Q. Years ago I was trapped in a vicious rebound headache cycle from taking narcotics almost every day. I had to endure painful withdrawal to stop those drugs. Today I am better, but I will soon need back surgery. I am scared to use narcotics again. What else can I use for pain? Continue Reading
By Jack Gladstein, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Headache Clinic, University of Maryland
Q. My teenager is getting a lot of migraine headaches. I worry that she takes too many painkillers. Can she get sick from taking too much over-the-counter medication? Continue Reading
I have suffered migraine headaches with severe neck pain for 36 years. I started getting headaches at age 12, and I’ve been diagnosed with migraine, cluster, tension and rebound headaches. I have tried diet, biofeedback, meditation, massage, chiropractic care, Reiki, and even Botox, which did help the headaches in the back of my neck, but insurance does not pay for the injections, and they are very expensive.
I have also tried every medication there is for the last 36 years. I am now on Fiorocet, Maxalt, Imitrex, Ultram and Vicodin. Imitrex works the best for the migraine, but you can only take so many each month, and the Fioricet helps the tension headaches, but now I’m taking them daily. When I do get rid of the headache it always seems to come right back before I go to sleep. I cannot sleep due to the pain; I have to take Ambien daily to get any sleep. I had to give up my career due to this excruciating nightmare pain. Continue Reading
Q. Years ago I was trapped in a vicious rebound headache cycle from taking narcotics almost every day. I had to endure painful withdrawals to stop those drugs. Today I am better, but I will soon need back surgery. I am scared to use narcotics again. What else can I use for pain? Continue Reading
Triptans and Headache
Q. Do triptans cause rebound headaches? Will there be a generic for Amerge coming out soon? I take 3-5 Amerge tablets a week to manage my headaches. Continue Reading