Hi! I suffer from both tension headaches and migraine. The tension headaches occur at least a few times each month, the migraines less frequently. My doctor's advice is to relax. As far as I am aware, I am not overly stressed, I am happy, calm person, so I am finding that difficult, as I thought I was relaxed anyway!
Recently, a friend who suffers tension headaches was prescribed Amitriptyline. As I understand it, this is not a painkiller, but an anti-depressant (although it is not being used for depression in this case). I am interested in trying this. Has anyone got any experience with this medication?
I take amitriptyline to help me sleep when I have bad pain from RA and lupus. My dose is 25mg, and I take it about 2 hours before I go to bed. As you say, it's not a painkiller per se - it's a muscle relaxant and an anti-depressant, so it should help with tension-type headaches.
I find it very helpful, but it does leave me a little drowsy next day. However, your doctor may decide to start you off on a lower dose. Be sure not to take more than advised without consulting your doctor - an overdose of amitriptyline can be quite serious, and there are incidents where people have been murdered by their partners with powdered amitryptiline in their food. That said, it can be very helpful for a lot of conditions, provided you treat it with respect.
Thanks for the reply Sandra, it is very helpful.
I am not sure of what the dose would be, other than "low" and it would continue for 4-6 months. I think the idea is to break the cycle of headaches. If I decide to go with it, I will keep it well away from my husband ;0
Medication is always something that should be taken seriously, so I would say to check with your doctor before taking anything. That being said, medication can always have side effects, so you may want to look into more natural remedies before turning to medication. Perhaps diet changes, or simply setting aside an hour or so before bed to just relax and read, or watch TV. Something to alleviate stress. if nothing natural works then medication might be worth a shot, but I always advocate natural remedies before all else!
I have never heard of this medication. Perhaps it will help you if your friend has had success. But I wanted to share with you what I always do when I have a headache. I never take medication. I do what would be called areate my brain. That is blowing air into my brain to give it more oxygen. Which is sometimes all that is needed. You hold yourinose and blow gently into the brain. Do this several times for at least three or four times. That usually stops the headache. Many people do this to stop their headaches. Good luck.