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Headache alternatives

anjuanaanjuan Posts: 236
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all-

Well, only 4 days until surgery so I am under the med restrictions and can't take my usual alieve for headaches. I know that I will also have this restriction after the fusion. What are alternatives that some of you take for headaches? By the way, acetaminaphine does nothing for me. I am worried about how I am going to handle this. :SS Thanks for your help!



  • I can relate to your problem because I am a headache sufferer also. Do you have migraines or tension headaches? Since mine are mostly migraines or migraine-like, I take something called Midrin-A, that was OK to take because it does not have either aspirin or ibuprofen. The generic form is OK too. Vicoden (1/2 tablet most often is enough) is also OK. Hope that helps.

    Good luck, hope you get rid of that nasty headache!


  • I too take Midrin. I take two at the beginning of my headache and one an hour until it subsides. I usually don't need a fourth. If your headaches are that bad you might talk to your doctor about something like that.
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  • I used to get migraines and the best thing I found for them was one of those rice-filled thingies that you put in the microwave to heat up. Even narcotics didn't help with mine. You might try the things I mentioned (cannot remember what they're called) and you can get them in a small version that just fits over your forehead.
  • - Magnesium supplement
    - lavender essential oil rubbed into temples
    - antiflam or amber cream rubbed in to neck and jaw and upper traps find trigger points by pushing slow and hardish and hold them for a few min (ease off the pressure if thay make you feel sickish these ones are very sensitive points)
  • is really great for regular headaches, though for migraines it usually doesn't hold up.
    Dont use it though if you have low blood pressure as it lowers it further.
    It is a vasoconstrictor so widens the arteries and veins in your head (that is why you put it on the temple) and allows the blood to flow through and lessen a headaches. Also helps with sinus headaches.
    If your headache is from tight muscles in your neck then a good natural remedy is a simple heatpack and a very gentle massage.

    Hope you find something that helps you
    Blessings Sara O:) (qualified aromatherapist)
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