I was wondering if anyone could advise me.... I was diagnosed by a Neurologist 5 months ago with Chronic Tension Headache. So far he has prescribed me 3 preventative drugs that are not helping me at all. They are not painkillers and so I am still dealing with the pain every day whilst waiting for weeks for each drug in turn to work and so far they haven't been.
I am really getting depressed and cry most days because of the pain and frustration. My neurologist refuses to give me prescription painkillers because of the risk of rebound medication headaches.
To give a bit of history about this, for many years I used to have tension headaches once or twice a week which were treatable with over the counter painkillers. However 5 months ago I came down with a virus infection and was put on anti biotics. All the virus symptoms went apart from this constant painful achey severe pressure-like headache which has stayed with me every day all day for the past 5 months. I cant use over the counter painkillers any more because they dont help the headache at all and I have had painkiller rebound headache ruled out as I have not taken painkillers since this started. I have also ruled out other illness's.
I wanted to find out if anyone else has this problem (that is not related to medication rebound headache) with not being able to use regular over the counter painkillers anymore because they dont work?
Also, have other people experienced trying a few different preventative drugs that have not worked? So far I have tried Amitriptyline, Gabapentin and am now trying Duloxetine. I am getting scared that I am resistant to treatment.....
What drug treatment is best for Chronic Tension Headache?
Published On: January 03, 2008