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Migraines suck, please help

Nov 23, 2015 12:06 AM

My father passed down his horrible migraines to me, and I have 2 miss school for them. If this goes on I need summer school. What to do?

Nov 23, 2015 12:23 AM

Doesanyone else here have migraines?

Nov 23, 2015 1:03 AM

I get them Abf and they are tough to deal with. Imetrex works well for me and the rare times I have to go to ER I get a cocktail of Tramadol, Benedryl, and an anti nausea med that I can't remember right now. Have you seen a doc yet for them? There are medications out there that can be taken everyday to decrease the frequency as well. You really need to see a doc and maybe get a referral to a Neurologist. I am so sorry you are having so many migraines sweetie. Take care of yourself please

Nov 23, 2015 9:22 AM

Abf, do you know what your triggers are, keep a diary of everything for a few weeks. And And I mean every thing. Food, lighting,wall colors, smells, noise, game time, exercise, if any meds you are on. What your signals for a headache starting. If u are female what birth control. What makes you squint? It is bothersome to do but it will help you. For example my triggers are fluorescent lights, any rooms with a peachy or amber tint to them, BC pills, loud noices (no headphones for me) salads on a salad bar, and those stores in the mall that spray scents all the time.also, buy writing down what you experience moments before the pain hits you will know when to take something. You might get a weird taste, smell, have the runs, vision off just a little. Then wham the pain hits. I had great clinic that taught me these things and I could finish school.

Nov 23, 2015 10:04 AM

Yes, see a neurologist about them. My 13 year old has chronic migraines and we had to do the diary thing and also keep track on what time of day you get them, with my daughter it was that she was getting them around 1:30 and again about 4, it was her blood sugar was dropping and that she needed a snack at 1 and then again at 3 some like a half peanut butter sandwich or a couple peanut butter crackers to keep her blood sugar from dropping. Also foods with msg in them can trigger they did for my daughter as well so I have to pack her lunch everyday. Hope these help.

Nov 23, 2015 10:10 AM

I have them. I have light sensitivity, so, I close my window blinds. If I feel one coming on, I take medicine to try and stop it from getting worse

Nov 23, 2015 10:26 AM

Watch for floaters. They can be streaks of light in your vision, and little lightening bolts, and auras.

Nov 23, 2015 12:31 PM

I have migraines for sure, although many of themclime from the nerves in my shoulder blades, neck, and spine. I've found drinking kava root helps if it is more focused in my jaw, if the pain feels like it's everywhere, I take Kava and Magnolia bark extract and DMSO and two menthol rubs (one with aspirin, the other with hemp) Funny thing, they both smell sweet, but the aspirin one smells exactly like lifesavers. The aspirin one feels like a bad sunburn, the hemp one is like dipping your hands in ice, or getting allow versa put on after a sunburn.

They sometimes help, but other times I lady in my hammock, curl into a ball, and wait it out

Nov 23, 2015 2:05 PM

Thank-you guys, I love you so much. I got a diary for my headaches. I'll figure this out. Until then I'll stay with y'all and help with whatever you need

Nov 27, 2015 8:19 PM

And migraine, I'm just seeing your post. I've had migraines since 1995, following neck injuries from auto accidents & a myelogram with dye. I use Midrin. I use an app called "migraine buddy." There are other apps too that track other types of headaches. Good luck with your tracking, and finding the cause. Hugs & a prayer you'll have less migraines! 🙏🌼

Nov 27, 2015 8:32 PM

My Neuro put me on C Q 10 take it 3 x a day. This has helped me with my migraines. Will be praying for you sending hugs.

Nov 28, 2015 7:13 AM

Having migraines since I got shaken badly by a boyfriend and lost consciousness. I have daily migraine which get worse when I'm outside and it is sunny. I have been taking Relpax, which wasn't alleviating the pain; my VA neurologist answer to that was to increase the dosage so I went to see a civilian neurologist. She recommended tiring Botox injections, which I took the first injections in Oct. The injections were painful. The injections helped with intensity of the pain....I'm not in bed crying like I use to, nor leaving work or pushing through pain because I cannot leave work. I'm suppose to get another set of injections in Dec. Doc says I'm suppose to improve with more injections. Right now I'm still having migraines, guess I'm just going to have to see if this is true.

Nov 28, 2015 8:42 AM

My docs feel I have moe than one kind of migraine. I've suffered from allergy/weather related migraines since I was a small child. Still get these and Mucinex D usually helps alleviate them now; but my neurologist recently prescribed imitrex for when I feel a headache coming on. I haven't taken one yet because A) I want to do it when I'm safe at home, and B) after years of being called a wimp and hypochondriac, I have learned to try to ignore my pain so that I don't really notice my headaches until my head feels like it's either imploding and my eyeballs are going to shoot out of the sockets, or the top is going to blow off in a cloud of smoke like in one of the online shopping commercials...

I also have vestibular migraines that really started when I was a teenager and have gradually gotten worse over time. These make me feel woozie and cause visual disturbances where striped or diamond patterns on the wall can suddenly make me feel like I'm Alice in Wonderland or something - the walls start moving! These have a whole laundry list of triggers, and the weather, or more precisely, barometric changes, also affects them. This makes constantly sensitive to flourescent lights (even when you can't see it they flicker) I have to where sunglasses on cloudy days and sometimes even in the rain, and the list of food triggers is mind boggling.
I have also had a few concussions over the years, and one of was almost 6 years ago, but it was a bad one. I suffered pretty severe post concussion symptoms for quite some time after, and a simple bump on the head a year later gave me another concussion! My Dr believes that pcs is still complicating the migraines. It is a possibility because every now and then when I go to bed I may get that "slot machine" sensation when I get into bed or sit back up. I call it that - it's like when a slot machine is spinning. Only everything in front of my eyes are spinning like that and I just have to let it slow itself down to a stop. It's horrible because there's nothing to focus on... everything is rolling in front of your eyes and if you close them you feel like you're falling...
Sorry to ramble on! My Neuro has me on 100mg topomax that I take before bed; PCP added 5mg clonopin for the vestibular stuff I also take before bed. Like I said, I was taking MucinexD when I got daytime headache. If it was really bad I took 600mg ibuprofen with it; but try not to take much of anything for pain bc they can cause rebound headaches. (And In a twist of irony they diagnosed the fibro! Lol)
Everyone's headaches are different. Some of the girls I work with have the auras as a warning to get home quick, but get relief from OTC meds. I pray your dr finds the best thing for you quickly ; but remember that prescription meds go through an adjustment period and sometimes in the beginning you might feel like it's making you feel worse than the headaches. My docs were really good about explaining the temporary side effects, and even called to check on me, so I got through it. Also some pharmacies do that as well. (C*S, for example always calls a day or so after filling a new prescription)
And I agree that a Neuro is the best way to go, and even better is if they are a DO (dr of osteopathy) I found my DOs pay so much more attention to details and connect the dots that other Drs don't even notice!
Again, sorry for rambling on so much!

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