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Old 09-08-2008, 08:02 PM
Location: (WNY)
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As of today back on Topomax AND they put me on an anitinflamatory to use only when I have a migraine in combo with my midrin... I guess the two play off each other and work better that way... If it kicks this headache out of my system I will be a happy camper...Doc said by Wed I should be as good as golden... I am feeling a bit hyper right now... don't know what it is... thought I would be able to rest... anyone feel like that on Tomomax? Hmmmmmmm.... antsy though... I am blaming the meds at the moment... maybe the antiinflamitory...
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by kaykay View Post
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.
I 've been getting migraines sine I was 5 and been going to a Chiropractor since I was 10. Going to the Chiropractor helped so much. But I haven't been in a little while since I moved 2 hours away from mine and haven't found a new one in my new town. I get a headache at least 2 times a week as I have gotten older. The worst won this year was on Thursday when TS Hanna was headed up the east coast. The pressure change was just horrible.

I know that I get them when there is a severe change in weather pressure, certain foods eaten and stress. I tried Imitrex a few years ago and it worked for a little while but I built up an immunity to it and it doesn't work at all now. I use Exedrin Migraine but that only works for so long, then I just go with Aleve.

Caffeine is always good. If things get real bad, I take a Benadryl for allergy (makes me sleepy), I go into a cold dark room with an ice pack on my neck and sleep, and hope that it goes away. My son is 6 and he gets them. At least I understand when he tells me his head hurts. My mother didn' t believe me until I was about 8.

Lets hope someday that there is a way to cure migraines!
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Old 09-09-2008, 09:53 AM
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Soft music helps me take my mind off the nagging feeling of migraine, but I rarely get them these days - worst time was when I was at college - I used to get a bit of my vision 'missing' like a quarter of the world was see-thru - horrible.

I listen to Pandora Radio - Listen to Free Internet Radio, Find New Music, and I have a 'station' with just Jose Gonzales picked - the station automatically picks lots of similar music. You can choose anything you find soothing.

I also have one with The Clash & The Jam for when not needing soothing!

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Old 09-11-2008, 10:06 PM
Location: Boy, giraffes are selfish, just runnin’ around looking out for number one.
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I don't remember where I read about this, but I've been doing it for years. When I have a migraine, I get a bowl of ice water and hold my hands in it for as long as I can. I can usually tell it's helping within a few minutes. It's not enough to get rid of it, but for me it really helps with the pounding feeling. The theory behind it is that the blood rushes to the cold hands to warm them, relieving pressure in the head.
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Old 09-13-2008, 02:41 PM
Location: Twin Cities, MN
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I've had migraines since I was 16 and I'm 60 now. I never got many of them, maybe 4-8 per year, but they would be so bad I'd be nauseated and vomiting and totally ill for a full day in a darkened room and it had to be very, very quiet. About the only thing I could keep down after 6-8 hours of that would be warm, flat coca-cola; and the next day I felt wrung out. I would also get what the opthamologist called "visual migraines" which never hurt, but I couldn't read and lights were distorted and things had shadows or halos around them. These never occurred with the migraines, but were totally separate from them.

I've always been very sensitive to all meds and am allergic to the NSAIDS (motrin, aleve, etc. and even aspirin); so I tried biofeedback and other natural remedies for years before I did a complete food and emotional diary and figured out what it was that triggered my migraines.

For me at least, any time I had even 4 oz alcohol (beer or wine), I'd have a migraine later that week (it was not a hangover either). Also, any time my diet had more prepared foods (with more preservatives in it); I was more liable to have headaches of any type. We've made radical dietary changes and are eating a lot more fresh fruits and veggies and eating home-cooked foods more (and have cut down on the fats and excess calories also).

Now when I have a headache coming on, I use essential Lavender oil which I rub onto my temples and my hubby juices 2 apples, 3-4 long celery sticks and a radish and I drink most of that (it's nearly 16 oz. of juice). I haven't had a full-blown migraine in nearly 2 years because of the diet changes, the lavender oil, and the juiced drink seem to stop the migraines before they start.
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Old 09-19-2008, 03:43 AM
Location: South Dakota
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I believe I was 5 when I began suffering from migraines and this carried on well into my early thirties. I've had the MRI/CT/etc done and all came back fine. I was on Imitrex for the longest time but could not be alone if I had to use it...the side-effects affected my B/P (sent it into the basement) and caused near black-outs...and it just dulled the ache. I was visiting the ER once a week it seemed (thank the gods for a good HMO at the time!). I was near my wits end - and for the post regarding sometimes punching something - there would be instances when the pain was so awful and I was literally out of my mind, I would pound my head against the headboard just to change the pain.
I kept a journal to find my 'triggers'. Some triggers were scent related, some hormonal. It was figured that the migraines were hereditary as well for my Great-Grandmother, Grandmother, and Mother all suffered from them.
I had read somewhere that the herb Feverfew was supposed to help...and being at the end of the rope and near giving up, I didn't think it would hurt. It does take a little while to get into the system (two weeks if I recall)...but this was a miracle cure for me. I took 325mg capsules 3xdaily...and I was leading a normal life. If I felt one coming on during 'that' time of the month, it was okay to take up to 6 a day. My physician knew about this - and that is important to do...let your doctor know about it. It does slightly thin the blood and if you have a surgery scheduled, you need to halt taking it two weeks prior. I am 38 now and while I may get a headache now and again...it is nothing like what I had experienced before. I firmly believe in this herb, and it has helped others. My physician has suggested it to others.
It may or may not help...I haven't had to take it for some years now. But, the lasses on my mum's side eventually outgrew the migraines. If you do decide to try it, find the capsules where it is either the main or only ingredient (aside from the gelatin from which the capsule is made).
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Old 11-17-2009, 03:19 PM
Location: Channel Islands
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Sumatriptan (Imitrex) injection works. But ONLY if I inject into my arm, rather than my leg....I think it gets too diluted to work if I inject into my leg, as it has to go through more of the circulatory system before it gets wooshed to my head.

Failing that, lying down with an ice pack for my head, dim lights and soft classical music playing all help. And maybe applying a pug as needed.

Hi, I understand where you car coming from, had migrains for over 6 years, started on tablets, then nose spray and now injections. And when really bad morphine injections (last time I had 4 from doctors)

My migrains are every 3 and 6 weeks and last for 5 days, My life is gone, I can no longer work because who would employ me. There is no real triger except they think its hormonal. They are now thinking I am starting to act Biopolar. And no body can help me. No body understands and then I read you sight and maybe there are people like me. Pan pipe music blocks out my silences.
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