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post #31 of 46
Amerge works best for my migraines. Actually, since I have gone vegetarian (doctor's orders because my kidney/liver functions are slightly below normal), I get them only right before my period, and they are not nearly as intense. I find that keeping my sinuses clear with saline solution really helps prevent a "combination" headache from kicking in (one kind of headache at a time, PLEASE!!). I do get headaches from the bulging discs in my neck, though, that feel very similar to migraines - perhaps you should check in with a neurologist or chiropractor, just to be safe. And definitely try accupressure - it does help Sending {{{{healing prayers and vibes}}} that your migraines go away. BTW, as others have said here, Amerge and some of the other prescriptions simply make the headache go away, they don't impair you in any way so work, childcare, outdoor fun, etc. can continue
post #32 of 46
The left side of my face went numb with a migraine once. I think it's rather uncommon, but common enough to be listed in our textbooks. Migraines STINK! I don't nearly as many now that I'm not in pharmacy school, though.
post #33 of 46
I have a question about migranes.

Lets say I know a person who supposedly has migranes. I say suppossedly because this person has them the same days every week. She always has to go to the hospital to get shots.

Is it possible for a person to have migranes the same day every week. She first started having them every Tuesday, then she started having them on both Monday and Tuesday, then sometimes she has them on Friday and Saturday.

I was told that she has had several tests done and they find nothing wrong.

I am wondering if it is migranes at all, or if she just likes going to get the shots. What kind of shots do they give anyways? Is it a pain killer or something?

You can tell that I know nothing about drugs. I hardly ever take medicine.

Just wanted to kinda hear what you guys thought about this situation.
post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by LSULOVER View Post
I have a question about migranes.

Lets say I know a person who supposedly has migranes. I say suppossedly because this person has them the same days every week. She always has to go to the hospital to get shots.

Is it possible for a person to have migranes the same day every week. She first started having them every Tuesday, then she started having them on both Monday and Tuesday, then sometimes she has them on Friday and Saturday.

I was told that she has had several tests done and they find nothing wrong.

I am wondering if it is migranes at all, or if she just likes going to get the shots. What kind of shots do they give anyways? Is it a pain killer or something?

You can tell that I know nothing about drugs. I hardly ever take medicine.

Just wanted to kinda hear what you guys thought about this situation.

Maybe a drug related issue but perhaps something else that causes the migranes to pop up. Kind of interesting how they are all on the same days. Looks like something in this person's life could be stressing them out on those particular days. I am not familiar with migranes but my sister would get them and it all turned out to be with stress. On the other hand, my Susan got migranes all the time at random for no reason, but I'm thinking that was because of stress also.
post #35 of 46
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Originally Posted by markvg View Post
Maybe a drug related issue but perhaps something else that causes the migranes to pop up. Kind of interesting how they are all on the same days. Looks like something in this person's life could be stressing them out on those particular days. I am not familiar with migranes but my sister would get them and it all turned out to be with stress. On the other hand, my Susan got migranes all the time at random for no reason, but I'm thinking that was because of stress also.

They are always on the same days, every now and then she will get one on a different day. And I think the last time she went to the hospital she had to have two shots.
post #36 of 46
Thread Starter 
I don't like the sounds of that one. Is she going to the same Hospital?
If so they would have a record on when she is there and would have investigated a drug issue. If it is different hospitals, I would say it is a drug thing.
post #37 of 46
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Originally Posted by LSULOVER View Post
I have a question about migranes.

Lets say I know a person who supposedly has migranes. I say suppossedly because this person has them the same days every week. She always has to go to the hospital to get shots.

Is it possible for a person to have migranes the same day every week. She first started having them every Tuesday, then she started having them on both Monday and Tuesday, then sometimes she has them on Friday and Saturday.

I was told that she has had several tests done and they find nothing wrong.

I am wondering if it is migranes at all, or if she just likes going to get the shots. What kind of shots do they give anyways? Is it a pain killer or something?

You can tell that I know nothing about drugs. I hardly ever take medicine.

Just wanted to kinda hear what you guys thought about this situation.

Well, if she has health insurance, there are better ways to treat her migraines. But yes, they gives shots that are very effective (for most cases)... and they contain a mild opiate. It doesn't sound to me like she has them the same day every week... just sounds like she gets them way too often and it's interfering with her ability to function at a job (I've been there).

There's nothing they can "find wrong" with you when it comes to migraines, there's no medical evidence they can test you for to prove you had a migraine or tell you why you had a migraine. So, maybe she doesn't have a brain tumor or aneurysm, but it sounds to me like she really needs preventative therapy as opposed to after-the-fact prn therapy.

I hope that helps.
post #38 of 46
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Originally Posted by crazyforinfo View Post
I don't like the sounds of that one. Is she going to the same Hospital?
If so they would have a record on when she is there and would have investigated a drug issue. If it is different hospitals, I would say it is a drug thing.
That's a good point, but no one's business besides the person who is having the migraines, and her docs. I like to give patients the benefit of the doubt and privacy. I may be naive, but I've been on the end of it where they assumed something that wasn't true, and I didn't get treated like I should have because of it. Just IMO...
post #39 of 46
I get them. I used to get them all the time as a kid, but now not so much, and not so severe. I have one now, but it's somewhat mild at the moment.

I get bad headaches from 2 things. For a very long time, I thought that I got them from caffiene withdrawl, and the rest were just random. Then I started thinking the others were from a food additive. Ruled out lots of stuff, then went to food coloring. That seemed to be it. But alot of foods have many different colors in them. I eventually narrowed it down to yellow 5 and/or 6, and red 40. And then eliminated red 40 and yellow 6 and confirmed yellow 5. I get far fewer headaches now, and none are ever random. Every time I get one, and I know I've had enough caffeine, I can trace it back to something I ate the day before. And so yesterday, I ate salad bar pudding without thinking. It's very hard to find pudding without coloring added. I simply forgot, and now I'm paying for it. I have to check every single label on anything I eat. The stuff is in everything. What I hate the most is the labels that say "artificial color may be added". Just tell me what! Anyway, it is good knowing. Now I just have to avoid pretty much everything that is not homemade, and remember to tell people "Please, do not put pickles on my hamburger this time!" They put them on anyway, probably figuring if I don't like them, I can pick them off. But by then the pickle juice (all pickles besides the organic kind and the ones in the deli case, have yellow 5) has already seeped onto the burger.

Oh, well, it's good to know anyway

Dawn
post #40 of 46
I'm glad that you are feeling better

For some reason as I got older my incidence of migraines have reduced and I don't get them nearly as often as I used to.

I used to pretty much have nonstop headaches. I would wake up with one and it would dull a bit during the day but never go away, or hardly ever.

My doctor put me through a battery of tests trying to find the cause, but everything was coming back fine. One day I was at my dentist's office for a checkup and filling and he started to ask me the strangest questions.

- do you wake up with headaches in the morning
- do they go away
- do you wake up in the middle of the night
- does your jaw hurt

Stuff like that.

I asked him if he was a fly in my home, LOL.

He told me that my eye teeth were flat instead of pointed as they should be and that indicates bruxism (grinding teeth). After checking with my insurance agency about coverage, he created a dental appliance for me to wear over my top teeth at night. It took some getting used to having a hard piece of plastic snapped onto my upper teeth for my bottom teeth to grind against. But man, what a difference it made. I noticed an instant decline in my headaches and started to feel better.

So if anyone has high incidences of headaches, check with your dentist. It could possibly be related to your teeth.
post #41 of 46
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Originally Posted by crazyforinfo View Post
I don't like the sounds of that one. Is she going to the same Hospital?
If so they would have a record on when she is there and would have investigated a drug issue. If it is different hospitals, I would say it is a drug thing.


It is the same hospital, we only have one in our town, and the same doctor is always on call.
post #42 of 46
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Originally Posted by Godiva View Post
Well, if she has health insurance, there are better ways to treat her migraines. But yes, they gives shots that are very effective (for most cases)... and they contain a mild opiate. It doesn't sound to me like she has them the same day every week... just sounds like she gets them way too often and it's interfering with her ability to function at a job (I've been there).

There's nothing they can "find wrong" with you when it comes to migraines, there's no medical evidence they can test you for to prove you had a migraine or tell you why you had a migraine. So, maybe she doesn't have a brain tumor or aneurysm, but it sounds to me like she really needs preventative therapy as opposed to after-the-fact prn therapy.

I hope that helps.

She does have them on the same day though, she has just started new days lately. It has been every Tuesday for the last 4 months or so.


Recently she has added different days.
post #43 of 46
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Originally Posted by Godiva View Post
That's a good point, but no one's business besides the person who is having the migraines, and her docs. I like to give patients the benefit of the doubt and privacy. I may be naive, but I've been on the end of it where they assumed something that wasn't true, and I didn't get treated like I should have because of it. Just IMO...

I know that it is not my business, I am just worried about what might be going on. She has two children that I am concerned about.
post #44 of 46
Thread Starter 
Yep so I got the migraine 8 days before my period for two months now. Very odd.
post #45 of 46
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Originally Posted by crazyforinfo View Post
What works for you that isn't a prescription? I am hungry but afraid to eat anything. I am in dire need of ideas. Oh I tried an ice pack after the Excedrin & that didn't help either.
depending on the migraine...
i have an herbal/rice warmer pack that i keep in the freezer. not quite as cold as an ice pack, it's still quite cold, & heavy & it blocks light. good while i'm waiting for meds to kick in.
heat/hot bath soak sometimes helps. also using the shower massage on my head.
i have a homemedics shiatsu massager that i think is meant for necks but i use it for my head sometimes.
bio-feedback exercises - learned them about 25 years ago. they still sometimes ease the pain.
those mentholated sticky pads you can get at the pharmacy help, too.
but all of these are stop-gap measures until whatever i've taken starts to have an effect. i use imitrex injections when OTC meds don't work.
post #46 of 46
I just wanted to add that biofeedback works! It takes some practice, and only on mild pain to get the hang of it, but once you figure it out, it's awesome. I can only keep it up for a little while at a time, and I only use it until something kicks in too. It's like intense meditation.
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