Headache>Excedrine>Anxiety, what else can I take?

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paniccu
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   Posted Today 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone! Hope everyone is doing well this morning. I had a migraine a few days ago and the only thing that seems to work for me is taking Extra Strength Excedrine, which has cafeine in it. I've been feeling a little edgy for a couple weeks now and this just throws me over the edge. If I don't take it, I get anxious because of the pain, if I do the cafeine gives me little panic attacks. I've tried Ibuprophin and Tylenol and they do nothing for my headaches. Someone suggested taking Naproxine, but I've only taken that once and threw up shortly after (could just be a coincidence). Anyone have other suggestions for OTC meds? I also use cold packs and pressure, which helps a little, but only temporarily. I hate anxiety! Of course, the headaches are making me all paranoid now. I haven't been getting them often, until lately. I've had migraines/bad headaches since I was a teenager though, so will someone please tell me not to panic?!!! confused

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   Posted Today 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
*hugs* have you tried a heating bad on your neck sometimes this helps with head aches not sure on migranes
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   Posted Today 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Panicu,

I have been having headaches for about the last 3 weeks. I am thinking it's something brought on by the changes in the weather, because a lot of people at work have been having them too. I have taken the same meds you mentioned, and although they have been helping, they are really tearing up my tummy... my GERD is really much worse. I know I should take Tylenol, but it does NOTHING for these headaches. If you find something else that works, please let me know!!! ((((Hugs)))),

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paniccu
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   Posted Today 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I will Bear! Sorry you're going through it too. I think it's weather related also. I've been feeling a lot of pressure in my sinuses and I've been extra dizzy, which of course isn't good for my continued anxiety. Argh! Normalsnofun: I will try the heating pad on my neck, worth a try right? Thanks

paniccu
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   Posted Today 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Weds. The rational part of me reminds myself that if I had a brain tumor since I was 13 I'd be dead by now :-). I just hate when I start getting anxious and then my chest hurts and ohhh what if I'm having a heart attack? Of course, I'd also be dead by now if that were the case. Oh goodness, I'm so silly sometimes. I hope my poor kids don't inherit this from me.

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   Posted Today 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Paniccu, It's so interesting to hear so many people with similar problems to me! And I thought I was a weirdo! lol. Yes, my first attack of tachycardia (which led to a panic attack) when I went to the ER I think was brought on by Excedrin. That used to be the only thing that worked when I got migraines. Now I usually just take a couple of ibuprofen and lay down in a dark, quiet room. It seems like putting a cool pillow partly over my head, like on my forehead helps, and also massaging and putting pressure on different points on my head/forehead/face helps. Also, keep laying quietly until a while after you think it's over, if I get up too soon, it quickly comes back. The heating pad is a good idea, sometimes I use one of those gel face masks that you can chill or heat, but it seems like those don't hold heat very long. They do go right over your sinus area which helps if it is sinus-related. Oh, almost forgot - I have used a product called MigraSpray (sp?) that I think is herbal, it is a liquid that you spray under your tongue. It seems like it helped to some extent, but it's been a while since I've used it. I'm not at home so I can't see what's in it.  Good luck, hope your migraines improve! 

And don't panic, migraines and headaches are very common, a brain tumor would be a very rare thing. It's like one time I had an eye infection and went to the eye doctor, worried that it was this virus that can cause blindness, and he said something like, "when you hear hoofs galloping, it could be a herd of zebras, but it's a lot more likely that it's horses", just to illustrate that just because something is possible, doesn't mean it's likely!


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   Posted Today 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
i swear by 1,000mg of acetominophen for my killer headaches. works every time!
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   Posted Today 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with you Ali......so sorry paniccu I know they are the worst for pain......
Most products if they have some codeine will or can cause resounding headaches from my experience
I take the acetamiophen and gravol ( for travol sickness) even when I have gone to hospital I will ask for a shot of the gravol first to se if it will help and 9 times out of ten it sure does the trick w.o having the demerol or harder narcotics for it
Plus I too lay in a quiet very quiet no light at all room and just lay absoutely still, the gravol make me a bit drowsy so I will usually fall asleep and wake up with it gone
Hoping you do feel better real soon.........Thinking bout ya .....
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   Posted Today 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
hi paniccu, i have horrible migraines, and the horrible fact that i cant have caffiene makes it worse, since yeah, excedrin migraine med is the best otc stuff. I finally had to go to the doc and get some meds, alot of the meds they try to give you also have caffiene, so it took me a bit to find one that works.....sometimes. I had midrin, which helped, but not enough......now i have vicoden(sp??) which ive only used once so far, but it was on the third day of the darn thing, so im not sure if its better yet or not. I hope you can get help, migraines are horrible things....very painful. My experience with the hospital, they give me shots of methodone, which knocks me on me rear for over a day, but sometimes, you will do anything to ease it after days on end. . A couple of things that help me....a hand massager on the pressure points helps a lil and sometimes, if i take my head and put it under really cold water for a min, then change it to hot water, as hot as i can stand it....that for some reason helps a bit too. I wish you the best and hope you find something that works well for you. hugs
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   Posted 10/3/2006 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Paniccu-

I suffer from chronic daily headaches and weekly migraines. I use Relpax, Esgic Plus (a narcotic), phenergan (antinausea) and aspirin. I'm also on some preventatives daily. If you yhink these are truely migraines, make an appt with a headache/migraine specialist/neurologist. They can help you diagnose and treat them. BTW, give it time to work. One person's cure may not work for another. I still haven't found that magic combination although there is a little, tiny light at the end of my tunnel. If I squint, I can see it. LOL! Hang in there.


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paniccu
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   Posted 10/3/2006 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your ideas and support.I'm feeling really good today. I tried alternating heat and cold last night and I took 600 mg of ibuprophin and it seemed to work. Although I wouldn't say I had an actual migraine yesterday, it was progressing into a painful headache . I was afraid it would turn into one , since I'd just gotten over one. I am pretty sure I have actual migraines sometimes (with the nusuea and the light sensitivity, etc) , but I generally only get them every one or two months now, so I haven't thought it was bad enough to go to the doc for. If they get any more frequent I will though. It's amazing today, I'm not even dizzy and I am always dizzy. Whoohoooo! Doing the happy dance today.

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   Posted 10/3/2006 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
hi paniccu, glad you are feeling better, doin the happy dance with ya ;) yeah    yeah    yeah
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   Posted 10/3/2006 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I've always found if I get a bad headache that doesn't ease it's most likely a sign that I'll get a migraine.

Getting in early is the key (the same as panic). As soon as you notice the first signs start on the pain killers. I also find pure lavender oil is nice. Massage it into your neck, shoulders and temples. Quiet is the big key for me, light doesn't affect me anywhere as much as sound.

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   Posted 10/3/2006 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Honestly for migraines I take 3 Tylonel Extra Strength Rapid Release Gels. (500 MGs each)... works for me.

I've been having bad migraines for weeks but it's most likely due to my TMJ.

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   Posted 10/4/2006 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I have chronic headaches also. I take Excedrin Asprin Free. Yes, it has caffeine. These work for me and have forever.
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   Posted 10/4/2006 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah  Am doing the Happy dance with you glad you feel great today
Lots of good input here
Yes if they continue see a doc and have something done about them there are many meds and tx's for Migraines now and they are taken more seriously then they were yrs ago
Be well
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paniccu
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   Posted 10/4/2006 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone! You're right about them being taken more seriously now Lyn. I think it's kind of weird that my parents never took me to see a doctor about my headaches. Once I had one so bad that I almost blacked out and I had to have my parents pick me up from work. If my kids ever get them like that I'm definitely calling the doc. (My dad was a radiologist so maybe he knew it wasn't serious?)
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