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Since giving birth I have had pretty consistent 'stress' headaches. I seem to get them as a result of lack of sleep, stress, teeth grinding and overall physical tension in my neck and shoulder muscles.<br><br>
I finally caved in a few weeks ago and started to take Tylenol for them when they last more then a few hours- which sometimes helps and more often then not doesn't help unless I take 4 (regular strength, so about 1000 mg) .<br><br>
I am wondering if anyone has found any remedies which helps for headaches since the obvious 'learn to relax' or 'be less stressed' isn't going to happen with a newborn, at least for a bit longer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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Lots and lots of magnesium!<br><br>
Epsom salts baths and orally magnesium taurate, glycinate or citrate.<br><br><a href="http://drcarolyndean.com/magnesium_miracle/" target="_blank">http://drcarolyndean.com/magnesium_miracle/</a>
 

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tylenol didn't do anything for mine & I switched to advil liquigels. If taking 2 of those(extra strength) do not work I will drink a coke & that will take care of it.
 

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can you take advil or aspirin if you're BFing still?
 

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I was given ibuprofen in the hospital for afterpains, I've always taken advil when nursing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (just not when pregnant)
 

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I would suggest that you visit your doctor. I suffer from chronic migraines and cluster headaches during the peak of Spring when all the pollen is flying around.<br><br>
They very well could be stress headaches (which are awful, no doubt about it), but if they are a specific type of headache there may be a medication your doctor could prescribe that would help far more than Tynelnol will ever be able to.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">tylenol didn't do anything for mine & I switched to advil liquigels. If taking 2 of those(extra strength) do not work I will drink a coke & that will take care of it.</div>
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If a coke is helping with your headaches, then you very well could also be suffering from migraines. Caffeine has long been thought to help with the pain caused by migraines. Although it is not effective for all people, it seems to help you. Here's a link: <a href="http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/guide/triggers-caffeine" target="_blank">http://www.webmd.com/migraines-heada...ggers-caffeine</a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goodvibes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Goodvibes"> Good luck, ithappened.
 

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yeah caffiene doesn't do anything.. I rarely drink but if I have a glass (or two) of wine I found that cures me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> . .<br><br>
its worth finding/asking a doctor about them. . I was just hoping there was some magic cure <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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I used to get these from working at my jewelry bench and they have come back since my son was born 5wks ago.<br><br>
I have found that taking +-1o minutes every day and lying on your back on your bed with your shoulders and neck hanging off the edge. just let all the tension release and if you can put your hands over you head, otherwise keep them on your belly. I went to a massage therapist who suggested this to me and it really helps.<br><br>
I've also found that trying to do yoga at least once a week really helps. It balances out all the strain.
 

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Im going to try to get to yoga wednesday. thanks for the neck tip, I am going to go try that now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">yeah caffiene doesn't do anything.. I rarely drink but if I have a glass (or two) of wine I found that cures me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> . .<br><br>
its worth finding/asking a doctor about them. . I was just hoping there was some magic cure <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"></div>
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Well, I would suggest you become a wino . . . but, well, that would be bad, wouldn't it? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck"><br><br>
And, yes, I really do think you should get to a doctor to check these things out. They're probably nothing serious (other than very, very painful for you. Again, I'm sorry about that. Headaches suck.)<br><br>
They're most likely not migraines, considering caffeine doesn't help and red wine does (a known migraine <i>trigger</i>). If they're not stress/tension headaches (still <i>very</i> possible), then I'm led to believe that they could be either cluster or allergy headaches - maybe both, as allergies often are the cause of clusters.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> Good luck to you. I hope you get this figured out soon and are out of pain as quickly as if possible.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Im going to try to get to yoga wednesday.)</div>
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Yoga is wonderful for health problems. I have a myriad of health issues, migraines and cluster headaches falling near the end of the list, and I heavily rely on yoga to help me center myself so that I can deal with the pain and discomfort - both pyhsical and mental - so that's a great thing to do.<br><br>
If you're rather holistically leaning (and by being here I suspect that you are <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) then you might consider looking into accupunture or accupressure, if that is at all possible. I was a skeptic at first, but now I'm one of those people who raves about it parties. Sickening, I know.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would suggest that you visit your doctor. I suffer from chronic migraines and cluster headaches during the peak of Spring when all the pollen is flying around.<br><br>
They very well could be stress headaches (which are awful, no doubt about it), but if they are a specific type of headache there may be a medication your doctor could prescribe that would help far more than Tynelnol will ever be able to.<br><br><br><br>
If a coke is helping with your headaches, then you very well could also be suffering from migraines. Caffeine has long been thought to help with the pain caused by migraines. Although it is not effective for all people, it seems to help you. Here's a link: <a href="http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/guide/triggers-caffeine" target="_blank">http://www.webmd.com/migraines-heada...ggers-caffeine</a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goodvibes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Goodvibes"> Good luck, ithappened.</div>
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yes I do. They were triggered by the pg of my first child. Usually advil will take care of it & the coke is after a certain amount of advil. My migraines are not typical ones though. They've become less & less frequent(and less severe) as my kids get older(my youngest is now 8)
 

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For years my dentist has been telling me I am grinding my teeth. I didn't believe her and my DH had never heard me do it.<br><br>
But, and a big but, I had nearly daily headaches uponi wakening that would last a couple hours and sometimes bloom into a migraine about 3 times a month.<br><br>
I finally got a custom nightguard from the dentist for about 200 out of pocket. I haven't had a single headache or migraine in two months.<br><br>
I too tried everything holistic. I got chiro adjustments regularly, massage occasionally, I tried elimination diets and detox diets. I gave up caffeine. No change in the headaches. The nightguard? Bingo.
 

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If you are breastfeeding, you may want to change the position and/or talk with someone skilled in assisting new mothers with breastfeeding. We often move ourselves towards the baby, whereas it is best to move the baby towards you, just as one example. Best wishes in resolving these headaches!
 
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