Headaches are just one of the many conditions that people take medication for. We often have the idea that medication is the best way to deal with a health problem, and there certainly are some conditions that require medication. We also recognize that side effects are a part of taking medication. But what if the side effect of medication was that it caused the very condition you took it to relieve?
Medication overuse headaches are just that. For years, we’ve been told that if you have a headache, all you have to do is take a Tylenol, Advil, Excedrin, or any one of the other myriad of over-the-counter headaches medications. Taking a pill or two makes a headache go away, so when the next headache arises, we reach for the bottle again. Suddenly, a person may realize that those headaches are getting closer together. What’s wrong? It could be that overuse of headache medication is actually causing those headaches.
The Cycle of Headaches and Headache Medication
If the medication that you take for headaches causes more, moving you to take more headache medication, these over-the-counter drugs suddenly sound like the most effective money-making scheme of all time. The more headaches you get, the more pills you take, causing even more headaches! Is there a way to break the cycle?
Breaking Away from Medication Overuse Headaches
The first step in breaking away from medication overuse headaches is to stop taking the pills. See how many fewer headaches you have after a month. Now you know how many of the headaches were from the pills. Of course, this also means muddling through headache days without anything to take the edge off, but there is a natural way to get some relief.
Upper cervical chiropractors focus on the top two bones of the neck. At this location in the neck, the brainstem is protected by the vertebrae, and blood flow to the brain is facilitated. It’s understandable that a misalignment in this sensitive area can lead to headaches. In turn, correcting the misalignment has helped many to receive drug-free headache relief. To learn more, contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you.