Post # 17
@joleegirl: I know it sounds crazy but I suffered from migraines for TWO years. I had disability at work to cover myself. I was on Topamax (which is a seizure medication commonly prescriped for migraine prevention too) AND had resue medication and phenergran for nausea. I work in the medical field & while talking to a couple of the docs at work, one asked if I was on birth control. In fact, I was. I had tried multiple kinds of birth control & always got migraines. Now, I will add. I was on birth control for about 8 years before I had ANY migraine symptoms. It was like all of a sudden my body didnt agree. I came off birth control in August 2012 and haven’t had a migraine since!!! I am completely off ALL medication as well. In March 2013, I switched to the Mini-Pill and I’m still symptom free. After talking with my OBGYN, estrogen can be a common migraine trigger in women & can develop at any time. Fiance and I use condoms now – bc I dont trust the mini-pill – and while it sucks, it’s WAY better than puking once or twice per week from migraines. Worth looking into 🙂
Post # 18
They also have preventative medications for migraines. I was put on them during high school by my neurologist-who was an idiot. Turns out they’re also used to lower blood pressure-so that combined with my already low blood pressure and I was passing out almost daily. But, if you have normal blood pressure, they could work for you!
Post # 19
@thegreeneyedkri: I too was put on blood pressure meds for my migraines, propanalol to be exact. I was passing out as well from low blood pressures. I ended up being on Topamax which has wicked side-effects when used long term and can cause major birth defects if you happened to get pregnant. It wasn’t worth it for me.
Also, I read that the OP wasn’t on birth control so I’m sorry I wrote a novel above about migraines & birth control. I work with some women who began clean eating and became migraine free. Check out Paleo Diet or Whole 30. Personally, I follow a simliar version to Paleo and I love it. I have friends who have had great success with Whole 30 too.
Post # 20
@joleegirl: I posted a thread about this a while back. I had terrible migraines, the kind where you get the aura, the pain, the nausea and vomiting, the whole miserable package.
I started taking a supplement my neurologist recommended called Migrelief. Actually, any supplement containing specifically magnesium, feverfew and B2 will work. I have not had a single migraine in almost a year!!!
I am a nurse and my migraines were so debilitating that I would miss a day or two of work each time I had one.
I also have a prescription called Fioricet (acetaminophen, aspirin, caffeine and codeine) that I can take if I start getting symptoms of a migraine. It limits my symptoms to a few hours and then I am back to normal. But I haven’t even needed to take it since last June!!!
Post # 21
@joleegirl: I get them too! Sometimes they get so bad that I throw up. I have yet to find something over the counter that works. My neurologist has kept me on this medicine my PCP prescribed as a very light muscle relaxer, it helps a bit. I mainly get mine from stress though.
Post # 22
@IUrebekah3RT: My husband and I did the Whole 30 diet last month, although I felt really good on it, it didnt help my headaches. I’m currently not following a specific diet plan but I am watching what I eat and am being careful with sugar/grains/alcohol, ect.
@Stargaze31: Wow! I will certainly look into that! Thanks 🙂
Post # 23
I used to get them all the time and I have a perscription for Fioricet that works wonders. I found out I was hypoglcemic and began eating accordingly and now I have very few, but when I do get them Fioricet really helps. I find that caffeine helps a bit too, it dialates the blood vessels in your brain relieving some of the pressure.
Post # 24
I’m so sorry, hon! And I totally feel your pain. I get migraines at least once a week, and there’s almost nothing that I can do about them. For me, it’s a combination of genetics and multiple concussions from motocross and BMX racing that contributes.
I have found that the Walgreens migraine meds works better than any other OTC medication that I have tried. Also, epsom salt baths help to relieve the tension and stress and help make the pain go away a little bit. And actually, Excedrin was recalled about a year ago, are you aware? The company was packaging wrong pills, just as a head’s up.
I would go see a neurologist to make sure that there is not some underlying issue. And they’ll also be able to get you on a proper medication to help and to prevent the headaches. I hope you get it figured out, hon!
Post # 25
I find regular yoga and massages have completely prevented my migraines – I can now recognize the muscles tightening between my shoulder blades that signal I’ll get a migraine in the next couple days. I have a massage therapist that works for short notice appointments and it’s been SO helpful. I think the mental relaxation combined with stretching is what helps. My mom suffers from migraines as well and she’s quite a believer in Reiki, I’ve never tried it.
I also take a daily magnesium supplement and Vitamin B complex which have been shown in studies to help with migraines. If your headaches are hormone related, primrose oil might help also… just a thought.
I’ve taken both Imitrex and Axert, but I have to take them right when I get the first signs of an aura or they don’t do much for me. They also make my face numb which is why I don’t take them unless its an emergency (I’m about to lose my vision).
Good you aren’t on BC – they can make migraines worse and put you at higher risk for stroke if you get migraines.
I’m sorry they’re so awful! Hopefully you find something that works for you.
Post # 26
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@joleegirl: I’m a chronic migraine-er. I get them anywhere from once a week (at least) to 4 times a week. I lived off of pain killers, taking a concoction of meds daily just to prevent a one from occurring. I swear my liver is probably shot because of this but nothing worked and my only other option was to try shots which I knew would knock me out for days, I refused and just lived with daily headaches praying they never turned into the nausea/ vomiting/ shaking/ sensitivity to sound and light that they very easy could do.
I read online not too long ago that drinking a Gatorade would help. I was skeptical but figured it couldn’t hurt to try. Worse case it didn’t help and I’m still taking pills. So one day when I had a headache that wouldn’t go away and was maxed out on my daily allowance of meds I grabbed a Gatorade at lunch and drank. IT HELPED! I drink a Gatorade a day now usually first thing in the morning at my desk at work and I since that week that I first started doing this (about 3 weeks ago) I have cut down drastically on my pill taking. In fact the only time I took any meds for my migraine was when I was doing a cleanse and cut out soda from my diet.
I would try that if I were you. I have no idea if it will help with a full blown migraine but it definitely helps prevent one if you feel it coming on, or if you have a headache already it will get rid of it.
Post # 27
Ugh, migranes are truly the worst. Here’s what helped for mine:
-Getting my wisdom teeth removed got rid of about half of them. I had to have all 4 removed, so a little overcrowding may have been making my head situation worse.
-I had to be on beta blockers for about a year for a heart issue, and while I was on them I had NO migranes. Apparently that’s one of the side effects! Even though I’ve since had the heart problem fixed, I begged my cardiologist to let me keep my prescription so that the migranes would stay away and lo and behold, they have. I would maybe run that option by your doctor to see if it’s a possibility since beta blockers are super cheap (I think mine were like $10/month before insurance)