[quote=“ironlady”]I have cluster headaches (inherited) which are like migraines but recur every day for a set period of time then go away until they decide to come back…
Anyway, after much investigation and many expensive prescriptions that didn’t work too well, I find that one Tylenol and one Excedrin Migraine work just right for me. I take them, lay down for about 30 minutes, and usually I’m 90% okay.
The trick is having caffeine with the painkiller for a headache. You can get the same effect in an emergency from a can of Coke (first rub the cold can all over your aching head, then pop it and get the caffeine into you).
I’ve actually been stuck in the sticks in Taiwan with only Green Oil and Tiger Balm around – can’t say they were great but I guess better than nothing (long live the placebo effect!)
Hope this helps.
If you’ve got cluster headaches, you might want to try indomethacin (sold in Taiwan under the trade name Indocin). Very inexpensive drug and can be bought over the counter (at least in Taiwan). It won’t make the headache to away quickly, but if you’re having attacks day after day, it can stop it (usually in about 24 hours). I have had cluster headaches twice (triggered by an allergy to certain cold medicines!). The headaches were with me for a week and I couldn’t get rid of them until I took indomethacin (suggested by my doctor - he knows his stuff).