I have had a constant daily headache for 7 years. It is behind my left eye and wraps around to my neck. I know I must have rebound because I take advil and excederine everyday. What alternatives for pain exist to stop the OTC pain relievers? I couldn\\\\\\\'t funtion with the relief. They are worst when sleeping and upon waking. My eyes are always pffy and red and now the pain is radiating across my left shoulder and down my arm. Years ago I tried migraine meds and they did not help - only made things worse and felt like my brain was seizing up. One neurologist basically told me that if taking 800mg of Advil twice a day is all that helps, then that\\\\\\\'s what I should keep doing. Isn\\\\\\\'t that harmful to your kidneys and liver?
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. Your concern is regarding the headaches that you are having. From the symptoms it looks like a primary headache like cluster headache or cluster headache. Try OTC medicines like aspirin or acetaminophen. For headache pain that cannot be controlled with pain relievers, antidepressants, beta-blockers, or anticonvulsants may be prescribed. Use a cold compress to the area of pain, rest in a room with little or no sensory stimulation (light, sound, and odors) and withdraw from stressful surroundings.
If still the headaches persist then please consult a neurologist. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.
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