How do I know if I am suffering from a migraine headache or a rebound headache my neck in the base of my skull hurts every day every day I wake up with the dole achy headache throughout the day gets worse I can't even work I just want to lay in the bed I was prescribed Fioricet with codeine and caffeine and it helps with the pain but once the medicine wears off The next day I have the same exact headache if not worse Used to be just one side of my head that with throb but now when I wake up it's my whole head answers please somebody???
How do I know if I am suffering from a migraine headache or a rebound headache?
Added 10 Sep 2015:
Let me just add I been like this everyday for 3 weeks I've gotten massages been to the chiropractor & been on muscle relaxers (roboxcin) & also been taking propranolol everyday nothing is helping
I'm having the same problem right now. I've taken my norcos and that doesn't even help. I took Maxalt, the migraine medicine, and still have it. I called my neurologist to make an appointment. He said I'm having cluster migraines. He prescribed me Maxalt again and said the headaches are due to stress. Maybe you need to see a neurologist also.
Yes if you are taking Fioricet everyday, that one is especially notorious for rebound migraines if taken more than 3 days a week! You need a much more informed doctor to treat you--preferably a neurologist. With any pain killer, if you take them for more than 3 days a week, then you risk rebound migraines. And rebound migraines can be more vicious than your regular migraines as you noted. If you were having migraines at least 15 days a month before you began taking Fioricet every day, then you would qualify for Botox which did wonders for my migraines. You may need help getting off the daily Fioricet. I mean medical help--even perhaps having to go to the hospital. Way in the past, I was taking serious pain killers 24/7 to control my migraines somewhat. When I went to a different neurologist who gave me nerve block and trigger point injections, the migraines went right away. I went off the pain killers without a problem.
Later I read in the doctors' notes that I would NEED REHAB to get off of the painkillers!! Also I wear Butrans patches which kept me from having to go to the ER about every 3 weeks. But it is an opiate, so if you ask directly for it, then the doctor will suspect drug seeking. But you should ask for a more potent pain killer. Also usually just having caffeine alone has calmed down some of my migraines before they get too bad. But you'll need to get better before the caffeine alone will work for you. And the first neurologist I saw was the one who put me on the 24/7 massive pain killers. So there are bad ones out there too. Truly you won't have such a problem once you get off the rebound route. Wish you the best with it. Please let me know how you are doing. Sara
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