A while ago I started a post on waking headaches which I'm plagued with. A quick recap is for over 10 years I have been getting on average12 a month and have to get out of bed and sleep sitting up till they go. The pain is always on my forehead and my GP says it's the arthritis in my neck. I had to stop using my favourite painkiller, Paracetamol, because, guess what, it gave me headaches!
I have tried many things including the suggestions made by other NRAS members and different medications from the GP and I'm still getting the headaches!
I have found something though which really helps me and I thought I'd share with others who might also suffer. I will state categorically that do not believe in homeopathic treatments, as I have tried many over my 32 year journey with RA and all have failed! My son gave me Tiger Balm which you smooth over your forehead and it works like a cold compress. You have a cool feeling over the area for about an hour which masks the pain. If the headache doesn't go after an hour I smear a little more on and it allows me to go back to sleep or get on with my day. I don't take any medication for the headache and it just goes!
It is not a miracle cure and I still have to sleep sitting up sometimes but it helps me so much. You can buy this from any pharmacy and is a little expensive being about £4 for the smallest jar but you only use a tiny amount at a time. I suggest you ask the pharmacist or GP about when you next visit, and it may not work for you, but if you're as desperate as I was then surely it's worth bearing in mind.
Love, Legs x