Q. Why do I have a headache even after taking Indomethacin and Propranolol?

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Dr. Amr Samy
and medically reviewed by Dr. Lochana
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 30, 2020 and last reviewed on: Nov 06, 2020

I have been having new persistant headaches every single day for the past 8 months. The headaches last from 5 seconds to 5 hours. I usually wake up with one. They are usually dull to throbbing pain. I have got an mri and 4 blood tests. I have went to the neurologist and they prescribed me with Indomethacin. It helped a tiny bit but then everything was worse. Then they prescribed me with Propranolol which im on right now. It has not helped at all so I am about to stop it. I have had an extremely hard time focusing in university and am having some memory issues. Along with all of that, I am also having lower back pain and hip and knee and ankle pain. Please tell me what is wrong?


Hey, Welcome to Icliniq, I am sorry to hear about your headache, Let me start with some questions for you as the picture is not fully clear as to whether or not the headaches come with any other symptoms such as: -Extreme fatigue -The need to sit in a dark room because you become over sensitive to light -Does it come one 1 site of the head or cover the whole head? - Do you suffer from high blood pressure? - When did the hip/knee and ankle pain start? - Why were your prescribed propranolol in the first case? As for now my suggestion would be to switch to a different pain medication such as paracetamol that does not carry the risk that indomethacin carries with continued use until the cause is known. If the headache is preceded by fatigue or inability to look at light or other symptoms , these symptoms could be a result of a migraine which are treated differently than normal headaches. If it is persistent and pulsating, it may be a sign of high blood pressure The memory issues may be a direct result of poor sleep resulting from the pain of the headache. If you are experiencing any jaw, neck or shoulder pain with the headache , it could be a sign of a condition called temporal arteritis. Other types of headache that you should be aware of is tension headache which comes with neck and scalp tension and are caused by stress and depression, and cluster headache comes with pain behind one eye and lacrimation( you start to shed tears from one eye) I would recommend you to switch to over the counter paracetamol tablets 500mg x2 for now until the questions are answered and I have a clearer picture of your condition.

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