Anyone with effective HA remedies? - page 2

I have been getting more and more headaches lately (a few a day), and I'm running out of options. Imitrex doesn't work, because they aren't migraines. I've eliminated caffeine, exercising more,... Read More

  1. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by sunnygirl272
    sex.
    Ahem.

    From an email I just received about the benefits of sex:


    9. Sex actually relieves headaches. A lovemaking session can release the tension that restricts blood vessels in the brain.

    10. A lot of lovemaking can unblock a stuffy nose. Sex is a natural antihistamine. It can help combat asthma and hay fever.
  2. by   spot
    I stand corrected. How could I have forgotten such an entirely pleasant remedy?!?!?
  3. by   RN-PA
    For headaches that are stress/muscle tension-related (started in tight neck and trapezius muscles, radiating to entire head), I take Ibuprofen 800 mg along with Flexeril-- They come in 10 mg, but I am often helped by just 2.5 to 5 mg (I use a pill-cutter). If that doesn't work (I can usually tell when the H/A settles in on my forehead over one eye), Imitrex has worked. Non-med help at times: a good cry and/or sex.
  4. by   Furball
    a sledgehammer dipped in scotch
  5. by   Stargazer
    Make sure you're well-hydrated. Nothing gives me an ugly headache faster than being dehydrated.
  6. by   meh
    I take excedrin migraine and that usually helps. Are you overly stressed here lately? It could be a number of things. Sometimes if I sleep my H/A's go away. How long since you gave up caffeine? You could be having withdrawals. I went to a Dr. once for H/A's and he recommended I drink a cup of coffee or a soda and that might help. It never really worked for me; might for you.
  7. by   longtermcarern
    vicks vaporub, for me the cure all to darn near everything
  8. by   Jamesdotter
    For rebound H/A, my MD took me off all pain relievers, and had me take 500 mg of naproxen (generic for ?) at bedtime. It worked, but I find if I take the offending drugs (tylenol, excedrine, etc) for discomfort other than headaches, I end up with a headache. And it's been a couple of years since I took that cure!
  9. by   maggie7
    I hate to admit it cause it's my mothers' cure-all for everthing, but as longtermcarern says, Vicks vaporub, especially on the temples and forehead, works wonders.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am concerned when anyone has headaches of this frequency. I would see a dr and possibly get referral to a neuro. GOOD LUCK I know they can be hell...could be all the stress of nursing school, ya know...or something else. hard to say. Feel better soon, Reb.
  11. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Originally posted by Jamesdotter
    For rebound H/A, my MD took me off all pain relievers, and had me take 500 mg of naproxen (generic for ?) at bedtime. It worked, but I find if I take the offending drugs (tylenol, excedrine, etc) for discomfort other than headaches, I end up with a headache. And it's been a couple of years since I took that cure!

    are you saying that rebound headaches can occur with ibuprofen or tylenol? I thought they were just from narcotic analgesics for headaches. Maybe that is my problem then! I take ibuprofen or tylenol atleast once a day for headaches!
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    You can suffer rebound headaches from taking too many of any type of med. That is why I would say, if suffering this much, one may benefit from a visit to a neuro or ENT. Throwing meds at it really does not solve a chronic problem.
  13. by   nicudaynurse
    "honey not tonight I have a headache" That famous quote is no longer going to work. Darn it.

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