Post # 1
I’ve had migraines my whole life. I’ve gone to every type of doctor, taken every medicine, and had all kinds of different treatments. I finally started getting a little relief after neurofeedback therapy. And then I got pregnant. Apparently I’m not one of those lucky ones who’s migraines get better when pregnant, mine are worse. All of my doctors have conflicting opinions about what is safe to take during pregnancy. And most of them say that I just have to suffer, which I’m sorry, but that’s just not an option.
Does anyone have any good suggestions or pregnancy safe migraine meds I should try? Thanks!
Post # 3
I don’t know what you’ll think of this advice, this is strictly just from my own personal experience as a former migraine suffer. I stopped eating meat 6 months ago… and so did the migraines. I would suggest incorporating more greens, grains and beans in your diet and I would only eat hormone free/antiobiotic free meat if you chose to have some. (I’ve never been pregnant, so this is just my own experience).
Post # 4
I’ve never been pregnant either, but I was diagnosed with migraines about a year ago by an MD. I didn’t want to take the meds, so I went to a naturopath and she told me my sodium was way too low, which can cause migraines. She gave me a list of foods (cabbage, peas, celery, melon) to eat 2-3 times a day that are high in natural sodium and I seriously have not had a migraine since, unless I stop eating these foods. It might be something to at least try! When you feel a migraine coming on, grab some celery sticks and start munching. It sounds a little hocus pocus I know, but it’s good for you, even if it doesn’t work!
Post # 5
I also don’t have any other suggestions that altering your diet. I had chronic migraines for 7+ years, and I went and saw a million specialists, had a million tests and nothing ever helped. Imitrex just made me cry and throw up more.
And then, one of my bio-psych professors who knew about my migraines saw me drinking a Diet Coke, and asked me to perform a little experiment. I quit drinking Diet Coke, or consuming anything with Aspertame, and my migraines went away within a week. I have not had one in the past year and half since then, after getting them weekly, sometimes daily, for half my life.
Post # 6
I have heard of ice massage on your scalp as a non-medicinal way to deal with migraine pain when you are pregnant. Good luck. I suffer from migraines and am worried about what I’m going to do when I am pregnant.
Post # 7
My lovely boy used to put rotating iced towels in the freezer for my neck and forehead. Oh, terrible memories there. Laying on the bathroom floor at night in the dark, just crying.
Post # 8
My Chiro told me once to use ice on my neck and heat on my lower back for my period migraines. The ice helps constrict the flow of blood to your head, which is what a lot of the pain is, so much blood rushing around. And the heat helps open up the veins (arteries?) in your lower back area to help draw more blood to that area which would help with cramps. Since you don’t have cramps I can’t imagine more blood and oxygen to the new baby colors would hurt, but you might want to check on that.
Since you’ve had migraines for years, you’ve probably read a million times about trigger foods and all, sugar, caffine, etc, but even if your migraines aren’t getting any better with your pregnacy your triggers might have changds. Maybe it’d be worthwhile to keep a food/migraine journal while you’re pregnant to see if anythings new?
Also I read an article once about how migraine sufferes are highly sensitive to changes in habit, so anything like shifting your sleeping time, changing your eating patterns, spending more time communting to work can set off a migraine. I don’t know if that’s helpful but you might just trying staying as close as possible to your old schedule so you don’t stress out your body and trigger a migraine.
I hope you can find something that helps!
Post # 9
I’m not pregnant, but I have migraines and am limited in what OTCs. Here’s some of my advice:
Mint tea. Mint helps migraines.
Chamomile tea. It’s soothing.
Hot/cold compress for your face.
Heating pad or heated bean bag for the back of your neck.
Drink lots of water. (even if you don’t want to have to be peeing a lot! do it anyway!)
Post # 10
I had one or two really bad migranes during my pregnancy… All first trimester… I started with tylenol and caffeine. The next option is narcotics pretty much. I just gutted them out for the most part since tylenol and caffeine don’t even touch me. I thought about my beloved sumitriptan 1,000 times during those headaches!!!
I hope that they do get better as your hormones regulate. My OB specialized in high risk so she felt pretty comfortable managing my migranes, but by T2 I didn’t need help.
Post # 11
@Mrs.Firefly1: I’m actually off meat now as it makes me want to puke. I think for me gluten is worse for the migraines, but it’s the only thing I can keep down. Thanks for the advice though, I know diet is big for migraines. Glad it worked for you!
@ILikePink: I used to drink a lot of diet coke in middle school. My dad had a random dream that it was hurting me so I stopped drinking it then, and now I just drink water.
@MsHangry: Ice doesn’t really work for me but a heating pad does, but now they say not to use it for too long b/c you don’t want to make your temp too hot. Hopefully your migraines will get better when you’re pregnant, tons of people say it happened to them.
@ILikePink: That sounds awful!
@MsEucalyptus: I do keep my schedule very strict. I wake up early on the weekends b/c it’s important to stay consistent. I think that actually does really help!
@jedeve: I’ve tried tea… but unfortunatley I don’t like the taste and now that I’m preggo I don’t want to risk drinking it and then puking. Throwing up makes my head hurt more, so I spend a lot of time trying not to. Good advice on the water though, I’m already up every hour peeing anyway!
Thanks everyone for the advice!
Post # 12
@Mrs. DG: What narcotics did you take? I’m taking toradol as my “I need drugs or I’m going to die” med, but they only want me to take it once a month. So far I’ve taken it twice this week. I didn’t have a choice, it was too bad.
I’m jealous that your OB was good with migraines… I go to a big practice and all the OB’s say something different. The one who is supposed to be good at migraines told me that I could take imitrex, and then my neurologist said no way, so I don’t really know who to trust.
Post # 13
Magnesium might help. It should be one of the -ates though (meaning like gluconate or oxalate).
Post # 14
The most effective and safe things for prevention are magnesium and vitamin b complex. Some studies have shown that adequate magnesium levels significantly decrease the risk of cerebral palsy too.
Post # 15
@missyjane77: ,@guitargirl: I take magnesium every night. Everybody says it works wonders so I keep taking it… even though I haven’t seen much change.
Post # 16
@colors: It has to be the right kind though! Does it end in -ate? Oh, and don’t take it at the same time you take calcium.