I'm prescribed Fioricet, Topamax and Robaxin for my headaches. Sometimes my medications. Some times they work and some times they don't, unfortunately and I'm not too sure why. I get tension in my neck muscles really bad and a lot (and I mean a lot) of pressure at the base of skull. My neurologists keep insisting botox. I'm highly against this. Only because I've researched it and I don't like what I've seen. I have asthma, I was born 3 1/2 months early as well as cancer is very ramped in family. My mother has the same type of headaches and she sees a pain specialist. She gets shots at the base every 3 months, if I remember correctly, along with taking a bunch of medication. I do know that I am allergic to neurotins and for me this is quite unfortunate. I say this because they were helping my headaches but I was getting the severe mental and mood side affects. I'm 21 years old. I've been on 16 different medications. I do not want Botox to be part of this whatsoever. I would just like this solved and for a doctor of experience to help and to listen to me. Can you?? Can you answer the question above as well as help with what I've just said. I can explain more if you'd like. I can give you my email, my phone number. Please be in Tempe, AZ. It would make this simpler, but answers in general would be worth my while right now.
Fioricet not working for headache, are you able to take 2 Excedrin (500 aspirin/500acetaminaphin)??
- 25 Oct 2012 by sam_09
- 30 September 2016
- excedrin, fioricet, robaxin, topamax, migraine, headache, aspirin, medication
Added 25 Oct 2012:
These medications that I have been on have been over a 2 period. the topamax and fioricet have been constant for these 2 years. i've seen a chiropractor as well as a physical therapist and a mental therapist. The only therapist i have not seen is a massage therapist.
Added 25 Oct 2012:
Heat gives me headaches. like taking hot showers does or the hot in icy/hot does as well
Added 25 Oct 2012:
I use bengay cold therapy and ice (separately) but even there are times, and being completely numb, my head and the pressure are still greatly there.
Be careful with excedrin and fioricet, both have tylenol in them. Too much tylenol can harm your liver. Have you tried muscle relaxants for these headaches? I used to get horrible tension headaches every day. A physical therapist showed me exercises that help, to loosen up my neck. Basically just looking down, then tilting your head to one side then the other. Stretching the muscles. I bet when you bend your head forward it feels like a painful band pulling on your spine. Ice and heat help alot. I still get headaches, but not near as often. I can usually stop them with ice to my neck. I had these headaches starting when I was 13 or 14. It took me a long time for someone to show me how to deal with them. Oh, the neck exercises should be done while you're sitting at the pc too, because you'll tighten up if you're there all night. Sometimes you'll hear cracking. Its just the tendons that are like tight rubber bands snapping over your bones.
If you take any pain relief med (even OTC ones), you risk getting rebound migraines, ESPECIALLY with Fioircet. So that may be why it isn't working sometimes. The tension in your neck exacerbates headaches. Try physical therapy which helps some, but nerve block and trigger point injections have helped me more than the PT. They have nothing to do with Neurontin which I am also allergic to. You should not be getting any mood effects with these kinds of injections. I wonder what you have read about Botox that you are so against. Botox injections have been the greatest help for me over the past 2 and a half years. It's up to you whether you can stand the headaches or willing to get injections. The 2 Excedrins sound like a problem to me, but I'll let someone else respond.
KM is right, you dont want to take Fioricet and Excedrin because it would be too much acetaminophen at once. The key to these headaches (and I, like KM (Kaismama) have had these most of my life too) is to take your meds as soon as you know the symptoms are starting. If you wait until you are in full blown headache even morphine wont help!!! As soon as you feel the beginnings of the tightening, try some of the exercises KM mentioned. Stretch out your neck, apply either heat or ice. I'm totally the opposite of KM, for me heat works best-ice makes me hurt worse so expirament as too what works best for you. I apply heat with a microwavable moist heat pack, take my pain meds and a muscle relaxant and lay quietly with your eyes closed for a bit. This usually helps. Sometimes it doesnt. I had one just yesterday that I awoke with that no matter what I did, it wouldnt budge.
I ended up sleeping most of the day and all night before it finally went away. Today I just have that "run over by a MAC truck feeling" I have found it helpful during my life to go to a chiropractor on a regular basis to keep my neck loosened and aligned. I dont blame you about the botox, I'm not sure I would want that either. I do get migraines too but my headaches can be tension, or a mix of tension/migraine. If it throbs and I throw up, it is migraine. If I take migraine meds it will relieve the throbbing but not the tension. Sometimes it is just pure tension. Either way, it is no fun. Usually if I can get my meds in me early and apply the heat and lay quietly the h/a will be gone in a hour or so. Unfortunately some days nothing helps, and I mean nothing! I have had demerol shots, I have had morphine shots and none of it helped, you just have to ride it out. The best thing is to try to prevent them in the first place. Find yourself a good chiropractor and see them regularly-at least a couple times a month or more if you need it. Learn how to stretch the tension out and take your medications as soon as you know that the h/a is coming on.
Hi Sam. I also suffer from chronic migraines & found that especially with fioricet & fiorinal after the 1st couple of uses they actually started to make the migraine worse. Nothing worked well for mw either until my Dr prescribed Relpax. Relpax is by far the best med ive used for migraine. For exceptionally bad ones tho I sometimes have to also use Flexeril (generic name cyclobenzaprine) which is a mild muscle relaxer. Talk to your Dr maybe 1 of these could b helpful for you if you havent already tried them. Good luck
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