I've been suffering from migraines for over 6 years. Imitrex and topomax did't help much, and the side affects were terrible. Vicodin is the only medication that relieves the pain. Any suggestions?
Actually Vicodan will cause rebounding headaches. You should not take a narcotic on a regular basis for migraines. There are other medications that can help migraines like Dilitizem. Topamax is one too. You need to possibly take a medication on a daily basis that helps to prevent migraines. Years ago I had a complex migraine with stroke like symptoms. So many doctors had me on narcotics. This just made things worse in the long run. I heard about a doctor name David Bucholtz associated with John Hopkins. He wrote a book called Headaches 123. Very much worth the read. Talks about a lot of ways to cut done triggers that cause migraines. Long story when I stopped the narcotics and stayed on a preventive medication I started to get better. I am still on a preventive medication to this day but his approach made a huge difference. Read the book and do not be afraid to try another preventive medication to get off the narcotics.
I wish you luck.
Michael1085, Sheila is correct. Some migraine meds can cause rebounds. I didn't know that until I read it here, on this site. So this is what I do. I take migraine Prevention medicine called Propanolol. I was on Topamax and Verapamil in the past, but this one works great for me. He does write me a script for Fiarinol to take only in serious cases, where my migraine is so bad, and won't go away for nothing. But I take it sparingly due to it being addictive, and its one that can cause rebound headaches if taken a lot. Wouldn't hurt to ask about the Propranolol though. I wish you the very best of luck. Severe headaches/Migraines are just terrible to live with. I know. Ruthie
Yes, you should definitely not be taking any pain reliever more than 2 times a week without risking rebound migraines. I had a very difficult migraine to treat and none of the daily preventative migraine meds worked. But in that case, you have a very good chance of Botox injections treating your migraines which did help mine. Now I have since also found 2 other daily meds, an herbal medicine called Petadolex and an off-label medication called Namenda that also help my migraines. But those aren't the ones typically prescribed. So there is much help ahead for you.
I have also suffered from migraines for over 6 years, so I feel your pain! Just recently, after 4 MONTHS of the most excruciating pain I've ever suffered, I was diagnosed with cluster headaches (I'd say 200X as painful as migraines) and my neurologist will not prescribe me any narcotics due to the rebound headache issue. It's awful, because although Percocet and Vicodin barely take the edge off when I take them around the clock, I cannot even function with my pain being a 9 or 10 out of 10. I take 100 mg of Topamax twice a day and will be starting Verapamil tomorrow (it has great reviews for migraine/cluster headaches)- but keep in mind that preventative meds will not work against rebound headaches from narcotics. Have you tried steroid nerve block injections in your face, neck, and head? They work wonders for many people, but unfortunately did nothing for me. Also, Neurontin has been shown to greatly take the edge off of pain, without the risk of rebound headaches. Good luck!!
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