Rebound Migraines

Rebound migraines….these types of migraines are the worst, but something I would like to talk about.

Rebound migraines can be caused or triggered by medications and caffeine from coffee or soda.

The biggest source that causes a rebound Migraine is Opiate/pain medications. Any pain killer that has a combination of codeine and Tylenol with trigger rebound migraines, even over the counter drugs such as Excedrin, aspirin etc.. It’s not to say that you can never take these medications, but you cannot take them Daily. If you take them once or twice a week it shouldn’t cause a rebound migraine.

The first thing my neurologist told me was to stop taking Excedrin & Pain killers for my migraines. I couldn’t believe it, Excedrin right? Isn’t that stuff for headaches and migraines! He told me they can make them worse, & cause more harm than good. Excedrin actually contains caffeine.

There are also Migraine medications that cause rebound migraines, which seems mind boggling. Medications that you take when you get a migraine like Imitrex, Relpax, Zomig etc. If you take them to often they will cause rebound migraines. My neurologist has told me with the 3 medications I take when I get a migraine I can only take each different medication twice a week. But alternate between them. Sometimes when you get a lot of migraines like me, it gets difficult.

The other reason you can get rebound migraines are changing of seasons, I always seem to have trouble in the fall, and spring. Just like when it storms, or the weather changes I always seem to suffer more with my migraines.


So when you find out your suffering from a rebound migraine, the only way to fix it is by stopping the pain medications your taking for a few days, and by calling your doctor. When I have had a rebound migraine, they have put me on a steroid dose for a week, and when I got a very bad case and they had me go to the hospital for a outpatient visit and gave me medication through I.V. The good thing is, there is treatment.

So I will list some of the symptoms of a rebound migraine I have experienced:

  1. Nausea
  2. Irritability
  3. Memory Problems
  4. Severe Pain
  5. Having 2 or more headaches/Migraines
  6. Pain medications not working or Headaches/migraine coming back when pain medications wear off

Preventing these types of migraines is the key. Sometimes you can do everything and they still happen, but the biggest thing to remember with migraines is, to eat regularly, get enough sleep, exercise if you can, reduce stress(this is very important), avoid triggers and most of all take your prescribed medication & avoid your triggers. Everyone has different triggers.

Good luck and be well. Any questions contact me anytime 😀

*Disclaimer* I am not a doctor or health care professional, this is just a recommendation on my experience.

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Lisa Wilson

I’m 33 years old and have been suffering from Chronic Migraines for 7 years. I have had migraines all my life, the first one was when I was in 4th grade, and as I got older they got worse. My migraines turned into chronic migraines 7 years ago and have become so debilitating that I can no longer work or have much of a social life. Bright lights and fluorescent lights are a major trigger, so I have to wear dark sunglasses most of the time. Because of that, I can no longer work, go shopping or be outside for a long time. Over the last 7 years I’ve learned how to live with this disease. Many people don’t understand the pain & sickness because Chronic Migraines are a silent disease. I get migraines 3-4 times a day, I loose my vision, and get very nauseous and confused. The only thing I can do when this happens is take my medications and sleep. I’ve been trying to get disability for 7 years now & had no luck. The problem with this illness is because you can’t see it like a broken arm or leg etc. Everyone thinks it’s not a big deal. Unless you have experienced this, many will never understand. To be honest, I wouldn’t want them to. This disease is a nightmare and wouldn’t want anyone else to go through this. I have suffered so long and am still suffering, that I have depression now. After 7 years I have learned a lot of information and tricks, and that’s what I want to share. My goal is to help others get through this day by day, because I understand what your going through. I understand the excruciating pain, the times where you don’t want to move your head because it feels like a cement block. I understand all the times people have passed you off because they think your exaggerating or being lazy. I understand all those times the doctors have just given up on you. I have had countless tears over the last 7 years. I have a great family and I try and get by with what I have and that’s what’s important. If I could I would start a charity or organization for people with Chronic Migraines so we wouldn’t have to rely on the government when we simply cannot work because the moment we start a job within 10 min we would have a migraine. I sympathize with all of you. I have been through it all. I’ve tried many treatments and medications and tried many natural ways to help. I’ve learned a lot over the last 7 years and I want to share and help others in need as much as I can. I want to share what has worked and what hasn’t, Tricks that make the headaches and migraines get better, and information on migraines and the different types of migraines. My mission is I want to help others that suffer like I do. If I help 1 person that will be enough for me. God Bless

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