I really can't tell what kind of headaches I get. They are all weird and
different. Some I wake up with, some I get when I lie down. Some, just
spontaneously appear. Some are just twinges, and I wait to see if they will
just go away on their own.
I am under the care of a neurologist who is working with headaches. The
major problem with me is I have had headaches and migraines since I was
about 20. It runs in the family. I understand about Rebound headaches.my doc
took me off of taking any rescue meds. Esp, the fiorocet, and vicodin that I
have been taking for years. She gave me Amerge, for a week on a descending
Scale. I take Advil because I usually get aches and pains now, esp. when I
do physical stuff. My body at 64 is not what is was at 30 when I could dance
all day and teach and feel a bit sore. I HATE feeling sore now, because it
is a different feeling. So, I take Flax oil and it has helped a lot for the
soreness, but that is for the day after. When I have worked like today with
a pick ax, and shovel to do stuff, or walk the dogs for 30 mins, my back and
legs kill, so I take Advil. I have been told as long as I take it for
muscles it is fine. Doc never warned me off of OTC drugs. I will be seeing
her and I know she will hate the fact that the SRRI's are causing these. I
am sure, because there was a time when I was off of them, and I didn't have
a headache except for like 2 or 3 times that month. But getting back on
them, has upped the headaches again.
So, one has to choose between taking something, and I am only allowed 4
Amerge a week. Unless I am having a really bad week.
Then for the occasional month I am allowed to take more meds.
I am splitting my 10mg Lexapro into 4 parts, and dividing them to take
during different parts of the day. It seems to have helped the nausea, and
Maybe the headaches. It has only been 3 or 4 days I have been doing this, so
we shall see what happens.
I really wish I knew what each headache was... But can't tell. Truthfully,
I am not sure I buy the MAV thing at all.
I don't get Vertigo, I am always dizzy since I have no balance nerve on the
left side, and still working on VRT so I can get the other side to take
over. So, who the heck knows.?
It is all a mystery to me.
I usually use a heating pad and dark room, and sleep. But, that doesn't
work, then I will take meds.
They say to take them the moment you start feeling a headache, but why waste
the pills when you don't know if the headache is going to last or not. That
is the problem. Or if it is tension, or muscles. So..
How do you tell?
Do you guys really get Vertigo from this MAV stuff, or is the name another
one of the misnomers we get from the Medical community? It seems like they
will pull on anything to blame something on something, and come up with a
good new reason.
I was told I had MM 24 yrs ago. Then told NO, but only cause I didn't have
the hearing loss in the low end. So, even tho I had all the other symptoms,
I couldn't have MM, could I. So, what did I have for 24 yrs???
They can't say.
NOW they can definitely say: oh you have a Unilateral Loss. because they can
test that. And you have BPPV, because they have the wonderful new goggles
that show the eyes. So, I am lucky with that.
Thanks.for your post. If you can give me suggestions as to how to figure out
the type of headache, great.
I'm really sorry you've had a headache for so long. Is it hot where you
are? After 2 AM, when I reached the conclusion it was NOT going to cool
off, I went to bed with an ice bag and soaking wet socks last night, it was
Anyway, you need to establish what kind of headaches you have. This is
extremely important as MAVs get worse in the long run with any OTC (over the
counter) medications such as Advil. They might seem to work, but they cause
what is called Rebound Headaches. All of us with MAV are warned to stay
away from OTC products.
It is a terrible problem for us to sort out what is causing what. You need
to keep a journal, and even then, it won't be easy. Reasons for rebound or
recurrent headaches could be food, stress, barometric changes, medications,
OTC drugs, visual stimulations of the bad kind, too much salt, etc.. You get
What do you take for migraine medication, by the way?
I use an ice bag which helps the blood vessels contract thereby taking
pressure off the nerves. I don't get perfect relief, but it seems to stave
off major pain.
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