(Closed) Migraines

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I do! I am suffering right now actually!

But I do know my triggers and can usually avoid them. For me, bad lighting, any cola pop, lack of caffeine (i know that’s bad) and certain medications trigger my migraines.

Right now it is from my medication which there is not much I can do about! But before the wedding I will ensure there are no triggers around.

Have you studied your triggers?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

I do – red wine and smoke are the worst for me. I think trying to keep away from your triggers and stay as relaxed as possible should help. Stressing about it is just going to raise your chances of getting one.

Post # 5
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1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Have you heard of tiger balm. It’s an ointment for pain. I put a lil on my temples when I’m getting a bad headache. You probably don’t want to put it on the day of becasue it does have a strong odor, but mayeb the night before

Post # 6
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1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Oh! They sell it at Walgreens, riteaid, and CVS. Maybe target?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Ugh.  My only triggers are stress and alcohol.  I haven’t thought of this before but that’s kind of scary – I want to drink! and I’m almost certainly going to be stressed…  Maybe I can be blissed out…

On the plus side adrenaline usually saves me – I’ve only ever had a migraine for one test and that was because the damn test lasted two days.

Post # 8
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6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i get horrible migraines also (posted about it as well because i was terrified) and i did everything possible to NOT get one: stayed away from my triggers, tried not to stress, drank lots of water, and went to bed early (which was very hard because i was staying in a hotel with my family who was staying up late drinking champage).

my husband and i had a backup plan of what happened if i did get a terrible migraine because if that happened (i get them so bad that i have to either go to the er or take an injection that puts me out) we decided i would just take the shot, push the wedding back a little if needed, not worry about my hair and makeup, and just be very out of it but married and that’s what matters.

i ended up getting a migraine- but luckily i was able to work through it. i took LOTS of medication and also my dad got me a massage that morning- which i really recommend it was awesome! i popped pills throughout the day and by the time we were ready for our first look i was good, no pain.

i think all you can do is avoid all your triggers, drink lots of water, don’t stress (which i realize is stupid to say b/c you really can’t help it, but it’s just not worth it to stress), and know what you’re going to do if you do get a migraine. have you’re meds there at all times. eat because hunger can cause migraines. and if you get one, you get one. it’s life. it sucks, but it’s the life of us migraine sufferers. don’t let it ruin your big day!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I can get them pretty bad, too. I don’t know my triggers, though. I usually just wake up with them. At that point I have to crawl on the floor and hope my pain med dull the pain (they’ve never once made it stop). = ( I really hope I don’t get one for my wedding!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I also get horrible migraines, and I was getting them so often that my doctor put me on migraine prevention medicine.  It’s called topamax, and it. is. a. miracle.  I’ve been on it for 6 months, and no migraines.  Before I was on it, I was having a migraine every 10 days, usually lasting 2 days at least.  I’m on the lowest possible dose, as well.  It’s literally changed my life.  I think the best thing you can do is talk to your doctor.  Let them know that you’re prone to migraines, that it’s affecting your life, and that you’re especially concerned about having one on your wedding day, or surrounding it.  They can help.  With my insurance, the 60 day supply is $10 (I have the generic version, and I can’t remember the name right now).  If you want more info, because there is a little more to it than this, PM me.  Good luck!

Post # 12
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6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

@hisbarista. food can be a big migraine trigger. i took a food sensitivity test and cut different foods out of my diet, wheat being a big one, and it’s helped a lot. other triggers are usually more obvious and you can feel a migraine coming on right then, like light, noise, chocolate, hunger.

@eastcoast bride. i’ve been getting botox for 7 years now. it only helps for like one month for me, but that’s better than nothing. one thing that i’ve always noticed is that migraines get worse right after botox before they get better, so you might want to be careful with that and don’t get it right before the wedding.

@mrsmdphd. i’ve also been on topamax for awhile now. a high dose, and it hasn’t worked so well for me. i guess everyone’s body’s are different. and it was a really difficult first month when i got on the drug, the side effects were horrible until i got used to it. i was fatigued, couldn’t eat anything. and then i lost a TON of weight to the point where it wasn’t healthy. but i’ve heard it works for a lot of people.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve been stressing about this part of wedding planning for some time now!! I’m praying that I don’t get a migraine on our wedding day! I plan to avoid my triggers (sun, bright lights, soda…) and keep Treximet on me at all times. I love that stuff!

Just wondering what everyone else is doing to now on a daily basis to prevent and treat their migraines. I’m on topamax now. I’ve taken it in the past, at a high dose and got really sick off the side effects. I ended up at 95lbs and had 7 kidney stones in 2 months and it would cause my face and hands to go numb. But for some stupid stupid reason, my doc wanted to give it another try at a low dose to see if it can stop my migraines.  Right now, I’ve been back on it for 3 weeks and Ive lost 10lbs already and still havemi graines 4 out of 7 days a week.

I’m not a fan of topamax so I would to hear what everyone else is doing.

Post # 14
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325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Excedrin Migraine! Its the ONLY thing that works! Im taking one the day before the wedding and 2 the day of. I suffer real bad from migrains and I already know all the events will probably trigger one. So I already have that planned out! =)

Post # 15
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121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have suffered wit migraines for years. And it is only recently that I have gotten them under control. I see your from NJ-there are some wonderful neuro doctors (beregen neuro medical group) or something like that.

I am on TOPMAX (taken everyday) and it has been keeping them away. No I would get migraines 4 days out of the week-so taken a pill 25mgs is wonderful.

I also have TREMEX sp? just incase I get a killer migraine.

Since you still have time-before your wedding I would see about getting into a neuro doctor asap. Won;t want to get one on your special day or honeymoon

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I’m bummed to hear that the topamax has been so tough on some of you!  I’ve experienced no side effects whatsoever.  I think the long and short of it is: talk to your doctor.  There are things you can do to manage migraines, but it can sometimes be a long process of trial and error.  The migraine relief medications–treximet, imitrex, others that I’m forgetting–all made me feel like crap and usually I ended up throwing up and then passing out when I took them.  Not good.  Everyone is different and reacts differently to medication.  The topamax may be your answer, it may be something else that works for you–but a doctor will be the best person to tell you that!  Good luck to everyone dealing with these, they’re horrible, I know.  

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