Q. I’ve had chronic daily headaches for more than four years. I just cannot get relief. I have tension headaches that typically start at the same time each day. Recently, I’ve been having more and more nausea and visual problems. I fear I may have rebound headache from using ibuprofen nearly daily for so long. I would like to know if there is an invasive but guaranteed method for eliminating head pain so I can have my life back. I’m doing a trial with an implant in my forehead, but I haven’t gotten the results I was hoping for. I am now hoping my doctor will allow me to try again with an occipital area implant.

About half of people with migraine who take ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®, etc.) will get relief, according to a systematic review of nine studies with a combined total of 4,373 participants. In the studies, just over one-fourth of those who took 400 mgs., and 20% of those who took a 200-mg. dose, were pain-free in two hours compared to 11% of people who took a placebo. Another 57% of those who took the higher dose had their pain reduced to "no worse than mild." Nausea and other migraine-related symptoms also decreased.

Q. Ever since having a baby I have been experiencing an average of one migraine attack per week. For home use, I was given Migranal (dihydroergotamine nasal spray). Last night I had to take the Migranal for the first time and much to my disappointment got little relief. Is this a drug that takes a couple of uses before it works? I sometimes wait until my headache is really bad before using drugs. Was I just too late in the headache for the medication to be effective?

Ibuprofen is an analgesic. It is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, commonly referred to as NSAIDS. Other NSAIDS are also used as analgesics. Ibuprofen can be used as a pain reliever or analgesic. It can also be used as a treatment for arthritis, fever...

Tension-type headache is a nonspecific headache, which is not vascular or migrainous, and is not related to organic disease. The most common form of headache, it may be related to muscle tightening in the back of the neck and/or scalp. There are two general classifications of tension-type headache: episodic and chronic, differentiated by frequency and severity of symptoms. Both are characterized as dull, aching and non-pulsating pain and affect both sides of the head.