Yes, Petadolex is made in Germany, where the government evaluates all herbals, unlike our FDA in the US where none of the herbals are evaluated and often have toxins like lead in them. Petadolex has also helped me tremendously. When I stopped taking it, I got the worst migraine ever.View Thread
Sorry to hear that you've had so much problem with your continuing, progressively worse migraines. But glad that you had a better month.
Could you assure me that you have tried Botox and nerve block and trigger point injections? That would help me to know that you have really covered the bases, since these have helped me so much. And if you had the Botox, did you try it more than once, at a far higher dose? My first time I got no relief at all.
These migraines are a terrible toll on us. All the best to you.View Thread
Sorry that I never got an email from WebMD letting me know that you answered. So this is late. My Botox injections are across my forehead, the sides and back of my head, and my neck area. They hurt the most across my forehead, but most of them are elsewhere. You must not be old enough to appreciate not having the aging lines in your forehead gone. LOL.
Have you tried any of the preventative migraine meds such as Topomax? If you don't like the Botox, usually doctors require that you try those meds first before getting the Botox.
Also are you aware that taking any pain relievers more than 2 or 3 days a week put you at risk for getting rebound migraines.
Let me know how you are doing now. Hope that you are doing better.View Thread
Sorry that I never got an email from WebMD that anyone had responded to my posting. I need a lot of various treatments because my severe 24/7 migraines were caused by a major stroke and is very difficult to treat. So just one of my treatments could help you. None of the prophylactic meds such as Topomax helped me or gave me bad side effects.
I have been getting Botox injections for the past 2 years with no problems. They have greatly helped my migraines. Also I get nerve block and trigger point injections which have also helped. Accupuncture didn't help me, but the doctor was surprised. Also an off-label use of Namenda helped me also. I take just 25% of the dose used for its intended use for what the doctor termed "central migraines". That's about all of my advice. Hope that one of the remedies might help you.View Thread
To kittenabigal, I also haven't noticed my Botox injections helping with my hormonal migraines. But do your hormones act up for 15 days straight? What muscles seem paralyzed? I notice my forehead getting tighter after the Botox, but nothing bad and the amazing difference it makes with my migraines is tremendous. If the tense muscles are in your neck, that can happen occasionally, but shouldn't last more than a few days. Need more clarification from you. If the botox didn't work, don't give up. Mine didn't work at all the first time. Get a larger dose next time and repeated doses work better. Let me know how the Botox worked for you. Would like to know.View Thread
Gabapentin or Neurontin can make people's brains go fuzzy. I was practically comatose after I tried it. Have you tried the more common daily preventative migraine medications such as nortriptylene or Topomax? If those haven't worked for you, I have many other suggestions. Let me know what you have already tried. No one should have to struggle with migraines.View Thread
Botox has helped me tremendously. I've had Botox injections every 10 weeks for the past 3 years. Most people I believe can go 3 months or more with them. My migraines are especially difficult to treat due to them being caused by a stroke. I would be in severe pain most days of the month without them. I have never had a bad reaction from them. I would make sure that you get a doctor who has significant experience with them and ask what side effects the doctor has had with their patients. My botox doctor has given them for years and said that occasionally someone has some neck heaviness for several days or some inflammation at the site.
Why are you considering Botox? Have you not had any relief from the daily preventative migraine meds such as Topomax or Nortriptylene? I would greatly recommend the Botox IF you haven't had relief from these meds.
And does it hurt? Yes, ever so briefly across the forehead, but nothing like the pain from my migraines. The other areas for the injections don't bother me at all and I've got fibromyalgia where the central nervous system is super sensitive to everything.
There are many other treatments and some other meds that you could also try. Let me know what you decide.View Thread
I've been taking Petadolex for 2 years now. I did feel some relief from taking them, but I never heard about reducing the dose which I have kept the full dose the whole time.
RosieLou, if your preventative meds have helped you, I would consider staying with them, especially if you have insurance covering them. The cost for the Petadolex is $55/month which insurance does not cover. I was not helped by the daily preventative meds and I do fully concur with Ellsworth that you would not want to take any other butterbur herbal which will have toxins in them. Besides, because Petadolex is manufactured in Germany, they are fully evaluated by the government there for all toxins. The FDA does not evaluate any herbals in the U.S.
To Ellsworth, If you don't find as much relief from the full dose of Petadolex and you don't find relief from the daily preventative migraine meds like RosieLou is taking, then you would be a very good candidate for Botox to work on you. It's helped me tremendously. No medication goes into your body at all. Plus I get other treatments and meds because I have extremely difficult migraines to treat since they were caused by a stroke.
First of all, if someone is having migraines that often, do you know that taking any pain relievers more than 2 times a week can risk you getting rebound migraines?
I have never heard of x-rays being used to diagnose headaches. MRI, MRA or CT scans, yes. But all that does is rule out serious problems like a tumor or multiple schlerosis. Then the doctor diagnoses based on the symptoms.
Typically daily preventative migraine meds are used first to treat headaches as often as your boyfriend's are. If they weren't prescribed, get another doctor.View Thread