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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/10/2007 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had daily headaches now for almost two years.  They are chronic daily headaches or new daily persistent headaches.  I can remember the exact day they started, and they started during a virus.  Since then I have had no relief.  I've been on a variety of medications, none which have worked, and I am now on my fourth neurologist.  I've just started taking lyrica, and its too soon to say if its working.  My questions are
1.) Has anyone with chronic daily headaches or new daily persistent headaches ever stopped having them?  If so, what did you do?  What medications did you take?
2.) Do you have vivid dreams of nightmares?  I have always had dreams, but not every night, but since the headaches started I've had them more and more frequently.  As of now, I have nightmares all night and feel as if I get little sleep.  Just wanted to know if anyone else had this problem.
     Thanks, KD

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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 6/11/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey KD,

First of all, Welcome to the Migraine Board.  Having had migraines for 30+ years now, I'm pretty well versed in headaches and pain meds.  My guess is that you have gotten yourself into a condition called "rebound" headaches.  If you take prescribed pain medication and/or over-the-counter(OTC) medication more than two days a week, you are overdosing your system, so your pain receptors don't get any benefit from the medication.  Thus, you have a headache everyday, and you try to medicate them away.  It is just a viscious cycle.  They only way to stop the cycle is to stop taking the pain meds and after a week or two, your system should be cleared out.  Suffering through this is by no means pleasant.  However, after cleaning out your system, your meds should work again if you only take them occasionally and as prescribed.

As far as the sleeping problem, see if you can get your doctor to prescribe something like Trazadone, a mild anti-depressant, which will make you sleepy.  I take it most nights, but it isn't addictive like specific sleeping pills.  It won't keep you from dreaming, but it might help to have more pleasant dreams.

Hope this helps and let us know how you are doing.

Leigh Ann cool

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