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Old 10-28-2015, 12:32 PM
 
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Due to a concussion I now have recurring, if not daily migraines along with occipitial neuralgia. Both have affected my quality of life.

I was prescribed nortriptyline (tricyclic anti-depressant) to treat the ON and migraine at the source, as well as sumatriptan to take on an as needed basis when I feel a migraine. In two months I am also getting a nerve block injection for the ON.

I'd say so far they have helped me reduce my pain by about 50%; it's just that I can't stand the side effects of nortriptyline. They include sedation, dry mouth, weight gain, grogginess, feeling spacey, and even sexual difficulties. The latter is really unacceptable to me.

What other treatments have you tried which work? I'm not a fan of taking an antidepressant from the 50's to treat something in 2015...
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Old 10-28-2015, 12:43 PM
 
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If you can get a hold of some marijuana, I'd say to give it a try. It's not going to take the pain away, but it will make you "not care" that you're in pain. When I have a sinus headache that is so bad I can't sleep, I have an edible or two and at least I get some sleep so that I can function the next day.
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Old 10-28-2015, 12:45 PM
 
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If you can get a hold of some marijuana, I'd say to give it a try. It's not going to take the pain away, but it will make you "not care" that you're in pain. When I have a sinus headache that is so bad I can't sleep, I have an edible or two and at least I get some sleep so that I can function the next day.
Unfortunately in the past I would agree with you. I used to like marijuana but than one time had a severe panic attack on it that caused me to nearly dissociate for a week. It probably would help but I can't risk triggering anxiety and panic again.
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Old 10-28-2015, 01:52 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I have horrible migraines where I cannot function sometimes . They are really bad and so bad I cannot sleep sometimes from them . I used to have to go to the er and get a shot . Now my dr at the clinic wants me to try the new patch they are coming out with . I don't think I will do it though because the side effects are pretty numerous and I don't like to take meds with numerous side effects . I might go back to the shots if needed . I can administer those at home . My father was a severe diabetic and I gave him his insulin shots until his wife learned how to do administer them .My dr is very proactive instead of reactive . I really like him but he is moving on soon , he told me last time I would have to find a new dr but with the Obama care I don't have a new dr because no one is taking it in my area . I would suggest OP try the shots and see if they work for you insurance should cover it .
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:22 PM
 
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Feverfew is an herbal remedy for migraines. Four double-blind placebo controlled studies were reported in the mid 90s in The Lancet (British version of JAMA). Cuts the frequency and intensity of them.
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Old 10-31-2015, 07:56 PM
 
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I'm on a daily preventative called Topomax. Topirimate is the generic. There's also Qudexy, the time-released version. I'm not sure it's doing a lot for me, but god the anti-d's are horrible for me too.
I take stuff to abort them when I get them. There's injections and Zomig the nasal spray.
I feel ya though. I've been dealing with horrid ones for a decade now and no clue why, no triggers, no reason why they even came about. MRI's show nothing. Sometimes I'm sitting here minding my own business all chill and then BAM it's like someone just stabbed me. Then if I don't take something I will have it for 3 days. Sometimes they return the next day (cluster or rebound) it's just insane.
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Old 11-01-2015, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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I have a nerve disease and significantly damaged nerves all over my body, including the cranial nerves. I do occasionally get HORRIBLE migraines, feels like a vise is crushing my head.....usually caused by preventable triggers.

One of the things that I just recently started using is topical-aspirin, it helps a LOT. The key for me is to jump on top of the problem...as soon as I feel that painful ache building.

Walmart sells a Bengay knock-off, it is strong, cheap and works great for me.
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