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    Migraine Treatment

    How to Get Rid of Rebound Headaches – Regaining Control

    “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!

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    Living With Migraine

    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. …

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    Migraine Treatment

    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. Ha! 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…

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    Rebound FAQ’s

    While Migraine Strong writes about the latest in migraine treatments, this is not medical advice. We are patient educators and all information you read should be discussed with your doctor. 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) Fioricet (combination of butalbital, acetaminophen and caffeine) and Fiorinal (combination of butalbital, aspirin and caffeine) 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?…

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    Migraine Treatment

    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…

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    Migraine Facts

    The Best Questions To Ask Your Neurologist About Migraine

    When we finally get an appointment to see a headache specialist or a neurologist, it is important to be as prepared as possible. We may have had to wait months for this appointment. You may have a million thoughts and migraine questions in your head right now. Let's sort through what to tell your neurologist about your symptoms and the main questions you want answers to

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    Medication

    Timolol For Migraine – 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 eye drops 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. 

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    Migraine Treatment

    How Drinking More Water Can Help Migraine and Headaches

    In social media, it’s not uncommon to see rants like “if one more person tells me to drink more!” Or the sarcastic, “Gee, why didn’t I think of that.  A glass of water to cure me of this disease I’ve had for 30 years.” When well-intentioned friends or family members suggest drinking more water as a remedy to our aching heads and neurological weirdness, I think most of us just bite our tongues while a few others may fire off a flippant response. But, does drinking water help migraines? Let's take a good look.

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    Migraine Treatment

    How To Assemble An At Home Migraine Treatment Plan

    Ever have a migraine attack bearing down and you blank on what to reach for to treat the attack? The misery and neurological changes that come with migraine attacks have the ability to wipe out thoughts of basic reliefs we know can help. This happens to me all the time and I end up relying on my Migraine Strong partners, Danielle Aberman and Jennifer Bragdon, to help remind me of things I can try. Having an at home migraine treatment plan in place helps me when my people aren't available to make suggestions. So what can we do to make sure we have our ducks in a row BEFORE we have…

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    Migraine Facts

    What is the Root Cause of Migraine?

    Back in my early days of episodic migraine I didn’t give much thought to the root cause of migraine attacks. It wasn’t until I had chronic migraine that I started to wonder what the heck was causing my once full life to get smaller and smaller.  I wanted to know what was wrong with my body so I could fix it. What was my root cause of migraine?