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Migraines

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  • Posted By: SharieGarcia
  • March 18, 2008
  • 08:00 PM

I am a 37 yr old female that started suffering from migraines about 4 years ago. They have tried over 15 types of drugs and have said that everything and anything is the cause of them. Nothing has been true and nothing stops them, prevents them, and still have no answers as to what starts them. I have become a lab rat for the different doctors and don't know what to do anymore. please help.

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  • Have they tryed u on Imigran Injections ? imigran also comes in tablet form but injections are quicker at working. U inject urself which is easy do do inject in ur thigh with a pen like shringe. It is a bit sore but compared to the migraine its worth it. I dont know where u are but in the Uk u get them on script. Otherwise they are a bit costly. Hope this is some help.........Ooooh also try accupunture it can help lessen them. Good Luck :)
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've been a sufferer for 15 years. They started me on Midrin which worked for a few years, played with my hormones which helped, prescribed the Imitrex pill which worked for 4 years, and finally the Imitrex self (at home) injection. Well, my dh does it because I can’t do it myself when I’m in that much pain. Good luck to you. Everyone is different, but I am triggered by fake sugar, flashing lights, too much alchohol, strong perfume, lack of sleep, and caffeine withdrawl. Once you identify your triggers it is easier to avoid a migraine. Some people also have Migraine relapse after treatment (where the treatment actually causes a repeat episode). If you are one of these sufferers there are medications that you can take daily to break the cycle.I hope you feel better soon
    italianirishj 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am a 37 yr old female that started suffering from migraines about 4 years ago. They have tried over 15 types of drugs and have said that everything and anything is the cause of them. Nothing has been true and nothing stops them, prevents them, and still have no answers as to what starts them. I have become a lab rat for the different doctors and don't know what to do anymore. please help.I just recently saw an episode of Mystery Diagnosis, I believe, and this woman had migraines for years. They were getting worse every year. Finally, a friend recommended an internal medicine doctor. The woman went and the doctor referred her to a cardiologist. The cause of the woman's migraines was a hole in heart which she had from birth. As she got older, the hole got bigger and with that her headaches worsened. She had surgery to close the hole and woke up hours later with no migraine.The other solution is finding which foods, situations, etc. trigger your migraines and change your lifestyle. There are websites which address this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I saw the same episode of mystery diagnosis as the last post, I want to add that the woman on the show had a constant migraine (it never went away) and no medication worked. Luckily, the PFO (the type of hole in the heart) is easily ruled out by a Dr. listening to your heart. If you have a PFO the Dr. will hear a murmur. So if you've had a Dr. listen to your heart recently and they didn't hear a murmur, you probably don't have it. But its worth it to ask again at your next appt. just to be sure. I get frequent severe migraines, and I have the same problem with diagnosing a reason. The problem is that they just don't know all of the causes. One cause is hormonal imbalance and fluxuations. Thats why a lot of women get them around their periods. Are you going through menopause maybe? That could be the cause, and if it is, luckily they will stop after your periods stop. To get rid of my migraines I take an Imitrex tablet (100mg) and one over the counter Excedrin Migraine. I asked my Dr. if it was okay to mix them firtst, of course, and he said yes. The two together work so much better than the Imitrex by itself. Good luck.
    brandic77 10 Replies Flag this Response
  • Is anyone taking birth control pills? This can cause migraines, and docs overlook this as a side effect/ Has anyone tried acupuncture to help? It can really help!Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Is anyone taking birth control pills? This can cause migraines, and docs overlook this as a side effect/ Has anyone tried acupuncture to help? It can really help!Best wishesDOM Yes u are right Dom, I had to stop taking the pill many years back, it was the cause of my migraine, luckly now i would only take about 2 per year now. Accupunture definately works......when i started to go for treatments for TN it was one of the first things that truly helped me, I have longer periods of well-being without the side effects that many drugs cause, although there are some i still take ! Also got back to work..........which give me my life back ! Still have the problem with TN but i do not let it live my life ! Accupunture was one of the first steps I took that enabled me to move forwards to where i am now. It helped me to brake the cycle, also mind over matter helps me to stay positive ! I refuse to let it take me down again ! Accupunture...........Highly Recommended ! Regards :)
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have definitely heard that acupuncture can be a very effective way to deal with migraines. It seems to work well for many people. There is also an herbal remedy called Petadolex. It works in the brain to improve circulation. I've heard many good things about it, and it can be effective at helping to prevent migraines when taken daily.
    naturalhealth 4 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
    • 04:27 PM
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  • I would suggest you read the following article: about the things that can trigger migraines and possibly try to prevent them by avoiding certain triggers. I would concentrate mostly on food for I found it had a great impact on overall health. Go for low fat foods, omega 3-rich foods, raw foods, dark vegetables, etc
    KnowSUMthings 153 Replies
    • January 9, 2009
    • 09:29 PM
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  • Please describe the general nature of your migrainous episodes, including any prodrome, the headache characteristics and lastly post-episode symptoms if any. Please include all symptoms you have noted, regardless of whether you believe them to be pertinent. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • January 10, 2009
    • 03:53 AM
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  • Hello. My mom has been suffering migraines for over 30 years. Her pain is chronical and it NEVER goes away. There are days when it hurts most, but it is always there. She has tried everything, and now is having stomach problems for all the medicines she has taken over the years. If anyone knows of a place she can go and be truly listened about her symptons, we will be VERY grateful. We live in Mexico, but have the possibility to travel anywhere in the world. So please, please help her. She has mentioned within her symptons, that she has cramps, her head hurts all over, she has a pain in the right cheek and it hurts most in the mornings right after she awakens. The only thing we know for certain is that this sickness (or whatever it is) is heredetary as my sister has the same symptons. She has been having the migraines for almost 12 years now. If you are reading this and you are doctor and have ANY clue of what this might be, we will appreciate your comments. If you are not a doctor, but have the same symptons and a real solution, we will also be grateful. Thank you all for your attention and help.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Just a thought. About 6 or so years ago I started having severe headaches. A neurologist said I was having simple migraines. At the time I just accepted what he said even though I never had the light or sound sensitivities. Imitrex made me nauseous. Other migraine meds basically did not help. Over the years I began having other symptoms that at first seemed unrelated, but today I believe they are. Since the headaches began I have been to 4 neurologists. 3 all just accepted I was having migraines even though I started questioning that diagnosis out loud. The last neurologist I went to was the first doctor to agree with me, I am not having migraines. I wake up with a headache every single day. So if your symptoms do not totally fit a migraine headache, and if you have other mysterious symptoms, you may be like me and have been misdiagnosed.
    halal37 96 Replies Flag this Response
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  • my doctor put me on max alt mlt a few months ago. they help the most out of the migraine medications i have taken but sometimes cause me to have rebound headaches but still better than nothing or other drugs i have taken.
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