There it is again: that pesky headache is back, and although your physician recommended over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers or even prescriptions, the throbbing just won’t quit. The truth is you’re not alone, and the failure of traditional headache medications is much more common than you think. If you’re struggling with headache pain, AIMS Clinic highlights three key signs that medical treatments aren’t working as they should.
1. You’re still in pain after using medication.
This one is a no-brainer – if your headache symptoms don’t improve after taking OTC medications, it’s a good indication this approach isn’t working. Some patients even experience this frustration with prescription treatments, such as dihydroergotamine (DHE) or triptans. When these pharmaceutical approaches can’t get the job done, alternative treatments may offer more success.
2. You’re taking more and more medication.
Over time, many individuals find themselves taking larger doses of OTC medications more frequently. And if your doctor suggested a prescription, you may also be doubling up with OTC treatments at the same time, as well as turning to anti-nausea medications. While these common remedies are safe when used as suggested, taking too many OTC pain relievers can have serious health consequences, including kidney and/or liver damage.
3. You’re experiencing negative side effects.
In some cases medications come with negative side effects that outweigh the help they provide. Not everyone will experience side effects from their headache medication, but those who do may suffer:
- Vision problems
- Slurred speech
- Neck stiffness
Similarly, taking too much OTC pain medication can actually cause headaches as well. So if you’re frequently reaching for these treatments, there’s a possibility they will only make the pain worse and cause other complications.
Alternative Medicine for Headaches
For over forty years, AIMS Clinic has helped patients uncover the true causes of their headaches and migraines. Our team of holistic doctors begins by identifying the triggers of your headaches to help create a treatment plan focused on the root of the problem. We’ll analyze your full health history and address imbalances that may contribute to headaches.
From there, your individualized plan may include one or more alternative treatments tailored to your needs, such as:
Schedule a Consultation Today
Whether you want to reduce reliance on headache medications or avoid them altogether, AIMS Clinic can help you find relief for migraine and headache pain. Contact us today to learn more about our alternative headache treatments, or call 732-254-5553 to schedule an appointment.