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Tension headache
« on: March 03, 2014, 06:40:14 PM »
Does anyone have any ideas on how to get rid of a tension headache? It comes and goes throughout the day and is at the back of my head/ base of my skull. I go for regular massage and chiropractor, use heat and cold, muscle rubs, stretch my neck and take advil and Tylenol and it keeps coming back. I know it's a common anxiety thing just wondering if anyone has found a way of getting rid if them??  :winking0008:
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Re: Tension headache
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2014, 06:45:52 PM »
ice on the back of the neck really helps me. also, ice on my forehead. i have several water bottles in the freezer that are always ready to go, because of my frequent headaches. tis the season for headaches, that is for sure. best of luck - and i hope you start to feel better. ALSO, i hear dark chocolate is a good thing for tension headaches.
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Re: Tension headache
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2014, 07:08:12 PM »
Thanks! I will freeze some water bottles tonight and give it a try. Also I'm not opposed to eating chocolate lol. Thanks for the tips :)
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Re: Tension headache
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2014, 08:25:15 PM »
I also use an ice pack.  I'll wrap it in a towel and place it behind my neck.   You may want to try Excedrin Migraine.   The combination of caffeine, aspirin, and acetaminophen works wonders.

I hope it helps and you get some relief.
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Re: Tension headache
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2014, 08:59:19 PM »
I didn't know Excedrin had migraine pills! I will be picking some up tonight! Thank you!
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Re: Tension headache
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2014, 09:11:01 PM »
Yes!  That's the only medicine that stops my migraines immediately.  I've even tried prescription meds that didn't work.

You can buy the generic or store brand that compares to Excedrin Migraine.  It's usually much cheaper and works the same. :)

Post back if it helped.
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Re: Tension headache
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2014, 09:26:30 PM »
Miserable tension headaches. I use excedrine and ibuprofen together to make them stop. or, well, to lessen them. The best way to use medicine with these headaches is right away, as soon as you can. If you let it go on for a few hours before doing so, your reactions to the pain will probably make it hurt worse, and be much harder to stop later.

Ive also found long shower to work well. anything to keep my head tilted slightly up while standing, and the warm water is nice too. Im sure like many of us, you spend a lot of time with your head at a slightly awkward angle to look at the screens of various electronics. That doesnt cause the headaches, but it sure doesnt help them either.
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Re: Tension headache
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2014, 09:52:54 PM »
Thanks for the advice and tips! I do hold my head awkwardly but mostly because I have that lovely off balance on a boat feeling right now lol and yes iPad and computers don't help!
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