Pain Relief For A Non Stop Headache

Question

Asked by Cara

Pain Relief For A Non Stop Headache

I've had a continuous headache for 6 weeks - it just started and never stopped. Any ideas for pain relief or ways of managing the pain would be really appreciated. I've found that panadol and neurofen don't make the slightest difference and I'm not sure if I should be taking something stronger, I haven't had a diagnosis yet.

Answer

Hi Cara,

At this point, stopping this headache or Migraine that you've had for six weeks needs to be a priority. When oral medications have failed, IV infusions will often break the cycle. For more information about this, see IV Treatment of Refractory Migraines.

How many days a week do you take something to relieve these headaches? Taking Migraine abortive meds such as the triptans or ergotamines or any kind of pain medication -- prescription or over-the-counter -- more than two or three days a week can make matters worse by causing medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this.

One of the most important things is to get an accurate diagnosis. To simplify matters and make it easier for people to get information and treatment, doctors usually go by the gold standard for diagnosis, the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II). You can read more about this in Ocular, Optical, and Opthalmic Migraines and The Type of Migraine Does Matter.

Good luck

Nancy

Answered by Nancy Harris Bonk