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Old 06-23-2007, 08:18 AM
 
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I had no idea things actually work. I've been popping Excedrin Migraine and then locking myself in a light-sealed bedroom with the weather radio on and riding it out. I find having something completely mindless to listen to at low volume helps divert my attention from the pain as does pressing very firmly on the part of my skull that hurts. I wish I had a head press like Uncle Fester.

I don't get migraines often but when I do it's almost always in the Autumn or Spring, always at least one in May, though I get about 3 or 4 a year at most.

For someone with infrequent migraines like myself, would any of these prescription drugs be worth it?
My doctor gave me tons of samples of Topamax and Imitrex. I only have to purchase the meds half the time. Don't suffer with pain, too many forms of relief out there on the market.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:48 AM
 
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I also suffer from migraines. I never have been officially diagnosed with them but they are the worst head aches. When I would have one, I couldn't lay down or sit up or nothing. I would want to throw up. The pain was unbearable. I used to get really scared too because I thought maybe I was having an aneurysm or something. It was horrible.

The head aches were always in the morning. When I woke up. So I started taking Excedrin Migraine medicine before I went to bed. I do this every single night and I never forget. I have not had a head ache like I use to have since. I love the stuff. I hope they never stop making it.
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Old 06-23-2007, 09:09 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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I had them, too - awful, awful. After a hysterectomy, they went away. Up until that time they laid me out 1-2 times per month. The absolute only thing that helped was Zomig. It does cause a weird sensation in your carotids when it first goes to work, but it doesn't knock me down like Stadol or some of the others.

Please talk with your physician and keep trying to find something, anything....it is a pain unlike anything I've ever had before or since...good luck to you.
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Old 06-23-2007, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Warwick, NY
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Thank you very much for your opinions. I'll talk to my quack as soon as I can. I wasn't aware that anything really worked.
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Camano Island, WA
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I get at least one migraine a week. I have been able to narrow down what would cause them (heat, lack of sleep, caffeine, even constipation). I have been using Imitrex (both pill form and self-injection form). I was recently told about Depakote. Someone I know is using it for migraine relief.

If you suffer from migraines, could you tell me what you use for relief and if anyone here uses Depakote, could you tell me how well it has been working for you and any side affects.
Thanks!

In regards to the list of things that you have mentioned and think could be the culprits...may I ask, if you consume diet sodas, Splenda, or Nutrasweet? (aspartame).

If so, I would immediately stop using anything that contains the above.
I experienced migraines about a year ago. Anywhere from 2-3 a week!
Went to my doctor...long story short...he filled me in all about Splenda, Nutrasweet and it's relation to migraine headaches.
I stopped using Splenda and with it so did all of my symptoms and migraine headaches. Hmmmm.

I only used one packet of Splenda with my coffee, tea or protein shake.
If I had to make a guess I'd say I used 5-6 single packets a week.
In short, aspartame (Nutrasweet) is a dangerous nerve agent, disguised as a sugar-free sweetener.

That stuff needs to be pulled from the shelves...I digress.
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Old 06-24-2007, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Anywhere but here!
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In regards to the list of things that you have mentioned and think could be the culprits...may I ask, if you consume diet sodas, Splenda, or Nutrasweet? (aspartame).

If so, I would immediately stop using anything that contains the above.
I experienced migraines about a year ago. Anywhere from 2-3 a week!
Went to my doctor...long story short...he filled me in all about Splenda, Nutrasweet and it's relation to migraine headaches.
I stopped using Splenda and with it so did all of my symptoms and migraine headaches. Hmmmm.

I only used one packet of Splenda with my coffee, tea or protein shake.
If I had to make a guess I'd say I used 5-6 single packets a week.
In short, aspartame (Nutrasweet) is a dangerous nerve agent, disguised as a sugar-free sweetener.

That stuff needs to be pulled from the shelves...I digress.
You're right! I really didn't think about this, but you are definately right! I, personally, haven't had problems with Splenda, but I have with aspartame . Also, I know of a couple of people that had problems with migraines when they eat yogurt. Something about the cultures or enzymes or something just don't go well with some people...I hope I don't have that problem, I love yogurt!
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Old 06-24-2007, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Florida
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absolutely! And while I don't consume those products, I know my daughter and son both have and both got raging migraines. Neither use products containing them after that.


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You're right! I really didn't think about this, but you are definately right! I, personally, haven't had problems with Splenda, but I have with aspartame . Also, I know of a couple of people that had problems with migraines when they eat yogurt. Something about the cultures or enzymes or something just don't go well with some people...I hope I don't have that problem, I love yogurt!
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Old 06-28-2007, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Not tied down... maybe later! *rawr*
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In regards to the list of things that you have mentioned and think could be the culprits...may I ask, if you consume diet sodas, Splenda, or Nutrasweet? (aspartame).
I don't really drink any sodas. Perhaps one root beer (Mugg, not Barq's because the "bite" in Barq's is caffeine) a month. And I really try to steer clear of any artificial sweetners because I heard, probably a rumor, but some are attributing artificial sweetners to things like fibromayalgia (sorry I butchered the spelling of that).

When I began getting migraines I didn't have health insurance and so I never went to see a doctor about them. Instead, I self-medicated and was talking 8-12 Extra Strength Excederin a day! That couldn't have been good for my liver. When I finally got insurance, I was told to stop, cold-turkey, with the Excedrin. I had a horrific caffeine withdrawl migraine that lasted 3 days. In case no one was aware, but the #1 ingredient in Excederin is caffeine. Three days in the hospital. I am now SO paranoid of caffeine.

Also, if you take Excedrine for Migraine, you may want to save some money. I don't know if they cost the same, but if you read the label on Extra Strength Excedrin and Excedrin Migraine...they have the same exact ingredients (same amount, ect.). Just clever marketing.

I have never heard of the dangers of the Imitrex shot! Thank you for that "heads up"!
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Old 06-28-2007, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Wellsburg, WV
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A good friend of mine has had fewer than 30 migraine FREE days (with a pain level of a #5 or less) since his car accident 12 years ago.

So to all of you who have then even only once or twice a week, count your blessings. He takes imitrex on a regular basis. But the really bad ones require a Stadol cocktail.

I personally do not know how he does it without going nuts but he does. He is a stronger person than I am. Liz
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Old 07-01-2007, 05:31 AM
 
Location: central WI
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Default migraines and chronic headaches

I have had chronic daily headaches and migraines since 1987. Believe me I have tried it all. The causes are multiple reasons(not just hormonal migraines, THE worst!). I have not found anything that prevents them.All I can do is treat most of them. I live with daily headaches,so head pain is normal. For my moderate migraines I use Amerge.(9 pills a month,insurance allows) the ONLY med. that helps with my severe migraines is Imitrex injections.(insurance allows me 8 a month)
Does anyone here,that gets migraines,know about the brain lesions migrainuers usually get? The drs. do not usually tell you. In 2003 I had another MRI(I had a CaT scan in 1987).The Dr. said everything is fine,looks normal. But 3 yrs. later I learned I could go online and look at my own test results(other than just getting record copies which cost money)through my Healthcare provider. What I read was NOT what the drs. told me. I have 4-5 brain lesions,larger and more than the normal amount for people who get migraines.Duh? Brain lesions are NOT normal for anyone.When I asked multiple Drs., not one could tell me anything about them. All I heard was 'don't worry about it'. I woudl like to know....will I get more?What will happen as I age,get more?
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