(Closed) Complex/Complicated Migraines

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I get migraines with aura (blindness/zig zag). I started getting them as a teenager I’m 34 now.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I get cluster headaches and migraines they suck, so so sorry 🙁 Are you on meds?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve been having migraines for about 10 years now, usually about two a month, but sometimes as often as once or twice a week. Tried pretty much every medication and diet modification I could, but nothing really worked. I see a headache specialist, but she’s much more concerned with preventing them with medication than with lifestyle changes. Luckily my husband and I are now TTC, so the last time I saw her she agreed that I shouldn’t be taking any meds.

I went off of BC about two months ago (and stopped drinking beer/red wine at that time, knowing that those are two possible triggers) and I’ve only had one migraine since then. 

If you keep getting migraines, my suggestion is: try to find your triggers and cut them out of your life! It might not be what you think.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have migraines with atypical presentation. Slurring, dropping things, peripheral numbness, dizzyness, light and sound sensitivity, extreme lethargy and fatigue. Most strange, generally without any headache. Neurologist said it was actually really common. We tracked it, and they occur with my period like clockwork. So we do a loading dose of naproxen. I get them much less now. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@NJmeetsBX:  Two of the common triggers are sodium/msg and gluten…not for everyone, of course.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

@NJmeetsBX:  They do suck! I agree with Crindy  about figuring out your triggers. I swear I drank red wine twice in one week and I ended up having 4 migraines that same week..it’s only white wine for me from now on. I’ve also noticed oranges trigger my migraines as well. So I avoid red wine and oranges like the plague!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@NJmeetsBX:  for me it is stress and not sleeping well mainly (and sinc. the two of those never go together it doesnt suck at all haha). For my aunt it is onions, she can’t even smell them, let alone eat them and any sulfur based meds. For a friend it is chocolate. It sucks to figure out your triggers, takes such a long time! 

An idea is to write down everything you eat every day, and when you get two migraines just compare what you ate those two days and see what is shared and start eliminating there because the triggers change so much person to person. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

For years I had bad migraines pretty regularly – I would get numbness in my fingers, very blurry vision and zig zags. I started eating cleaner, avoiding preservatives (MSG was especially bad for me) and drinking more water and only have a few in the last 3 years. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I used to get ocular migraines due to stress from a divorce.    Ocular (zig, zag patterns) went away…Then I got regular migraines from Mirena and they got worse and worse…I’m on Topamax every day for my migraines now.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

i get migraines but not complex ones. my triggers are any scent that isn’t fruity (floral scents are a huge trigger) and dehydration. luckily excedrin migraine works for me. i always have to have some with me. we went to the state fair last july and i thought i kept well hydrated but apparently not. i stupidly did not have any excedrin with me. by the time we left, i had the worst migraine i’ve ever had in my life. my vision was blurry and i was nauseous (and light/sound sensitive but that always happens to me). i took excedrin when we got home and went straight to bed. after about an hour, i felt much better.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

@jmaze:  

Why did your doctor give you mirena if you suffer from migraines? I’m on a progesterone only BCP due to my migraines.

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