Posted by NickD (126.96.36.199) on March 30, 2000 at 10:12:16:
In Reply to: Relief - At least for me. posted by Steve Chard on March 30, 2000 at 09:42:57:
"Episodic migraines may be transformed into a chronic daily headache by excessive use of analgesics (pain pills), ergotamine, or any of the "triptans," such as sumatriptan (sold by the trade name of Imitrex in the USA). Similarly, episodic tension-type headache may be changed into a chronic daily headache by excessive use of analgesics. This latter type of change is much less common than the former. These daily, or almost daily, headaches are commonly called "rebound headaches" in the U.S.A. In addition, excessive analgesic use seems to worsen chronic tension-type headache and make it less responsive to the beneficial effects of preventive drugs."
If you are having short bouts with CH's, you are one of the lucky ones, I have gotten into the rebound stage several times and that is absolutely miserable, I have been on codeine for over a year, and now even looking at the pill makes me sick with severe reactions, had to have my torn legament rotator cuff air pumped up with no pain killers at all because I just had too much, developed reactions to most of them, just saying, whatever you take, think twice before popping that pill, may be okay for a short time, but if you are chronic, better to stay away, CH's are terrible, with a rebound, they are completely unbearable, speaking from some very bad experiences here.
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