Post # 1
What usually triggers them for you? And what do you do to stop them?
I had one this weekend. Lasted a good 28 hours.
Tylenol didn’t help. Water/food didn’t help. Sleep didn’t help. It was awful and pretty much ruined a good portion of my weekend. I even had to leave dinner Saturday evening and go lie down in the car as I felt like I was going to be sick.
I get them randomly every few months and they are just AWFUL. What do you do to prevent/fight them?
Post # 3
@regit45: if it’s a true migraine, then traditional pain killers do not work. I take Maxalt, but have tried a variety of rizatriptans. Migraines tend to have lasting effects after the pain is over (e.g. slurred speech), so actual medication geared for migraines is like a neurological bandaid for all of the symptoms.
When I get an aura and KNOW I’ll be getting a migraine, I’ll take a Maxalt. Any symptoms disappear within half an hour, and I’m able to go back to what I was previously doing. Taking the pill after the migraine has already set in is a different story. Sometimes it works, sometimes I have to take two (which at $30/pill gets very expensive), and sometimes it acts like a sedative and I’m out cold.
Migraines aren’t something to selfmedicate, so I highly suggest seeing a specialist. They often order CT scans to make sure it is indeed a migraine and not something else.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I get them pretty infrequently but almost any time I have its been during a hot day in the summer. Heat and probably dehydration seem to do it for me. I always just needed to drink more and lay down. When I get them I always get blurred vision first, then a splitting headache, and vomiting.
Fiance suffers from much more frequent migraines (at least one/month) and most of the time just wakes up with them. Hard for either of us to tell what causes that…He usually needs to take Advil or Excedrin Migraine and lay down for hours in a dark room. Sometimes he will try to eat something but if he’s feeling nauseous it doesn’t help.
A co worker of mine will actually go into her doctors office for some sort of injection when she gets really bad migraines but I don’t what exactly they give her. Her’s are usually bad enough to have her out of work for a couple days.
Another co worker who suffered from very frequent migraines got Botox injections in her head/neck to help with them and hasn’t had one since.
Post # 5
@regit45: whoops, and to add: after 5 years of seeing a big team of pain specialists, neurologists, osteopaths, and maxillofacial specialists…there really isn’t something that prevents/stops migraines. Some people grow out of them (like my mom), some people medicate (like me), and others chart triggers (diet, enviroment, stress, etc) and just deal with it.
Like my doctor said while going over CT scan results, migraines are way better than brain tumours, lol!
Post # 6
@Ms_Purple: I had Botox injections and they only work for a while 🙁 They’re only successful for a few rounds, which sucks.
Post # 7
Changes in barometric pressure trigger mine. For my mom, chocolate is another trigger. I almost always get an aura before I get a migraine; my vision tends to go first, getting blurry and then I see black spots. If I can take my meds while I’m still in the aura phase, before the actual pain sets in, I can sometimes avoid the migraine altogether. Other than that, lying down in a dark room with a cold cloth over my eyes and a cold magic bag on the back of my neck and skull helps with the pain, and I try to sleep it off.
Post # 8
Tylenol and asprins are considered “Rebounders” I’d suggest seeing a doctor for your migraines if they are frequent. I have had them on a regular basis. Severe migraines. It was interferring with my life at home and work and even sleep!! I’m on Topamax every night to control my migraines. I’ve been on it for a year and haven’t had any since. I have regular “Period/PMS Headaches” but I take excederin migraine for those, and it goes away.
ETA: I never had migraines in my life until I got Mirena inserted. I had it in for almost a year and got it removed as soon as I noticed it was causing me health issues, along with migraine issues. Something in the Mirena triggered migraines for me. I didn’t seek help for my migraines until about 6 months after I had it removed, hoping it would have been out of my system and cleared up…
Post # 9
I had migraines for years and very often. I had tried everything seen doctors, had a cat scan, medications nothing would completly clear them up. Once in a while EXCEDRIN would help a little but wouldnt clear it up completely. Than finally I went and seen my Chiropractor and he did wonders. I would see him weekly for awhile and now I see him monthly. He also figured out somehow that Cafferine (pop, and chocolate mainly) triggered mine and also that I need more Vitamine “C” in my body. So I stopped drinking pop and lowered my consumption of chocolate, started taking vitamin “C” pills, and started seeing my chiropractor on a regular basis. A combination of all these things made my world change upside down for the good. I maybe get a true migrane 3-4 times a year now after making these changes. I would suggest trying these things and seeing if them help. Good luck
Post # 10
I swear by Aleve LiquidGels for my migraines. If I catch them early enough, the recommended dose of 2 always works. Occasionally I take a third later in the day if things are really bad.
My triggers are stress and sugar. The first step would be to get to know yourself, and prevent them that way.
Post # 11
I have found that stress brings them on as well as some weather changes and many colognes/perfumes. Even though it’s been a while, I have a couple filled prescriptions handy here at home, just in case.
Post # 12
For my, mental/emotional trauma are the main causes. But vertigo is a bigger problem for me – when I get a migraine it almost always comes with vertigo, but the reverse is not true. I also get vertigo more often than migraines.
Check what kind of birth control you’re on! If you’re on hormonal birth control that contains estrogen, ditch it fast!!!
Post # 13
We can’t figure out exactly what my triggers are but I know the more stressed out I get the more frequently I get them. I can have them upwards of 3 or 4 times per week. Like letigre, I am on Maxalt. If I catch it before it gets awful, it will work. If I don’t, its usually 2 Maxalts, 3 ibuprofen and a dark quiet room.
I have had to have the shot quite a few times because I can’t get them to go away.
I would really suggest going to see at least your primary care doctor to see what he or she says.
Post # 14
I get an Aura just before a migraine hits. When that happens, I try to get home ASAP, close all the window blinds, set some water nearby, and dive under the covers.
Basically, I have to sleep it off. *EDIT:* I’ve tried various medications… nothing works except sleep.
When I was on oral contraceptives, migraines happened about once a month. Now that I’m off of that and using other methods, the migraines occur about once every 6 months. Triggers vary, but most commonly were coffee and bright pinpoints of sunlight (ie, reflecting off of windshields, etc).
Post # 15
I have been getting migraines since I was about 3. My mom also gets migraines, and so she was able to recoginze signs and help me with them when I was younger. For as long as I can remember I’ve been getting 2-3 migraines a month, with regular headaches scattered in there as well.
My triggers are; too much sun, lack of sleep, too much sleep, not eating enough, dehydration, being in a new/unfamiliar place and large crowds. I can usually feel it coming on, and if I take advil liquid gels or exedrine migraine early enough and lay down for a little while I can get rid of it. I also usually eat something and drink plenty of water.
My mom finds that injesting a little bit of caffiene will usually help her headaches.
With all of that said, the only real cure that I have found is sleep. Everything else will keep it at bay, but it is not until I’ve had a good few hours of sleep that I will feel normal.
Post # 16
I get maybe 2-3 true migraines a year, usually preceded by aura. As soon as I see that aura, I jump into action and try to prevent the migraine as much as possible. I’ll hole up in a dark, quiet room, and start drinking water like crazy. Usually my migraines come on when I am tired, under caffeinated, dehydrated, or my blood sugar is low. I’ll take some ibuprofen just in case (but it never helps), drink something with a little caffeine, and…..grab a hunk of cheese to gnaw on. Seriously, it sounds so gross, but cheese helps every time. My remedy is a little weird, but it works for me.