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Headaches Complications

November 17, 2013

Some types of headaches can worsen and lead to other medical complications if improper medical attention is given them.

Complications from chronic daily headaches can include:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

For migraines, complications can entail:

Stomach problems – Medications for your migraines like ibuprofen can cause side effects like ulcers, bleeding and stomach pain. The likelihood of getting these side effects rises if larger doses of ibuprofen are taken and used for an extended period of time.

Rebound headaches – These types of headaches are caused by continuous use of headache medications typically for more than a week a month or in extra strength dosages. The medications instead of removing the headache now are the ones causing or adding to the headache of a person.

Serotonin syndrome – This is a rare condition but can be fatal. Serotonin syndrome can occur when medications known as triptans are combined with SSRIs (serotonin reuptake inhibitors) or SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) causing symptoms like:

  • Vomiting
  • Rapid blood pressure changes
  • Hyperactive reflexes
  • Nausea
  • Loss of coordination
  • Rapid increase in body temperature
  • Hallucinations
  • Tachycardia
  • High blood pressure
  • Diarrhea

Tension headache complications

This type of headache leads to loss of productivity and a lower quality of life.


Nelya de Brun, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC

3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33463
(561) 932-3905