Oh yes, I believe there is a connection! I cannot be around strong perfumes such as Red Door, even though I used to wear it in the past. Just one sniff of it on someone else causes me to get a Migraine. And some of men's colognes do the same thing to me. And smells like paint and new-laid asphalt cause me problems as well.View Thread
Welcome to the site. I can so relate to you about how your family treats you. Our families have no idea what kind of pain we are in because they don't suffer the excruciating pain we do. They just don't understand. My family makes remarks similar to yours. What, another headache? They almost expect me to have one everyday, and seem to think I have CONTROL over them. Do you know how that makes us feel? I try not to buy into their emotional reactions, because it only makes me feel worse. And I don't want to feel any worse than I already do! Have you tried any alternative methods of treatment: accupuncture, massage, cranial sacral therapy, or used B-2, COQ10, magnesium, or Chinese herbs like Head Q and Ease Plus? IView Thread
Hi, I have had Migraines since about 12 years old. They probably are genetic as my Mother had them and continued to have them right up until she passed away in her eighties. I have tried just about every medication that has come along for them: Excedrin Migraine(only works sometimes), the Ergotamines, Topiramate, amitriptyline, Verapamil, and Zomig(previously Imitrex). I had my neurologist take me off of Topiramate after having been on it for years as it became ineffective. I was having as many headaches on it as before I went on it. I am now trying amitriptyline for preventative care and use Zomig when I actually have a headache come on. I also go for massage, cranial sacral therapy and acupuncture. I may look into reflexology as well. I pray someday that researchers will discover how to get rid of these headaches for all of us who suffer from them.View Thread
Thanks for responding. I also am on a beta-blocker called Verapamil. I just started taking some Chinese herbal products called Head-Q and Ease Plus which my acupuncturist recommended. I went to the Pharmacy to have the pharmacist make sure that nothing in them conflicts with any of my regular meds. As far as he could tell, I should have no problem. He recommended I have an allergy test which is just a blood-draw with our local ENT specialist to check to see if particular foods I eat may be causing some of my problems. I may do that. I mentioned to him in our conversation that I was once on Neurontin(gabapentin) for back pain some time back and that when I was I experienced NO Migraines. He said I might consider talking to my Doctor about getting back on that if I find the Chinese herbs to be of no benefit. He said it is a "nerve" drug and the only real side effect is some drowsiness to get used to. All we can do is hope something helps us out along the way while researchers keep working on a better treatment. Have a wonderful H.A.-free day.View Thread
I used to use feverfew but it didn't seem to make any difference. Am still using CO Q10(1/Day) and Vit. B-2( 400 Mg./Day). Also, when a Migraine begins, if I immediately rub lavender essential oil under my nose and inhale for about 15 minutes it will sometimes but not always abate the headache.View Thread
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