Chronic daily headache - need advice on taking painkillers every day?

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   Posted 4/2/2017 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had a headache everyday for almost 10 months now. I've tried all of the medications suggested by doctors and a neurologist as well as alternative things like botox. I'm still trying to find a solution but I've accepted that I won't be free from pain anytime soon. I had to leave my job 6 months ago and now it's got to the point where I can rarely function.

The only med I've been given that helps with the pain is tramadol . It doesn't cure the pain but reduces it enough that I can get stuff done unless it's a really bad one. When I went to see a neurologist he said not to take painkillers more than 10 days a month otherwise I would get rebound headaches and more I take them the less effective they will be. I've tried really hard to avoid taking them too much.

At this point I'm unable to function most of the time and I feel like things couldn't get any worse. It's starting to seem like taking pain relief every day is a good idea. I know it isn't but if I have a headache virtually all the time then what does it matter if it's a rebound headache or just normal headache?

Has anyone tried taking pain relief medication every day? Can I just take it every day indefinitely? I know it would be really bad for my body but my quality of life is so low without pain meds that I don't really care. I have a limited supply of tramadol from the doctor so I would need to get my hands on something else, probably cannabis.

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   Posted 4/5/2017 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Taking narcotics is tricky, you body becomes use to it, so the dosage has to be raised and addiction sets in.

Neurologist that does pain management is a good choice.

I have chronic head pain. [see diagnosis in signature]. I am on a combo of 3 meds. Usually my pain is kept between a 3 and a 5 on the 1-10 scale. I have learned to tolerate it. Yes, I am on disability, can not work.

To reduce pain I also do the following:

Meditate for pain,[ not the 'om' chanting kind]

gentle stretching and neck/back strengthening yoga

Heat pads, kind that are heated in the microwave

Sleepy time tea

I hope this helps you.
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   Posted 4/5/2017 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Trina. It's reassuring to see that you have learned to tolerate the pain.

I thought that I would get used to it eventually but I'm struggling with this and I feel a bit hopeless about the future.

I never found yoga and mediation very helpful but maybe I should give it another try.

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   Posted 4/6/2017 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dave, I know some people try actual headache clinics for treatment. You may want to consider googling it & see if there happens to be one close to you.

Your neurologist comments about pain medication is on the money. Plus this war on the use of narcotics is not about street drugs at all. The CDC, NIH & DEA have set out guidelines on prescribing pain medications & it has made it a very restrictive environment. Some narcotics can cause rebound headaches, so it can be a slippery slope.

One of the old school meds used was Elavil, which is available in generic form. It does come with side effects that some people cannot tolerate. Most ended up taking it at bedtime because of the drowsiness. I hope you can find something that works. Take care.
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