I will accept and appreciate any advice, suggestions, etc. on how to deal with it, get rid of it or lessen it. thank you.
8 Jul 2012
I have suffered from migraines for a very long time.Years ago I had a complex migraine with stroke like symptoms. Very scarey time. After suffering and being drugged on medication I seeked out Dr. Buccholtz affilated with John Hopkins in Md. He specializes in headaches. He told me all the pain medications had me rebounding and the only thing they did right was to put me on a prophylatic medication. They had started me on Dilitizem and had me go cold turkey on all the narcotics. After a terrible 2 weeks withdrawl I started to improve. Though I still take the Dilitizem daily my headaches have improved. He also wrote a book called Headaches 1-2-3. Diet changes are also very important. He did save me and I still see him twice a year to discuss how I am feeling. Sometimes something just triggers a horrible migraine. Sometimes it is just trying a new med for some of my other issues. Though I usually call the doctor to check it is not a a drug that can cause severe headaches.
But when I have had these horrible heaches I also do accupuncture. This can help a lot. I had a medication make my headaches so bad I had to wear sunglasses in door for almost a week. After the first accupuncture appt. I could at lease keep my eyes open. It is worth the try if nothing is helping. I was very fortunate my insurance covered accupunture. Hope you feel better and let me know.
7 Jul 2012
The best way to get rid of a headache is to determine the cause. Seeing your doc would be a good idea. Be ready to list all your meds including otc's, what you've tried for the headache and to describe the headache,and other symptoms when you have the headache. Subs can cause headaches btw.
7 Jul 2012
Hi A69 - The only reason I am asking for clarity on your question is because for a long time I was referring to my head pain as "headaches" when that wasn't what they really were. I actually had problems with my neck and the pain was running up the back of my head into the front and sometimes both sides of my head. My neurosurgeon and orthopedic surgeon told me to learn to distinguish which type of pain it was so I could take the appropriate medication for it. Couldn't figure out, for instance, why tylenol or aleve wasn't taking care of the "headache". After my first cervical spine surgery... I actually didn't have any more head pain. It is starting back up again on the right side of my head but coming up from the base of my head and around. I have nerve issues too and typing on a keyboard for too long aggravates the issue and makes the head pain worse. Pinched nerves in the neck can cause what appears to be a headache.
I also have sinus issues and have had 2 sinus surgeries as well. A checkup from the neck up may be in order. Sinus infections can make your head hurt and your teeth hurt, for instance. Or, make your eyeballs feel like they are going to pop right out of your head! I get awful muscle spasms in my neck that just about take my breathe away and also cause head pain when that happens. I do have further disc herniations in my neck from a failed cervical spine surgery. I am throwing things out there for you because head pain can be caused by lots of things from the neck up. Could be dental, could be allergies, could be nerve and could be stress related. What does yours feel like???
7 Jul 2012
Uh oh, you posted this as a direct answer which means we can only answer one time unless we just make a comment. Just a hint, try asking questions as a converstion instead of a direct answer. I know you want a direct answer of course you do, but with headaches, there isn't always a direct answer to the question. My hubby has had a headache since 1994! Everyday 24/7. He has been to Mayo Clinic about it & they are still guessing. He had a brain tumor in his pituatary gland & that was removed, & had an angiogram of his brain also. They only thing they came up with is they 'think' it is what is termed a cluster headache. Now I believe they are wrong, but either way it isn't helping his headache at all.
The 3D CT scan of his pituatary tumour didn't show that it was involving his optic nerve, & even a specialist that examined him said he didn't have a problem with that nerve, but when they finally operated, the tumour had grown around the optic nerve & into the bone. OUCH! Afterwards, he didn't have a headache for 2 whole days. Whoopee! That was about 10 years ago, & he still has his evryday headache. Some days are worse than others where he just wants to bury his head in a pillow or beat it against a wall, but it's always there. I doubt you have tried all avenues of expertise have you? Have you had an MRI of the head & brain? the neck? or an angiogram? An angiogram is the study of how the blood flow in your brain is. They found out in my husbands head that the watershed prtion of his brain is missing. Was never developed or something, but probably has something to do with the headaches. We don't think we will ever find out. Since he now has a pace maker, no more MRI's. So get yourself to a neruologist & insist they do some of these tests!I had migraine headaches for 35 years just like my husbands headaches. 24/7, 6 weeks at a time. I just had happened to have one at my rheumatologists appointment. He saw I was in some kind of agony as soon a he came into the examine room. Asked me what was wrong, said I had a migraine, & he had me wait a minute. This was in 1992, & he came back with an Immitrex shot. Now I have heard they no longer make the shots, but haven't reseached it yet. Anyway he gave me the shot, shut off the lights & had me lay down for 15 minutes. The headache I had was GONE! He gave me a script for the Immitrex shots to take at home. With the shotss the idea was each time you used it the headaches would get further apart, & they did to the point I quit getting them. Must have lost money on the deal so they quit making the shots so I hear. It would be worth trying. At this point anything is worth trying, before you get heart problems or something else preventing this tratment. You can't have a heart problem & use immitrex. You hae got to get to the bottom of what is cusing this & then get treatment. Wish something had worked for my husband before his heart gave out. Now he has to just suffer every stinking day of his life. Really sucks big time, so I hope you take this advice & get to a neruologist ASAP! Be your own advocate, & insist on some of these tests. Don't be afraid of a doctor. They put their pants on the same way as you & me, one leg at a time. You are hiring them not the other way arond. So get busy & find you a good doc. Teaching hospitals are usually the best. Good luck & I hope you get to feeling better soon...
7 Jul 2012
I don't see that you have tried much of anything when you state that you have tried "subutex, xanex, aleeve, advil, magnesium, caffine, vitamins,".
1) You should be tried on a variety of daily preventative migraine medication to prevent migraines. If one doesn't work, they should try you on another one. Your doctors should have told you that taking any pain medication, even over the counter drugs at least 3 times a week or more, just causes rebound headaches which perpetuate the headaches.
2) You should see a neurologist or a headache specialist to diagnose your pain. The doctor may have you get a CT scan or MRI, but those are only used to rule out more serious illnesses.
3) You may be helped by nerve block injections or trigger point injections which particularly work well for migraines caused by tightness in the neck or shoulders which have both helped me a lot. Also P.T. exercises also help my migraines.
4) Sinusitus could be the cause of migraines, but then you would need an antibiotic to cure it. If your migraines are severe, which you don't indicate if they are, the migraines are NOT from sinus problems. I was led to believe that was the source of my migraines, only to find out later from the second ENT doctor, a pulmonologist and 2 different neurologists that the sinuses couldn't possibly be responsible for severe migraines. (I had to go to the ER about once a month when I got very nauseated or was vomiting.)
5) After you have tried a variety of daily preventative migraine medication to prevent migraines without success and have headaches at least 15 days a month, you would qualify for Botox which has also helped a lot.
6) There are other treatments as well.
Let me know if any of this fits you. You have to make the effort to find other medications and treatments which may mean finding other doctors. I wish you the best. It's no life to live with all that pain.
7 Jul 2012
Hello A69. I could go into detail and offer statistics/details which I've been known to do regarding the various drug families how they interact etc. But headaches? Coffee. A tried and proven and trusted remedy to ease not only headaches but migraines as well. More often than not, I have had more than one person e-mailing on the benefits of caffeine. Best of wishes to you, pledge
7 Jul 2012
It seems you are on buprenorphine, that's a pretty good pain reliever. So the headache you have isn't garden variety. I used to get oxycodone headaches, I used aspirin. If I was having terrible neck muscle spasms, I took a muscle relaxer and aspirin. If I had a headache where my teeth hurt and it felt like my face was falling off, since I have allergies, I would suspect a sinus blockage was causing the pain and I would take Sudafed or some other decongestant and aspirin. If it felt like someone was stabbing my left eye and twisting the knife, I know that is a migraine coming on. If I was under a lot of stress, I would take a benzo and some aspirin
Trying to think of more reason for headaches ... I think BC powders are good for headaches.
You don't want to take anything else being on subs as I actually love them for control of chronic pain, but I just moved and had to change docs and can't find one to start me back on them. But my pm doc has me on morphine right now and I still get headaches, so I know what you are going through. Try the things I've suggested, but ask your doc for a treatment your sub doc wouldn't disagree with and try one solution at a time. Hopefully you'll find something that gives you some relief.
Fingers are crossed for you.
Peace and try to get some sleep, as sometimes that, lack of sleep or not eating on time and getting a hunger headache is easy to fix with sleep or food and aspirin.
7 Jul 2012
Bless your heart, nothing quite like a headache to ruin the day, huh? You didn't say what kind of headache you suffer from and that makes a lot of difference in how you might take care of it. Also, what have you already taken/done for the pain. If you could add a bit more detail it would really help in answering.
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