It’s important to stay well-informed about your own health and the treatment options available to you. According to a recent study, 15% of people who visited their doctor about migraines were prescribed opioids despite the fact that the United States is experiencing an opioid epidemic and opioids are not the best treatment option for migraines. In fact, using opioids to treat migraines may increase the frequency and cause other problems like dependence, overdose, and addiction.

If you suffer from frequent migraines, it might be worth your while to find a second opinion, especially if the treatment your doctor prescribed isn’t working for you or you think there’s an underlying problem.

Are Medications Causing Your Headaches? Avoid Rebound Headaches

Explore the Cause of Your Frequent Migraines

One of the best ways you can avoid rebound headaches in the first place is by identifying what the cause of them is. Common causes of frequent headaches and migraines include:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Sleep disruption like sleep apnea
  • Dehydration
  • Hormonal changes
  • Hormonal birth control
  • TMJ
  • Skipped meals
  • Certain foods or medications
  • Loud noise or bright lights
  • Eyestrain

If it’s possible to identify the causes of your headaches, you can prevent rebound headaches from occurring by treating the initial cause. Once you treat the cause, you will no longer need to take medications for your headaches which cause rebound headaches. If you haven’t yet figured out what the cause of your headaches is, you might want to consider taking medication.

Ask: What Can I Take for Rebound Headaches?

The first type of medication you should try for your headache is over the counter pain relievers. It’s important to follow the directions on the OTC pain relievers so you don’t overuse them. This can actually help you prevent rebound headaches in the future which are often caused by misuse of medicine. If you use OTC pain relievers more than 15 days per month, you should make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your frequent headaches. It’s not common to have headaches this often.

Talking to Your Doctor About Rebound Headaches

When you visit your doctor to discuss your frequent headaches, it’s important to tell your doctor about which OTC medications you’re taking, how many you take and how often you take them. Your doctor should also know about any other medication you’re taking as it might be the cause of your frequent headaches. Medications such as triptans, butalbital, and opioids are among the highest risk of rebound headaches. If your doctor prescribes you a medication to take for your headaches, make sure you talk about the risk of potential rebound headaches.

If you would prefer to go a drug-free route, consider TMJ treatment. Oftentimes, temporomandibular joint disorders can trigger tension headaches, migraines and other types of headaches. TMJ treatment can reduce the severity and frequency of your headaches. Since the treatment is drug-free, you can use prescription drugs along with it for ultimate relief.

If you would like to learn if TMJ therapy will help you avoid rebound headaches, please give us at a call at (248) 656-2020 today for an appointment with a TMJ dentist at Rochester Advanced Dentistry.