When one takes a medicine, they expect it to be helpful, not harmful, but if they have got a pounding headache that just won’t go away, their go-to pain reliever may be actually causing the problem.

Does this sound familiar to you? You wake up in the morning with a pounding between your temples. The pain medications might work for a little while, but then, every few hours, the headaches begin crunching, like clockwork, so you have to pop some more of them.

Acetaminophen

Over-the-counter medications like aspirin or acetaminophen (which is found in Tylenol) could be the culprit, because when one takes them too often to treat a headache disorder, including migraine, they can cause headaches just as much as prescription migraine medication, especially when exceeding the recommended daily amounts.

If one takes a combination of pain relievers such as Excedrin which combine caffeine and one of these two substances, a problem may occur with regards of medication-overuse headaches. As the Mayo Clinic explains, this type of combination is also Tylenol with Codeine.

The problem can get even worse: the pain can also be stimulated by the caffeine in coffee combined with soda.

However, not everything is so bad. The relieving news is that if you are taking ibuprofen medications such as Advil and Motrin, or naproxen sodium medication like Aleve – you will lower the risk of contributing to medication-overuse headaches, says the Mayo Clinic.

People who suffer from these ironic headaches combined with nausea, memory issues and other symptoms that could tag along should stop the medication, grit their teeth and bear the withdrawal symptoms that could linger for days or weeks. Or not?

Natural Headache Relievers

Doctors can sometimes help you to alleviate the pain, by prescribing you drugs or by hooking up to an IV, but, you can opt for other, more natural alternative.

Acupuncture

The traditional Chinese practice known as acupuncture involves using needles in order to trigger certain parts of the body. This practice could be of great help when it comes to treating headaches as well. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, part of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, acupuncture can reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches.

Supplement: Feverfew and Butterbur

Tension can often be reduced by taking supplements. According to Mayo Clinic, the best supplements for this are magnesium, butterbur, and feverfew. However, they warn that supplements can possibly interfere with other medications, and there is no enough scientific evidence that they are efficient.

You probably wonder what are feverfew and butterbur. These supplements have traditionally been used for pain alleviation, but, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health claims that these supplements have other, secondary uses.

Feverfew has been used for treating infertility and labor as well, as it has the ability to make the uterus contract. It is also efficient when it comes to treating toothaches, stomach aches, and fever.

Butterbur has been used for treating allergy-related issues, including asthma, skin irritations, and itchy eyes.

As great as these supplements might seem, it is always better to be safe than sorry, so you are recommended to seek a doctor’s advice first before you start using this alternative treatment.

If you are one of those who suffer from chronic headaches, you should know that you are not alone. According to the World Health Organization’s estimations, half of the population on the Earth has a headache disorder, and nearly 1.7 to 4 percent of the population has a headache at least every other day. So, you should know that almost half of the world feels your pain.

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