Consistent, daily headaches

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   Posted 6/25/2009 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a sufferer of daily sinus pressure-type headaches.  They're usually not that severe.  I've only had to leave work a few times in the past five or six years, but they are daily and they do have a negative impact on my daily life.  I take Sudafed (pseudoephedrine-not that PE stuff) and Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve every day.  I used to only take it in the morning and I could make it through the day without needing more.  Now, though, I'm needing it two times a day and even then, it's not enough.  I'm amazed that so many people are having this same problem.  I have a Fibro diagnosis also.  I take a lot of otc pain relievers and they don't seem to help that much.  I don't want to ruin my liver, but I don't know what else to do.  I'm going to begin exercising more.  I read on this website that exercise helps.  Please help if you have any suggestions.  I want to be proactive.  idea

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   Posted 6/26/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome!

I just wanted to say that your taking OTC medications that often might be hurting instead of helping. Have you heard of rebound headackes (aka medication overuse headaches) I, personally, can not take any OTC without ending up in a rebound state.

Have you seen a doctor specifically for your headaches?
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   Posted 6/26/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Exercise is indeed vital and I can't encourage you to stay active enough BUT be careful that you don't over do it. It's very important that you alleviate and avoid whatever might be stressing your body. Especially with fibro, finding the right plan to control your symptoms will probably mean finding a delicate balance involving proactive treatments and lifestyle changes. Even though OTC painkillers might help a little bit when you're having a really hard time, they can easily indeed do more harm than good.

And while we can certainly give you some good advice here, a trained specialist can oversee a successful proactive treatment plan and give you the best opportunity to reach a better quality of life.
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   Posted 6/27/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
If you are having sinus problems you also might want to see an ENT specialist if you haven’t already. It also might not hurt to see a neurologist. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you are having migraine or sinus headache because both cause constriction of vessels and congested nose. Several years ago I did have a massage sinus infection and a really bad deviated septum. I had surgery for the deviated septum and they did something to shave down the sinus area so it was less of a problem. Also Sudafed gives me rebound and can end up making my headaches worse. I still get migraines but I have not had any major sinus problems since then. Just a thought!

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   Posted 6/28/2009 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your replies and suggestions.  I'm experimenting right now... I've stopped ingesting aspartame.  I agree and have been told by my gyn that otc can often cause rebound headaches. I just couldn't seem to do without.  It's just recently that they have gotten worse.  Now, I'm willing to try anything.  I've stopped drinking any diet colas with aspartame, since there might be a problem there.  I lost weight several years ago using a well known and respected diet plan and it was full of aspartame-laden products (to cut down on calories).   The past two days, I've not had any and my headache is almost non-existent.  I also haven't had any sudafed, so it could be either, I guess.  I'm just using process of elimination.  I had some light to moderate exercise also.  The brief shower we had here yesterday could also have contributed.  I'm just taking it one day at a time and enjoying the clear head at the moment! 
Please keep helpful suggestions coming.
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