Alternative Medicine For Barometric Pressure Headaches?

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Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Hay y'all...this is moreso for the husband...he's been having a REAL problem with Barometric Pressure headaches....i mean almost to the point of debilitating. Somehow he gets thru his driving days... and just sleeps when he gets here..... We've tried tradition Advil and Excedrin... to no avail .... (and yes, I get them, also... but not as severe.) The 'new' DOCTOR suggested Yoga (yeah right, with his gut....I tried to 'help him' to no avail, as well.)

His primary doc sent him to a 'holistic' of some sort doc (both docs are women, so you'd think yeah? LoL) and the 'new' Doc says acupuncture, kratom, and CBD oil, beets, and non gluten diet. We've tried the 'dietary' changes, but no 'pinpricks' yet.

Isn't CBD illegal for drivers? When I googled it, it said Yes, and No. Kratom is about to get banned in Ohio, so ... why try something that MIGHT work and only to have it 'non sourced?'

I know y'all don't care for the wife person posting..... just look at the pressure systems in Ohio...I'm at a loss. Almost glad the fireworks got rescheduled to nxt wknd for the rain, honestly. Kids run off and leave, and I don't care to be alone....wondering.

Just hoping SOMEBODY can chime in here.... Ideas, thoughts, kick back, kick me, anything..

Thanks in Advance.. Anne.

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Errol V.'s Comment
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Hi, Anne and your husband. I just now looked up B. P. headaches. WebMD and Healthnet. I just got a general understanding of the problem.

Though we are all truckers here and not medical types, it looks like your best bet for relief is in the generic "get plenty of sleep" and all that.

And just who is posting is not as important as getting questions answered.

CBD itself is not illegal. However there remains the possibility/ risk of some large enough traces of THC might remain, depending on the source of the CBD and the quality of the manufacturer.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I don't really understand what a barometric pressure headache is, but as a driver who is also a registered respiratory therapist, people (including me) will sometimes get sinus headaches due to a dried out mucous plug causing a vacuum pressure in the facial sinuses when the barometric pressure changes. Most people simply do not understand facial anatomy at all. Basically a sinus (meaning hole or airspace) is a small cavity in your skull/facial bones that connects with your nasal turbinates/passages. If you suffer from allergies or even a simple cold and have nasal drainage, sometimes that snot or drainage can dry out creating a little plug that blocks a sinus (or cavity/hole) if you will. Then if the barometric change occurs, it will create a "vacuum" of sorts in that space causing pain. Have you ever blown your nose and what comes out is a teeny dried little plug, then clear nasal drainage afterwards (or even yellow or whitish snot)? If so, you cleared one of those plugs, had fluid built up within that sinus cavity that was able to drain out.

So if you have a sinus headache, caused by a plug and there's a change in the barometric pressure, you can sometimes relieve that by a hot steamy shower, a warm compress to your face near the location of the pain, a couple drops of normal (0.9%) saline in each nostril as you lie back letting the saline clear the dried plug then sitting up and blowing your nose gently, thereby clearing that plug, hot soup, spicy food, chewing on a tiny sliver of fresh ginger root, etc. there are many natural drug free remedies to ease that. I find a couple ibuprofen also does wonders for me as well. BTW normal saline is simply a salt solution that is equivalent to tears. A solution that is too salty or not salty enough will be very irritating. Contact lens solution (with no preservatives) makes a good substitute as long as you don't contaminate the solution lol. You can also make your own normal saline solution by boiling 1 cup of water and dissolving 1/8 teaspoon of salt (meaure accurately) into it and letting it cool completely before using it.

I would absolutely never recommend CBD oil for any reason by a commercial driver, due to problems with trace amounts of thc that could be in it.

I'll look up these so called barometric pressure headaches because I've never heard of anything being called that before, but suspect its probably just a basic sinus headache, hence my advice in this response.

I hope you get to feellng better soon and find relief

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A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

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HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Michael B.'s Comment
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I have to agree about the CBD oil. Respect and protect the CDL at all costs, although not illegal I have heard of tests coming back positive from its use. Kratom although not illegal has similar effects as opiates (although not nearly as strong) in smaller doses it is said to have a stimulant effect but in higher doses can cause one to fall asleep. If hubby is driving and took a dose to him that is considered large even without realizing it was a large dose and falls asleep at the wheel...goodbye livelihood.

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A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Ah.. so it's just another name for a migraine. I had those years and years ago when I was married to my first husband. I'd literally have to lock myself into a darkened room away from any noise whatsoever. It's funny that after we separated, they stopped as suddenly as they'd began happening. I lived a healthier lifestyle after that (pretty much stopped consuming alcohol and began exercising regularly) and I'd like to think that that, along with reduced stress took care of it. 4 or 5 years later I had a friend who got migraines that took imitrix? injections for them? Not sure if that's still a common thing to use for them in this day and age or not. Possibly your regular physician could help treat his migraines.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Thank you so much, Errol, Susan, and Michael for your replies. I've done extensive research on the CBD oil, and it's almost like the cops that pulled over that girl and A or R (arrest or release) is a coin toss. He's come too far to play. He's never ever even touched MJ (THC) since his teen years; not worth the risk.

I didn't realize that about Kratom; just saw it had 'pain relieving' properties.... wasn't aware it could make one sleepy. Sheesh. Two down, none to go.

Susan, I DID look up imitrex (thank you for that info) and apparently its a 'shot' like Insulin almost that you stab your thigh with when a headache comes on. First thing tomorrow morning we will call our primary doctor and see what she has to say, as the holistic approach obviously isn't working or is unattainable for the risks involved.

Michael, yes this is his livelihood, and hopefully mine when I can afford a cochlear implant for my left ear. It's just so depressing when he gets home (and yeah, all holiday weekend) all he wants to do is sleep / rest with his precious tablet in hand.

Oh boy. I don't remember it being this bad in earlier years (circa 2003) with these headaches.....guess age is a factor, haha!

Again, thank you all for the input. Until I can call Dr. Cassie tomorrow, guess we'll just chill..... literally. The A/C seems to help somewhat. This just sucks.

Be safe, and much respect, y'all. I read often, don't have much to offer posting wise. TYSM.

Anne

DAC:

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A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Susan, I DID look up imitrex (thank you for that info) and apparently its a 'shot' like Insulin almost that you stab your thigh with when a headache comes on.

My wife uses the pill form for migraines, she takes it as soon as it begins coming on and usually it helps prevent it from getting real bad. That may not be a good idea for him to use, known side affects include dizziness and drowsiness. It usually knocked my wife out within an hour and she felt the affects for up to 8 hours. I'm not sure if his company bans it but I doubt its DOT Approved. It isn't a narcotic so I'm unsure if it would pop up on a urine test if he used it while at home.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Migraine - ....The following preventative migraine drugs are approved depending upon the severity of the condition:

Beta-Blockers Caffergot Calcium-Channel Blockers Sansert Imitrex Zomig

Rob T. , thank you.... i've been doing research, and found this on truckermed ... and Imitrex is ALSO FAA approved.... I'm still perusing the side effects; took me awhile to find that on MedRx but it seems like the 'shot' / injection is faster acting and less dosing. I'm sure gonna check with our GP tomorrow, however. I'm also looking up the other stuff on this list. Thanks so much for your input, I miss your diary postings, btw, LoL.

Susan D. , I've been looking at the sinus issues as well. There's this 'irrigation' thing that shows up on late night TV (Tom works 2nd and a half shift if that makes any sense,....leaves out around noonish and gets home around 2 am'ish.) I sure can NOT RECALL the name of it, dang me. Flushes the sinuses, as you are speaking. Heck, maybe it WILL help.

Rob, again I thank you for the insight re: Imitrex. If it has a 'remote' chance of drowsiness...it's probably not the best idea, tbh. Caffergot (haven't checked) sounds caffeine based, and he doesn't do well with caffeine besides his one cuppa joe in the morning. I'm researching today, as the storms once again linger. Barometric pressure is 29.97 (and our daughter bought him a dang watch that I wish I could alter, haha!) because the dang thing tells him all the time.... and then MY head hurts.

Accupuncture, anybody????? << Thoughts?!?!?!?

Again, I thank y'all. My trucker hubby is my life, and it sucks when he suffers......i get sympatico pains, as well.

Stay safe; Anne

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Michael B.'s Comment
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That things called the Navage Nasal Care. It runs about $90.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Thanks, Michael B. ~!!!!

Probably cheaper than accupuncture...think it's worth a try? Any experience? I don't know if / what / when / where / how it can help w/ pressure headaches from the weather, but heck... I'll almost try anything to help him at this point. Looking forward to winter. (< How sad is THAT?!?)

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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