Headaches from Medication?

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   Posted 1/28/2013 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else get really horrendous headaches from time to time while on pain/nausea meds?
I've been to the ER a few times, with headaches so bad I was vomiting, couldn't stand up, and couldn't have anything at all touching my head.
When it's not quite so bad I tough it out at home. This happens to me maybe every couple months, sometimes more often.
I was told dehydration could be a part of it, but what about the meds themselves?
obviously headache can be a side effect of some of these meds, but so bad?

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   Posted 1/28/2013 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, that can happen with those medications, you need to talk to your doctor and possibly get your medications switched out, you can do a google search on your medications and I believe headache is a mild reaction to most pain medications, make sure to note what is happening and when it happens and then you will be able to talk about this better with your doctor, keep us posted as we do care, many well wishes.
Make sure to always drink plenty of water, that alone can cause so many problems when your dehyrdrated.
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   Posted 1/28/2013 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
It could also be high/low power fronts, change in hormones, certain foods. My neurologist had me keep a trigger notebook. That really helped cut down my migraines. He also said normal OTC meds can cause it. Tylenol causes rebound migraines for me.
I'd talk to him and see if the two of you can work out a way to identify your triggers. Good luck.
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   Posted 1/29/2013 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks! I'll try keeping track when I get them. If its the pain meds causing it, I'll just have to live with em because I've pretty much done all the switching I can do in that department!
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