• 9 months ago

    OTC medicine does not work for my headaches

    hello! i've had problems with having headaches/migraines for a long time now. i get them multiple times per week. i have not seen a doctor yet, but i've tried managing my pain with OTC medicine such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aleve, advil, and now excedrin migraine. i don't take all of those at once, but i've switched between all of those medicines because i'll take them and then each of them will stop working for my pain so i try switching to another. should i go see a doctor? if so, what should i expect and what kind of questions should i ask?

Responses

  • 9 months ago

    RE: OTC medicine does not work for my headaches

    Absolutely go see a doc! Migraines are almost as individual as the people who have them with different triggers & symptoms that can be radically different for each person.

    I honestly thought I was losing my mind when I first started having mine & it was a very good doc who figured out that it was migraines & a neurologist who helped me with the symptoms. It's different for many people & finding the right medication or the right techniques to 'live with migraine' can literally be a lifesaver.

    Be aware that sometimes OTC (and prescribed) meds can cause a 'rebound' when you stop taking them... same for caffeine.
  • 9 months ago

    RE: OTC medicine does not work for my headaches

    Hi, I could suggest you a sublingual spray that relieves acute and chronic pain. I take it when I have a headache and it works well!
  • 9 months ago

    RE: OTC medicine does not work for my headaches

    Might you have "Cluster Headaches"? Your description of having them multiple times a week, and medication working then not working.
  • 8 months ago

    RE: OTC medicine does not work for my headaches

    More than often sinus has been known to be assessed as migraine. Since you have not been to a doctor yet, could it be sinus rather than migraine? Also, the medicine for migraine works best if you take if before the actual headache starts or at least as soon as you start getting it. It works best if you take it when you start getting the migraine symptoms. I also suffer from both types of headaches and only sinus medicine works for sinus pain and pressure. I take Sudafed and Sudafed PE depending on the severity of sinus pain. Also there is some technique that you can do to get rid of headache altogether which I have not tried yet but my mum has and she no longer has migraine. If you are interested then I can find more information on it.
  • 8 months ago

    RE: OTC medicine does not work for my headaches

    You do not describe the headaches. A Sinus headache usually is near, behind, your eyes. My mother gets Migraines, which she describes as someone inside her head with a hammer trying to beat their way out. My Aunt gets Cluster headaches, which she describes as multiple small bangs with a hammer on her head from the outside, one after the other in the same place. Those might ease and another pain start up near the same place, over and over. As she gets older, they get worse, more frequent, and sometimes nauseating. What meds work one day, or hour, do not work the next, but sometimes they do relieve the pain next week or next month. You need a headache specialist, Mayo Clinic, or such, before these headaches interfere with the quality of your life. A Doctor might have a very simple remedy that will alleviate your suffering.
  • 8 months ago

    RE: OTC medicine does not work for my headaches

    Please consider a med that used to be called Midrin. I understand that there is an equivalent to this available as long as the doc. asks specifically for this mixture. Some pharmacies don't carry this med. You need to ask the pharmacist before trying to fill it and asking doc for it. It worked great for me before being discontinued due to quality tests. You can still get the same med, but it may be difficult to locate.
  • 7 months ago

    RE: OTC medicine does not work for my headaches

    I've had migraines/chronic daily headaches for 4 1/2 years. go to a neurologist or get in to a headache clinic. That's where I go currently. They are neurologists who specialize in all headaches.
  • 6 months ago

    RE: OTC medicine does not work for my headaches

    You should see a Neurologist for your Migraine Headaches, I’ve been suffering all my life (since I was a child), I’m 62 now and finally there is a fairly new migraine medicine out on the market (since May 2018) that I now take, called
    ‘Aimovig’. It’s a shot you give yourself once a month; ever since I’ve been on this new migraine drug; I’ve only had one migraine where I had to take my rescue drug (Imitrex). I use to have migraines everyday; now I haven’t had any (except for one) since I’ve started on the Aimovig on 01/15/19.