Post # 1
I’ve always had really bad migraines, since I was in elementary school. Growing up, everyone said that there’s a good chance they’ll go away once I get pregnant. Well that didn’t happen. A few nights ago I ended up in the ER due to a migraine. I can’t take my usual meds so there’s really nothing I can do about it. Of course I stay away from my triggers, stay hydrated, etc. and I’ve been to a massage therapist. Accupuncture doesn’t work for me. What do you pregnant ladies with migraines do? How do you deal with it?
Post # 3
I too have migranes. During the first trimester I got a few (though none quite as bad as before pregnancy). I used caffeine and tylenol, which worked variable and just gutted it out… though I know a few people that used a narcotic when absolutely necessary. Second and third trimester I had none, but now they are back with a vengence!
Post # 4
Ooohh I was with a patient this week who had some great ideas about treatment for migraines! She says O2 helps her tremendously she has her tank her doc rx’d and she also uses a lidocaine solution that she puts in her nasal cavity that works very quickly, she said just keep it from going down the back of the throat. Both ideas very unconventional but should be very safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding! Was personally very excited, as my worst migraine to date was on my fertility hormones and was afraid to take any of my imitrex and I will be going on them again next month. As always talk with your doctor first but for me any out of the box ideas are a good start!
Post # 5
@mrs dg- i’ve been prescribed the caffeine/tylenol but it doesn’t work all that well for me. it does sometimes, but not all the time.
@tmarie- my doctor told me that imitrex is ok to take. she said that out of all the triptans that was the one studied the most and there’s no issues with it. unfortunately, i took it last night and that didn’t work either.
they also said i can take torelol until the 3rd trimester, and i know that works, but i hate to take it very often. and i’m trying a neurofeedback/biofeedback thing that will cost a million dollars (slightly exagerated but not much) and i can’t start that until my husband is all healed from surgery, which will be a while. i’ve gone to the er twice with migraines so far and they do nothing for me, give me benedryl and antinausea but that did nothing for me. hopefully they’ll just go away during the 2nd trimester too!
thanks for the advice!
Post # 6
@colors: no advice here, just lots of sympathy – that must be so tough to deal with normally, I can’t imagine it while pregnant!!