|Migraines?Page 5 of 8 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)|
|Caffine does NOT cause all migraines just as food does not cause migraines for all. I said I drink a little soda with my meds cause it helps it kick in alot faster. No, it does not help by itself. So if you don't have this problem or know what we are talking about I'd keep your silly comment to yourself. I don't live on soda like many others, this is the only time I drink it. And I rarely eat sweets, so don't imply that's what is causing it. I wish it was that simple. I would not wish this kind of pain on anybody and I would try any stupid little thing to ease the pain. Yep, some things do sound stupid but really do ease the pain.|
|I get them|
Posted: 3/20/2007 6:05:19 PM
|caffeine plus tylenol 3 takes the edge off for me. i used to use imitrex and it was AMAZING, but it interacts with my antidepressant (SNRI) so for those of us who need higher doses of SSRIs or SNRIs, it can cause an excess of serotonin in the brain and lead to problems. if you take lower doses though it won't cause a problem, talk to the pharmacist regarding your dosage. |
avoiding known triggers (caffeine isn't one of them for me, but for some yes) such as brie cheese, red wine, and chemical-laden foods helps of course.
ice packs help me, and so does peppermint smell.. one relieves the pain and the other helps a bit with the nausea.
Posted: 3/20/2007 6:12:51 PM
|My suggestions are chiropracy that includes something called active release therapy--they manipulate the musculature as well as the skeletal system. And make sure that they're dealing with more than just your spinal column. Also try yoga. Not while having a migraine, unless you want to throw up, but as a preventative thing. I find the more flexible I am and the better my posture, etc, the better the blood flow through my body, and the fewer migraines I get. Also, do you clench your teeth? Or grind them while you sleep? If so, get yourself a bite plate from your dentist, if you can. The clenching can aggravate your migraine triggers.|
Posted: 3/23/2007 3:16:44 PM
|My mother used to suffer from them. She said 250mg. of niacin and she no longers has them. Something about Niacin opening up the veins and arteries so they don't constrict so much like when you have a migraine. Niacin is suppose to be good for anyone with circulatory problems. She takes 250mg. a day.|
Posted: 3/23/2007 6:57:53 PM
|I've suffered with migraines and just reg headaches all my life, I used to actually throw up from them basically every time I had them back when I was in elementary school.. It's genetic in my family cause my mom and aunt get migraines too. I hate migraines and headaches because it's hard for me to function when I have them.|
Posted: 3/23/2007 6:59:10 PM
|Oh, for the migraines, try Excedrin Migraine or Tylenol Arthritis, which say Tylenol ER on the pill, I find they work for me.|
Posted: 4/1/2007 9:07:08 AM
|Do I ever. I live in the Migraine region of the world. I woke up this morning with the start of a doozy. Whenever the air pressure drops, Bam! I even go blind in my left eye. Today will find me flat on my back, with my eyes closed and praying for god to kill me.|
Posted: 4/1/2007 2:07:45 PM
|imtrex--MIRACLE DRUG suffered for years and years. The great news when I went through "the change" 98% of the headachs stopped. So getting older has one great benefit|
Posted: 4/1/2007 2:12:00 PM
|you are correct, and doctors are full of crap. I keep some caffine pills on me all the time because it does help.---not cure but help. Most of my migraines when away when I went through menopause that helped 75% and when I divorced it cured another 24%|
Posted: 4/1/2007 2:16:02 PM
|know exactly what you are saying. It's worst than child birth. I use tell people, if I had to live with a migraine 24/7 I would commit sucide. people use to think I was kidding, but I was dead serious.|
Posted: 4/1/2007 4:16:49 PM
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Posted: 4/2/2007 8:26:57 AM
|Themonkeygirl: I know what you mean about falling air pressure bringing on a migraine. I live in the desert, but changes in air pressure used to make me so sick. Now I am on Topamax daily to prevent migraines.|
The Topamax has made me much less sensitive to barometic pressure changes. October was the killer month for me because we would get the remnants of hurricanes coming up from both the Gulf of Mexico and the Baja of California. Talk about feeling like death warmed over!
If you get more than two migraines a month, you should talk to your doctor about daily preventative treatment such as Topamax, propanolol, depakote, and others. I know it has made a world of difference for me because I cannot take Imitrex to abort a migraine.
I'm not sure if you are aware of some of the signs that a migraine is coming-- excessive yawning, passing excessive urine or retaining urine among others.
Posted: 4/3/2007 8:21:42 PM
|I wish I could take daily treatment but they ruled that out for me years ago. My migraines hit during the night so the signs are useless :( I just have to pray when I sit up in the morning, that I can blink without going "ARGHHHHHHHHHHH not again". I do tend to go in spurts too. I'll be fine for months then WHAP! Right upside the head.|
Posted: 4/7/2007 11:09:56 AM
|I am a Chiropractor and my patients get excellent results decreasing frequency and intensity of migraines or getting rid of them all toghether. I recommend it ...obviously.|
Posted: 4/12/2007 1:49:21 PM
I used to get migraines for years from a muscle injury to my neck. The doctors called it a permanent soft spot in the neck muscle.
They put me on about 15 different meds over those years and alot of the medication causes the migraines to come on. Tylenol 3's over time build up in your system and will cause migraines themselves so will perks.
Zolof can cause nervous breakdowns and the beta blockers are just as bad.
For me the only thing that got rid of them (hopefully permanently) was to not listen to the doctors or take the natural remedys and to not take any prescriptions but to do weight lifting to build stronger muscles in my neck.
I had to work through the pain and go through the withdrawls from the meds I was on but in the end I have not had a migraine for about 9 years now.
I feel for you all as I was getting the migraines so bad I ended up in the emegency quite a few times. Mine were the cluster kind apparently they are one of the worst types of migraines you can get. I am really glad I don't get them anymore.
Posted: 4/15/2007 2:13:15 PM
|Whenever I get migraines I take an ice cold shower. Works like a charm and you don't have to abuse over the counter drugs.|
Posted: 5/2/2007 4:38:19 AM
|I've suffered with migraines , and even been hospitalized with them. I found mine are mostly related to food allergies from what's called tannins.. here's a wonderful site that I hope helps someone. |
believe it or not, when the doctors were giving up on the cause of mine, I found this site. It helped alot. Since then , I went on preventatives, Topamax and cymbalta.
Unfortunately, it doesn't help me avoid all of them.. just most. I still get them occasionally.. usually when one of those tannins sneak in my diet from when I'm not paying attention. Or from weather pressure... or stress..
I wouldn't wish migraines on my worst enemy.. for everyone that gets them.. you have my deepest sympathy. I just wanted to share what I do know.. and hopefully that helps someone .
Posted: 5/2/2007 7:53:20 AM
|Barbarella was right. I recommend seeing a Chiropractor. This is a correlation between the alignment of your neck and the frequency of migraines. Hope this helps someone.|
Posted: 5/2/2007 9:15:03 AM
|I have had migraines where I ve lost my vision for seconds.. Blackness ensued .. I found actupuncture, smiling, snacking on good HEALTHY food, SUNGLASSES, and always having the kids out and about help with mine.... but for those killer ones.. I take 2 Advil extra strength gel tablet thingies. and drink lots of H2O. |
If I take them right at the beginning, I m fine.
|consultation with migraine specialist|
Posted: 5/5/2007 5:00:38 AM
|I thought I would share the information I learned as a result of taking my teenage daughter to see the migraine specialist at the University's Clinical NeuroScience Center. It was very interesting and the best doctor appointment she has had in years.|
The doctor said that migraines are an autonomic nervous system disease. This may not mean much to most of you; but my daughter has dysautonomia, and I have known for the last five years that her migraines are only a part of a systemic illness. Other common autonomic system diseases can be fibromyalgia. My twin sister has this. I just suffer from migraines. Obviously genetics plays a huge part in diagnosing this type of illness.
The doctor said that one of the most important things to do to prevent a migraine attack is to avoid dehydryation. She said that the hypothalmus detects hunger and thirst. Even being slightly dehydrated can bring on a migraine in some people. Migraine patients should be urinating more than six times a day, and it should be a large volume of pale urine that looks like water in the toilet. You should NEVER be thirsty.
Migraine patients should also not allow themselves to become hungry. Snacks are necessary to prevent a migraine.
Some people are sensitive to the additives in food--especially the nitrites/nitrates used in processed meats such as bologna, hotdogs, pepperoni, ham, bacon, etc. Watch out for anything that is a "taste enhancer" or that is labelled as "spices for flavor" as that may be MSG. The doctor recommends reading all labels and avoiding these things. She also recommends avoiding aspartame, a.k.a. Nutrasweet found in various "Light," "Lite" or sugarfree products as it can also trigger migraines.
I believe that food sensitivity is very specific to the individual. Some people get migraines when exposed to these food additives. Others don't.
Another important thing for migraine patient is "sleep hygiene"--maintaining a regular sleep schedule. It is important to go to bed at around the same time each night and get up around the same time each day. Staying up later or sleeping late can bring on a migraine. That is why people frequently get migraines when they are on vacation--they are out of the regular routine and keeping odd hours.
Posted: 5/10/2007 11:02:09 PM
|Hey arley, I was just reading your profile, and saw in your forum posts that you get migraines. I used to get them almost daily, until a friend of mine who owns a healthfood store recommended MSM, and in particular, a combo of glucosamine and MSM. MSM opens up the permeability of your cell walls, allowing for increased oxygen flow. |
Worked for me , hope you have success getting rid of your aiches!
Posted: 5/11/2007 10:52:10 AM
|My migraines seemed to start after a spell of night shift work. No longer doing the shifts but still getting the migraines. Typically I would wake up with a headache and throw up most of the day. Then I would have a low level lingering headache for 2/3 days. I have to sit very still and bolt upright when it starts. In fact when I get the lingering headache, I sleep propped up!|
I tried Imigram (same as Imitrex) for the first time recently. Amazing. I have also found Migraleve to be useful (and cheaper!) but not quite as effective.
Prevention is best of course and I have just gone back on the herb Feverfew which seems to cut the number of episodes dramatically. A friend has found the same.
I have also started a gluten free diet, which can't do any harm. I certainly believe wheat is a factor. Even as a child I found that certain cereal bars and digestive biscuits gave me a headache. Fingers crossed for all of us who suffer!
Posted: 5/12/2007 10:07:56 PM
|I have a mild photosensitivity, which can trigger migraines in certain circumstances. I'd get them walking into buildings with a certain type of flourescent lighting. sometimes I'd get them from looking at old style cheap VGA computer monitors. Or Sometimes just walking in from bright sunlight into a dim room could trigger them. Mostly now I just watch where I'm going and adjust myself slowly and I'm fine. But those lesson took a long time to learn.|
Posted: 7/8/2007 6:03:10 AM
|Thankfully I have almost outgrown mine. I started taking them in grade 6 and now I may have one every few years. I am one of the lucky ones who sees the yellow aura if it strikes while I am awake. I will have a half hour to an hour to get the drugs in my system before the nausea strikes. Ones that I wake up with are another story however. I still take sinus headaches and while they are full blown they are very much like a migraine in that I have nausea and the pain is dibilitating but once i can get to sleep for a couple of hours, unlike a migraine, I wake up and they are gone completely.|
Candied ginger works awesome for nausea.
To those of you who still get migraines - I feel for you!!
Posted: 7/8/2007 6:27:13 AM
|Yes candied ginger does work really well. So does sniffing essential oil of peppermint. |
toba you are right that going to sleep does not cure a migraine. Most of mine are in the early morning - the pain wakes me up. I'm just coming out of a two-day attack and I just started a new job - brutal. I have found a chiropractor who is helping me quite a bit, but when my neck goes into spasm really badly, as it did with the nervous strain of a new job, coupled with sitting at the computer for work, there is not much I can do. I'm hoping the chiropractor and maybe some massage will make a real difference.