Migraines

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    Jul 13, 2013 3:39 PM GMT
    Migraine: The first time it happened I didn't even know it was migraine. The second time I got prescription drugs called Pizotifan that did the trick but then was discontinued. The rest of the time I tried all sorts of alternative therapies coupled with the same old.

    Throughout it all I felt no-one understood what caused migraine, I felt it was an artery inside my head pounding against my optic nerve. I got it especially intense after sleeping with my head on my temples fearing that it resembled the onset of a stroke. Also, my neck and jaw muscles would be sore and my sinuses would be killing me.

    Recently I learnt about a new approach in the Oprah magazine of all things. See http://www.oprahmag.co.za/view/2336/
    This doctor seems to have hit the nail on the head (no pun) when he describes migraine as "originat[ing] in one of three places:

    Jaw and neck muscles;
    Arteries in the scalp; or
    Nerves running to the scalp.

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2012/04/01/migraines-not-all-in-the-head

    Has anyone ever heard of this kind of treatment?

    Cheers.
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    Jul 14, 2013 5:20 PM GMT
    Migraines are like bisexuals, they don't exist in healthy people.
  • outbackdude

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    Jul 15, 2013 11:20 AM GMT
    deficiency of vitamins can cause migraines.
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    Jul 15, 2013 11:38 AM GMT
    Avoid red wine, chocolate and MSG among other things...

    Naproxen is extremely rough on your stomach if prescribed to you.
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    Jul 15, 2013 12:22 PM GMT
    There's imetrex. Also a baby aspirin a day works for some and avoiding anything extremely cold touching the top of the mouth like ice, ice cream or very cold drinks.
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    Jul 15, 2013 2:48 PM GMT
    "There's imetrex"

    Imitrex is a combination of Naproxen and Sumatriptan. It's pretty expensive, so my doctor just gave me a prescription for Naproxen and Sumatriptan and told me to take one of each when I have a migraine. It's the same thing, and much cheaper.

    My migraines seem to happen when I change my diet. Like if I'm eating really healthy, then all of a sudden have a day of high fat food or lots of sugar...sometimes hits me like a train.
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    Jul 17, 2013 2:30 AM GMT
    BryUSC88 said"There's imetrex"

    Imitrex is a combination of Naproxen and Sumatriptan. It's pretty expensive, so my docgtor just gave me a prescription for Naproxen and Sumatriptan and told me to take one of each when I have a migraine. It's the same thing, and much cheaper.

    My migraines seem to happen when I change my diet. Like if I'm eating really healthy, then all of a sudden have a day of high fat food or lots of sugar...sometimes hits me like a train.


    So what if you have to travel abroad?
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    Jul 17, 2013 6:31 AM GMT
    My memory is that people who get migraines don't get them very often. A friend of mine would get them every now and then and she had a prescription that would get rid of the migraine if she took the pill as soon as she felt it coming on; she'd get the flashing lights symptom. But the pills were expensive, on the order of tens of dollars per individual pill. So she always had one of those pills with her.

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    Jul 19, 2013 5:20 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the responses. Mostly I don't see the solution in drugs as that treat symptoms, not causes. I'm a believer in treating the patient, not (only) the condition. So I just wanted to know whether anyone is aware of the fact that this doctor reports migraine to be an musco-skeletal stress condition (in my case it seems, also caused by extreme sport activity), rather than something that happens inside your head. Cheers.
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    Jul 20, 2013 1:12 AM GMT
    whitedarwin said
    BryUSC88 said"There's imetrex"

    Imitrex is a combination of Naproxen and Sumatriptan. It's pretty expensive, so my docgtor just gave me a prescription for Naproxen and Sumatriptan and told me to take one of each when I have a migraine. It's the same thing, and much cheaper.

    My migraines seem to happen when I change my diet. Like if I'm eating really healthy, then all of a sudden have a day of high fat food or lots of sugar...sometimes hits me like a train.


    So what if you have to travel abroad?


    Um...what? I'm sorry, but I'm missing something.
  • musclmed

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    Jul 21, 2013 5:58 AM GMT
    you mean Treximet, Imitrex is Sumatriptan.

    try tyelenol , naproxen and a little caffeine first.
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    Jul 21, 2013 8:17 PM GMT
    I have dealt with them since late elementary school...now in my 30's i've learned what can trigger them...for me, it was caffeine (stopped all caffeinated drinks over 7 years ago), air pressure change, and stress...for the most part Excedrine Migarine works for me...since i can now control them with that (for the most part), my doctor will not put me on any prescription meds...if i can catch it early on (even if it is just a pressure headache or whatever) i can stop it. But, if it gets to the point where it really hurts, then i'm down for the next 12 hour or so..a dark, cool room with total silence usually works for me.
  • tckrguys

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    Jul 21, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    I use Midol. Works wonders if I catch the migraine early enough. If I don't catch it, I have to use either Treximet or a Butal-ASA-Caffeine pill.
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    Aug 12, 2013 10:02 PM GMT
    hey man, i also suffer from migraines - spending a day in bed with a head feeling like shit isn't fun! i use maxalt melt, dissolvable tablets to get rid of the pain, have 1 of them then sleep for 4 hours or longer and u feel a whole lot better. i know how you feel and i feel the same way
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    Aug 12, 2013 10:35 PM GMT
    Lumpynose saidMy memory is that people who get migraines don't get them very often. A friend of mine would get them every now and then and she had a prescription that would get rid of the migraine if she took the pill as soon as she felt it coming on; she'd get the flashing lights symptom. But the pills were expensive, on the order of tens of dollars per individual pill. So she always had one of those pills with her.



    I used to think the same thing. I found out migraines are now defined much broader.

    Two and half years ago I was diagnosed with migraines, after being told for over 30 yrs they were sinus headaches. Nothing relieved the symptoms.

    My ENT specialist recommended "Heal your headache, the 1, 2, 3 program" by Dr. David Buchholz. Amazing. I still get them, but the multi-daily occurrence has dropped to a couple times a month. It talks about different triggers and avoiding them. Caffeine was a major one for me.

    I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone having headaches.

    Good luck to all sufferers.
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    Aug 13, 2013 9:43 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidAvoid red wine, chocolate and MSG among other things...

    Naproxen is extremely rough on your stomach if prescribed to you.


    After a lot of suffering, I realised one of my triggers was alcohol. Or rather the dehydrating effect of alcohol. Also dehydration from excessive exercise and (as above) MSG. Unfortunately poured in abundance into Chinese food. Imagine getting a hangover headache without the alcohol! If we go to a Chinese restaurant I have to ask for my meal without the ghastly stuff. Seems to work.
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    Aug 16, 2013 1:02 AM GMT
    I concur with the chocolate-I get super bad ones if I eat Chocolate without eating anything for a few hours (which is SO wrong...it's chocolate!!)

    Additionally, in my case, I inherited the triggering of migraines from my mom, who can get them from looking at a really bright light source in 'just the wrong way'...
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    Aug 16, 2013 1:07 AM GMT
    http://www.belllifestyleproducts.com/en-ca/migraid-headache-relief-15.htm
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    Aug 16, 2013 1:16 AM GMT
    At times I get a pain that feels like someone is pushing a rock against my head. It isn't a good feeling.
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    Aug 16, 2013 8:36 PM GMT
    Phillips_73 saidAt times I get a pain that feels like someone is pushing a rock against my head. It isn't a good feeling.

    You should ask that person to stop pushing the rock against your head.