Headaches Lasting 4 Weeks

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SInzana
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   Posted 7/2/2018 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
So, I have had an ongoing headache for about 3 and a half weeks. It is really bad when I wake up in the morning, and then becomes a dull throbbing and kicks back up again around noon. I've had migraines for years, about 2-3 a month that I control with Maxalt. These headaches are not responding to the Maxalt or to ibuprofen, paracetamol, or any allergy medications. I've gotten these long headaches every year around this time and the doctor always tells me it's a sinus infection, but this has lasted much longer and has been worse than an I've ever had before. I've tried topamax in the past, but could not deal with the side effects. At this point I feel like I'm not even living. I get enough energy to go to work and I'm exhausted by the time I get back home. I can't do housework, I'm in a masters program and I keep missing school, I went shopping with a friend this weekend and my head hurt to bad that I've lost the will to shop, which is a big deal for me. My doctor cannot get me in until the end of the month and I don't really know what to do now. Has anyone experienced this?

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 7/5/2018 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
do you know whether it's hormonal? Sometimes birth control pills can help keep your hormones balanced, if you can find the right one for you - that can eliminate a lot of migraines. I know for some people this isn't an option. I hit a point where I was trying everything and still struggling, since I struggle with depression, I was open to an antidepressant. For me, pristiq eliminated my migraines almost entirely. I also did well on ponstel, which is an NSAID, but unfortunately I have IBD and I can't take NSAIDs. I would 100% take the antidepressant again, but it also had some side effects. Some positive impact too, for me anyway, I was much less bothered by negative thoughts. I think a good headache specialist is helpful. A month wait is a long time... None of the tripthans were a slam dunk for me sadly. Zomig was better than maxalt but everyone is individual.
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Regina Davies
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   Posted 7/12/2018 5:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Can someone advise any other pills which can help me? I have a nearly same issue which lasts shorter, but it's periodical

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 7/16/2018 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Regina, please read my post above. Lots of options to try there. The best solution is finding a good headache specialist and trying some options. For me, the most effective solution was the antidepressant, but I didn't like taking something every single day so I stopped it. Are you looking for something OTC?
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