Rebound Headache Treatment

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   Posted 12/22/2010 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had headaches, neck and back pain for a number of years.  I was diagnosed with TMJ and although some of the symptoms related to that have gone away, the headaches remain. I have headaches everyday in various places but mostly in the back of my head. I wake every day and take 2 excedrine, 2 hours later ibuprophin (I alternate when I can) and usually one or the other in the afternoon.  This has been everyday for a few years.  If I am having a good day, it is usually just in the morning.  I actually did get concerned and mentioned it to my dr who ran blood test for liver or gastointestinal side effects which came back as normal.  He told me that little old ladies take things for arthritis every day and do not have issues and did not seem concerned.  I recently read an article that my daily headaches could be a rebound headaches.  Since I have legitimate pain issues that may not be related to rebound headaches, what is the best way to stop the over the counter medication and treat the other pain issues.  Does it sound like it is possibly rebound headaches?  Thanks so much! 

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   Posted 12/23/2010 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
It certainly sounds like rebounds to me, but hey I am no Doc!!! Sadly it is only headache sufferers that suffer with rebound for some reason, it doesn't seem to affect the rest of the population, which is probably why you get such mixed opinions from Doctors!!!!

Sounds like you may need some support to reduce your painkiller intake, which a good Neurologist who is a Headache Specialist will do happily!!! Otherwise it is cold turkey alone - not recommended without medical support, or gradually reduce the painkillers each day over a period of time (which is what I did!) Either way it will take determination and a strong will. I would recommend support from a Headache Specialist!!!

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   Posted 12/23/2010 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Ann; Motrin and excedrine will both lead to rebound, especially after taking it for as long as you have. Ann's advice is the best you can get.
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