• old fashioned typewriter with my migraine story on the paper
    Chronic Migraine,  Migraine,  My Migraine Story

    My Migraine Story: Learning to Manage Chronic Migraine and Rebound

    By Paula Sicord I had my first migraine attack when I was 11 and sleeping at my grandmother’s house.  I thought I had a brain tumor.  I was misdiagnosed with a mono-like virus, which began a long pattern of mistaken diagnoses.  I was mainly diagnosed with sinus infections, many every year, until I was in my 30s.  At that time, I diagnosed myself with migraine and sought help.  Typical Symptoms My most common symptoms for years were pain behind my right eye, pain in my sinuses, sore throat, dizziness, neck pain, and exhaustion.  I handled them well, with Advil and Sudafed, thinking they were sinus related, until my mid 30s. …

  • Girl with hands over her face
    Chronic Migraine,  Rebound

    Regain Control: How to Get Rid of Rebound Headaches

    “You need to take less medications to get rid of rebound headaches”, a doctor I have never met before said to me when I was sitting in his office. I had my 2 year old son in a stroller with me. He was whining (my 2 year old, not the doctor) and I was trying to entertain and keep him quiet with a milk bottle and a rattle. I knew what that doctor saw that day. A stressed out, exhausted, mother of a toddler who was pregnant with another child who was over medicating with Excedrin. Of course she’s having constant migraine attacks. She’s in rebound! But I did not…

  • Too many medications used to treat migraine can can lead to rebound headaches
    Medication,  Migraine,  Rebound

    The Vicious Cycle of Rebound

    What is rebound? And how do you tell the difference between rebound or frequent/chronic migraine?  The more commonly used term in the medical community is medication-overuse headache (MOH).  We call it ‘rebound’ as MOH tends to imply patients are to blame for their pain. Rebound happens when prescribed and/or over-the-counter (OTC) meds used to relieve pain, begin to cause pain or “stop working.” Initially, I didn’t know about rebound. And besides, I couldn’t possibly have rebound from medications prescribed by my doctor! My triptan (sumatriptan) had worked beautifully for many years…until it didn’t.  Maybe I just needed a bigger dose? Perhaps I could take it with ibuprofen or another NSAID (non steroidal anti-inflammatory…

  • Medication,  Migraine,  Rebound

    Rebound FAQ’s

    What prescribed meds contribute to rebound? Simple analgesics – Prescribed NSAIDs (i.e. indomethacin, naproxen) Combination pain relievers (i.e. Fioricet) Triptans (i.e. sumatriptan, rizatriptan) and ergotamine medications (i.e. DHE) Opioids (i.e. tramadol, hydrocodone, codeine, oxycodone) What over-the-counter meds cause rebound? Simple analgesics – NSAIDs (i.e ibuprofen, naproxen) acetaminophen, aspirin Combination pain relievers (i.e. Excedrin Migraine, Excedrin, Goody’s Headache Powder) Does Aleve cause rebound? How about Tylenol? Yes, for both medications.  They are simple analgesics. Why would my doctor prescribe meds that would put me in rebound? Doctors want to help their patients feel better. Many are not aware of the risk of rebound, especially if they are general practitioners. Some doctors…

  • 6 Steps To Escape Rebound Headaches #MedicationOveruse #Migraine
    Medication,  Migraine,  Rebound

    6 Steps To Escape Rebound Headaches

    If you are reading this, you suspect or know that you are in rebound and are considering what it might take to escape rebound headaches. I’m not going to sugar-coat it. The process is miserable. If you are in rebound, many attempted treatments may not work to get migraine under control. So, educate yourself about what to expect and how to optimize the process so you can get prepared and find your motivation. You are not alone in this. Many of us have been in a terrible rebound cycle at least once. The good news is that there is a good chance you will go back to your baseline, episodic frequency once you are ‘on the…

  • essential oils for headache
    Alternative Therapies,  Essential Oils,  Natural Treatments

    Essential Oils for Headaches- An Informative Guide

    Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts made from any part of a plant including leaves, stems, bark, roots and rinds. Makers use many different methods such as cold pressing and steam distillation to reduce them to concentrated oils that capture their scent. The benefits of these plant essences include congestion relief, pain reduction, feelings of wellness, relaxation and more. This guide will not promise you a magic cure to your migraine disease by using essential oils for headaches. Instead, it will show you the very useful place they hold in our migraine relief tool kits. While they can’t control our disease, they can help to ease the symptoms of…

  • Caffeine and migraine. cup of latte
    Diet,  Rebound

    Caffeine and Migraine – Trigger or Treatment

    Does caffeine help migraine attacks or is it a trigger? This is one of the most frequently asked questions of neurologists. The topic of caffeine and migraine is often hotly debated on social media and is usually eye-opening. In general, caffeine helps the average person with headaches and occasional migraine attacks. They may enjoy a rich cup of coffee each morning to get things going as well as an afternoon pick-me-up. And, some people love to relax after a nice dinner and sip an espresso, cappuccino or cup of decaf. They may notice that their occasional tension headache or even migraine attack vanishes after enjoying a strong cup of coffee.…

  • bottle of timolol maleate drops for migraine
    Medication,  Migraine,  Research,  Science/Research,  Timolol

    Timolol Eye Drops For Migraine: Is It The Right Abortive for you?

    Timolol eye drops for migraine is a big topic of conversation in our private Facebook group. Why would glaucoma eye drops be so interesting to people with migraine? A couple of small studies have shown Timolol maleate ophthalmic drops (0.5% solution) to be effective for treating acute migraine attacks. This article will explore how timolol for migraine and vestibular migraine can be an effective and less expensive option for treating attacks. The goal is to give you information to evaluate if Timolol maleate eye drops 0.5% ophthalmic solution is an appropriate treatment to discuss with your doctor.