Originally Posted by angelina3000
Um ... you could go to your doctor and request stronger meds, or you could go to a masseuse/physiotherapist and see if it's something to do with the muscles in your neck (I used to get a lot of tension headaches that were referred pain from muscles tensing in my neck).
Eww, yuckers, Valerie. I'm sorry you suffer with these!
I'm asuming you're under a doc's care here (if you're talking about meds). Maybe you should call him/her and review the treatment, as it doesn't sound like it's working. if you're not seeing a doc, maybe you should. Sometimes the OTC stuff doesn't work and you need something more specialized. Why suffer?
Oaky, that said, it would be beneficial to try to understand what exactly causes the 'tension', and recognize it sooner. Early detection of anything usually leads to quicker recovery. What is it that causes the stress and what can you do to recognize it coming on sooner? Napping for 3 hours after a full blown headache might not (understandably) be an option, but closing your eyes for 20 minutes sooner in the process might actually work.
You cannot get out of stressful situations, unfortunately, but maybe you can find ways of better managing them once you recognize what's coming at you.