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My most recent migraine was a doozy that kept me off the computer for awhile. I think one of the main triggers was a TMJ headache caused by opening my jaw wide at the dentist. My worst headaches are usually combos, such as when I get really tense and the pain just migrates from my neck to the rest of my skull. Allergy/sinus flares can quickly evolve into the mother of all headaches.

Once these set in, I find them really difficult to shift, perhaps because I can't just do what I would do for "just" a migraine or "just" a sinus headache.

How do other people deal with having multiple headaches that merge into one horrible beast? Better yet, if you know you have a sinus headache, how do you prevent it from mating with other headache triggers?

Date: 2011-11-03 02:41 pm (UTC)
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When I have a headache that's come from multiple sources, I find that it doesn't go away unless I treat all the components. That sometimes leads to me taking meds that may or may not be necessary (I can't always be sure what sorts of things are contributing).

For a sinus headache, I take Sudafed and Mucinex and lots of water. That's the combination that seems to work best for me. Sometimes I add a loratidine (Claritin) or benadryl. I haven't figured out how to stop a sinus headache from combining with other triggers, unfortunately, except by treating it fast, as soon as I get glimmerings of it.

Date: 2011-11-04 12:16 pm (UTC)
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I have a neti pot, but I almost never use it. I never thought to use it with a sinus headache.

I find that, if I don't treat the sinus component, the migraine comes roaring back as soon as the medication wears off. Fortunately, the medications play nice together. Certain types of stress/tension headaches respond best to a small amount of alcohol (about a wine cooler's worth), but then I have to be careful what else I take.

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