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I need an alternative to Headache Tablets

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by Krato, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. Krato

    Krato Member

    For as long as I can remember I've struggled with headaches and I've tried to not take painkillers for the headaches but I find myself getting very grumpy when my head is pounding like that and I'll end up taking some for sake of those that have to deal with me while I have a headache. Problem is, I wake up with headache and even though I take tablets for it by lunchtime it's back and I take yet some more tablets. I take between 6 and 12 headache pills a day and I know that its not good for my health especially in the quantities that I take. What alternatives are there? perhaps natural medicines or some kind of therapy? preferably something that I can do at home in the morning and maybe even during a quick break from work.
  2. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    I used to have this problem too when I was younger but not so much any more. I don't know if that's because I'm older, because I've changed my life and/or because of some of the techniques I have taken or not but I very rarely get headaches any more. Did you know that most headaches are either caused by tiredness, dehydration, lack of fresh air, hunger, tension and anxiety/stress? They could also be a result of your lifestyle or diet. Personally, I resist from taking any medication and prefer to relaxation techniques, self-hypnosis, meditation or other psychological techniques.
  3. Krato

    Krato Member

    @Sparkster thanks for the informative post, I actually did know about the various causes of headaches but I have no idea which one of them is causing mine, I eat small portions of food throughout the day and drink between 1.5 and 3 liters of water every day so its not that, I will look up some of the techniques you mentioned and give them a try! The painkillers are taxing on ones health and ones wallet.
  4. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    Have you spoken to a doctor about these symptoms? Are you sure this is headaches and not migraines? If so, that could be caused by something else.

    Some of the techniques I use are quite simple. For example, before I lie down to go to sleep I stretch first. I lie there for ten minutes then tense all the muscles in my body (bit by bit, not all together), hold them tense for five seconds then let go and relax. The secret is to consciously focus on the feeling of them relaxing.

    It also helps if you use other hypnotic type techniques such as when letting go and relaxing the muscles, close your eyes and imagine that as you let go and relax, you sink down into the bed a little.

    Creative visualization can also help. Such as visualizing yourself lying in the sun on a desert island. Not only visualize it but imagine what it feels like on your skin, imagine the sounds you can hear, the smell of fresh air, etc. Use all the senses to focus on it internally and maintain that focus. Technically, this would be self hypnosis.
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  5. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Yes, I think you need to see a doctor. It is not normal to have those kinds of headaches, and they could be a symptom of something more serious. I would see what the doctor's could tell you about your headache pain. You may need to get an MRI. Also, if they are migraines, there are separate treatments just for that.
  6. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    First you should do research on what change in your diet you have to make. There could be many different reasons you have this problem. Sometimes it's caused from having your cell phones and wi-fi on all the time. If the problem get's to bad ask your doctor if there are natural alternatives to these pills you're taking. There's plenty of natural cures you can find online.
  7. Krato

    Krato Member

    Thanks for all the informative posts guys. I've been to a doctor about the headaches but the answers I got were very vague, it could be my neck, or my sinuses, or my back or my eyes.... So yeah, it didn't exactly narrow it down. I do get migraine sometimes but it's been about 2 years since I've had a really bad migraine. I will definitely look up some of the natural medicines. Lying in a dark room with a cold damp cloth on my forehead/eyes and just trying to relax helped a bit, took the edge off during but the pain was back after.
  8. KingEeyore

    KingEeyore Member

    I couldn't imagine taking so many pills a day. Have you taken a long hard look at your diet? I personally believe this is related to so many different issues from physically to mentally. Foods and your gut bile can dictate a lot of things in regards to your health and well-being. Headaches can be included in that. There's also specific neurological test you could do as well. I would look at your diet and eliminate sugar and caffeine for starters. You might find your headaches get worse at first for a few days, but there's a chance you will fell better in the end. Just a thought.
  9. Krato

    Krato Member

    Thanks for the advice, I've cut out on coffee almost entirely, well I drink like 2 cups a month maybe although I my sugar intake is still more or less the same. I have low blood sugar and get the shakes real bad sometimes. I'll google for some dietary information as I don't really know much about it. Good thought!
  10. melody

    melody Active Contributor

    I hope you read this, because I got ulcers in my small intestines from taking too much Ibuprofen. If you do that with Tylenol, then you can get liver or kidney failure. Your headaches might qualify as migraines at this point. Basically, if you can get your doctor to send you to a neurologist, then he can prescribe something called a beta blocker, which can help with those head aches.
  11. GettingBetter

    GettingBetter Senior Contributor

    Lots of headaches are caused by eye problems, so if your doctor couldn't help I'd definitely suggest getting your eyes checked. If you need an updated perscription for corrective lenses this could cure recurring headaches fast. Or if you are at a computer a lot it can just be eye strain. It can also be related to dental issues too so if the doc and the eye doc can't help, it may be time to make an appointment with your dentist. Definitely think you should seek the root problem here!
  12. Krato

    Krato Member

    Thanks for the info, I'll definitely go check it out when I get the chance, optometrists and dentist are very expensive in my country so perhaps not both at the same time... I develop computer games so I am at my PC all day.
  13. johnyork

    johnyork Active Contributor

    You could try some home remedies. Recently I've been trying Basil. Basil, the strong-scented herb used as a topping for pizzas and pastas, certainly tastes and smells good.
  14. rz3300@

    rz3300@ Senior Contributor

    I have been getting more and more into herbal teas as a remedy for things like headaches and dull pain relievers, and there a whole bunch of options out there if you can find the right place. We have local place here that has a whole room dedicated to different teas and they have some for headaches. Just do some research and see what you can find.
  15. Davienna

    Davienna Community Champion

    I personally hate pills. When I get even the flu and I am told to take multi symptoms I don't, I try to fight it off naturally. I fear getting addicted as there is my issue with Dinintel and as much as I hate taking pills I can't seem to stop taking them. In your situation I however think it's best to see a specialist because you need to first find the source of the problem, that is finding out the cause of the headaches.
  16. explorerx7

    explorerx7 Senior Contributor

    I notice that you have not mentioned a doctor in your revelation. It would be wise if you have not done so already, to consult your doctor on the matter. Maybe your doctor could probably prescribe an alternative course of action. You have admitted that the taking of so many of these pills could be unhealthy for you, so do the right thing and stop taking them in these potentially harmful quantities.
  17. darkrebelchild

    darkrebelchild Community Champion

    I would suggest a visit to the doctor, you @Krato may need surgery; but if this is not an option I would like to vote for Chinese medicine. It is herbal, quick and permanent, you cannot continue to live in pain when there is a remedy.
  18. Cheeky_Chick

    Cheeky_Chick Community Champion

    I used to get headaches a lot, and then I had my eyes tested and found out that the problem was with my sight, and that I needed glasses. Now, my eyesight has never been better, and most of the time my head is perfectly clear without any issues at all. So you should try it, and see if you could improve it for yourself before having to reach for the painkillers.
  19. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Sounds like maybe you have migraines. I would find yourself an herbalist. Chinese herbs or an N.D.. Natural pathic doctor. I usually use chamomile tea for a basic headache. It's anti-inflammatory. Yours sounds like a deeper problem. Something is askew. I took an herbal blend for migraines a long time ago that worked really well. I don't remember the name of it. It was all natural.
    Best way really too is to start eating a ton of raw foods. Berries, grapes, & melons for something like this. I would even just eat fruit for as long as you can to flush your system out. It will help you eliminate whatever is causing the headaches.
  20. morgoodie

    morgoodie Senior Contributor

    I get headaches often as well and I have found that using peppermint oil on my temples works very well at getting rid of them. It is a natural alternative to get rid of headaches and it smells nice too. I immediately feel the oil working on my headache as soon as I begin to rub it in.