I have had Migraines for over 20 years. Back then I was treated with various meds and decided to go on my own "cocktail" which worked with the exception of waking up with one in the middle of the night.
So earlier this year, I saw my GP and he was ecstatic I agreed to see another neurologist. I saw the neurologist, and he gave me imetrex tabs for the day time and also imetrex injections for those that woke me up at all hours of the night. He also wanted me to keep track of them on the calendar. After three months, I was shocked to see just how many I had and when I followed up with the neurologist- first thing he said "you need a maintenance drug"- When you live with them sometimes day in and day out, I never realized just how many and it becomes a daily issue that you just sometimes have to keep going.
He gave me three options, Amitriptyline, Trazodone and one other I do not remember what he said.( if you know the third could you please tell me) so I chose the trazodone. first week 1/2 tab and then start a full tab next week. He also gave me rizatriptan that dissolves under the tongue. So I am taking my first dose of Trazodone tonight before bed. was looking to see what anyone has experienced taking this drug.
I agree with those who site, I call it Pre-fullmoon, triggers. As a teacher for 25 years, behaviors also...
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I agree with those who site, I call it Pre-fullmoon, triggers. As a teacher for 25 years, behaviors also increase then. A mother told me it was the 4 to 6 days pre-full moon that are bad. Having no help with getting rid of Migraine, it is helpful to at least know there are patterns, that are documentable. I have an app on my phone that I chart,possible triggers, ie: Pre-fullmoon, MSG, weather, food additives, rest after being active, and more. Sometimes I can change the pressure in my throbbing head with blowing hairdryer or air conditioned ride in the car an get some relief.View Thread
Hello everyone, I apologize if this is a bit long! I think it'd be helpful to describe as much as I can. I remember having my first "migraine" at 12 years old; I thought I was dying. I'm now 21 years old and a Senior at a University graduating in May, hoping to get some answers, or suggestions, about these headaches finally! Anyway, I've had these migraines since I was young. Also, they have ALWAYS been in the middle of the night. I never, ever, experienced a migraine where I could feel it coming on and do things to try and stop it- it's always me waking up between 1 and 6 AM, my head THROBBING so much that I can actually feel my temples pulsating. I am already fully nauseated to the point where if I have to vomit (I always do) I have to run, not walk, to the bathroom because if I walk I will either lose my balance or throw up wherever I am. Bright lights, or any kind of light (even the dim light from the sunrise in my window around 5 or 6 AM kills me, and I find myself having to use the bathroom several times throughout the ordeal (#2). I always try taking medications, whether it's ibuprofen, acetaminophen, Imitrex, Propanolol, Topomax or all the others I've been prescribed. However, I either vomit them up or they simply don't do anything. I always have to "wait it out" for at least 4-6 hours, if not more, in excruciating pain and horrible nausea the whole time. (I cannot imagine doing that for 24 hours or more like other people!) I often will try to sleep it off but the nausea is so bad that I cannot even lie flat in a bed, I have to prop myself up with a million pillows or sit on a couch or even against a wall. I constantly go in and out of cold sweats and hot sweats- one minute I'm dripping sweat beads literally down my head and the next I'm freezing. I feel like I build up saliva and constantly have to either spit or swallow, too. Massaging usually worsens the pain, and after the occasion is over I am completely exhausted and can't bring myself to do anything. In middle school and high school I would have to stay home every day (or night, I should say) that I woke up with one because I already knew I wouldn't be able to function. I don't believe that stress had anything to do with it and I don't believe that my diet did either. I was pretty active throughout middle and high school (competitive dance and conditioning) but they still persisted. Now, in college, I get them the TINIEST bit less, but they still come, always in the middle of the night, and I'm forced to deal with it. The only difference is that probably within the last 4 months, I've started to have "auras". I've never had one before, but back in June I remember waking up (not yet with a migraine) but seeing these jagged, zigzag lines in my left eye, even when my eyes were closed. Then, within 15 minutes I'd start to get nauseous and then the headache would come full swing. I don't know what's changed that could've caused it-nothing that I can really see. I'm not on any birth control, not pregnant, and I've noticed it has nothing to do with my period (they come whenever they want to basically). I've had other symptoms since I was young, as well. Sometimes, it seems as though my eyes go crossed by themselves. I don't know exactly how to explain, but my eyesight seems as if I'm crossing my eyes when I'm not. I feel strain and a bit of pressure in my eyes and the only relief I get to see straight again is to pinch (hard) on the very top of the bridge of my nose a little lower than between my eyes. I also have pain I can feel behind my eyeballs when I do get migraines, and it also seems that I have a "normal" headache almost every day, but definitely at least 4 days a week. Every once in a great while, I just wake up totally confused, like not in my normal state. I'm very off, cloudy-headed, and feel like I can't remember or recall anything. I also have knots and VERY tender spots between my shoulder blades and at the base of my head (in the back).
Hi, I have had migraines most of my life but never very often. Tuesday afternoon a migraine started. I took Excedrin like I am supposed to and went to sleep. When I woke up it had not gone away. I went to my doctor Wednesday afternoon. The doctor gave me a shot of Ketorolac Tromethamine. That took the pain away for the most part the rest of Wednesday. I went into work Thursday but the migraine was back and Excedrin was not working. I went to see my chiropractor last night and he worked on my neck but the migraine is still there. I then took Rizatriptan before bed but still woke up with the migraine. My doctor said not to come in unless this persists until next week and then they can give me another shot and put me on a preventative medicine. I don't want medicine, I want to know why this is happening. My chiropractor recommended going to urgent care or the hospital but if my family doctor wont do anything, I don't know if they will either. I am just looking for advice on what to do next.View Thread
My husband has been to the best dr's around our area , and they still dont know what is going on , started 6 mo ago with dizzyness , and passing out , turned into headaches, now the headaches are so severe, they say they are THUNDER CLAP HEADACHES. been thru MRI, CT scan,with and without contrast , blood work Tilt table , Dr after DR no one can seem to tell what it is or what is causing it , He LITERATELY IS READY TO BLOW HIS HEAD OFF. the headaches are so severe at times they make him sick , he said his head is going to explode. cant cough,sneeze,bend over pick anything over 5 lbs up. or pass gas or use the bathroom. HELP>>>>>>>>>>>View Thread
After suffering from headaches in the middle of the night (I wear my retainer when I sleep) for almost 3 months I decided to take it off to see if it caused my headaches. Sure enough the head pain almost stopped immediately. Some history, I started invisalign May, 2012. It seemed fine then, it was when I recently changed to a metal retainer (on the bottom of my teeth) that my headaches started. After reading the responses in this discussion I plan to make an appointment to see my invisalign dentist.
If I stop my retainer then my (bottom teeth) will move and become out of alignment especially the front two bottom teeth. It's almost like I can't live (or eat) within some sort of retainer the rest of my life.
Help ! Last few nights I've been getting the worst headaches of my life!! Always around 2am straight thru my right eye in my skull ! It hurt so bad lastnight I was crying and almost went to the hospital ! It's starting again now n it hurts ! My forhead is on fire and lastnight I got really nauseous and was sitting over the toilet bowl but didn't puke. Why does it hurt so bad I'm 21 n barley drink . Have anxiety n all thatView Thread
I have noticed that only 1 small glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage will trigger a migraine the next...
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I have noticed that only 1 small glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage will trigger a migraine the next morning. I have always been a very light drinker and will only have 1 or 2 in a social setting. Is there a type of wine that is better than others to drink? View Thread
Hello everyone! I have a question about headaches that wake me up more than once during the night. I'm 34 years old and I didn't have headaches at all until about 3 years ago. They start over my right eye and go all the way around my head and only last a few minutes at a time, but they wake me up 2 or 3 times a night. I already have a hard time sleeping so this has really been affecting me during the day. I was seeing a neurologist for neuropathy in my feet but I think my referral ran out. I guess I am just wondering if anyone has experienced this and what you found out. I had an MRI in the beginning of the year on my brain and neck but both were recorded as normal.View Thread
Thanks for reading. 3 months ago I started to have a light headache in the forehead, a bit left sided, and post nasal drip. When I swallow, I sense mucus / slime in the back of my throat. I'm not able to spit it out, it's really in the back of my nose / throat.
I went to the doctor 4 times already now, even different doctors. All of them tell me it has to be some kind of irritation / allergy which makes my nose membranes swell up and produce mucous. The swelling presses on my sinusses and causes headache. Or the mucus production itself causes the headache.
Anyway, all of them are positive it has to do something with an allergy or reaction of some kind. When I asked for an bacterial infection they all replied it is not the case. I was never sick and my symptoms would be more severe it if was an infection. Also there is no green mucous present or traces of it to be seen in the back of my throat.
So the only medicines they have given me so far are steriod nosesprays of 2 different brands to decrease the swelling so the mucous can drain. Also anti-allergy pills to decrease symptoms.
It might have helped slightly for the headache, but it didn't cure it at all. I still have a constant headache, everyday and post nasal drip.
As I'm out of doctors here, the only next step would be to go to the hospital (ENT specialist) and get all kinds of tests done which I'm pretty afraid of.
Anyone has an idea what this might be? And how to solve it? Could it be something dangerous also like a brain tumor or something? I'm starting to get a bit anxious about this as I have constant symptoms for 3 months... I never had anything for this long.
Maybe someone here has experience with something similar or suggestions?
I have also went to my parents house for a week for a change of 'air'. Didn't do anything. Never had allergies in my life also to begin with. I'm 28 years old.
Does anyone suffer from migraine with aura? Have you sought treatment? If so, what was the outcome? Before...
Posted by An_259607
Does anyone suffer from migraine with aura? Have you sought treatment? If so, what was the outcome? Before the migraine hits, I have a twenty minute aura that is over both eyes and grows from a small floater type to a debilitating ring of light that obscures my vision. Thanks for your responses!View Thread
I have suffered daily migraines/headaches for over 25 years and commonly in my youth. A phenomena that I...
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I have suffered daily migraines/headaches for over 25 years and commonly in my youth. A phenomena that I cannot explain is that each time I get a cold my migraine goes away. The pain medication in cold medicine would not be sufficient for even the mildest migraine in my case. The best I can figure is that it is hormone related or another mechanism kicks in to fight the cold and inadvertently gives me migraine relief. Anyone see research on such a phenomena or experience the same situation?View Thread
I live with headaches everyday of my life . The stress these headaches give me is unreal. I wake up saying " mhmm wondering how bad it will be today" no medication works for me. I am also taking anti-depression pills for my anxiety . My anxiety has got so bad ever sense these headaches started . I don't even wanna go out . I'm young I should be going out and enjoying life but I can't because I'll always know in the back of my head that soon my fun will be gone and my pain will begin . I haven't ever got a CAT or MRI . But my symptoms of my headache are pressure around eyes or temples, dizziness, my eyes feel sore , I just want to be alone . Also I've noticed I've been getting these black out moments when I feel like I'm going to pass out but I never do . Idk if I'm going crazy but I hate this so much . I just want it to end .View Thread
Hi All, im having migraine from last 4 years but now a days it gets triggered due to sweat in head, and it is...
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Hi All, im having migraine from last 4 years but now a days it gets triggered due to sweat in head, and it is very painful. Im Sikh by faith so I have long hairs and I keep them tied. Is there anything I can do about my headache.View Thread
Hi All....has anyone every experience such severe head pain during an orgasm (sorry to be so blunt) that you thought your head was actually going to explode? My Neurologist says it is Occipital Neuralgia and I get Occipital Nerve blocks for it but would really like to stop...any ideas? What would you do for this? My husband is actually afraid to make love to me nowView Thread
Hello. One day during exercise(weight training) I experienced th worst headache of my life. After medical workup "reversible cerebral vasospastic syndrome" was diagnosed as the cause of my headache. Now i have completed the treatment, but my Dr advised that because there are inadequate data about this disease, it is better not to do any exercise anymore. Can you help me with this? I have very tough times after so many years of weight training!View Thread
I have been sick for five days now, with what is believed to be coryza. While I had my cold I took alka seltzer AM/PM tablets. During my sickness I experienced headaches. I am experiencing headaches often still, especially in the temporal region, as well as the back of my neck. I have experienced these headaches frequently. I am not on any medications right now.View Thread
When I tell people I get migraines, they are like it's just a normal headache. Take some aspirin your be fine. Take aspirin for a migraine is like using a bandaid for a broken arm it will not work. Or people say I get them too. My next question is what to you use and they say Tylenol. I have to roll my eyes at them and walk away. Does everybody get the same reactions as I do?View Thread
I have had a dull headache off and on for 4 years now on the left side of the back of my head. It varies in intensity and the time it lasts. It can last for 15mins or weeks. Pain medication such as Tylenol does not do much. Usually an ice pack numbs the pain. If i push on my neck it sort of relieves the pain in my head. I know when the weather changes a lot from warm to cool day after day the headaches last longer. My doctor says it is stress related. What kind of headache would this be?View Thread
My husband has just been diagnosed with ThunderClap Headache. They have not toldus what caused or what the treatment plan is. I know that we spend a lot of time in the ER lately just trying to get his pain level under control. We have tried every over the counter med to try and stop the pain when it hits but nothing works and the doctors are not communicating with us as to what to do next or what to take. One says we need the specialist to tells us, another says the primary needs to tell us. Can anyone please help us. What can he do or take to help control the pain?View Thread
I have a massive headache today and everyday when any kind of AC hits my head. Fan, AC unites anywhere. I...
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I have a massive headache today and everyday when any kind of AC hits my head. Fan, AC unites anywhere. I drive long distances and now point my AC vents down. During the week my hotel room has those fans that blow on me because the desks are right by the fan. It seems as though any kind of cold air blows my way it's like a band wrapped around my head and it squeezes. I would wear a cap but my head hurts so that the cap makes it worse. Does anyone have an answer or do I hope it's a faze! I know it's not but I can hope. At least I'm not the only person that goes through this.
Hi, I'm Tyler and I'm 24 years old. I've been experiences headaches everyday for about a year now. They usually set in around 4-6pm. I'm drinking plenty of water and have been to the doctor for a physical and tests - nothing abnormal shows up. I have also lost around 25 pounds in the last year or so and I can't seem to gain it back. I'm 6 foot and my healthy weight is around 165-170 pounds but I'm around 144 pounds now. Has anyone experienced anything similar or have any information on how to help? Any feedback is much appreciated.View Thread
Hello, I have a huge past with migraines. I have gone to many doctors ever since I started getting them in...
Posted by An_259357
Hello, I have a huge past with migraines. I have gone to many doctors ever since I started getting them in middle school. I have taken well over 20 different medications in attempts to stop or relieve my migraines including multiple stops to the emergency room. However, nothing has helped me and I have had to deal with the pain without any relief for years.
I had one encounter with a medicine that did, in fact help and they were given to me by a relative who was dying of cancer. He let me have a pain killer in hopes that it would ease my pain. He was a trusted source so I didn't question what I was taking at the time and just hoped that they would help. And to my surprise, the medicine worked.
When I asked him what they were, he told me I could only get them from a doctor and, at the time I didn't have the money to go and see one. He gave me a few of the painkillers to keep on hand.
I watched my migraines for the next few months, taking the pain medicine very sparingly. Whenever I got the first signs of a migraine, I took half of, what I learned later was an oxycodone, and the migraine would vanish and all I had to endure was some aura.
Typically, my migraines last for days up to weeks. When I had the oxycodone, the chain was destroyed and I didn't have to endure that pain for days and weeks. I noticed too that I was having less pain, and less migraines.
I have heard that codeine is not given often to migraine patients because of rebound. But in my case, the medicine prevented rebound. I have experienced rebound from other medications in my history and it was awful.
I have done some reserach on the medicine, oxcodone, and realize it has negative associations with it and can be addictive but I only know it as The Medicine That Actually Worked.
Here's my situation: I can now go and see a doctor. I know of a medicine that will help my pain. However, I don't know if I should mention my experience with the oxycodone in fear that it will somehow incriminate me. That, by telling my doctor I had a controlled substance without permission will get me in trouble. In addition, I have read that doctors don't give it to their patients for migraines because of rebound but as mentioned above, the medicine actually prevented rebound.
I'm a little frightened of my doctor's visit in October. If anyone has some experince or advice they would like to share, I'm very open to hearing it.
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