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Does anyone have a good headache cure??

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I have had a constant headache for THREE WEEKS.

I have a very bad neck and shoulder due to two injuries and some surgery that I've had recently, but this headache is just not going away. I'm having some physio on my neck at the moment, which is helping, but it's a slow road.

Does anyone have any tried-and-tested headache cures? I'm just sick of taking Mersyndol I seem to have developed a resistance to it!!
post #2 of 18
Have you tried an ice pack on your shoulders? I put my back out a while ago and it created awful headaches, putting an ice pack on my neck and shoulders really helped the pain.
post #3 of 18
A headache lasting this long warrants a visit to the doctor doesn't it? IF you haven't already been that is. But it does concern me that you have had this for so long. Poor you! I would like to know a cure also - I have a bad chesty cough and every time I cough, my head hurts! Grrr!

Maybe yuo could try migrastick on your temples. The peppermint oil helps the headache - or just try sniffing peppermint oil, either way, it would be the same, I guess.

post #4 of 18
My hubby gets a lot of headaches...and he has found that Excedrin Migraine and coffee (not decaf) together help him often when perscriptions don`t.
Sometimes he can ward one off by shrugging his shoulders upward (as if to try to touch his ears with them....of course you can`t, but that`s the direction.) He holds the position, pushing up hard & holding the position for several seconds, then slowly releases and relaxes his shoulders. He repeats this several (maybe a dozen??) times, and swears that it often keeps him from getting one, or at least feels that helps lessen it. (I realize that with just having surgery you may not be able to try the latter for awhile...and I`d check with Dr. first too before doing these exercises )
I hope something helps....I`ve not had too much experience with headaches personally, except for one really bad one YEARS ago....I could`nt even stand ANY sounds at all. That one headache was enough for me to have all the sympathy in the world for anyone who suffers from them on a reg basis. BLESS your heart...and your head!
Linda
post #5 of 18
If your headache has been going that long you may need to call the Doctor i hope you fill better soon
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
I work for a doctor!! His helpful answer was, `It's probably tension ... ... or cancer (chortle chortle).' But don't be mad at him he was mucking around - he's a great boss.

I will go to see a doc soon if it doesn't clear up - I've tried a few things like stopping coffee and trying VERY hard to stop sitting on one leg on my work chair, and frowning at my computer all day - never realised I did that until last week!
post #7 of 18
i was going to say.. dont you work in a hospital??

Maybe youre pregnant?
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Good Lord don't say that!!! Even though a baby would be welcome, it's not really the kind of time I was planning on having one!!!

No, I'm not pregnant - I'm just overworked and underpaid!!! Lol...
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva!
Good Lord don't say that!!! Even though a baby would be welcome, it's not really the kind of time I was planning on having one!!!

No, I'm not pregnant - I'm just overworked and underpaid!!! Lol...
Say there...maybe you are onto something! Maybe a raise would help! (Can`t hurt to ask anyhow, can it???)
Linda
post #10 of 18
Take 2 Aleve or Advils, drink a whole pot of strong coffee (NOT decaf: decaf is for wimps) and get some nookie.

It's a proven fact that those things work at getting rid of headaches.
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
LOL!!! I don't mind the nooky idea!! In fact tried that yesterday - think it might have worked...lol lol lol
post #12 of 18
for my bad, non-migraine headaches, i take a combination of excedrin, ibuprofen & ketoprofen [orudis kt]. i also use acupressure points, which sometimes help. it's hard to describe those - easier if you see a pic, which of course i don't have handy! but if you open your hand, there's a point midway betwee your thumb & 1st finger, about an inch in, that can help if pressed. press hard, & try to find the tenderest spot - that's usually the right one! there's also a point just below the elbow crease on the inside of your arm. the point is towards the outside of your body - i.e., on the right side of your right arm, the left side of your left arm - & again, it should feel tender. hope this helps! also, try these links: acupressure points & this one acupressure this last one has pix!
post #13 of 18
Becoming more aware of your body is great for your health. What I mean is, try yoga or Tai Chi where you learn to focus on your posture and breathing. This carries over to everyday life and you become much more aware of things like: sitting with shoulders hunched up, legs crossed, frowning and tense - your posture could be giving you headaches. You learn exercises that you can use for brief relaxation breaks throughout the day, like micro breaks.
Of course, the nookie idea is way more fun and works too! :
post #14 of 18
I was involved in a rear-ended auto accident several yrs ago and suffered whiplash so every once in a while if I do some task (like today-stacking firewood) that will cause my neck to get stiff I do this.........
This advice is what I did from my 6 weeks of physical therapy....

Sleep with a tightly rolled up bath towel inside your pillow-or even if you are sitting in a chair or on the sofa-do this.
My 1st PT exercise was to place fingertips on chin to hold head straight and gently push your head back (KEEP SHOULDERS DOWN!!!). You will get the hang of this and not have to keep your fingers on your chin!! I did this in bed before I got out of bed (10 times). Then in shower and then out of shower and once before I left house and then every couple of hours!!!.. Or slowly twist head side to side. Or tip head to side and gently push down a bit further. These always help me!!
Or could you be having sinus problems???? Drinking enough fluids????
When I had a really bad headache last week in Vegas aspirin didn't work but Excedrin migrane did the trick.
Hope my info helps a bit.
post #15 of 18
If I were you I'd either get a massage or see a chiropractor because it sounds like you have tense muscles and/or things that need to be adjusted. When I get a headache, I find massaging and pressure-point massaging on the head, neck and shoulders really, really help (and melt away any other added stress as well) and the same goes for being popped and cracked! I rarely take headache medicine, because I don't like taking medicine, but if I have a migraine I take simple Ibuprofen and it works.

I hope you feel better soon!
post #16 of 18
My ideas besides seeing a doctor. Massage, a warm bath, getting enough sleep! Also taking time to just close your eyes and relax during the day.
Do you wear glasses? B/c that's how I know sometimes that they are either- outdated, really scratched or really dirty.
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zak&rocky
My ideas besides seeing a doctor. Massage, a warm bath, getting enough sleep! Also taking time to just close your eyes and relax during the day.
Do you wear glasses? B/c that's how I know sometimes that they are either- outdated, really scratched or really dirty.
Wow great advice everyone - which will be enthusiastically tried soon!

Good point about the glasses - yes, I do, and they are old, scratched and dirty. It's been a good 18 months since I had my eyes checked - I never thought of that. Better go see the Optician!
post #18 of 18
YOu have had lots of good advice here. I hope something works for you and that you will soon feel better.
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