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Hi Alayna, I must be brief at the moment but I had suffered horrible tension type/migraines for 7 months straight with no relief. I have read of people having success adding essential fats to their diet. The salmon contains omega 3 fatty-acids. You can use fish oil pills too. My favorite brand at the moment is the NOW brand as it is a fish oil concentrate and supposed to be a good manufacturer/company. I use the Super EPA. Flax seed oil is another good fat that can be helpful for headaches. I went to alot of Dr.'s before finding the one who could help. For that 7 months all I did was research headaches. I had an MRI to look for tumor and then an MRA to see if I had an aneurysm maybe pressing on a nerve. The latter test I insisted on after getting paraniod from all the reading and researching I had done. I can tell you that I had to go cold turkey on anything that helped the pain, painkillers, aspirin, ibuprofen. Aleve is supposed to be the safest one in that it is least likely to cause rebound headaches. Going cold turkey helped to break the cycle. I also developed panic attacks and anxiety from the experience and that had to be treated too. I was prescribed Tofranil PM and Xanax which helped alot. I was hospitalized overnight but the program I was on usually lasts about a week. I left because I have a phobia of Hospital and I was afraid of taking new medications. I can tell you my first night their off of anything to mask the pain was hell. I was literally wrapped in blankets with withdrawal symptoms like I was a junky. They were going to use DHE 45 which has been shown to break a constant headache giving relief for up to months at a time and allowing new meds, diet, biofeedback, etc. to start working. My Dr. is Mathew T Ninan and he for intensive purposes saved my lifet. I will check in again. Tony
Thank you for your reply.
Over the last 3 yrs, we have discovered much about headaches and their causes. My understanding of why diet was the most sucessful thing to date was that his attacks were as a result of an excess of yeast.
We tried the fatty acid route and the flax seed oil for more than a year, and no luck.
We are now trying the 'cold turkey' route as you had said, and it is very difficult. Right now he is upstairs suffering horribly.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but am losing hope. Alayna

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Hi Alayna, I must be brief at the moment but I had suffered horrible tension type/migraines for 7 months straight with no relief. I have read of people having success adding essential fats to their diet. The salmon contains omega 3 fatty-acids. You can use fish oil pills too. My favorite brand at the moment is the NOW brand as it is a fish oil concentrate and supposed to be a good manufacturer/company. I use the Super EPA. Flax seed oil is another good fat that can be helpful for headaches. I went to alot of Dr.'s before finding the one who could help. For that 7 months all I did was research headaches. I had an MRI to look for tumor and then an MRA to see if I had an aneurysm maybe pressing on a nerve. The latter test I insisted on after getting paraniod from all the reading and researching I had done. I can tell you that I had to go cold turkey on anything that helped the pain, painkillers, aspirin, ibuprofen. Aleve is supposed to be the safest one in that it is least likely to cause rebound headaches. Going cold turkey helped to break the cycle. I also developed panic attacks and anxiety from the experience and that had to be treated too. I was prescribed Tofranil PM and Xanax which helped alot. I was hospitalized overnight but the program I was on usually lasts about a week. I left because I have a phobia of Hospital and I was afraid of taking new medications. I can tell you my first night their off of anything to mask the pain was hell. I was literally wrapped in blankets with withdrawal symptoms like I was a junky. They were going to use DHE 45 which has been shown to break a constant headache giving relief for up to months at a time and allowing new meds, diet, biofeedback, etc. to start working. My Dr. is Mathew T Ninan and he for intensive purposes saved my lifet. I will check in again. Tony
Alayna, what medications is your husband using for his headaches? Especially what preventive? I use Imipramine (tofranil) as a preventative. If I get a bad one I use Aleve. Aleve is Naproxen which is also a prescription medication. When I first came out of the hospital my dr. wanted me to use Propranolol too but being a medication phobic I was too scared to use that one. Usually you have to break the cycle of the headache and use a preventative med at the same time. "Rebound headache generally has the following clinical characteristics:" Taken from the internet.

chronic daily headache for at least six months;
medication gives only transient or partial relief;
headache is present upon waking;
no medical cause (i.e., hypertension, sinusitis, etc.) for the headache;
history of taking prescription or nonprescription pain relievers daily or almost daily, contrary to directions on the warning labels;
with overuse of medications, the headache "rebounds" as the last dose wears off, leading to a cycle of taking more and more medication.

Try finding articles by Dr. Ninan T. Mathew or Mathew NT (both the same person) on the web. Searching Mathew NT may pull up more articles. His specialty is chronic headaches and rebound headaches.