I’m so glad to have found this site, and I apologize for the long post but I’m frustrated, scared and feel alone. I’m sure most of you can relate.
I’ve had headaches for the last fifteen years or so, and have been able to control them with Excedrin or Relpax. In the last few months, they seem to have gotten worse and I’ve gotten into a bad cycle of rotating through those two meds in a week – I probably take one or the other a total or 2-3 times a week, possibly more.
I can tell a headache is coming because my neck tightens up and starts cracking when I try and move it. I feel like I’m caught in a rebound headache cycle but for the life of me, cannot shake the headaches or resist taking something for them. There’s been so many tears over the last few weeks because I’m so frustrated. I’ve never gone to the ER for a headache though – the meds are still able to knock ’em out. They just keep coming back.
I have an appt Monday with a headache specialist (YAY) and I’m hoping he can help me come up with a plan to detox from the meds. Cold turkey is just not working. I’ve also just started cutting out gluten/sugar/caffeine and I’m hoping that will help.
I also just saw a neuromuscular dentist last week because of jaw pain and clicking. He said headaches and neck pain could very easily be related to the TMJ issue. So, I’m checking on insurance coverage to see if that’s a viable solution.
So…I goes I’m curious to hear how anyone navigated the headache rebound detox, if they’ve had success with TMJ treatment, and or have any advice in general. I just read something on another thread about migrane status something and that made me anxious (I have severe anxiety, especially when it comes to health) and now I’m worried that I should go to the ER. But this isn’t a migraine that keeps me in bed and knocks me out, it’s manageable.
Thanks for listening, I appreciate it.