When are headaches bad enough for prescription meds?

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   Posted 5/16/2015 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
For years I have gotten sinus headaches, or pressure headaches, when the barometric pressure changes. In the past they were easily controlled by over-the-counter sinus medications along with ibuprofen. Lately the headaches have become much worse, more frequent, and not controlled by the OTC sinus meds. The headaches no longer stick to the front of my face, but seem to have turned into migraines that last all day. I have switched to Excedrin Migraine medication, which helps to some extent but doesn't fully eradicate the pain or pressure.

At what point should I seek medical help? Is it okay to take something like Excedrin Migraine daily? Is it the frequency, the duration, the level of pain or what that means I need a Dr to check into it? And what kind of Dr do I start with?

Thanks so much for your thoughts & suggestions.

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   Posted 5/18/2015 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you're definitely at the point of seeing someone. I was having migraines a few times a month and I went to a headache specialist neurologist. It was hard to treat mine because i can't take NSAIDs so I didn't have a lot of options but I think it's good to have all options open to you and Excedrin sounds like it's not cutting it. The problem is that if they are happening daily, a preventative can be more helpful than abortive methods. I took pristiq as a preventative for a while and it worked wonders for me. Since, I have changed birth control and I no longer take estrogen. My migraines have become so much less severe and much less often. Not sure if hormones may play a role in your situation but it's something worth thinking about. Is there a possible trigger that yo've noticed?
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   Posted 5/28/2015 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Gads. After several days of headaches I was about ready to see a Dr, when they stopped. Twelve days without a twinge. And then today my head wants to EXPLODE. Wish I knew why I'm so resistant to seeing a Dr for these!!!

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   Posted 5/31/2015 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I definately would start with your GP, get a referral for a Neuro at a good hospital with a known neurology department.

You may have to go on some maintance meds. Allergies can trigger migraines among so many other things.

Daily over the counter drugs can cause stomach ulcers and kidney damage. DRINK LOTS OF WATER to rinse your system.

I pray you find a solution, it is a long road sometimes, short others.
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