Rebound headache help

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mustangvxd
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   Posted 1/3/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Long story short. I took excedrin for three years and realized that the headaches were getting worse and more often. I was taking four to six excedrin a day. I found information online about rebound headaches being caused by caffeine and the OTC pain medication. I quit taking excedrin, but rotated between advil, aleve, and tylenol hoping that my issue was solely caffeine related (which i quit completely). Unfortunately my headaches were just as frequent and I continued to take the OTC advil, etc...for another few years. Last year I quit cold and suffered quit a bit the first six months. One year later the sympoms have subsided mostly, but I typically feel like my head is being squeezed (like when you wake up in the morning with not enough sleep). This is a constant symptom. I Routinely (every couple of weeks) get a severe headache that will last three days (unless i take one advil). My neck muscles are stiff quite a bit as well. I have done pilates, chiropracter, and accupuncture, along with deep massage.

My question is just: when will the head symptoms finally go away (or won't they). Does anyone have a similar experience? I'm getting tired of feeling like poo every day.

mustangvxd
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   Posted 1/3/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
And I went to a doctor early on and he said they were migraine headaches and I was given Maxalt. Which does nothing for the headache.

lymewarrior
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   Posted 1/7/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I would recommend going to a neurologist and doing if a Prednisone taper if you can handle prednisone.  I had to do that for rebound headache syndrome and it really worked well.

lloyd0307
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   Posted 1/9/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I too had years of "rebound headaches" or so they said. I treated them with prescriptions pain meds, and OTC, and then went cold turkey and stopped everything about a year and half ago.  Turns out I have a PFO that is causing the headaches.  Yesterday I convinced my doctors to close the PFO, and thus eliminate the migraines.  Have you been tested for a PFO? I was so relieved to find out that there was actually a reason I was having these headaches everyday for years, and that it wasn't "just in my head".  It just took awhile to play the insurance game, try everything available first, and ruling them out.  Good Luck!

soalone
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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I, too, I had the PFO closure done for chronic, daily migraines. Guess what: it didn't work. :(

soalone

lloyd0307
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   Posted 2/2/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
soalone ~
 
Sorry to hear that closing your PFO didn't help!  How long ago did you have your PFO closed?  I am so hopeful that this is the answer . . seems that I have tried just about EVERYTHING.  Did you have a BIG or SMALL PFO?  Who closed it for you?  Now what are they going to do for you?  How did the surgery go for you? quick recovery time? how was the cost to you?  if you don't mind me asking!?!?
 
 

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 2/2/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Never heard of PFO...whats the long term for it?
 
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LdyJane
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   Posted 2/2/2009 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a defect in the septum between the two upper chambers of the heart. Having a hole in the septum can be a cause of migraines; a bubble echo can usually find it.

hoodedmergeezer
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   Posted 2/4/2014 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Looks like a dead thread but had to post for future readers:
 
My story is almost identical to yours; headaches daily for three years. Have been increasing in frequency recently and getting more severe. I too wake every morning with that pressure feeling in my skull right in the forehead, Furthermore the Alieve I take every morning for the last 3 years is becoming less effective. (i have also been rotating between advil and tylenol) I have done everything under the sun: two neurologists, one MRI, blood testing, allergy testing and treatment, vision testing, acupuncture, massage every week for months, chiropractor for a year, homeopothy, quitting coffee, eliminating gluten in diet, vitamin D and B12, ect.
 
The neroulogist I just saw believes I have rebound headaches and has put me on a prednisone taper as well as high blood pressure medication (used as a preventative for headaches). The predinisone is to help me detox. It's the first day and let me tell you...it sucks. Like blurry vision and nausea sucks...
 
Just to note I already tried anti-depressants and anti-seizure as a preventative but I never quit the Alieve, ibuprofen, or tylenol I was taking daily...
 
This being the first day of this new detox I will be sure to report back at the end of the taper as to if it helped.
 
By the way, when nothing else helps Sumitriptan works for me.
 
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