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Migraine HELP nothing's working

May 14, 2016 6:20 PM

Okay I have had this Migraine for over 24 hour's and I've done everything I know to get rid of it, Anyone else got any suggestions, since I can't go to the emergency room. Under contract with the pain management doctor. Nothing he gave me work's! ( toprimate and Amitriptyline)

May 14, 2016 7:18 PM

What have you tried? The strongest oil I have is Japanese mint oil and it helps temporarily when applied around hairline, on neck and spots on the scalp. I usually put it on at the first sign and then it calms things enough to give the meds a chance to work. Peppermint oil might help too.

May 15, 2016 3:44 AM

Imigran and an ice pack helps me

May 15, 2016 6:52 AM

Sleep sometimes helps me when nothing else will, but also excedrin migraine with caffeine is sometimes the only thing that helps. I know that sounds weak, but it usually works for me. Works better if I can take it at the first sign. Toradol has also worked for me in the past.

May 15, 2016 6:30 PM

I agree with Saphire. Excedrine Migraine works for me as well. So sorry you are going through this. Hugs.

May 15, 2016 7:56 PM

I have had similar experiences for migraines where nothing over the counter worked for me. I use Cambia, a prescription med, and it's the only thing that has worked consistently for me. Try soaking your feet in cold water for a few minutes, my chiropractor recommended that to me and it seems to help me so far.

May 16, 2016 1:00 PM

Nothing over the counter worked and I didn't want to take my perception pain medication (narcatic) because it could cause rebound Migraines, but caved in after trying everything else and the suggestions minus the tordol because I am not prescribed it only hydrocodone 10 for my back and Amitriptyline and toprimate for Migraine control..Anyway 48 hours later I am finally free of the Migraine! Just have a light headache praying it stay that way or goes away!

May 16, 2016 1:04 PM

Moparmom you CAN go to the ER and get treated. Even with the contract. You can't leave there with an RX but they can give you a shot and keep you there until it eases. I wish I could help you. Try some caffeine, dark chocolate and aspirin. Heat across the back of your neck. Sending you gentle {{{Hugs}}} and prayers that you feel better. 💕🙏🏻🌻😊

May 18, 2016 6:27 AM

Imitrex or Maxalt, I don't mess around with anything else anymore. I'm a holistic health practitioner in training and migraines are one of the times I am all for pharmaceuticals.
Sorry your suffering.

May 18, 2016 4:48 PM

Inanutshell, I am severally allergic to that line of medication, I can't even take instead, I go into anflatic shock unfortunately. The medication that most are given I can't take. I ended up takiing a chance on having a rebound so I took my pain medication I was prescribed for my back to get rid of it and the Migraine to a dull roar. It tried to come back yesterday while I was at my kids school but as soon as I got home took my ice mask went to bed and it stayed back, praise God! I don't think I could have gone through round 2!

May 18, 2016 7:12 PM

You might consider Icekap with peppermint essential oil. We were discussing this treatment on another post. One or two peeps use it or something close. It is a cap you wear & use EO drops on spots like back of neck. Something to consider for next time. I am so glad you got some relief.

May 19, 2016 12:03 AM

Thank You Silvrry! I will have to look into that because I have a feeling I have a feeling I will need it on Monday!

May 27, 2016 9:40 AM

Talked to my pain management doctor today about getting a breakthrough medication for my migraines because I can't handle another 2 day Migraine headache and her finally agreed to give something and he prescribed me Fioricet! It has helped me in the past so all I have to say is Thank God!😃

May 27, 2016 10:26 AM

I am glad you have some relief Moparmom.

I take Sumatriptan the higher does is good for me most times. Unless the migraine is caused by another medication.

I also will may do a cocktail of 3 Advil , 2 Tylenol #3, coffee and gravol. Complete darkness, ice or heat, completely become recluse. Soaking my feet in HOT water with Epson salt or dr. Schutz foot soak.


May 27, 2016 10:42 AM

My nero doc gave me zomig nose spary it works right away I have a tumor on the brain so fast working is great.

May 27, 2016 2:46 PM

I wish I wasn't allergic to sumatriptain's, but I am allergic to the whole line. Including maxsault. So for me Fioricet is the next best thing in. My arsenal that my Pain Doctor felt comfortable prescribing me.

Crochetlife, my Pain management Doctor don't like to prescribe the nose spray for Migraines because I am on muscle relaxers already as well as pain killers for my back. The nose spray does work wonders as it was prescribed to me a couple of times and it worked instantly but it also messed with my Central nervous system fast, as with the Fioricet it takes it time to process throughout my body, but I wouldn't be taking my muscle relaxer after I had taken it either as both are acetaminophen based that's the only drawback. But I only take it for breakthrough Migraine pain.

May 27, 2016 4:26 PM

This is such good news for you!

May 27, 2016 5:06 PM

This is good to hear. I hope you won't need it for another episode like that again, but at least you'll have it should you need it. My PCP ordered me Rizatrtan, which dissolves, until I can swallow the regular med, should I get a migraine. Knock on wood, I've not had one since January! I really hope your med works if you need it! Hugs, love, & prayers for a good friend! 🙂💕🙏🌼

May 27, 2016 9:11 PM

The best treatment I have found for migraines is sleep! Very tricky to find what works best for each person. Good luck!

May 27, 2016 11:04 PM

For migraines I used to take cocodamol 30/500, an ice pack and lie in a dark room but codeine makes it worse so now I am on Morpgine for my other pain it's really helping my migraines too. I will say though using my ice pack on the back of my neck instead of on my head really made a difference. Like everyone is saying everyone is different and I do have a feeling the disk out in my neck is causing my migraines as opposed to fibromyalgia but u should give it a try next time and put the ice pack on the back of your neck while u are lying down. Worth a try xxx

Dec 06, 2017 2:33 PM

There are three branches of medicine used for migraines, and each treats a different type. Only one branch are triptans or related to them. You can Wikipedia the topic and then talk to your doc about trying the other kinds of migraine meds, too. Early on, mine were squashable with excedrin, or an aspirin/caffeine/ibuprofen mix, which is what excedrin is.

Dec 06, 2017 2:51 PM

I've had migraines for 9 years that are caused by an inoperable brain tumour. The migraines happen between 3 to 20 times per month. I've tried Gabapentin, Topiramate, and Amytriptyline. None of those medications worked. Finally I was put on Tylenol #2 with Codeine, and it's the only thing that actually works for my migraines (besides torodal in the ER).

Dec 07, 2017 9:13 AM

A long time ago I use to deliver oxygen to palliative patients. I don't know if it is still done, but we also use to deliver oxygen to people with bad migraines.
Just a though.

Dec 07, 2017 1:58 PM

I was in physical therapy for thoracic outlet syndrome and my therapist said my migraines might be muscle related. Get someone to massage behind your ears while you relax

Jan 21, 2018 5:15 PM

Moparmom- I used to submerge myself in a hot bath with only my mouth and nose out. That was when I maxed out on pills and in about an hour I could feel it easing! Don't be home alone doing this!!

Jan 22, 2018 8:51 PM

Drink tons of water, precipitating factor for migraines is commonly dehydration. Try to get plenty of rest as well. Dark room, no noises as well.

Jan 31, 2018 5:16 AM

Has anyone on here had a daith piercing for their migraines?
Mine thankfully were not as severe as many here sound, but enough to stop me driving when one hit. In a country with no public transport that was a problem. So I got a daith piercing as I’d heard of some people having relief from them.
I honestly didn’t expect it to work but it actually has. I’ve gone from 35hrs of painkillers once a week, to maybe needing a paracetamol & an ibuprofen (1 single dose) to clear a persistent ache, maybe once every 3 months. I still feel the pressure sometimes, so I know the headaches haven’t disappeared, but the pain they cause is much less debilitating and less frequent.
Even if it’s a placebo effect, I’m happy to be popping less pills, and experiencing less pain. I’m considering having the other ear pierced too. And I am seeking additional treatment (physiotherapy & trauma counselling) to treat the cause as well.

Feb 20, 2018 11:37 AM

I hope you find something to relieve those nasty headaches moparmom. I have cerebellar atrophy ( a type of ataxia). I never heard of this med til my neurologist gave it to me ' Keppra' 750mg one in am & one in pm. I also use what's called a headache hat which wraps around your head as tight or loose as you need. It's filled with ice, also is black and you can cover your eyes with it. I've had an 'achy head' all my life so when I got the Keppra a couple of years ago, I hardly ever get them now. Hope you find something that works for you, it's awful I know.

Feb 20, 2018 9:02 PM

I use my tens unit and place 2 pads way up on my neck actually at my hairline and go to a dark quiet room. My pain mgmt doctor told me about it as she suffers migraines too. It helps me. I have actually shaved a little of my hair to place the pads because I have really long thick hair.

Mar 08, 2018 12:29 AM

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Mar 09, 2018 12:24 PM

I don’t know if you have tried it because I haven’t read all the comments but if it is available tiger balm works well

Mar 09, 2018 4:06 PM

I had them for years first thing I done was get off soft drinks. No hot dogs. Maxalt worked I had very bad blinding one

Mar 11, 2018 6:18 AM

I have Imigran that works for me. And peppermint oil on and around my forehead

Apr 09, 2018 12:43 AM

I've had migraines for 20+ years. I've seen every specialty including pain specialists and neurologist. I started used RSO which is Rick Simpson's Oil... Yes it's CBD and THC. Taken as a suppository daily there are Zero side effects... Unless you consider pain relief and reduction of frequency a side effect. Yes I dropped the pain specialist with all his narcotics and injections among other procedures RF etc. I'm amazed. I only wish now I jumped on this when it was medically legal in 2010! Yes because of the stigma I waited 7 painful years to try this. I will never use narcotics, benzos and risky procedures again.

Apr 23, 2018 1:56 PM

Nortriptyline is my prophylactic but I use high dose naproxen (alevex4) at onset and rarely enter pain phase. Narcotics don't work for me EVER. I believe a gene mutation (cyp2d6) inhibits my metabolism of those and several other drugs, including tylenol and ibuprofen. Perhaps this is worth checking. Even checking the drugs it metabolizes might prove it without a test. I have enough evidence that I won't test.

Apr 24, 2018 7:53 PM

I recently had a migraine for 17 days straight I got in to see my pain management doctor on Thursday last week. He gave me topper roommate which did nothing by Friday my jaw and lips were numb and the same through Saturday so I went to the emergency room. They gave me what's called an ER cocktail that's what they call it. I emailed my doctor and let him know what happened and that is 100% acceptable on the pain management agreement. He also gave me a prescription for Fioricet and for the first time in 17 days I felt better for 24 hours now. Hope this helps

Apr 26, 2018 9:55 PM

Dose with Excedrin and 800mg ibuprofen at the same time. Ice packs on the worst pain. Hide from light and noise. And tell your doc that if he's not treating your pain you will find another doc. Your health and happiness is most important.

Apr 28, 2018 1:16 AM

News! My daughter has had a piercing on one of her ears that the doctor recommended. She has now gone over a year w no migraines. I know this is bad but i have no clue where the pierce is. Her doc. Sent her to a tatoo artist that does them for their office. Weird but it works for her.

Apr 28, 2018 9:13 AM

Yes, zetarlov, it's a daith piercing...that cartilage that curves from the top into the center of the outside of the ear. My sis has one but didn't get results like that but many do.

May 04, 2018 9:51 AM

Suffered from migraines as long as I can remember. Peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus oils on the scalp, temples and back of neck can sometimes help me. The absolute best thing I have found works is magic mushroom tea with vitamin c. I have gotten years of relief from migraines and cluster headaches with this. There are some great Harvard studies done on this. I also use medical marijuana but it doesn't always help. I try not to do pharmaceutical drugs. They are addictive, toxic and they don't work for me. Warm bath and sleep are also helpful along with gentle yoga stretches and meditation.

May 19, 2018 1:22 AM

None of the standard meds helped my chronic migraines. Finally got my neuro to prescribe imitrex - but insurance only wanted to pay for 9 pills a month - not enough when 75+% of the days are with migraine. I’m now doing Botox with some success, reduced frequency 40-50% of days without migraine and severity - but require twice the standard dose. I also do heat packs, caffeine, aromatherapy with peppermint. Hope you find somethibg that works for you soon.

Aug 23, 2018 7:10 PM

What about fioricet that helps mine. I get them too often and long periods of time that I have to get Botox injections every 12 wks. I am so thankful for them cause it's cut down the frequency. Good luck

Aug 25, 2018 8:40 PM

I have irretractable migraines too, that can last for days or weeks at a time. I have to take Maxalt, Excedrin Migraine, and a strong narcotic to knock them out. Also, one of the keys to relief is to use an icepack on the back of my neck and my forehead at the same time. Make sure you get the cold at the base of your skull and on your temples. I hope this helps.

Aug 28, 2018 6:30 PM

Okay, I cannot endorse this method because it really is absolutely awful for you. But when I’m in that position here’s what I take: 4 excedrin, 4 ibuprofen, 2 Benadryl, 2 magnesium, 2 zofran, and any control meds you have. Dark room, eye mask, ice pack, ear plugs, cold caffeine, hangover style food. Diner breakfast is best tbh.

If you have the option for them, I also add the following: 10 mg Valium or other benzo, 1 opioid pain killer, rescue medication such as triptans, noise canceling headphones over top of the ear plugs blasting white noise.

Like I said, I cannot recommend you take all of this at once. My neurologist still doesn’t know how I survived the last time I took that home brew because I should have ODed on it. But if you also have a strong resistance to meds, you might be fine.

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