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[QUOTE=Tooscared23;5099845]Sorry to post here, as I do not have arthritis, but I figured it was my best bet. I take Tylenol everyday for headaches, usually around 2,000 mg a day. 1,000 in the morning, 1,000 in the evening. This has been going on a little over a year. My doctors are not concerned and their reasoning is because there are plenty of arthritis patients who take Tylenol daily for years with no ill effects. So do any of you take daily Tylenol? How much? How long? What has your experience been? I appreciate it very much![/QUOTE]

Hello,

I take 2000mg paracetamol which is, a think about the same as Tylenol, for ankle osteoarthritis. I also take Celebrex which has much more possible side effects. The PCM makes me need less of the stronger meds.
I think if you really need these meds, you should not be to scared. Ibuprofen is much more dangeress.
What worries me more is the fact that your headache can be the result of your use of the Tylenol. Often the headaches starts for one reason and stay because of chronic use of painkillers like this. If you want to quit you might need help, because quitting will make your pain worse in the beginning, but it may very well be worth while.

Greatings,
Hilde
[QUOTE=HildeW;5110406]Hello,

I take 2000mg paracetamol which is, a think about the same as Tylenol, for ankle osteoarthritis. I also take Celebrex which has much more possible side effects. The PCM makes me need less of the stronger meds.
I think if you really need these meds, you should not be to scared. Ibuprofen is much more dangeress.
What worries me more is the fact that your headache can be the result of your use of the Tylenol. Often the headaches starts for one reason and stay because of chronic use of painkillers like this. If you want to quit you might need help, because quitting will make your pain worse in the beginning, but it may very well be worth while.

Greatings,
Hilde[/QUOTE]

Thanks for taking the time to respond to this. It makes me feel a lot better to know that someone else takes around the same daily dosage of tylenol that I do. I am also almost certain that the daily headaches are a result from the tylenol and it is just a vicious cycle. That, or my horrible teeth grinding. I've worn guards for the grinding and I wake up with migraines, I clench so hard on the plastic. None the less, because I think it may be the Tylenol causing the headaches, causing me to take MORE Tylenol, the doctor thinks its worth a shot, but is in no rush to take me off the Tylenol with prednisone. She wants to get my migraines under control before we make them worse for weeks by taking away the Tylenol. She isn't concerned about the Tylenol, but as you can see, I am. Who knows how long it will take to get these migraines under control and I have already been on daily Tylenol for about 14 months now. I'm so worried about liver damage and ending up in the hospital and dying
Don't be that scared. Ofcourse one should ever take more meds than you need, but I am sure you can take this dose for many years if needed. As long as you do not take large amounts of alcohol with it you should be fine. The max dose of my PCM is 4000 mg so we are in the safe zone.
If it makes you feel better maybe your dr can check your blood to see how the liver is taking it. I know my dr wants me to every year, but that is more for the Celebrex than the PCM.
I don't know about your country, but here in Holland there are special headache clinics, run by a neurologist and a special nurse. They are doing a great job in fighting the pain and meds addiction. This is often difficult because it takes so much time and attention. They use meds for that to, but I have not heard about the use of prednisone. That is one med I am scared of! Maybe there is such a clinic or dr nearby?
At least it seems that your dr is taking you serious. That is a good thing.
I really do hope there will be a solution for your migraine soon. In the mean times; relax, I am sure you will not die of liver failure.
Be well,
Hilde





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