Trash.Panda

75d

Is it okay to take OTC painkillers (paracetamol and ibuprofen) every day? I've essentially been shamed for using them several times a week by former neurologists. One of the first things they always wanted to do was get me off all OTC medication to rule out medication-overuse headaches. Lo and behold, there have been years of my life where I didn't take any OTC meds and it never changed the frequency or intensity of my headaches; it just made them harder to manage. My headaches currently aren't the worst issue. It's back pain and other chronic pain that's just a bit more manageable if I do take painkillers. But I'm not sure if that's likely to negatively affect me in other ways. Not currently seeing a specialist. On the waiting list for a pain clinic

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One of the replies in the context mentioned that taking Tylenol or ibuprofen consistently can actually cause rebound migraines. The neurologist suggested creating a rotation where longer breaks are taken between them and alternative pain relief methods are used in the middle, such as Botox injection, CBD, or acupuncture. However, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice.

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    • justanothertuesday

      61d

      I try to avoid them. Ibuprofen irritates my GERD and paracetamol doesn't work and gives me headaches. Do you see a physiotherapist? It could be cervicogenic headaches. Some exercises can help. I have similar headaches to what you describe and recent surgery on my cervical spine. I still haven't found a solution 😕

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