kalex

Migraine Help

I woke up with a migraine this morning, which as I far as I'm concerned, is the worst possible way to start the day.  I took my scrip, had a cup of coffee, and soaked in a hot bath.  All the things that usually help and get me to functioning level but it's still really hanging on.  I have too much to do today to spend the day in bed!  Anyone have any other tips?  

The screen is hurting my eyes but I'll pop back on in a bit.  Thanks in advance ladies!

 

Tayvm

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I have a few friends that get Botox for their migraines.  I guess that would be a last resort after trying everything else.  I think that at a certain point, you're willing to try anything  I've never had a migraine ... I get the tension headaches that go all up around my head, down my neck and into my back.  I take two Extra Strength Advil, a muscle relaxer and head to bed.  

spoiledbrat

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Kalex those of us that get migraines too can literally feel your pain. I get massage therapy 2 or 3 times a week, more if needed and she will work me in or come to my house. I take a scrip too and the doc said to take it with Coke, not the white powder version:smileywink:, if not Coke then caffinated coffee. That is why most OTC migraine meds have caffine.  When I took Topomax daily it did cut down on the severity and number of them. I prefer an ice max too warmth and laying down for a bit till the meds kick in.

 

Good luck punkin - i know they hurt like a mama bear :smileysad:

<3

kalex

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I'll just stick with the coffee so there's no confusion! :smileywink:

shortstuff07

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I'm going to vouch for massage and acupuncture as preventative medicine, keeping my body less stressed helps prevent them.  I've found sometimes a warm rice sock on my head helps, especially if I already have sinus issues. Glad you're feeling better!

heymissheart

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A little back story:  I've had migraines for about 10 years now.  I started getting them when my family moved up to central Illinois.. I am originally from southern Texas, near the border of Mexico.

 

I started taking Inderal about 2 years ago - it reduces the frequency/severity of the migraines.  And I will say, it actually has.  I was getting migraines somewhere between 3-4 times a week.  Now, I really only get them when there is a change in weather, which can be unfortunate, because the weather here in IL is RIDICULOUS.  However, I find that they're easier to get rid of now that I'm on Inderal.

 

My doctor has prescribed many, many different medicines to take for the onset of a migraine.  None of them have worked.  One actually made me sicker (my body reacted VERY poorly to it, I literally had 70% of the side effect list).  So what I've been doing, is taking 2 Exedrin Migraines, and 3 Tylenols.  It sounds like a lot (because it is a lot, hah), but within the hour, I'm feeling better.  I'm not suggesting that you do this, obviously, just sharing what works for me (most of the time, it's not a 100% thing, sometimes the migraine is just too awful, and the only thing that will fix it is a cool, dark bedroom and 8 hours of sleep).

 

I hope that you get to feeling better.  I honestly don't know what's worse, the actual migraine (especially when you can feel it when you blink, take a breathe or step, etc.) or the nausea that accompanies it.

kalex

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Thanks!  I'm feeling much better.  The medication has fully kicked in so no more pain, light sensitivity etc, but now I have that weird heavy headed feeling that always follows.

kalex

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Thanks ladies!  I took your advice, decided the vacuuming and grocery shopping could wait, and just took it easy for awhile.  It's at a tolerable level now so as long as I don't put on perfume or do P90X or something I should be fine.  :smileyhappy:  I'll keep note of everyone elses's suggestions for future reference as well!

 

Thanks!

 

 

ilovebears

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My fiance gets really bad migraines, but we've found that The Body Shop's Aqua Eye Mask really helps.  Just pop it in the fridge for a few minutes, then wrap it around your head and lie down for a bit.

Fabi28

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A damp warm hand towel over your eyes and forehead may work for you. Helps me when I have ocular and regular migraines.

nebel

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Massage is hugely helpful for me as well, but I find it needs to be before/at the onset of a migraine versus when it is in full swing.  Facial/head massage works best for alleviating my pain.

 

I hope you feel better.

daisydaisies

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This probably won't help today, but might be useful in the future - have you considered getting regular massage therapy (focus on neck, shoulders, back)? I started this and it made a huge difference for the frequency of the migraines (went from several times a month to a couple times a year), and meant that I hardly ever needed to use prescriptions anymore.

 

...and it might help today if you could manage to get a massage appointment (1/2 would probably be long enough).

 

GGrace

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I get really bad migraines too. I usually first take my meds, then put Icy hot on my neck/shoulder to relaxe the muscles and then I massage pressure points on my face and hands to make them lessen the pain. All of that together makes them go to a tolerable level of pain

lyravega

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The only thing that helped me with my migraines ( that I had for years ), was to - cut out gluten completely from my diet! It worked like a charm! ( to knock on wood ) Never again had a single migraine since! It was not easy ( it IS a drastic change ), but it fixed some other health problems I had, as well, so I'm not going back to gluten ever again! :smileyhappy:

kalex

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My daughter is GF so doing this wouldn't be impossible.  I've already cut out dairy and drastically cut down on high-glycemic index foods (white bread, sugar, etc) to improve my acne so I'm not sure going GF too would leave me much to eat!

I'll look into it - thanks!

lyravega

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I feel you. I made some drastic changes in the way I eat, as well. First, I cut out gluten completely. When I realized how much good it did to me, I decided to do more for myself. I cut out processed food, refined sugars and oils ( I eat only natural sugars and fats ), drastically reduced intake of dairy and foods rich in carbs, I eat organic and pastured meats.... Long story short - I try to eat real ( healthy ) food only! One would say it wouldn't leave you much to eat, but it's doable :smileyhappy: As I said, it fixed my health problems, so that right there is a great motivation for me to keep going on and don't give up :smileyhappy:

 

I hope you find the "fix" for your migraines, as well. I know all too good how bad they can be. I used to have them for days and no meds ( or anything else ) would help me. The horror!

 

Hope you feel better soon!

BeautyJunkie325

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I totally feel your pain. I've had migraines since I was a teen and about 7 years ago i had a cluster of migraines of like 3 in one week.  Finally my dr referred me to a neurologist. I'm lucky enough to have a specific type of migraine that I normally have pre symptoms so I can take meds before they are too bad, that is if I'm actually paying attention to how I'm feeling.  For me, once a migraine starts it's Aleive then meds, if I'm nauseous then forget it I have to take that med too and then I'm done for the rest of the day. If not, I take a hot bath or shower (which works better if my headache is in the morning) Then if I can lie down in a dark room for a half an hour with a hot compress or eye mask on I'm usually okay. 

kalex

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I've been getting them since I was a kid too.  Mine are mainly hormonal though I get them occasionally at other times too.  I can usually feel one coming on also and then my medication works really quickly.  If it comes on when I'm sleeping though I don't feel it until it's so bad the pain actually wakes me up.

BeautyJunkie325

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Those can be the worst!  I hate taking my beds before bed, going to sleep and having a migraine when I wake up in the morning.  Normally those are when we have huge swings in weather. 

jellybean917

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I'm so sorry that you're not feeling well! Migraines are the worst. The first time I got one I thought I was dying. I'm not sure how to help (I usually hide in the dark), but I'm sending my best wishes! :heart:

veronika23

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Go rest in a dark room for a bit.  It might help.  I also take advil extra strength liquid gels.  No sure if you meant the scrip is for the migraine.  Hope you feel better soon!

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