Excedrin - everyday headaches

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   Posted 1/2/2015 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone. I've been getting headaches since I was a little girl ... My parents get them so I was bound to get them. Now my 9 almost 10 ur old daughter get them bad.. To the point she's throwing up.I feel horrible like its my fault! I've been to a few neurologists had a few ct scans and bloodwork done I see my PCP every 3 months.. My headaches are unexplained it seems.. I get horrible migraines and I have a headache basically everyday. I wake up with them. I pretty much live off of excedrin. Sometimes it feels like it comes from my neck .. I have severe neck pain from a car accident a few years ago .. I get pain meds but that alone doesn't help or stop my headaches so I'm taking Excedrin every morning to either take the edge off or take the headache completely away, depends on the day and headache. I know it's not safe to take everyday but I have been for a Long time because it is the only thug that works.. & when you know that something works for your headaches it's hard to stop taking it because headaches are like the worst pain ever. Not to mention I have 3 kids one being only 6 weeks old that Needs me 24/7. Does anyone else use Excedrin daily!? I tell my dr this and he doesn't seem to be worried.i have to take the excedrin the my pain meds a few hours later. Sometimes the headache comes back later on during the day ,but i won't take it more than once a day unless I have a migraine. My liver probably hates me but I don't know what else to do.)-: it's the only thing that works for my mother as well.

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   Posted 1/2/2015 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally understand. I grew up with migraines (they run in my family, too). And when I discovered Excedrin it was like the best thing ever, until I started getting daily chronic migraines and started taking it every day. Granted, I wasn't just taking Excedrin, I was alternating with Advil and also with a prescription medication that contains nsaids. After a month or so of this I ended up with ulcers, now I can't take excedrin or nsaids anymore and it sucks. All I can take now for migraines are prescription meds and they are so limited.

Have you tried any of the prescription meds either for treatment or prevention?
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   Posted 1/2/2015 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I was a daily migraine Excedrin user myself, up until about a year and a half ago. I also have high blood pressure so my doctor prescribed me Verapamil, I noticed about a month later that I hadn't had a migraine or even a simple headache so I thought about it and verapamil was the only thing that had changed so I did some research and it seems that it also helps with headaches/migraines. I have been migraine free for over a year and have had maybe 2 or 3 simple headaches in that time. It is now prescribed for just migraine control, so maybe you might want to talk to your doctor about it. Couldn't hurt any. :)
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   Posted 1/8/2015 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a semi-regular Excedrin user as well. When I am out and about and can't find it, I usually take asprin, acetaminophen and down a small espresso (oh for the days when coffee didn't kill my stomach).

Angellisa - I hadn't thought about it, but I haven't had a real headache since I have been on Verapamil. It was given to me to relieve the issues from CRPS (poorly regulated blood flow by the brain) and when those symptoms ease, my headaches had mostly gone. I get a quick one once in a while but it is always sinus related.
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   Posted 1/9/2015 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have daily migraine pain I feel I have to make these suggestions.

1. check out in our resource thread the migraine diet link. Wonderful resource. Going whole food, nothing artificial, no food dyes, make a bing difference in pain levels.

2. get off the otc meds and talk to your docs about maint med combos if that is what is needed. They are much stronger, my daily pain is kept at a level3-5[ with a 10 being the worst.] most days.

3. meditation is very helpful for chronic pain sufferers. Education yourself, it is not all about bells and moaning. It is about mindful peace and controlling our muscles to relaxe.

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