A year ago, I got into a vicious cycle of daily headaches, daily acute painkillers, and then medication over-use headaches. Stopping the daily painkillers definitely helped, but the 6 weeks with no painkillers was a real challenge.
I've failed to find a prophylactic that helps consistently so still rely on some acute painkillers when the headaches or migraines are at their worst. But I've been told not to do this more than 10 times a month, to avoid tipping back into over-use headaches.
This is fine advice, but people giving it have no idea how desperately awful it is to have a headache and NOT BE ALLOWED to take any painkillers/relief for it! I know it is better for the long term, but can anyone suggest any coping strategies, or remedies that do not cause over-use headaches?