Best treatment for Headaches?

I’ve been suffering really badly with a severe headache behind my right eye. It’s near the corner of my eye, in a bit and then a little way up towards my eyebrow. I always get headaches behind my eyes and have done for over 20 years, but this one is like the gift that keeps giving! It’s making me vomit at times (this is normal for me) and although high strength painkillers like zapain will get rid of it for an hour, it then comes back worse. I have had a bad cold and I have noticed my right cheek bone hurts to press so I thought it could be sinus related but decongestants don’t seem to be helping.I was in bed at 8 last night with it, managed to eventually fall asleep then woke at midnight sick and in pain. Then the same again at 4am when I succumbed and took 2 syndol. It eased off after about an hour and I fell asleep until my alarm went off but once up and about, it came back. Any ideas? Or recommended drugs? Reluctant to go to the doctor as it seems wrong to go about what is essentially a headache!


  • Eeeek
    November 13, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    I would also urge you to see your GP ASAP Scats, but I don’t want to be alarmist although others have rightly pointed out the risk of ignoring what you are experiencing..

    But to look on the more optimistic side, one of my sons suffers from severe sinusitis from time to time and the symptoms you describe are almost identical and no decongestant or painkiller will touch it – he can only lie in bed as he is sick even trying to lift his head because of the pressure and pain. A course of antibiotics and really heavy duty prescription painkilling (might be anti inflammatory too but not certain on that) meds have him feeling better within 2 days and back to his old self within 5.

    Either way it is completely debilitating for some people and you could well be one of them – dont ignore it whatever the possibility get yourself checked tomorrow is my best advice.

  • Katie
    November 13, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Bleeds in the brain are the single biggest killer of middle aged women.
    This happy fact was told to me by a nurse in a high dependency ward where a good friend of mine went after she had a severe life changing bleed.
    I have no idea, OP, how old you are, but at any age a severe and persistant headache should be checked out.

  • Kerry
    November 12, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    My daughter was getting horrendous headaches, I kept nagging her to go opticians. Eventually I made the appointment, she needed glasses for on the computer at work.
    Opticians can find out so much about your health through a simple eye test.

  • Phil
    November 12, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    A neighbour took her headache that refused to go to the doctor. He asked another doctor to look for a second opinion then they blue lighted her to hospital. The next day she was operated on and a haemorageing tumour was removed. She made a full recovery. If left it would have killed her. Her pupils were the giveaway symptom at the doctors.

  • Gaz
    November 12, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    You might need antibiotics for infected sinus cavities, please make an appointment to see you GP.

  • Pfft
    November 12, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    I would defy be going to your Opticians and Drs

  • Sue P
    November 12, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Please go to your doctor or optician scats. Whilst headaches are normal for you, this one is different, and painkillers obviously aren’t cutting it for you.

    I don’t want to put the frighteners on you, but a few years ago I had a bad headache over my left eye, my teeth hurt on that side, had double vision, and I was crying with the pain. I ended up in A & E where I was diagnosed with orbital cellulitis. I just managed to avoid being admitted, and had mega strong antibiotics, paracetamol, ibuprofen and co-codamol regularly 4 times a day. Mine was caught in time, but I do have reduced movement in my left eye due to permanent muscle damage.

    As you have said, painkillers aren’t working, so you need to seek medical advice.

    Good luck, and please let us know how you get on.

  • Dave
    November 12, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    You need to get along to the doc.

    I know you say it’s “just a headache”, but it sounds like one that could do with a medic’s once over.

  • amy
    November 12, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    I used to have loads of migraines – I think it was as a result of a bad fall where I ended up in intensive care with a suspected brain bleed and a head injury. I had suffered whiplash to my shoulder blade and couldn’t move my arm for three days due to the bruising of the nerves. It was the tension going up from the collar bone to the neck and then head that caused mine. If I stuck my fingers into my neck and pressed down I could actual get relief for a few seconds. I went to the doctor, advised to seek out dentist to take a ‘bite pattern’ of my teeth since a lot of people with migraines grind their teeth. Also advised to come off the contraceptive ‘mini’ pill, drink more fluids and cut down on smoking and certain foods.

    Did all of these things, no result so went back to the doctors in desperation. Had a new lady doctor at the surgery, so saw her. Broke down in tears in front of her about my lack of quality of life due to these horrendous migraines. She put me on Proprananol which is a beta blocker. I never looked back. Went on them for about 3 months from memory. Stopped taking them and have (touch wood) never suffered from another migraine. This was around 2002/2003.

    OP you need to make sure you are drinking plenty (of fluids NOT wine)

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