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Re: HELP! Best med to treat headachemuscle pain? Emme

Posted by jay on June 18, 2002, at 0:21:55

In reply to Re: HELP! Best med to treat headachemuscle pain? jay, posted by Emme on June 17, 2002, at 10:27:35

Thanks Emme. It's weird, because I do find that antidepressants in particular make my muscle soreness and tension worse. I really wonder about some of these studies that claim the a.d.'s help pain. For me, anxiety and tension go hand-in-hand, and I have only found a bit of relief with a benzo/narcotic combo taken prn.

I am also going to consider the massage thing, as it really is a very professional medical practise and science these days. I may also ask the doc about a few of the muscle relaxers..maybe ones that can help with anxiety too.

Anyhow...thanks so much for your input. My app't with my doc is tommorow I will let everyone know!

Take care...


> Hi. I am prone to tension headaches/neckaches/shoulder aches - you know, it all runs together sometimes. At times, my meds have really worsened it a lot. While ibuprofen and tylenol really helped, I also found non-med solutions that made a big difference. A heating pad for one thing. Right across the shoulders. For hours. And believe it or not, a few sessions with an excellent massage therapist. She honed in on the worst spots (shoulder rotator cuffs, back of neck, back of shoulders) and broke the cycle of misery, and showed me some simple exercises to keep things from getting too bad. Now I don't know if that would be enough for your situation, but I swear I went from total pain to a huge improvement with the massage therapy. Expensive, but for a few sessions, well worth it.
> Emme




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