prescription. I also agree that a massage or chiro visit may help as well but I don’t want people to touch me when I am having a migraine.
Do they sell Goody’s powders or B.C. powders over there? They are powdered aspirins that work pretty well on my non-migraine headaches. You can get them with added caffeine and NSAIDs as well.
Also, dehydration is another major cause of headaches. Make sure you are drinking the recommended amount of water every day. I notice a difference in my non-migraine headaches when I stay hydrated.
Post # 8
@beachbride1216: Thanks for your reply. Am definitely staying hydrated. Will investigate the powders.
Have previously refered to them as migraines and tension headaches – not sure what they really are but not nice. Makes work very difficult.
Post # 9
I think you need a cold pack for your head and neck, not heat. I would also try to go for a small walk. fresh air does wonders.
It isn’t a miracle worker, but nights that I have a little bit of anxiety I use lavendar scented lotion and it helps just relax me a little bit.
Post # 10
@beachbride1216: Doesn’t look like bc powders or goody’s powders are available here 🙁
Maybe I should try aspirin instead of my current painkillers…