Why You May Want to Avoid Caffeine If You Rely Heavily on Over the Counter Pain Relievers for Headaches

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Could you unknowingly be making the pain worse?


Taking a lot of aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen during a month may be necessary for those constantly challenged by headache pain from migraines, allergies and sinus conditions to make it through a day.  However, if you are a heavy coffee or tea drinker or consume a lot of caffeine-fueled drinks and have been noticing those headaches returning around the same time almost on a schedule to meet the next dosage, then you may be suffering a rebound headache.


You may find it helpful to switch to decaffeinated beverages or drink something else for the days you need those pain relievers.  The reason is that once caffeine is introduced into your system with those types of drugs, it can lead to dependency.  This is why your headache pain may get worse when the mediation wears off.


Another way to test for a rebound headache is noticing how you feel once you get out of bed.  Waking up most mornings with a headache can be a clue.


You might suddenly find it harder to concentrate or remember things.  


Then you might notice that you lack the same energy.


A rebound headache could also make you easily agitated and more restless than normal.


Something else to look for is if you could be getting nauseated.


Occasional headaches are one thing, but headaches in general shouldn’t be taken lightly.  This information that I’m passing along to you isn’t meant to diagnose a complicated health condition like headaches, only suggest a possible self-help solution.  Only your physician can make a medical determination as to the real cause of that pain through a thorough examination and tests.  

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