Flexeril for tension headaches

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I was referred to a neurologist, who dx's tension headaches, and rx'd Mobic, Skelaxin and PT and time off work (8 weeks). No help. I switched to Flexeril at the suggestion of my GP and that helps me to sleep. My neruo ref'd me to an anethesiologist for trigger point injections this week. He dx'd occipital neuralgia as a result of the positions I was probably in during surgery and said to lay off PT.
I was referred to a neurologist, who dx's tension headaches, and rx'd Mobic, Skelaxin and PT and time off work (8 weeks). No help. I switched to Flexeril at the suggestion of my GP and that helps me to sleep. My neruo ref'd me to an anethesiologist for trigger point injections this week. He dx'd occipital neuralgia as a result of the positions I was probably in during the gyn surgery and said to lay off PT.
The last Neurologist I saw believes that my issues are tension headache related and from my neck muscles being extremely tight. While this could be true, is it possible for tension headaches to last 24/7 for a year straight? I have worked in front of a computer for the past 7 years for very long hours at a time. Anywhere from 8-12 hours/day. The doctor believes this is having a huge impact on my headaches and the neck stiffness.
Barring that, my personal belief is that namenda and topamax are the best thing going for both migraines and tension headaches as prophylaxis. I took them both together and they helped some. I also usually added in an antidepressant known to suppress headaches (of which there are a few). And I did also take the magnesium supplements with it as has been suggested - still do in fact, along with some other vitamins.
Doc then took me off saying I could not take it for an extended time. I was assigned a new PCP, and saw her for the headaches because it's very intolerable and I when I turn my head to the left I feel pain, like someone pinching me inside. She did a cspine xray, showed nothing. She said it was ok for me to take the Flexeril every night that it was safe to. I have been out of Flexeril (trying to see doc to get more) I've been getting the headaches, one lasting 2 weeks.
However, at this point, let us first address the increased WBC count by taking your antibiotics and returning for follow-up as requested. The headaches could be due to primary headaches such as migraine, cluster, tension or combination. Or it can be due to underlying condition. Imaging studies and further tests will help determine the probable cause. A headache tracker here in Medhelp may help identify the possible triggers of your headache. Knowing them will help you avoid recurrences.
but not when I am lying down if the pillow is a proper pillow and I am NOT in a prone position (face down) ... prone positions are TERRIBLE for headaches, both tension type and migraine... horrible trigger, terrible for the neck... it is highly suggested that you sleep on your back or on your side, but NEVER on your stomach.
For the past few weeks I have been throwing around ideas as to the best way to respond to this matter. You see a recent article ( Feb.3 , 2009 NY times) titled "Best treatment for TMJ May be Nothing" nearly made me clench my jaw to pieces. While well written, I found that the author, Ms. Brody, relied heavily on out dated and narrow perspective supplied to her by a small group of dentists.
gave me a shot of Toredol and also gave me a prescription for Fioricet. The Fioricet worked very well. I have a lot of tension headaches too and of course they accompany my migraines (as if one weren't fun enough??). I have been using the Fioricet for pain in general and it has worked better than anything else I have ever taken (Flexeril, Baclofen, Ibuprofen 800, Tylenol w/Codeine). I usually need pain meds roughly 3-4 days a week. My dr.
For the past couple of years I have been doctoring for the same symptoms with no help or answers. Chronic fatigue, headaches, strange sensations in left arm shoulder and left side of head, terrible memory problems, concentration and focusing difficulties, mood problems, and chronic pain. I keep getting different diagnosise from depression to fibromyalgia. I have had every test done from blood work to sleep studies. Recently I went fir a ct scan because I thought I broke my nose.
I just wish the headaches would go away. They seem to be tension type-in the back of my head. Wake up with them about every morning.
I remember reading in some post (but can't remember which one) something about someone being on Mobic for headaches. What exactly is Mobic (what are the major ingredients) -- can anyone tell me? I'm still looking for a good alternative to hydros to help me with chronic tension headache pain.... Thank you! ~K.
I use it for my neck, it works amazing at relaxing the neck muscles for me and actually helps relive tension headaches i get from my neck issues. As for muscle relaxers, (just in my case) flexeril didn't help at all, but baclofen works great. Hope that helps and good luck to you.
medications as simple as tylenol or advil if used too much can cause rebound headaches that are even worse then the headaches for which the medications were started for. This is very common and is most likely to occur with use of any medication for your headache more than a few times a week. It can occur with all the commonly used headache medications such as ibuprofen, triptans (such as imitrex), fioricet, and commonly with any type of narcotic such as tylenol #3, dilaudid, percocet, etc.
I'm debating myself whether or not to give the flexeril a shot for myself (for chronic daily tension headaches).....but in the past, it's always made me drowsy and in a fog the day after I took it at night. So, I don't know. Maybe my body has changed. Anyway, did I understand correctly that you think it's the FLEXERIL that is causing the cluster headaches? Just tryin' to figure all of this out. Wish I could be of more help re: muscle relaxers.
For the two weeks prior to the blood test I was taking Flexeril at night, almost every night (one 10mg tab). This was for tension headaches. It is probably irrelevant, but due to concerns about my gall bladder I had an abdominal ultrasound and abdominal CT with and without contrast in March 2006. They were both normal. I have had the Hep A and B vaccine. I was tested for Hep C last year and the test was negative. I have done nothing considerred risky since then.
I then awake every morning with what I think is a tension type headache-like a band the base of my head. When I stand up or sneeze, it will help for a moment. I sleep on a cervical pillow on my back, with a small wedge pillow under the back of my knees. I sleep with a NTE device on my teeth, so that I don't clench. I do various stretching exercises and those for the neck muscles. I have had MRI's, sleep studys (no sleep apnea), deep tissue massages.
I got a rx for flexeril today for what the doc thinks are tension headaches I'm getting. I have no worries about abusing them because they put me to sleep within 30 mins of taking. Anyway s I took one this afternoon and of course crashed on the couch, when I woke up I was having the worse RLS ever!I never got it too bad during my detox of vics,when I did it was always my arms,but this was horrible,I ended up walking laps around the cul de sac until they calmed down.
I was taking Topamax (Topiramate) for my migraines which my Doctor told me also helps with tension headaches. I had to quit taking the Topamax because it made me extremely aggressive and slow in thought. Now I am taking Flexeril (Cyclobenzaprine) as needed and going to Physical Therapy twice a week. I have been going for the past three weeks and I have seen tremendous results but I still have a long way to go.
Have had headaches for two weeks now, starts at right ear, goes down side of neck. Feels like whole right side of face is numb. Doesnt feel like a migraine, have had those, and I get a jolt of pain somewhere else on my head. Went to Doc, thinks its tension headaches, I am not convinced. Gave me Naproxen and Flexeril. No help. Although Flexeril puts me to sleep. Anyone else feeling this way, I would like to hear about it.
So I went to the doctors and they checked me out and signed it off as a pulled muscle or a pinched nerve in my neck and prescribed me to immetrex for the migraines and flexeril for the neck. She said that if I still felt the pain the next week to go back. On the following Monday I got another bad headache and went back to the doctors. The Dr. ordered a cat scan and the test came back negative. Positive for a brain but negative for any damage. The Dr.
They gave me Immetrix for my migraines and Flexeril for my neck and to go back if it didn't go away after a week. The same feeling kept coming on and going for the days to come and the following Monday suffered another migraine.(6 weeks had past from the first migraine and the starting of the daily stiffness, tension, and headaches.) So I went back to the doctors, they checked my eyes and neck to see if I had any damage. All the symptoms pointed to a concussion but I haven't had any neck trama.
I have had MRIs and they all say normal but the doctors keep putting me on new medicines. Ive tried all the meds for migraines and tension headaches and nothing helped. I now take topamax, naproxen, flexeril, percocet, toradol, and one other that im not sure of the name. Doctors jeep putting me on medicines for certain things but nothing helps.
I'm now on Gabapentin (300mg 3x daily) for the nerve damage he believes I suffered along with the fractured vertebrae (or because of it), Flexeril (5mg 3x daily) for muscle tension/pain (because I was getting frequent severe headaches and he thinks its from muscle tension due to the back pain), and Tylenol 3 (w/codeine & only as needed) for times the pain gets really intense.
Remember, ifs usually heating pad for the neck and cold pack for the head. At least for some. Did you have a neck trauma not just before the headache but even six weeks ago? Think back becuase that could be a whole different story. If they are Migraines you need to be on a preventative and I would avoid SSRI and the like. good luck!
Hi Yes. Exertional headaches and headaches secondary to spine problems are the closest differentials here. Just be careful when pursuing your daily exercises. Do some stretching first before engaging in strenuous exercises. Do these moderately and try to rest and relax in between .Nevertheless, have a baseline assessment done so that other conditions may be ruled out.
Also, if I may add my two cents. When I get tension headaches I like to take a warm shower and massage the lower couple inches of my neck. After a few minutes you can feel the relief!
I realise that we probably all have different reasons for our headaches..but I will add my recent experience around the time of dx. I had had constant headaches for about ten weeks and felt concerned that I kept taking painkillers. My consultant said they were not related to MS and were probably stress induced..but I was not convinced as I had not been stressed all this time.
BUT I must say, the Topamax works well for migraines, but only migraines...I still suffer tension headaches like the dickens (that's some old skool lingo right there) but I feel like I'm chewing on dog sh** most of the day....horrible...but it was WAY worse during w/ds from the percs. Weightloss is a side effect from Topamax...um....can I take two?
i have been on a ten year journey that has progressed into straight up 24/7 misery.
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