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Shinri
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What do you do when you've got a really bad headache, and you're afraid to take asprin for it?
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Well, i've never had asprin, but what works best for me, depending on the headache is IB profun, or advil cold and sinus if it's a bad sinus headache. What works for me is 3 reg. IB's, and 2 reg. advils. But before following someone else's medicinal advice on here, i'd ask your docter what they recommend you take, as your dose could be drastically different from mine.

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Gumdrop Girl
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you take an appropriate dose of tylenol.

have you tried drinking water first? a lot of times when i have headache, it's 'cause i'm dehydrated. are you on the computer a lot? it could be eyestrain. are they super intense, accompanied by weird spasms, blindness or vomiting and have lasted for a day or two? it could be an aneurysm (in which case, hurry to a doctor!!!)
anyway, aspirin is generally not recommended for persons under 18 because of a link to Reyes syndrome in cases where children taking aspirin while sick with the chicken pox came down with severe complications.

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Shinri
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Tylenol, asprin, ibuprofen, etc, I'd rather stay away from. Side effects of painkillers = more headaches.

Oh, and I'm 19 going on 20 (at end of April!) so I'm not too worried about Reyes syndrome, but I was just wondering if there were any alternative ways of getting rid of headaches WITHOUT resorting to painkillers/drugs.


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Gumdrop Girl
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well, too many things can cause headaches to really pin down one effective treatment (hence the water, tylenol, etc...).

there's an old wives tale that says if you pinch your ears with clothespnis, you won't have a headache anymore. i've tried this, and they're right. no more headaches. the side effects, though, are sore ears.

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Sallynha
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well, i have this thing that i rarely take any medication, i mean, i've never been seriously ill, so whenever i have headaches, stomachaches, or even a cold or something, i just wait for it to heal itself. i never take any pills, and i'll only do so if a doctor says i need them.

most of the times headaches are caused because we are tired or something, so they'll probably go away after some hours... lying down and relax or sleep can help while it lasts

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well i'm not sure if asprin and excedrin are similar, but i take excedrin and i find it works well.

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Do you get headaches regularly? If so, you could try making a journal of what was going on around you when you got the headache--perhaps something specific is triggering your headaches.

Aromatherapy could also be beneficial. Mixing essential oils with a carrier oil (such as vitamin e oil, jojoba, almond oil, etc) and applying them to your skin, or using a diffuser (a device that diffuses essential oil into the air) can really help. Some recommended oils are lavender, peppermint, spearmint, and chamomile.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gumdrop Girl:
there's an old wives tale that says if you pinch your ears with clothespnis, you won't have a headache anymore. i've tried this, and they're right. no more headaches. the side effects, though, are sore ears.

Another thing that works is firmly massaging the webby bit of skin between your thumb and index finger with your other thumb. Sounds crazy, but I find it works wonders for stress headaches.


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Laura
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Some other possible causes of headaches:

Caffeine addiction. I only drink two cups of tea a day, but if I don't have them right on schedule, I get a headache. So, either get your fix at the same time each day, or kick the habit.

Food allergies or sensitivities. I have problems with the sulfites they put in wine, so any wine or food that's made with wine gives me a headache, even if it's just a little bit. It actually took me forever to figure this out. So, if you're keeping a "headache diary" like Ashy said, also keep track of what you eat and drink.

Dehydration. GG said this already, but it's worth repeating. I remember reading somewhere that something like 95% of all headaches are caused by dehydration. (I don't claim that this number is exactly right, but I don't doubt that it's close.) Keep yourself hydrated.


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I get headaches very often, and I hate taking stuff for them, so i'll usually just take a short nap or make a cup of hot (chamomile or green) tea to nurse myself through them, or do the thumb-forefinger massage thing, or else you can try to massage the area by your temples. If it's really bad, tho, I'll take 2 Advil.

I went to see my doctor about all the headaches I was always getting, and he named flourescent lighting as a possible problem. Try to stay clear of bright flourescent lights, maybe, if that seems to be effecting you at all. That's why keeping a headache journal of sorts might help you figure out what's triggering your headaches. Other words of advice from my doctor: stay away from sugary or salty or highly caffineated foods, and make sure you are eating enough vitamins and fruits and veggies--if not, maybe look into talking to a doctor about taking vitamin supplements.

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