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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/19/2008 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
hi does anyone have a headache 24 hrs a day.  if so what medications have the doctors tried on you.
                                                                          thanks ashley 

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 8/24/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I had daily migraines and headaches. My biggest relief came after identifying many food triggers while doing an elimination diet. If I avoid these food triggers and take my preventative medications, I only get migraines and headaches twice a week. I currently take Topamax and a Beta Blocker as my preventatives. I am still working on reducing this further.

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   Posted 8/26/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a headache of some type every day, some times dull some times stabbing some times migraine. I use my meds that the Neuro gave me sparingly because A) I only get 4 at a time and B) I don't want to over take them and then they stop working. But Maxalt does the trick for me but makes me VERY tired. I also bought some Advil migraine to take in between. I was taking Nortriptlyn daily for about a week in July and it was starting to help but I had a bad reaction to it so went off of it. I see my Neuro on friday and will be asking to try something else.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/27/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have chronic daily headaches that started out as occasional migraines. I now have what is called transformed migraine (chronic everyday headache.) I was on Depakote ER 1000 mg daily for a preventive which worked for many years, but I had "breakthrough pain" several months ago and slowly came off of it. (The only side effect I had was it made me very sleepy, but it was worth it to be pain free.) I didn't know that "breakthrough pain" can be treated. I then tried nerve blocks (cervical medial branch nerve block) administered by a pain specialist. This procedure was painful but some have said they hardly felt the injections.  It only reduced the pain but not enough to allow real daily functioning and it also made the right side of my head where I have the pain very sore and tender (I can't sleep on that side.) My shoulders also get tired. Not everyone has this experience. I am now taking Neurontin but so far it hasn't helped. I may need to increase the dosage from 400 mg daily. If anyone has any success with this drug, please let me know. I am taking Excedrin but it's not good for long-term use. Radiofrequency Lesioning given by a pain specialist gives longer and better results than nerve blocks, but I am hesitant to try it. Good Luck wink
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