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Old 12-05-2005, 07:14 PM   #1
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Question waking up with headaches

i have been waking up with headaches more then usual for a while now...i've always gotten alot of headaches in my life.i take alot of aleve, tylenol and other pain meds...i always get bad headaches right before my period...i've been using the contour memory foam pillow in hopes that would help alleviate waking up with headaches, but that is no longer helping...i wear a nightguard when i sleep since i clench my jaws...i have neck pain and headaches when i wake up in the morning and if the headache is bad i get knots in the jaw area and rub them to help them go away...not sure if i have migraines or tension headaches...whatever they are i'm sick of them!

does anyone know if there is any kind of good pillow out there for people that have neck problems and sleep on their stomaches? i've searched all over and it seems all the pillows are for people that sleep on the backs & sides....

also, is there any good kind of over the counter meds for headaches?

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Old 12-06-2005, 04:34 PM   #2
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Re: waking up with headaches

also, is there any good kind of over the counter meds for headaches?
Strongly suggest that you see a doctor to find out *exactly* what is causing your headaches.
Taking too many *over the counter* meds is the main cause of *rebound headaches*.

I am also a stomach sleeper. Not because of my migraines but, because it's my favorite position. I've never used pillows. As a matter of fact I hate pillows & I've never suffered from any form of neck pain (except when I have a migrain attack).

Have you tried not using pillows? Or if you must use one how about down pillows?

Old 12-07-2005, 10:09 PM   #3
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Re: waking up with headaches

I have heard buck wheat pillows are good. I have never used one. I still haven't found a pillow I like! lol! They take forever to break in and once you do, it seems to go flat.

Old 12-08-2005, 03:14 PM   #4
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Re: waking up with headaches

Hi Donna,

I totally agree with Mz Migraine. It fits perfectly for rebound headaches or MIH (medication induced headaches).

A smaller than prev. thought percentage of h/a 'ers will get rebound headaches or MIH that are actually caused by the analgesics they take to treat the pain.

Any type of analgesic - from aspirin to morphine - could be the culprit. After a while, if you are taking pain meds. (any kind) more than a couple days a week, your body will get used to them and when a certain amount of time goes by, if they haven't received them, they will mimic a migraine in order to get you to give them another pill or 2.

Waking up at night fits perfectly because if you are used to taking something every 4 hours or whatever, and you fall asleep, your body, around 4;00a.m. goes 'hey, where is the medication?' and sends a signal that gets more and more painful until you wake up and deal with it. It sounds almost ridiculous, but it is true.

The way to check is to stop taking all analgesics meds. for a period of 12-16 weeks. The normal thing that will happen if someone is getting rebound is that the first 3-4 weeks will get increasingly worse and be very hard to get thru. But once that is over with the next few weeks get easier and easier.

That is why it is so important to keep a journal or diary to keep track of what you took, when you took it. Pretty much all h/a specialists will want you to do a total withdrawal if you are new to seeing them.

You mentioned a few different meds. that you are taking. Some are more likely than others to cause MIH. Can you tell us how often you take meds. and how much etc. tec......

We could be totally off base here, but it's the first thing that I thought of.


Old 12-13-2005, 02:32 PM   #5
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Re: waking up with headaches

I also read somewhere that the kind of pillow you use doesn't really make a difference with headaches anyway - I also went out and bought one of those expensive foam countour pillows - a chiropractor swore up and down this was the cause of my waking headaches - but guess what? I do still get them, so that experiment failed for me!!

Old 12-24-2005, 08:30 AM   #6
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Re: waking up with headaches

Sleeping on your stomach is the worst sleeping position ever. Your neck is all twisted.
Try, try not sleeping on your stomach. You can place small pebbles on your hipbones to make you not sleep on your stomach (I had a friend who tried that trick).
I too have experimented with different pillows. My chiropracter swears by those roll pillows but I hated that one. That one was the worst for me.
I have a contour pillow and it was ok but not perfect. I still use it when I'm watching tv in bed but I don't sleep on it.
I love my feather pillow. It's a down pillow. I was also waking up with sore back and neck muscles so I completely re-did what I was sleeping on.
I kept the same mattress since it was quite new. On top of the mattress I have one of those memory foam pads (I think I got the 2 inch one - maybe 3") and on top of that I have a feather bed (which I adore!).
I rarely wake up sore any longer. The bedding takes some work the next morning.
I fluff the featherbed everyday when making the bed (I never used to make the bed).
And I air it out in the sun once a week if the weather is nice.

Old 12-24-2005, 01:06 PM   #7
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Re: waking up with headaches

We got a new mattress a few weeks ago. Pillowtop with memory foam by Sealy. AMAZING. I used to get really bad back aches and it has totally helped them. My headaches are getting a lot better too. I think my neck & spine were out of whack.

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