daily headaches....

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addie2629
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   Posted 9/8/2010 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I usually post on the anxiety threads but have been reading on chronic daily headaches. My name is Ginger and I am 36; I get headaches over half the month; never been diagnosed with migraines but was told I could be having mini migraines. No treatment but Tylenol.  I have only had a very few severe "migraines" where I throw up and see aura and just want to go to bed in the dark. However, I seem to get these almost daily headaches that are just annoying, mostly dull and aching above my eyes or behind my eyes, a lot of times, on one side. I seem to think they may be hormone related as they seem to get worse about 2 weeks before the time my period would start. I should mention that I had a baby 3 1/2 months ago and have only started back my cycles with spotting the last 2 months.  I have a lot of anxiety re health issues so I automatically get anxious when I get the headaches or head pains as I sometimes call them. My question is can you take Tylenol ongoing for these headaches, is it safe?? I am going to address these with my OB in November. I didn't thnk it was normal to have daily headahces but as I am reading, it seems many of you experience them. Any advice?? Thanks!
 
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addie2629
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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 9/8/2010 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I should also add that I have recently increased my Zoloft from 50mg to 75mg to 100mg over the last month....can cause headaches too??

Kawasakizx10
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   Posted 10/11/2010 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Ginger with the increase in meds it could be a reaction.  Also tylenol, when taken often is very toxic.  It is just like drinking alcohol on a daily basis.  Very hard on the liver.  Some say it can cause rebound headaches...  I don't know if this is the case with you, seeing that you are also increasing another medicine at the same time.  I would try dropping back down to your original dose and see if that helps (if you can do this safely).  If it doesn't I would switch to a better med for the pain.  Personally, I would try switching between ibuprofen and tylenol (use one for three days and then switch to the other for three days, etc.) and see if that helps.  If tylenol is the only thing that works, then you have a little bit of a dilemna.  Then you may want to pursue different prescriptions pain relief options like a triptan and maybe toradol, or etodolac, or indomethicin.  The only issue with taking to much ibuprofen daily is ulcers.  The risk is even greater with a stronger NSAID.  But with tylenol you run the risk of liver disease, especially if you drink any alcohol at all, even in moderation.

Because you have the nausea and vomitting you may want to ask your GP about relpax.  This is a triptan that works well against headaches and the nausea.  Relpax is expensive.  Imitrex has a generic available and you could use that with promethazine which is an anti-nausea med.  I have used all three and Replax is the better for me, but the others do work. Imitrex I think is 20 bucks less expensive than Relpax per pill.  I don't know if you have insurance or not.  That is a big deal with some of these meds.  Otherwise my favorite of triptans has always been Maxalt.  I have used it for 8 years.  Works very well.

Hope this helps.

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