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I get a lot of headaches and sometimes really bad Migraines . I usually take Excedrin at least 3-4 times a week . I’ve been trying to wear my glasses more often because I stare at a computer screen for 8 hours a day at my job and then I’m on my phone . What are some suggestions I can do to alleviate the pain without taking medications ? I heard tea might help but I’m not a tea drinker .

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You definitely won’t be able to take excedrin post-op being that it’s an NSAID. Only Tylenol. You should work out that kink prior to surgery. My bariatric nurse even told me they can compound nsaids into ointments to be used topically post op. You have quite a few options. Good luck!

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I am prone to Migraines and tried many non-medication remedies but found immediate relief with Triptan. When I feel a Migraine coming on, I take 50 mg of Sumatriptan and within 20-30 minutes, the migraine is gone. I know you stated that you'd prefer a non-medication route, and I hope you find one. But if the migraines become intolerable and are compromising your daily living, you may want to ask your physician about medication alternatives.

And just an interesting aside, I found that when my sinuses were dry, the incidence of my migraines increased. So I flush my sinuses every morning with a saline spray and then apply Triple Antibiotic Ointment (OTC) just before bedtime. These treatments were suggested by my ENT and have cut my migraine frequency by about 75%.

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I do neck stretches and lie down on the floor for a few minutes with a rolled up towel under just my neck. In my case my head hurts because my neck is pinched. An ice pack to the temples helps too.

However I think this is one of those cases of an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you start tracking things like foods, sleep, and stress levels you might be able to find and eliminate the cause.

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12 hours ago, marissaroth90 said:

@loain- I don’t really sleep well . I never have and my stress level is through the roof .

Have you been tested for sleep apnea? And if you have it do you use a CPAP? My sister would get a couple of headaches a week until she got diagnosed and started using one. Thinking of her I'm reminded that when she would visit her boyfriend in the city she would get headaches from the air pollution alone.

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I talked to my pcp prior to surgery and she put me on Imitrex to take when I get a Migraine.< br>I actually had my yearly checkup with her Monday and she wasn't happy that I'm still having quite a few Migraines a month so she she also put me on Topamax for prevention of migraines.. There are quite a few options nowadays, so it is worth talking to your doctor before your surgery since you won't be able to take NSAIDS.

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I've had chronic headaches most of my life. The only thing that helps me is regular chiropractic care as mine are caused by issues with my neck. As long as I get regular adjustments I am much better. Worth looking into!

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homeopathic remedies and/or chiropractic care could help. But you might need to investigate the root of the problem - Dehydration or leaky gut syndrome is tied to chronic Migraines, stress will amplify that.

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So I actually just brought this eye messager.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SM61FCT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glc_fabc_GJ3JH99E3M1BCZ3MJ680

I like it a lot. It helps with headaches and It's pretty relaxing before bed. It messages your temples which can provide relief and the heat feels nice. I only wish I could increase the pressure and heat.

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See a headache specialist or at least your PCP. I have Migraines and I have since I was in college (I'm 41 now). I was started on a preventative medication back then (topamax) which actually causes weight loss in some people and also sumatriptan (imitrex) for immediate relief when I get a Migraine. It made a huge difference. Also, getting a bite guard from the dentist because I grind my teeth during the day (during the pandemic it got so much worse!) and that causes migraines too. Now when I find my migraines getting more frequent I wear my bite guard for a few days to retrain myself and also limit my TV (that makes me grind my teeth and the lights can give me migraines too!). The imitrex works 100% if I do get a migraine, which I got this morning from crying (I had a panic attack trying to deal with my health insurance company.).

TL:DR - See a neurologist who specializes in migraines!!! You have to figure out what is causing your migraines and how to stop them

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