I have used acupuncture in the past and found it very effective for relieving or breaking ugly migraine cycles, as well as other things. When I've needed spinal steroid injections, acupuncture has helped get my body settled back down from the nasty side effects.
Thank you for posting that link. I found a community site just a few miles from my home, and it has some great recommendations. They charge less than half what I usually pay for a session, so I'll call on Monday for an appointment.
Would either/both of you consider posting your messages on the Fibromyalgia and Pain Management Boards? They're pretty active and open to something like this.
It sounds like you're in an awful flare lately, I'm sorry you're hurting so much. Daily headaches do not necessarily mean cluster headaches, you'll need a proper diagnosis from a doctor for that, so just put that aside for now.
Please don't worry too much, there are plenty of other meds and many non-med ways of managing migraines. It sounds like you've only touched the surface, there are a lot of options available to you.
Is your doc a headache specialist? If not, it's probably time to get one, you deserve the best quality medical care so you can get back to enjoying your life again.
Get an appointment and review your meds. It's common that they'll need to be adjusted for dosage and/or having something added. It can take a few rounds of trial and error before the right mix for you is uncovered. And even that mix might not work well after a year or two, that's just the nature of migraines.
Here are some ideas of topics for that appointment. I recommend writing down what you want to discuss, and having paper ready to take some notes during the appointment.
What to do if the headaches start coming back, when should you call for an appointment.
Biofeedback, meditation, acupuncture, therapy for pain management
Keeping a headache journal.
In the meantime:
:Watch your food and drink. No junk food or anything from boxes with ingredients from a chem lab. Water is your friend, no pop especially diet versions. Sugar substitutes are notorious migraine triggers. No alcohol- red wine is the worst for me, but pretty much anything is bad when I'm in a flare. Have some chicken with rice and a salad, that's easy to make.
:Some of us swear by magnesium supplements, 200-400 mg/day. A good daily vitamin won't hurt either.
:Start meditation or some yoga (not hot yoga) or tai chi classes to help bring yourself some calmness. You might be surprised at how effective these are. Easy, gentle physical activity is good for you, much better than being curled up in a ball on the sofa
I hope that gives you a place to regroup and get started. Just remember that there are a lot of ways to manage the pain, everything will be ok. If you have more questions let me know.
It might be raining a lot outside, but if the dehumidifier is running constantly, has the indoors turned overly dry? That's my first thought with the headache and dry mouth.
I live in a dry climate and have a similar reaction when the humidifier isn't running properly. A sure bet to trigger a migraine is turning off the humidifier when the furnace is running. I will say that when I visit family in Seattle (2-3 times a year) one of the houses there is a lot drier than mine.
Second might be to check the bedding, including pillows. Did you change laundry detergents, fabric softeners, or anything like that? Is there a new fabric in the sheets? A new filler in pillows?
Plenty of us get that many migraines. My doc has me limited to 6 doses of any triptan in a week, so I use other things if I can catch it early enough. My favorite is Blowfish, an aspirin and caffeine combo pill that you drop in water like alma seltzer. That's really good for morning migraines for me.
One of the ladies on here has been using butterbur, an herbal by a specific company, to reduce her migraines. It took a few months but worked well. You can look back and find her discussion. She gave us some really good write ups as she was starting it. If I find it I'll post a link, or maybe she'll jump in.
What you're experiencing is common to many of us. Migraines are related to the blood flow in your head, so anything you do that affects that blood flow will have an impact on the pain. Physical exertion and bending over are classic.
Are you taking anything for the headache? After 6 weeks you might have crossed over into rebound headaches if you're taking NSAIDs or acetaminophen on a daily basis. Googling 'rebound headache' will give you a better explanation than I could ever write.
I hope you've had your doctor appointment by now. If not, take it easy and be gentle with yourself until you get this under control. Eat good foods, limit sugars, and drink plenty of water And maybe some things are worth the pain, if you know what I mean.
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