Our expert says:
If Grandpa didn't work nobody would take them - but there are problems that you may not be aware of. One of the main problems with taking painkillers for headaches is that
it often leads to Medication Overuse Headache (MOH). MOH is a problem
that occurs in headache sufferers who have to take painkillers on a
regular basis - the headaches become more frequent and more severe!
Because of this, the patient increases the dosage and takes the drugs
more often, and a vicious circle is set up, making the headaches worse
and worse. This can happen with any of the painkillers, but is far more
likely to occur when the medication contains more than one drug, and
especially if it contains caffeine or codeine. When the three are
combined in one pill, there is an even greater likelihood of MOH
developing. The worst culprit is a substance called ergotamine, which is
sometimes included in the “migraine kits” commonly available from
pharmacies. Grandpa Headache powders contain aspirin, paracetamol, and
CAFFEINE, so they definitely can cause MOH if taken regularly.
You want to know what you can use to replace them? The best advice is to have a proper diagnosis as to what is causing your pain, and have the correct treatment - which is possible for most headache sufferers withouth the use of potentially harmful drugs. If you had repeated chest pain you wouldn't just take pain killers - you would want to find out why you are getting the pain and where the pain is coming from. The same for headaches.
To get to the root of the problem, it is necessary to
undergo what is called a “multidisciplinary assessment”, which should include a neurological examination
to rule out any serious underlying condition. There are so many
different structures in the head and neck, all of which can be involved in the
headache process, that no single specialist can have all the knowledge
necessary to make a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis. For instance, a
neurologist will examine the brain and nervous system, a physiotherapist will
look at the muscles, a dentist will examine the teeth etc. For this reason, the
“multidisciplinary assessment” combines and integrates the expertise of different
specialists who would normally treat headache patients in isolation, into a
single more comprehensive body of knowledge. This enables the different members
of the team to provide a co-ordinated treatment plan, so that all the
contributing factors are addressed. To learn more about the multidisciplinary
assessment, please click here
This assessment must include a thorough examination of the
head and neck muscles to determine the presence of abnormal tension, and of the
external carotid vasculature to determine whether there is an arterial element
to the pain. For more information on how the muscles can affect headaches,
please click here.
For more information on the involvement of the arteries in the pain please
But is seems as though you know better. Enjoy your Grandpas and your headaches.
Headache sufferers often have a poor Quality of Life due to
the constant pain and associated symptoms. For a free assessment of how your
headaches are affecting your Quality of Life, click here
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