Heya Grumpy Nation!
I have been getting bad headaches. I do not like them.
I’m currently keeping a headache journal for my GP doctor to look at the next time I go in, but I would also like to try to stop having headaches before then too.
Known headache triggers: Flashing lights, pressure changes with the weather, yeast extract, dehydration, caffeine withdrawal.
I have been pretty good about avoiding flashing lights and yeast extract and I drink a lot of water and generally avoid caffeine. My weather headaches have been getting more frequent and more protracted, sometimes lasting days if the weather doesn’t change. I thought I would find a pattern with my cycle, but apparently not– there are weather patterns but not hormone ones.
One painkiller alone (advil/aspirin/tylenol) doesn’t seem to work– I need to double up sometimes with different painkillers and even then it’s not great. Sinus medicines make me loopy so if I take them I still can’t work. Dimetapp was working like magic for a little while, but I think I built up a tolerance. Sometimes DayQuil is enough and sometimes it isn’t. NyQuil is pretty good but it also knocks me out so I only take it at night so I can sleep.
I *think* magnesium supplements might help. Propel helps a little. This one fruit drink that my grocery story has that has magnesium and potassium might help. These supplements might blunt the pain, but it doesn’t go away completely.
Heat, particularly on my neck and sinuses works, but only so long as the heat is actually being applied. Ditto massages.
I tried one of those nasal squirt things that’s kind of like a cheaper neti-pot, but it was really unpleasant and didn’t seem to do anything much on first application except make me salty from the saline solution. Is it worth pursuing more? (It took a little while to get used to a bidet for the toilet, but also a bidet for the posterior area was never as unpleasant as the nasal squirt thing.)
What do you do when you get a headache? How do you avoid headaches? How do you make headaches go away?