Post # 1
Anyone taking a daily preventative for migraine? I’m currently taking Maxalt for abortive treatment, but I’m getting 3-4 migraines a week now, and it’s getting way too expensive. Anyone have a recommendation? What worked for you, and what kinds of side effects have you experienced?
Post # 3
I currently take Gabapentin to prevent Migraines…
It is working great for me!
(But everyone is different.)
Post # 4
I saw a headache specialist a while back for my migraines. She thought I was getting them because of really bad muscle tension/spasms in my neck. I went to physical therapy for a while to help strengthen my neck muscles (and the therapist gave me an amazing neck massage 2x/week). I also bit the bullet and bought one of those expensive memory foam contoured pillows to help me learn to sleep on my back. I also see a (trusted) chiropractor every couple of weeks to get adjusted.
It all helped a ton. I don’t need daily meds any more. Now I only get migraines during the occaisional weather change and Maxalt does the trick.
My doctor had recommended a nerve block injection if PT didn’t work, but I didn’t get it so I can’t speak to that one.
Do you know what is causing them? I didn’t know they could be caused by muscle tension until I saw a specialist.
SO sorry to hear you are struggling. Migraines are the worst!
Post # 5
I don’t take anything daily as a preventative for migraines but I’ve heard (from a woman who had two brain aneurysms and terrible migraines – don’t worry, separate issues) that Botox injections work wonders. I haven’t tried it yet.
I take Relpax at the onset of a headache. I can cut them in half which is great because they are very expensive. For the remainder of this year, Pfizer has a card you can get that allows you to get the meds once a month for only $10. This saves me about $100/month! You can go to their website for info.
Post # 6
@MrsPaulsBabyBallerina: I have a sneaking suspicion it’s tied to muscle tension as well… but weather and hormones are also triggers for me… so I have a few different issues going on.
Post # 7
I am an internist not a neurologist but I have treated migraines before. It sounds like you are reaching the point of almost daily headaches, in which case a preventative daily med might be beneficial for you. Some of the more commonly used ones are a tricyclic antidepressant (nortriptyline is popular and inexpensive), beta blocker (such as propranolol) or calcium channel blocker (verapamil). All these require a visit to your primary care physician though at the very least (and maybe a neurologist).
Botox is extremely expensive for treatment (we are talking thousands of dollars per month, not insurance covered) and nerve blocks can be dangerous and painful (giant needles!).
There has been a ton of money poured into exactly what causes migraines, unfortunately there is not a clear answer. What is clear is that many people do have exacerbating triggers (i.e. stress, lack of sleep, certain foods, menstraul cycle). See if you can identify yours and try to control it.
See your doctor! 🙂
Post # 8
I took Topomax for a while. It worked really well, but was crazy expensive. I used the Imitrex injection for when I got a migraine and while it hurt like a bitch, it worked amazingly well. Surprisingly, I haven’t gotten a migraine since I’ve gotten off my anxiety/depression meds though.
Post # 9
I take Butabital and it works great for me.
Post # 10
I don’t get migraines but I wanted to put in my two cents… I am just curious if you’ve gotten massage therapy and/or chiropractic? I have heard a TON of people at my chiropractors office rave about not getting migraines anymore etc ( i go for a car accident injury)…. You could have a pinched nerve that is causing it and it could be getting worse over time, chiropractic could fix it. If it was me personally I’d try those things first before taking medicine every day, besides that it could be a long term fix, instead of medicating the problem.
Post # 11
I’ve tried a bunch of things, but the one that actually worked for me was Topamax (which is now available as a generic, so less insanely expensive). The side effects were tough the first month, but then they disappeared. Your best bet is to find a neurologist who will work with you to find whatever works for you. Good luck!
Post # 12
I take propanalol every day and it is like a miracle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Still get headaches but not migraines no more stabbling head, sickness, confusion or flashing lights!!!! Problem being we are trying for a baby so got to start coming off them… gutted as they have saved my life really…… x
Post # 13
you heard the new craze? Botox is meant to help!!!!
Post # 14
Maxalt only temporarily helps me, then the migraines come back within an hour or two. I’ve found that excedrin, imitrex, and ibuprofen (all at once) followed by an imitrex 2 hrs later REALLY helps me!
Post # 15
@MissNoodles: Another vote for Topamax. I have to take BoiledPNut‘s word that it was expensive since when I took it I was still on my parents health insurance so my payments weren’t too bad with their coverage. I had to wean on/off the drug but it worked great. I was getting 1-3 migraines every week before I took Topamax and I’ve only had one since I weaned off the drug several years ago.
Post # 16
Execdrin migraine is the ONLY thing that works for my fiance and one of our friends as well.