|How to Kill a Tension Headache
||[Sep. 24th, 2007|06:42 am]
My usual approach has been Tylenol + caffeine, or Excedrine Tension Headache (basically the same thing). Last night, after having the headache on and off for nearly a day, I got some advice.
The tension headache was gone in an hour. It could have been its time to go, but I wanted to share anyways.
1. Take an NSAID, which is usually ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve).
2. Get a wad of ice, wrap it in a towel, and lie down on top of it, with it underneath your head, near the pain.
3. Lie in the dark and wait.
I've tried #1 and #3 alone, so I think #2 was the kicker. I wouldn't have thought that using ice on a headache would actually work, but there you go.