Post # 1
Help! I’ve had 4 migraines in the last 8 days, which is very unusual for me. I KNOW I’m stressed: getting married in 4 months, trying to finish graduate school with a more than full load (9 credit hours is considered “full time”–I’m taking 11), a 20 hour a week internship that just started, and trying to find a decent job in Dover, DE (a place with NO jobs in my speciality) so my FI and I can live together after we get married).
I used to migrains once every few months and I could never tell what triggered them. The only thing I can think in the last week that’s triggered 4 is stress. BUT, I’ve been working out as a stress reliever…haven’t been sleeping as much as usual.
Any advice??? This sucks!
Post # 3
I get migraines myself quite frequently…. I feel your pain. Stress sure is a trigger for migraines and I am sorry to hear you are overwhelmed. Are you taking any medicine for them? If you are taking any OTC medicine, be sure not to get your headache dependent on them. What happens is rebound headaches (which could be what you are experiencing if you are taking pain relievers every 4 hours or so). If that is the case, stop taking the pain relievers, make a list of things you have to do, prioritize the list, take a deep breath, relax (read or something to get your mind off of the stress), lay down with an ice pack on the part of your head that is hurting the most, and take one day at a time.
You can do it, I get stressed out myself and even find myself falling into a mild depression when I am overwhelmed. Migraines soon follow.
Let me know if you need anything else, praying for your relief!
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2011 - The Royal Park Hotel
Stress is definitely a trigger, and it can also be related to your cycle (I used to only get mine when I was on my period and my doc said this wasn’t uncommon). Caffeine is supposed to alleviate some of the symptoms, but aside from that I just take OTC medication, pull the covers over my head and hope that it goes away ASAP. Sorry to hear you’re having so many. 🙁
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn
If they are stress related, you can actually go on preventative medication. Some antidepressants are commonly used as migraine preventatives at low doses. I take a small dose of Elavil every night for migraine preventation and I really have no words for how much of a lifesaver that has been over the past year or so. It’s given me my life back in many ways.
Also, be aware that regular pain meds don’t cure a migraine. To really treat a migraine, you’ll need a combination of pain meds (For your comfort. Note, Aleve is thought to be best for migraines) and an actual migraine medication such as Maxalt. There are tons and tons of differnet meds and different people react to each in different ways. So talk to your doctor about what may be best for you.
Anyway, just something to consider. If your sleep is disrupted bear in mind that both too little sleep and too much sleep (i know, blows doesn’t it?) can be triggers as well. Also, consider keeping a food diary as migraines can also be triggered by certain foods, depending on the individual.
Post # 6
I wanted to mention Fiorinal-C
After taking Topomax and other drugs in that family for years and then finding out that that class of drugs had severe complications with another drug I am on, I was prescriped Fiorinal – C.
Even my worst migraine attacks are killed by this drug. It might come back but after a second dose, they’ve all be zapped.
If I feel one coming on, I take one of these and one regular tylenor and it never gets worse. AND I get less migraines overall now!
The Butalbital which is a relaxant, I think must really work the muscles in your neck and release the tension.
Warning: this stuff is pretty potent and addictive. I have noticed that I could probably get punched in the face while on them and I would just smile and say thank you! lol but I can function at work on them and stuff, but never drink, nor take too many.