(Closed) Migraines

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
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Honey Beekeeper
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bee1988canada :  Have you seen your doctor? There are newer treatments for migraines.

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Helper bee

The absolutely most effective treatment I ever got for my migraines was Botox. They inject it in spots on your scalp, forehead, and neck, and somehow it helps SO MUCH. Like, took 3 times a week migraines down to maybe one a month. It was a miracle worker for me. 

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bee1988canada :  I’d really recommend getting into a neurologist, when you can, if you haven’t already. They’re much more likely to listen to your pain and symptoms rather than dismiss them, and they’ll be much more up-to-date on the most current treatment options. I was lucky to see a great neurologist PA who had worked with the Mayo Clinic in their development of Botox treatment of migraines, and she really made me feel so listened to when it came to what I was experiencing. Even if you can still function during migraines, it’s worth seeing someone who can clearly lay out what your options are. Why be in pain if you don’t have to?

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TYpically They will not do Botox injections until you have tried X number of other drugs & find they do not work (if you want insurance to pay). I get Botox & it’s been a life saver but I unsuccessfully tried at least 10 other treatments first. Some of the things a neurologist would try before recommending Botox would be tricyclic antidepressants , ssri antidepressants, anti convulsant meds, & blood thinners. 

Getting a prescription to take during an attack is definitely recommended too over the counter meds wouldn’t touch mine. Relpax has been my favorite but there are a ton out there. 

I also use essential oils to make the migraines tolerable until my meds kick in. Lavender & peppermint are great starting points but I could give more details if you are interested. 

If your migraines are stress induced, massage can be a great way to treat & prevent migraines

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bee1988canada :  it’s most likely where she gets the injections. I get 200 units which take about 40 shots. Half of those go into my neck & shoulders. 

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Busy bee

FWIW, I was on the birth control pill for 5 years with no negative side effects before I started getting migraines with aura. My doctor said they could be related to the estrogen in my pill and so made me change my birth control method and I chose to get an IUD (no estrogen). Happy to say I haven’t had a single migraine in 1 year! 

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bee1988canada :  As everyone else suggested, going to your doctor is the best idea if your migraines are becoming more frequent. In the meantime, have you tried Excedrin? I know that works well for my family members who get migraines. What works for me–once I see the aura, I start chugging water for the next 30 minutes, then take a couple of Aleve with some soda, and cover my eyes until the Aleve kicks in. My migraines are pretty mild though. Best of luck to you! I hope you find some relief soon! 

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bee1988canada :  I’m pretty sure that antidepressants are used for migraine treatment bc of the serotonin in them & has nothing to do with depression (although depression & chronic migraines are most definitely correlated which they also believe is related to serotonin). The old antidepressants (tricyclics) were what they used for depressant like 50 years ago. They have since found them not to be super effective for depression but it’s one of the first choices doctors use for migraines. I was also very hesitant to try any of these at first & still hate the fact that I need the antidepressant but when the migraines get frequent enough and interfere with your every day life you do what you’ve gotta do. There is no one fix all for migraines bc they still don’t know the cause behind them so preventative meds are trial and error  

If your work follow a no scents policy then you could not use oils at work bc even one drop can be super strong but it might be something you can use at home. The very best oil I’ve found is Young Living brand and called MGrain. It’s a mixture of several oils & is much more cost effective than trying to buy all the oils & mix yourself. 

I already stated this in previous post but if you are having them frequently you really need a migraine prescription like imitrex. I destroyed my stomach by taking too much excedrin (aspirin) & now my neurologist has toldme not to take it at all. Plus it just doesn’t work as well. It’s safe to take occasionally but not multiple times a week. 

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els2016 :  exact same situation! I was on the same pill (Kariva) for 5+ years and went from never having a migraine to having them 3x/week. The only thing that worked was Imitrex and Phenergan, then a long long nap that was significantly interfering with my life. I got an IUD this past February and I have not had one since. I was convinced my doctor was crazy and it couldn’t be hormone related but the results speak for themselves. 

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