The product directions on my bottle of Petadolex said to decrease amount to 2 per day, then 1 per day. I think I had better results with 3 per day, so I'm going back to that. I have been leary about trying Botox as I know it paralyzes the muscles in your forehead. What other treatments have you tried? I am curious if you have tried acupuncture. I am on my 4th abortive (Zomig) and Topomax, Neurontin, and Lyrica did not work for me. I also had a full-year trial of a spinal implant - didn't help at all. I just finished a 'run' of migraines - 1 per day for 10 days; I'm hoping today (day 11), I don't have one. When taking the Petadolex 3 times per day, it seemed to give me more non-migraine days between 'runs'. thanks for the info. ShirleyView Thread
I've had migraines forever and they have progressed to having one per day for up to nine days in a row. They do not come on at regular intervals - they just come on. I've had people tell me this sounds like cluster headaches - my doctor calls them acute chronic migraines. So - are cluster headaches just migraines that go on for days? Or are they something entirely different? What is the treatment for cluster headaches? Just curious. ShirleyView Thread
Hi Rosie - On the 20th I started taking one less pill, taking just 2 per day. For the last 12 days, I've had 10 migraines. I'm feeling discouraged. In April, I had 22 migraines. In May, I had 19. I was really hoping for a more significant drop in the numbers. I will continue to record the migraines until I see my doctor in Sept. Hopefully the numbers will continue to drop -- we'll see...ShirleyView Thread
I have had migraines since I was 16 - they have gotten progressively worse as the years went by. I now have 20-25 migraines a month and they run anywhere from 3-8 days in duration each time. My migraines come on in the middle of the night and wake me from a deep sleep. Stress has been ruled out in my case, but migraines tend to 'run' in families (my mother and 2 brothers also suffer from migraines). Years ago, putting ice on my forehead and heat on the back of my neck would slowly take the migraine away. The first thing I did with a new doctor (we moved) was keep a daily diary of what I ate and drank. This didn't show any correlation between what food I ate and when I had migraines. I have since found that sugar is my worst trigger - I discovered this after eating allot of birthday cake one year. (I use Stevia now to sweeten things and have no problem with it.) I have tried allot of preventatives and they didn't work for me. I even had a spinal implant - over a year with it, I had the same number of migraines, so I had it removed. Abortives work awhile for me and then I have to try another. Currently Zomig works for me - I take one Alleve along with putting an icebag on my forehead while I drink a strong cup of coffee. This takes care of the immediate migraine within 2 hours but does not keep it from it running on for a few days. This condition is called Acute Chronic Migraines. There are some natural things that work for some people, Feverfew and Riboflavin, to name a few. They didn't work for me. But I am now doing a trial with Petadolex Butterbur - it seems to be helping but I plan on doing a full 3 month trial before I make my decision about it. Has your doctor suggested anything for you to try? You will find people on this site that have tried all different kinds of things. Maybe some of their suggestions will work for you, since your doctor isn't giving you any help. I was referred to a Pain Specialist (tried the spinal implant, hydrocodone, Oxycotin, and morphine but none of these worked for me). Please hang in there and I hope this helps direct you to some solutions.View Thread
Hi Rosie - I haven't sat down yet to see the total migraines I have had since using the Petadolex Butterbur, but I had one yesterday. I checked my calender and it had been 5 days since my last migraine! So this supplement is working for me - I just passed the first month on it and now I will reduce it to 2 pills a day. I am curious to see if the supplement will still work at a reduced amount. My next check up is in Sept. - by then, I'll have had a long enough "trial" for my doctor to see the results. I'm lucky that my doctor using all means of healing - medical, herbal, and holistic. Many times I've been able to tell him about something I've used, that works, which he passes the information on to other patients that could do a trial themselves. The next time I post, I will have a more detailed report. ShirleyView Thread
Have you reported these symptoms to your physician? Your headaches definitely sound like migraines with the aura. Do you get the aura (spots or squiggly lines) before you experience the headaches? That is the time to take an abortive to stop the migraine in it's tracks. Are you taking a migraine preventative? Do you have an abortive medication? Your physician will know which medicines to try and the right dosage. Good luck.View Thread
Topamax is a preventative migraine treatment - it usually takes a few weeks before it really works as a preventative. It is supposed to lessen or prevent the number of migraines you get.
There are many 'abortives' that can help once you get a migraine - these abort or stop the migraine in it's tracks. If I can catch my migraine at the very beginning, my abortive works within an hour. If my migraines is already full-blown (like if I wake up with it), my abortive can take up to 3 hours to abort it.
I would call your physician and get a prescription for an abortive. This should really help.View Thread
Hi Rosie - That's great your combination of meds is working for you. I just haven't had much success with prescribed meds.
I am hopeful about the Butterbur because I have had 15 - 25 migraines a month for over 20 years now. If I can even cut the number down by just a few - I'd be thrilled. Having a few more days in a row being migraine-free is my goal, so I can actually work on projects, or get something done. I can take up to 5 Zomig a day for my migraines, if I have to, but usually 1-2 works each time (with a strong cup of coffee & 1 Alleve) to get rid of it. My only complaint with Zomig is I am so tired that day, and a few days later also. I am not a person who likes to just sit around, but with this many migraines, I can't do much else until I get relief. (Which for me can be 2-4 hours after taking Zomig etc.)
I'll keep you posted how my trial with Butterbur works next Mon. (my second completed week with it). ShirleyView Thread
Hi Rosie - The Petadolex Pro-active supplement has 50 mg. of Butterbur extract per pill. Initially you have to take 3 pills a day, for a month (like usual with natural supplements). I've only been on it for one week. I had a migraine on the each of the first 3 days, then no migraine on the next 4 days. Yesterday I started my second week and I had a migraine, but no migraine today. I have always been lucky (?) to have 1-2 days a week without a migraine, so this is better so far. I want to be on it for a full month before I continue to take it on a regular basis. After the first month, you take just 2 pills a day for a few weeks. After that you can try just one pill a day. Petadolex brand has a patented processing system to remove the toxins that are normally in Butterbur extract, therefore it is the safest Butterbur you can buy. I have opted to take this one. Butterbur supports healthy blood vessel tone as well as normal blood flow in the brain. It has given me no side effects and I'm tolerating it well. I want to use this as a preventative, as I take none. I only take an abortive - Zomig - after I get a migraine. Are you on a medicine preventative? None of them ever worked well enough for me. I have had good luck with other natural supplements, so I am always willing to try them. I will let you know after the end of the second week how it is working. ShirleyView Thread
I started on a 3 a day regiment of this supplement 6 days ago. I will continue to be on this for 3 more weeks, before reducing the dosage to 2 a day. Like most supplements, it does take awhile for it to work. I am hopeful that it will help me cut-down on the number of migraines I have during a month. Petadolex has been around for a very long time, but it appears they are the only ones that have a patented process that remove the toxins that are normally in Butterbur. So I am confident trying this product. (I use supplements for other ailments and I know them to work. Besides, I love the fact there are no side-effects. The natural toxins, if not removed properly, can cause stomach-cramping.) There are other supplements out there, but I felt most comfortable trying this one. I'll keep you posted. ShirleyView Thread