(Closed) Does anybody else get headaches?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
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TheMrsTulip:  Caffeine can help migraines.

 

I get hormonal migraines, both with periods and withdrawal bleeds.  Not stopping my BCPs every 21 days has greatly reduced the frequency of my migraines.

Post # 17
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Blushing bee

I’ve had migraines since I was 6 so I can empathize! No prescriptions help, not even narcotics anymore. My doctor turned me away last time and recommended an mri or seeing a chiropractor.

that said, the chiropractor works AMAZING. He can make a migraine go away in his office.

otc meds wise, taking 2 excedrine makes me super tired too but a trick I learned is 1 excedrine migraine plus 1 dramamine (less drowsy formula) or half an original dramamine usually takes mine away within 45 min. Wish I had discovered this trick before all the money I poured into the hospitals.

Coke seems to help me too, and I rarely drink caffeine as well. What doesn’t make sense is coffee doesn’t help so I don’t really know why coke works.Gatorade has also been shown to help, something with quick hydration.

lastly, a trick has been going around pinterest where you put an ice pack where it hurts and a hot pack on your neck. Doesnt take it away but takes the edge off.

Post # 18
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AB Bride:  I don’t recall saying it couldn’t. 

My initial thought was the OP might have too much caffeine in her diet, causing a spike and subsequent drop in caffeine, causing her headache. No where did she mention the word migraine. Also, caffeine works in conjunction with pain relievers by helping absorb the drugs faster. 

Post # 19
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Miss Coral:  I didn’t read through all the comments, so this might have been mentioned already… try a daily magnesium supplement. It helps tremendously with preventing headaches! 

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Miss Coral:  I have persistnat migraines. I get one about once a week sometimes more so I totally understand not being able to leave just because of the pain. It’s not always doable but for me Caffiene helps my headaches a bit (also Excedrin has caffiene in it which is why that works BTW) but as to non-Excedrin meds, try Naproxen Sodium I find thats helps a lot and is cheaper than Excedrin.

For other homeopathic treatments, humming while taking a wicked hot shower helps me, I know that sounds super bizarre but I mean really whatever helps.

Also, there is a pressure point between your thumb and first finger, its that meaty section, try pressing that as hard as you can. It hurts a lot when you’re pushing it but I think it helps alleviate some of the pain too.

As to prescriptions, which you can get from your PCP usually without consulting a neurologist, Maxalt is far and away the BEST. It dissolves under your tounge and tastes like an Altoid but I swear it works so fast you can feel the drungs pulsing through your veins and the whole headache is gone in 15minutes.

 

I hope this helps!! Feel better!

Post # 22
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I get headaches, but most are related to getting my period and last for days, or I just get a really bad migraine a day or two it’s about to start. I also do get them if I haven’t eaten/drank anything most days.

Excedrin migraine is the best, but I can only take it on a full stomach. I took two once on an empty stomach and got so sick.

Post # 23
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TheMrsTulip:  I just think it would be weird to get caffiene-related headaches only around a period.  To me, the OP’s symptoms don’t indicate her headaches are being caused by lack of caffiene or dependency on it.  You seem to think that just because the caffiene helps, that’s likely the cause.  I was just pointing out that caffiene can help for other reasons, as your post didn’t cover that.

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My mom and I usually start with ONE Excedrin and one Tylenol (less caffeine, same amount of painkiller) and that helps a TON with the jitters/wooziness.

I also definitely swear by my chiropractor. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

Post # 25
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AB Bride:  I went with the most logical cause and effect answer based on what the OP wrote. She gets headaches. Caffeine helps. 

Using your logic, just because she gets headaches around the time of her period doesn’t mean “that’s likely the cause”.  🙂

Post # 26
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Worker bee

I’m a neurology nurse practitioner. You have menstrually related migraine and should use a triptan that works inside the brain to turn off the migraine. For women who get migraine consistently with menses, ask for a long acting triptan (Frova or Amerge) to take AM & PM for the 2 days before you get your period and first 3 days of menses. For most of my patients, this prevents the development of the menstrual migraine altogether.

Also, Excedrin is highly implicated in causing rebound headache, and should be avoided. It may take the edge off of the headache for a while, but it actually worsens irritation in the brain that makes the headache return later. Throw it away!!

Limit caffeine to one small beverage daily. Sleep a regular sleep schedule of 7-8 hours per night. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes, 3x/week. And keep a headache diary to monitor your progress! If these continue or worsen, see a neurologist who specializes in headache for more medication options.

Hope this helps!

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