What's best for chronic headaches?
- 3 Aug 2012 by Luna moth
- 14 August 2012
- headache, chronic, medication
Im 16 and Ive had headaches almost everyday of my life since I was in 3rd grade. I've literally tried every medication under the sun; preventatives and the kind you take when needed. No help. I'm down to 2 more choices such as a type of steroid and a sleeping med to put me i the deepest sleep for a week to break my headaches cycle. I'm losing hope. I've had ct scans and MRIs done and found nothing. I take 3 fiorinal when I have a headache which is 5 days a week and that usually helps but isn't the best medicine to take so much so often. My neurologist has now told me to possibly try those last 2 methods or just get a massage ever 3 months to calm the cycle down.
Right now I take levothyroxyn (4-5 months so far) and generic celexa (3weeks so far) I've always had depression and anxiety and I was just diagnosed with a low thyroid a few months ago.
I get migraines and tension headaches that make me fairly sick which is hard to keep moving on but... warriors don't cry right? Just never give up I've found. Anything will help.
Looking for more hope.
There are other remedies for your headaches. Ask for the ones below.
!) Have you tried Botox injections which have helped me and many others with chronic headaches. They are recommended to those that have headaches at least 15 days a month and have tried other preventative medications without relief.
2) Have you tried nerve block and trigger point injections which helped me a lot?
3) Have you tried the Butrans patch which I don't have any side effects from, and it has kept me out of the ER and decreased the number of severe migraines?
4) Have you tried an herbal daily migraine medication called Petadolex? I couldn't stand any of the other daily preventative medications, but that one helped me and hasn't given me the slightest side effect. Studies show that it reduces migraines by 62% or 72%.
(That seems like an awful lot of help for one person, but I had extreme 24/7 migraines caused by a stroke which are very difficult to treat due to the cause. I may have them for the rest of my life, I'm told. So you are likely to only need one of the choices above.)
Try the ones above before taking steroids which are not great for your body, unless the time will be very short term.
If your current neurologist does not agree to these, change to another neurologist. The fact that your doctor hasn't come up with any of these choices above, it makes me wonder if your current neurologist is any good at all.
And as you know, taking Fiornel will cause rebound headaches. Not a good choice at all as far as that neurologist is concerned.
Migraines can destroy your life. Get the help that you need. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Hello. I use coffee. Lots of it. Its been years since I've had a migraine, or a headache. Its medically proven (coffee) too if not rid a person of headaches/migraines, certainly eases up the pain. Regards, pledge
Hello Luna - If you have been diagnosed at your age (16) with low thyroid and they are giving you synthetic thyroid supplements that actually could be part of your problem. You already have lots happening as a young, growing and vital teenager. You don't need more garbage in your system... you need help like YESTERDAY! If you don't mind this suggestion, I highly recommend you get this book, "THYROID POWER... 10 STEPS TO BETTER HEALTH" by Dr. Shames (MD) and is wife, Karalee Shames, RN, PhD. These people have dedicated their lives to helping people who present with symptoms like depression, chronic fatigue, sudden weight gain or sudden weight loss, irritability and so on and so forth but the bottom line is... they discovered that many of their patients had hypothyroidism or low thyroid and other adrenal issues. Once those issues were under control...
the other symptoms disappeared. It is scary today that so many doctors with their specialties want to prescribe and over-prescribe to patients without considering "why" they are sick to begin with. Lots of the wrong meds will only mask the underlying illness and can actually make the person feel better for a while... but without the right diagnosis and proper treatment... the symptoms always come back and with a vengeance. I am not saying all people but I would venture to say that a good percentage of people who suffer from depression also are low thyroid. The thyroid and the adrenal glands really run the "machine" and if they aren't functioning right... nothing else does either. The book I am suggesting is so easy to read and isn't boring... I PROMISE!!! You want to get to the bottom of why you don't feel well, right??? Become proactive in your care and get this book or download it to your ipad or whatever it is that you chose. You will have so many new questions to ask the doctor that you might just have a chance at getting better quicker than dragging this thing out. Thyroid medication will be for life but it is YOUR LIFE, right??? I just hate seeing young people on all these medications without considering what else might be going on. If the thyroid isn't functioning right, the rest of you is going to rebel. That is the best way I can put it and you are already demonstrating by your symptoms that your thyroid is not functioning properly.
I wish you well and a sense of calm, peace and tranquility in your life. There is much to see, live and learn and I hope you enjoy this journey through life. I hope you will keep posting and letting us know how you are doing. Maybe we can help you along the way...
I am rather surprised by the treatments your doctor has tried (and not tried). I suffered daily headaches, tension and migraine, from the age of 13 to 44. Until I got Fibromyalgia, I did finally find a doctor who helped me get them under control I went from 3-4 ER visits a month to none.
1. With your symptoms, physical therapy could be a big help. Some insurances will pay if prescribed by a doctor. Mine did, and it made a big difference. They also did sound wave massage, using machine that they would roll over the muscles and it would emit sound waves, helping to "break up" the knots. It also was heated, and felt lovely!
2. I started getting regular nerve blocks, once every 2 months. I can really tell they are working - I can feel it about two weeks before I'm due for the next set. You may only need them on one side. Someone else mentioned Botox - that is a very commonly used treatment now for chronic headaches, and for some people can be quite effective.
3. Regular massages - once every 3 months isn't nearly enough. That wouldn't do anything for me. I started at once a week and managed to get to once every two weeks. Again, if prescribed, some insurances will pay - mine did.
4. A medication called Topiramate (Topamax). For me, this has been a life-saver. What a HUGE difference! It didn't take long to start working, either. I will never go off it! I didn't have any issues with side effects, either, so that was a bonus.
5. Have you ever tried a TENS unit? It uses electrical stimulus directly on the affected muscles. It feels like a tingly massage. You control the intensity, and can change it at will. Some insurances will pay for you too have your own, also. I felt great after using it for the first time!
I would highly recommend finding a new doctor. I spent years going to a variety of neurologists; I took every "headache prevention" medication there was. What finally helped was switching from a neurologist to a pain specialist. They are doctors from different fields; mine was an anesthesiologist before specializing in pain management. I'll never go back to a neurologist - this doctor actually cares about stopping my pain.
Sorry this was so long, but obviously I have been dealing with this for some time, so I have great sympathy for what you must be going through. Feel free to email me with questions. I really hope you get some relief, and soon!
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