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Old 09-04-2008, 11:06 AM
 
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I said this in another thread but yes I would get violent with mine. I was younger at the time. I remember it in bits and pieces. But I would thrash around scream,cry and punch.
Basically just a full on freak out. Now that I am older I think I may have looked possesed or like a wild animal. I would white out blind form the pain and have seizures from it too.
I guess if anything it really tempered me for pain. I dont feel pain like I did before migraines. I dont know if thats a mental thing or it actually did something....
I didnt get violent with old age because I knew anything just made it worse. So I would just sit there holding my breath and very po'ed feeling. They still made me feel very angry.

About the kettle chips. Starchy stuff has a natural carcinogen when cooked. I would wonder if that was what the trigger was for your mum?
Maybe?
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Old 09-04-2008, 11:46 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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That's interesting. I've never heard of someone getting them occaisionally. I thought you either get them all the time or you don't get them at all.
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I've been fortunate to have only had two really bad ones...the ones where you're throwing up and wishing you were dead. Total I've only had maybe 7 or so ever. If I lie down in a quiet, dark, comfortable place, I can usually get through them in about 2 hours.
I only get them once or twice a year and they have always been the "wish you were dead" kind. I've had people at work tell me they just work through them (insinuating that I'm some kind of wuss), but seriously, how can you work through nausea so bad you have the shakes and chills, light sensitivity so bad you feel as though hot nails are being driven through your eyes, and pain so bad that every little movement feels like a sledgehammer coming down on your skull? It takes me about 10-12 hours to get through one of these.

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BC or Goody's powders can be found in the section around other aspirin products. I typically buy the extra strength(green box) large box of the BC powders. They work great. I'm afraid of the migraine meds on the market.
If you're talking OTC meds they are just pain reliever with caffeine added. I've tried all of them and they don't do a thing for me. Not really worth it to me to get a prescription for a once or twice a year event, so I just haul a pillow into the bathroom and curl up and sweat it out.
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Niles, Michigan
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I get them to and infact one started this morning. I at tmes but not with all of them get the aura. Some start with that. The firdt time it happened I was scared to death. By aura I mean vision changes and evantually I see this very swiggly line. It is scary. I have tried to fiqure what triggers mine. I know some. Bright light bother me. As a womem when I'm having my period. Emiotional stress. I also looked into low blood sugar. When it comes I get my sun glasses on. If I get the aura I have to stay clam as I can go into a panic attack. It really sucks when the pain is so bad you throw up. I hate them We moved from Michigan to North Carolinaa and it seems like I have more headaches here than back home and it has only been 2 months
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Old 09-04-2008, 01:06 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I only get them once or twice a year and they have always been the "wish you were dead" kind. I've had people at work tell me they just work through them (insinuating that I'm some kind of wuss), but seriously, how can you work through nausea so bad you have the shakes and chills, light sensitivity so bad you feel as though hot nails are being driven through your eyes, and pain so bad that every little movement feels like a sledgehammer coming down on your skull? It takes me about 10-12 hours to get through one of these.

If you're talking OTC meds they are just pain reliever with caffeine added. I've tried all of them and they don't do a thing for me. Not really worth it to me to get a prescription for a once or twice a year event, so I just haul a pillow into the bathroom and curl up and sweat it out.

Your description sounds aweful. Did you consider going to a neurologist and having a Cat Scan to rule out something else? (God forbid). You don't have to choose to accept meds to treat it, but you should get yourself checked out.
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Default Chiropractic helped me...

Well, Imitrex works really well for me, but a few years ago, I started seeing a chiropractor for my neck problems and found that chiropractic really alleviated about 99% of my migraines.

I used to get a migraine about every 7-10 days, sometimes more. Now I only get, maybe one every six months or so, if that often.
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:13 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Your description sounds aweful. Did you consider going to a neurologist and having a Cat Scan to rule out something else? (God forbid). You don't have to choose to accept meds to treat it, but you should get yourself checked out.
Got a bunch of test run about 15 years ago to rule out anything serious, thankfully.
Up until just a few years ago I thought everybody that had migraines went through the same symptoms, so I didn't think it was anything unusual. Then we got to comparing war stories at work and I found out that it was different for everybody. Mine are always the same severity, but I've heard that it changes for other people.One girl said she could "smell" a migraine coming on, which I thought that was kind of unusual, and one poor girl I know gives herself some kind of shots for them. Ughhh!
I think mine were stress related. I changed jobs just about a year ago and haven't had a migraine since.
Don't know if my solution would be very practical for others though....
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Florida
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massages help a lot too. I try to go for one at least once a month. Well worth the money
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Not tied down... maybe later! *rawr*
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My family doctor says that caffeine is the best thing for a migraine. I have only had about 4 in my life, but a McDonald's coke, a dark and quiet room, and an ice pack work wonders for me.

Really? If I have any caffeine, I'm guaranteed a trip to the ER for a heavy dose of Imitrex.

I know what some of my "triggers" are for getting a migraine and I try to avoid things that will cause them. With that said, when I do get them, I take an Imitrex ASAP and that will usually knock it out. Let me clarify that... 99.9% of my migraines are on the left-side of my head. if I get a migraine on the right side it's for a specific reason and the only remedy for that is to go to sleep with an ice pack on the back of my neck and call it a day and get 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Thankfully I have no side affects from Imirex and 7 years into taking it (4 times a week at the least) I haven't become immune to it. *keeps praying this stays the same*


For 6 years my doctor had me on Amitytriptilline (spl?). It's a mild anti-depressant said to help curb migraines. I NEVER saw any diminish of my migraines but I became dependant on that to be able to fall asleep at night. Then, 10 months ago, I decided I no longer wanted to take it, seeing as how I saw no results (I just decided that without results for my migraines I didn't want to keep putting that into my body) and, without consulting my doctor, I stopped taking it cold-turkey... 'cuz that's how I do things (I can have a habit for years and stop over night). NOT advised in this situation.

A mild anti-depressant it may be... but stopping it cold-turkey was horrific. Irrational thoughts of harming myself, uncontrollable crying for absolutely no reason and just a feeling of wanting to die led me back to my doctor 2 days later where she put me on a plan to ween me off the drug gradually.

Anyhow... long story short... the anti-depressant route didn't work... neither have all the other migraine medications I've seen spoken about on here, other than Imitrex (which, if it's really bad, I skip the pill and go directly for the injection into my upper arm. I went thru a training class when given the injection kit and was told to jam it in my upper arm and no where else!).

Sorry for rambling. Bless all of you that suffer from migraines. I literally know your pain!

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Old 09-05-2008, 03:19 AM
 
Location: (WNY)
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Really? If I have any caffeine, I'm guaranteed a trip to the ER for a heavy dose of Imitrex.

I know what some of my "triggers" are for getting a migraine and I try to avoid things that will cause them. With that said, when I do get them, I take an Imitrex ASAP and that will usually knock it out. Let me clarify that... 99.9% of my migraines are on the left-side of my head. if I get a migraine on the right side it's for a specific reason and the only remedy for that is to go to sleep with an ice pack on the back of my neck and call it a day and get 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Thankfully I have no side affects from Imirex and 7 years into taking it (4 times a week at the least) I haven't become immune to it. *keeps praying this stays the same*


For 6 years my doctor had me on Amitytriptilline (spl?). It's a mild anti-depressant said to help curb migraines. I NEVER saw any diminish of my migraines but I became dependant on that to be able to fall asleep at night. Then, 10 months ago, I decided I no longer wanted to take it, seeing as how I saw no results (I just decided that without results for my migraines I didn't want to keep putting that into my body) and, without consulting my doctor, I stopped taking it cold-turkey... 'cuz that's how I do things (I can have a habit for years and stop over night). NOT advised in this situation.

A mild anti-depressant it may be... but stopping it cold-turkey was horrific. Irrational thoughts of harming myself, uncontrollable crying for absolutely no reason and just a feeling of wanting to die led me back to my doctor 2 days later where she put me on a plan to ween me off the drug gradually.

Anyhow... long story short... the anti-depressant route didn't work... neither have all the other migraine medications I've seen spoken about on here, other than Imitrex (which, if it's really bad, I skip the pill and go directly for the injection into my upper arm. I went thru a training class when given the injection kit and was told to jam it in my upper arm and no where else!).

Sorry for rambling. Bless all of you that suffer from migraines. I literally know your pain!
Amatriptoline did nothing for me either....
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Old 09-05-2008, 04:01 PM
 
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I've tied my migraines to hormones- I get one at the beginning and the end of my cycle. Now I try to preempt them with 2 alleves, which work great. I try to stay away from artificial ingredients, preservatives, and packaged food. I thry to get enough sleep and watch my alcohol and coffee intake.
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