Hi all, I'm (26F) looking for some tips for how to manage the daily headaches I've been having for 6 weeks now. They started suddenly about 3 weeks after I had COVID, so I am sure that's related, since I've had some headaches/migraines before, but never to this degree daily.
Basically, at some point in the morning or afternoon I develop a headache for the rest of the day. It often starts with tingling/pressure in my left sinuses and my left eye, sometimes I get sharper eye pain as well. I would say over 90% of my headaches headaches are in my left side, especially forehead/temple. I also sometimes get left cheek/tooth aches (my teeth are fine, according to dentist!) and floaters in my left eye when outside now.
I've seen many doctors, ENT, neuro at this point to confirm I'm having headaches/migraines not caused by anything else, and have taken antibiotics, steroids, OTC pain killers, sumatriptan, all to no avail.
I still take ibuprofen and acetaminophen sometimes (I try not to every day!) to help if a headache gets too pounding, but it never completely goes away. Sumatriptan has helped but with major side effects of head pressure, dizziness, extreme fatigue and weakness for 2-3 hours, so it hardly seems worth it when my headaches come back every day anyway. I was prescribed nortriptyline, but went off it after two days because I saw it was raising my heart rate/lowering heart rate variability.
I was recently prescribed topamax/topiramate, which I plan to start taking soon and hope it works with minimal side effects! I also take B2 and drink a magnesium supplement, and just started using a topical CBD salve.
Does anyone have any other lifestyle/medication/general health tips that have helped them when trying to heal from daily migraines?