Help with excruciating headache in opiate withdrawals.

Discussion in 'Opiate & Opioid addiction' started by pogg, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. pogg

    pogg Newbie

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    I am about to detox a client who has repeatedly failed other symptomatic detoxes with other agencies as he gets excrutiating headaches when he withdraws from Opiates.


    i was thinking this could be due to dehydration.


    Anyone got any suggestions as to any other cause?
     
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  2. Dualpower

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    Does your client have a history of migraine headaches? Maybe the
    withdrawal process can trigger it. There's all kinds of non-opiate
    migraine meds that might help if this is the case.
     
  3. Silver Fox

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    Hey Dualpower,
    I love your animated pic!

    Pogg,
    With regard to headaches:
    Dehydration is very likely; history of migraines is also good to consider...
    Muscle-tension headache is another possibility - try massage of neck/shoulders/scalp/temples.
    Is there any photo-phobia/sensitivity to light, history of eye-strain - try a darkened room

    Cheers,
    Silver Fox
     
  4. miffy

    miffy Newbie

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    Sounds to me as though the headaches are not necessarily a result of
    withdrawal per se, but a condition that is being covered up by his
    opiate use. Can a strong (non-opiate!) painkiller help?





    Edit : Oh - I just realised this thread is completely out of date. . . oopsie!

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  5. als5555

    als5555 Newbie

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    there are doctors who specialize in headaches. if they are as bad as they sound then maybe he should see one that could get him some special treatment. baybe hypno therapy. my mother managed to solve her obesity problem with hypno therapy. hope he can get over them.