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Old 09-24-2016, 17:02   #1
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I have CKD Stage 2 and have recently been diagnosed as prediabetic. I also have migraines. Almost all of the pain relievers available are harmful to the kidneys. What do you all do for headaches? My doctor just says to drink coffee and take excredrin which doesn't do much good. Thanks for all your help.

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I can't take much of anything for pain, either. Aspirin or tylenol, which at a safe level doesn't do much for a headache in my experience.

I used to have headaches 24/7 - more of a dull ache and occasional very tight pain around the head, and occasional sensitivity to light (not sure if that's migraine or not). Anyway, I started taking magnesium for something else, and after a few months realized my headaches had stopped. However it works, magnesium keeps me headache-free. (Of course, to help absorb magnesium, I take calcium, and then vit. D for the calcium, etc. etc. )

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Thank you for your reply. Yes, I have found Tylenol and Aspirin aren't much help. I will look into the magnesium and calcium. Thank you again for your help!

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I can't take much of anything for pain, either. Aspirin or tylenol, which at a safe level doesn't do much for a headache in my experience.

I used to have headaches 24/7 - more of a dull ache and occasional very tight pain around the head, and occasional sensitivity to light (not sure if that's migraine or not). Anyway, I started taking magnesium for something else, and after a few months realized my headaches had stopped. However it works, magnesium keeps me headache-free. (Of course, to help absorb magnesium, I take calcium, and then vit. D for the calcium, etc. etc. )

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I am limited in what pain relievers that I can take too. For my migraines, I take zomig (and triptan type drug that increases serotonin in the brain). Instead of pain medications, I use a (very) hot compress. I have this microwaveable heating pad, that I can zap then it lasts for over an hour. Sometimes I use two, one over my eyes and another at the base of my neck.

The trick when looking to manage pain (note manage, i.e. deal with, not make go away) without drugs is to find something that can help distract you from the pain. For me, heat works well, and I like my heating pad so hot it makes my skin turn a bit pink! Also I find relief in pulling gently on my ears which sounds odd but I'll take it.

For others, cool cloths, the feeling of water going over their skin (from a bath or shower or wet compress), scents, pressure on the skin (like wrapping your head tight in a towel), gently rubbing the tips of your fingers or a massage tool on your scalp, listening to an audio book real low, etc. Just something to help you get through it until the main medication starts working.

I've never been to pain clinic, but I think they have people who can help you try out different therapies and fine something that works.

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