Dealing with Chronic Headaches
Anyone else suffer from chronic tension headaches and have some tips for how to deal, or alternative remedies? I’ve had a tension headache for the past 2 1/2 weeks. It waxes and wanes, but I generally wake up with it and go to sleep with it, with minimal respite. I'm also feeling nauseous and weak with the headache. Unfortunately, my migraines usually start with tension headaches so I’ve had about 5 over the same time frame, which is way more than I usually have (2-3 a month).
I haven’t been sick, am healthy in my mid-twenties, get plenty of sleep, haven’t started new meds, drink lots of water, and don’t eat/drink artificial sweeteners. I’m on a preventative for migraines (Propanolol), and take Imitrex when the headaches actually cross the line into migraine. I saw my doctor yesterday and she is pretty stumped on the cause. She ran blood work and suggested I start with taking Sudafed, in case my headache is sinus-related, then have a follow-up appointment in the month.
In the mean time I’m having trouble functioning and would love to hear any advice people could give me. I have a busy life with two jobs, my horses, boyfriend and social life, and all I really want to do is crash after work in bed, in the dark (and making it through work is tough). I’ve also wound up with an ulcer, so I’m limited in what NSAIDs I can take for pain relief without wanting to crawl up the walls (Imitrex too but I will take burning ulcer pain over a migraine). Any ideas for what to do/try? I really would like to get on with a functioning life and not feel like hot dog doo.