Headaches on a three day schedule!!??

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   Posted 12/15/2005 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I got rid of my almost daily headaches by quitting the use of Excedrin.  Obviously, I was having a rebound problem.  Now, I'm back to the "regular" headaches for which I took the analgesics  in the first place.   I've been keeping track of them and am surprised to find that they come on an almost perfect schedule-- every three days, coming in the night about 2 am and going away around 9 am.  In over a month, the headaches have only deviated from this schedule once or twice.   How do you account for headaches on a regular schedule?     (No, it's no psychogenic.  These headaches had been occurring this way  for a few weeks before I reviewed my notes and became aware of their precise periodicity.)

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   Posted 12/15/2005 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello robadar,
Welcome! You've got a mystery on your hands. :-)
Is there something that also occurs every three days? Do you eat somewhere? Do you eat something? Do you go somewhere? If you're not taking something every three days that's triggering the headaches I would guess that a food, smell or environmental trigger are starting your headaches. Do you have meetings at work that are stressful those days? Do you come off a shift? What happens the day before or after your headache?
If there isn't a specific trigger then it's probably time for a preventative medicine. Your doctor / neurologist can help you with this.
Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
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   Posted 12/15/2005 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there!
This is not actually that unusual. I get migraines at the same time almost every day. It does not vary, no matter what I do. It could be hormonal, since it seems to be on a cycle. Do you keep a headache chart? I found it helpful. Otherwise, just plan for the headache and stretch out your neck and shoulders on that day to avoid a tension headache that could spiral into a migraine. On that third day, drink a lot of water and take an anti-inflammatory in the morning. That's my best advice.
Hope it helps.

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   Posted 12/16/2005 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Nicky and Jen,
Thank you for your comments.  No, there is definitely no periodical trigger than I can identify -- foods, medicines, routines, etc, etc.  Needless, to say, that was the first thing I considered.   Oh well, the mystery remains.

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   Posted 12/17/2005 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Bob,

That is not uncommon at all. From all my research a lot of people tend to have theirs on a schedule. Mine were worst at 8-9pm and then first thing in the morning on the same days.

Try, like Nicky mentioned, to keep up with what is going on during those days and right before. A lot of people experience what is referred to as "weekend or letdown" headaches...something like the opposite of "stress" headaches...where once their big stressors are down such as a big work project or now at this time of year a Holiday...they will notice that the headache sets in shortly after things settle down. Mine can do that or just the opposite, when I get extremely panicked from stressful events I can feel my pain flare up-I like to think of it as a side effect from the adrenaline rush that I am getting from the upset of whatever is going on.

Keep notes like that in your Journal-that may very well help you pinpoint. Then again, they are migraines and come when they want to...yours may just be on a 3 days schedule. Drink plenty, keep a tight sleep schedule and TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR about Frova, it can be taken before a migraine to prevent it in situations like that.


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