... almost 40... i have been on my share of pain meds for it. none of them worked. my neurologist who i have been going to for over 2 years.. put me on lamictal daily which is ok... it is non addicting thank goodness... however the pain reliever is addicting. she gave me fioricet with instructions of only 2 pills once a week. that didn't work so i increased to 4 pills per week.. that worked for a while..then it just kept going from there... i would tell myself at least it's not everyday... every other day at best... this last headache round has been going for 3 weeks. lots of pain with this one..so what do i do... increase the dose.. the fioricet intake is up to 3 pills daily. the sad thing is... it is all i think about.. trying to space them out just to keep the pain somewhat dulled... i know this is not good and i will be addicted to or already addicted to it. i guess i will manage some how and try to keep it to 3 daily.. less if i can manage it... i have spent my week conflicted over many things which has not helped. the headache makes everything much worse.. i do at least have a friend in my corner who has been addicted to pain meds before... he is trying to help where he can... we will see how it goes
It sounds like you are having rebound headaches. Fioricet is notorious for that! You dont take the medicine and wham! headache! It can happen with just acetaminophen too but Fioricet is really bad for rebounders! I know it sucks major but you need to STOP taking these! You are likely doing this to yourself! That is why she told you no more than a couple per week. I have suffered migraines all my life starting in fourth grade when I'd come home and throw up from a headache, especially when I was on birth control pills-they were just relentless then. I was put on a beta blocker for my blood pressure which has actually helped my headaches. Have you tried propranolol, metaprolol or any beta blockers on a dily basis? Years ago I was put on propranolol but I didnt think it helped but I dont think I waited long enough because after I was put on Atenolol for blood pressure, it was a year or so before I noticed how much better my headaches are.
I, too, went round and round with drugs like Fioricet and they do work for a short period but when you start taking them regularly they give you worse headaches called rebound headaches. Another thing that was very helpful to me was spinal manipulations. They helped me from getting too tensed up and this tension contributed to bringing on a migraine. I used to get headaches two or three times a month, now at 45, I get maybe 1-2 a year!! God bless! I wouldnt wish a migraine on my worst enemy! Getting off the Fioricet will be hell for a while but after you stop taking it I promise you will notice a decrease in these headaches. Try a beta blocker.
Hello quaffled1. I suffered from migraines for many years. My solution, simply coffee. I drink plenty of it, every day, and truth be told, I'd be hard pressed to tell you the last time I had a migraine or even a headache. If you enjoy coffee, and your system can tolereate it, have cup of java. Best of wishes,pledge
thanks for the responses. i am not a coffee drinker unfortunately... never could stand the smell of it... even tried it cold and it wasn't any better. i will see if i can get my neurologist to try something else other than the fioricet... i've been thru hell before and won so hopefully this won't be too bad...
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