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Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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Tension headaches

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Tension headaches
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Hi--what's your question please?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hello, I had some difficulty with a number of people a long time ago and I still get intense tension headaches on a daily basis which are moderate in nature. So much so, that my eyes become bloodshot and the muscles around my scalp seem to contract. Is there anything that I can do? Paracetamol does not have any effect.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Have you seen a doctor about this?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I have but he wants to put me on medication that I am not aware of nor want to try.Are there are prescription muscle relaxants that I can use that target tension headaches only? and that are not addictive? I do not take medication at the moment.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK. I would try giving you either flexeril or Baclofen, neither of which is addictive. You can also try topical capsaicin cream which is over the counter and effective for tension headaches.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The doctor prescribed low dose amitriptyline. I dont want to take this really because it impairs with brain function. Are these medications that you mention available in Ireland?

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Yes they are but you'd still need a prescription for them. And they don't cause the possible problems that amitriptylene can
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thats what I thought....OK, Ill go back to him and see what he says...

Thanks..........

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
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