Top 75 Migraine and Headache Questions, #35

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    Daily headaches began for me in my late teens, and continued until my headache Doctor diagnosed me at the age of 29 with Rebound headaches from the Excedrin that I had been taking for the pain. I stopped 'cold turkey,' and after a painful period of adjustment, the headaches diminished. My problem now is that ANY time I take an analgesic for aching muscles from flu or pain of arthritis, even if I only take 2 Advil, for example, I invariably suffer from a Rebound Headache, and most are extremely painful and last for about 10 hours. (I never take anything for the headaches themselves, but rather just 'pack my head in ice' and gut it out.) My question is this: Is there ANYTHING I can do for the pain of these headaches? It is most discouraging to know that any time I take anything for pain, it will result in a Rebound headache. Kaye.
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    Answer:

    Dear Kaye;


    I have patients who seem to remain sensitive to even small doses of simple analgesics with increases in headache pattern. Depending on how frequent the headaches are now, prophylaxis suppression might be beneficial. You should ask your headache physician for advice.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: April 09, 2007