@mombgp22, what I'd ddd? Sorry to hear about your migraine. I used to get them. Turned out it was tmj, it went away after one day of having a retainer. I had braces for 7 yrs as an adult because of my Back teeth bite being off. What's causing you're?
Sorry about your pain. I'd recommend reading 'Heal Your Headache' by David Buchholz. I know it won't help your current pain but it has helped me understand the mechanism of migraines and how to reduce episodes over time.
I have several drug allergies and often have extreme or strange side effects from taking prescription drugs. As a result, I have had to control my migraines in other ways. I'll tell you my favorites, maybe they'll help you, too.
1. Get the right pillow. Absolutely nothing else has made a bigger difference for me. I invested in the My Pillow. It costs $100 from their sight, but you can get them from $40-$50 on Amazon. Go to their sight to see which pillow is right for you if you're interested.
2. When I have a multi-day migraine like the one you're describing, my doc gives me injections of tramadol, Benadryl, and phenergrin. I have to go straight home and be able to sleep for several uninterrupted hours. If my headache isn't gone when I wake, it's reduced to a very manageable level.
3. Aroma therapy and oil massage. Adding peppermint oil to a diffuser as well as adding a few drops to a carrier oil and massaging it into your neck, forehead, and temples can really help.
4. NEVER eat ANY processed sugar. At all. EVER. Processed sugar both triggers and feeds migraines. It also feeds inflammation throughout the body, so it's a good thing to avoid for all fibro-fighters. When you're feeling a headache coming on, switch your diet to foods that fight inflammation. My biggest success foods are butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Google it for a list and try out different foods to find your favorite.
5. I have also had success with Hemp Oil, sometimes called CBT. I get it at my local Good Earth. I find it nasty, so I fill empty capsules to avoid having to taste it. Do your research to ensure you're getting a high quality product. Some people won't use hemp because it is in the same plant family as marijuana. Hemp oil will not get you high, does not interact with other medicines, and the worst side effect I've experienced from it is occasional indigestion.
I'd have to know more about your migraines (type, pain location, type of pain etc.) to offer guidance. I can tell you this, however, ditching my local Neurologist and seeing a Headache Specialist literally saved my life. I'd been misdiagnosed for 10 years, so the mainstay migraine meds didn't work. It turned out that I have a rare migraine "varient" that's possibly related to cervical ddd & nerve impingement. The one medication the Specialist prescribed gave me 80% relief within 7 days, just as He'd promised. With a subsequent minor dose increase, the headache was gone. Fifteen years later, that med is still doing it's job, with only an occasional breakthrough headache. My neck is almost completely fused now, so I'm not complaining!
Wow! Fatiguefighter I have had a migraine for 5 or 6 days also. Mild but I am going to try some of your suggestions. Thanks for listing them. I appreciate that. So sorry Mombgp that you are suffering with a migraine for so long perhaps some of the suggestions will be helpful for you too. Blessings!!
The medication that I take is Indomethacin. It's an old anti-inflammatory that's hardly used anymore due to dangerous side-effects. It's unique activities, possibly on neurotransmitters, sets it apart from other Cox 1 & Cox 2 inhibitors (none of which worked for me). The Migraine varient I have is called Chronic Paroxysmal Hemicrania. I had severe stabbing pains over my left eye region that lasted from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Although they were brief, they were stunningly intense, and I would have up to 40 attacks per day (at my worst). Please understand that this drug works well only for very specific types of varients, and it's extreme toxicity makes it dangerous. Frankly, I'm surprised that I've tolerated as well as I have for 15 years. My main point was that the Headache Specialist knew what was wrong & what to do vs. 10 years of monkeying around with a Neurologist that thinks you're crazy because if his failure. If seeing a Specialist is not possible, I'd at least check into these "varients" (if you haven't already) and see if any fit your symptoms.