Dear Ask The Doctor: MY MUM IS AT THE MOMENT SUFFERING FROM A SEVERE BURNING HEADACHE AT THE BACK OF HER HEAD, SHE CANOT TAKE ANY PAIN TABS ASH SHE IS ALSO SUFFERING FROM ULCERS WHICH IS REALLY BAD. SHES GOT ACID BUILDUP WHICH IS GONE BAD NOW, NASAL DRIP, DIFFICULTY BREATHING, THICKNESS IN THE THROAT, RAPID HEART BEAT, WEV BEEN TO ALOTA DOCTORS, BUT STILL SHE ISNT BETTER, ALSO SHE FEELSVERY WEAK AND STRENGTHLESS. PLS HELP, THANKS
Dear Tash: It seems to me that your mum is suffering from a migraine headache. Since you've mentioned that pain medication does not suit her due to ulcers, I would suggest certain alternatives.
i) Keep a headache diary : An accurate diary should indicate the days your mum had a headache and the severity of the headache. It should also include very accurate details on diet, sleep patters, stress patterns and weather patterns that day.
ii) Your mum needs to avoid all factors that induce migraine attack, including lack of sleep, hunger, fatigue, stress, certain foods etc.
iii) Lifestyle modification : De-stress with yoga and exercise and take a healthy balanced diet. Avoid coffee, alcohol and chocolates.
iv) Medication : sumatriptan, propranolol, valproic acid, and topiramate may help control the symptoms as well as reduce the frequency. These are available only through a doctor’s prescription. I wish your mum well, take care.