5 day long headache

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   Posted 12/21/2007 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had a headache for the past five days. It started on Sunday after sitting in a recliner (in the past this seems to trigger a headache). The pain was worst on Sunday night but by Monday morning it had lessened. However, despite taking advil and taking a hot shower (both of which usually clear it up fairly quickly) I still have this headache. The pain is not overwhelming but annoying. I have had headaches for years and although this is how they feel, they havn't lasted this long.  I called my doctor's office yesterday and they suggested that I try taking some Claritin. I took a Claritin-D 24 hour tablet last night and still have the headache. I need to know if this is something I need to be worried about or if it could be a tension headache or sinus headache that is lasting longer than usual. It is important to know that I have anxiety issues and tend to think the worst of any symptom I experience. Any advice you can offer would be helpful

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Date Joined Dec 2004
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   Posted 12/22/2007 3:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and Welcome to Healingwell,
Just a few quick questions that can help us figure out where you are in the "game" of migraines/headache...Have you been diagnosed with migraines? Is THIS headache different than the ones you are used to having (except the length)? What do you normally take for a headache, just the OTC you mentioned or are there other things including preventatives?
I would definitely see a doctor because it is not good to have any pain for 5 days! With migraines in particular, if you have head pain more than 72 hours, without 4 hours of relief you are at risk for additional problems.
Please let us know.
My suggestions when I get to the point where I have had migraine pain for days, I take medication prescribed by my doctor (hopefully without waiting until the head pain gets too bad), I feel ice pack is better on my head than heat, so I apply that...I try to rest in a dark room with little to no noise.
Things that help me, I make sure my hair is down to alleviate pressure on my head...I take a hot bath and try to relax and sometimes I will have my fiance rub my back/neck (hey, at least it takes my attention off my head!)
Hang in there and let us know how you are doing!
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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 12/22/2007 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope your headache has stopped by now. However, if it hasn't I'd like to echo Sara's recommendation to talk to a doctor. At the very least I would say that you ought to call your GP. Good luck!

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