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Old 07-01-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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Please share what you do when you have a headache? what works best?
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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Aspirin works for me, and I get pretty bad headaches due to damaged crainial nerves.

I take 1000mg of Bayer buffered.
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Two 650 MG of tylenol works if I have a headache and I don't get headaches often.
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:22 PM
 
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I used to get the worst migraines and went to see a chiropractor hoping for relief. That was in the late 1980's. I haven't had a migraine since and it made me a believer in chiropractic.
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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The very first thing you should do is hydrate, because a lot of headaches are caused by dehydration. And then lie down and relax.
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:03 PM
 
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Re-hydrate and 2 extra-strength Tylenol.
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:01 PM
 
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Cup of coffee.

These days, most of my headaches are when I forget my morning coffee.

I'm a migraineur, and we tend to become caffeine dependent. Meaning, we get caffeine withdrawl headaches.

So one of the most popular migraine/headache medicines is Excedrine.... which has aspirin + caffeine.

I wouldn't recommend aspirin for headaches though. Aspirin is a blood thinner, and if you get used to popping 2 aspirins everytime you have a headache it could be dangerous.

Each of my parents has a bad story from popping aspirin for headaches. My mom developed ulcers from taking TONS of aspirin daily for headaches/migraines. My father once in college had a horrible headache from ?not sleeping for a few days and took Aspirin non-stop for 24hrs trying to get his project done (?maybe dozens of aspirin?). He suddenly passed out...... and woke up days later in the infirmary. He was hospitalized for 1 month. To this day, he has no idea what happened.

They say that if Aspirin was introduced as a "new" medicine today asking for approval from the FDA, it would not be sold over the counter. It would be prescription only - that's how dangerous it can be.

So if the coffee doesn't work, I hydrate and take two extra-strength Tylenol. And sleep.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:10 PM
 
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I had headaches from the time I was at least 2 years old. Each one lasted 1-2 full days and were so bad that I had to stay in bed all day long. I remember having an EEG (that showed nothing) when I was 3 years old.

As I grew older, I spent all my weekly allowance on aspirin and, by the age of 10, I was taking 6-7 aspirin at a time 5-6 times a day. (Sounds unbelievable but it's true. I took a minimum of 40 aspirin per day, every day. My parents knew I was taking aspirin but didnt know how much.)

I missed at least one day of school each week and, if I hadnt gone to Catholic schools, I'd never have been promoted to the next grade due to my poor attendance.

Someone once suggested to me that the headaches might be a result of aspirin-rebound. But I had the headaches before I ever started taking aspirin. Fortunately, I never had any side effects from the mega-doses of aspirin I took every day.

I tell you all this only to let you know that, because of headaches, the quality of my life was very poor from the time I was a baby until I turned 30.

When I was 30, I bought a very large dog. When I walked him on leash, he dragged me mercilessly and caused my neck to snap a few times. As a result, I had to have daily traction treatments for a month or so as an outpatient at a local hospital. Following those traction treatments, I never had another headache. That was 35 years ago and I still cant get over how wonderful it feels to wake up without a headache.

Coincidence? I dont think so. I think my neck got out of alignment either during birth or shortly thereafter. Perhaps SDBorn's experience with a chiropractor was similar to my experience with traction. in any event, I'd suggest traction/chiropractic to anyone who suffers from debilitating headaches.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:49 PM
 
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Ibuprofen. Always helps. I get headaces mostly from sinus congestion or heat.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Same here....Ibuprofen! 1 or 2 tablets.
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