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post #1 of 46 Old 08-16-2013, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Chronic, debilitating migranes.. someone please help.

I'm wondering if anyone else here has migranes, and how do you cope? I've tried a lot, Excedrin, Ibuprofen, heat, ice.. The only thing that even makes it possible to function is if my mom puts pressure on my temples or sqeezes my head.

I've went to a neurologist, MRI came back normal. I'm just looking for a home remedy or maybe a medication I haven't tried.

I don't know how I'm suppose to work and go to school with these migranes almost daily.

They make me sick to my stomach, I'm sensitive to light, sounds, and smells.. I'm miserable!
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post #2 of 46 Old 08-17-2013, 12:02 AM
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I would eliminate migraine trigger foods from your diet. Peanuts and corn are two of the majors as well as artificial sweeteners.
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My first suggestion is try an antihistamine to see if that will knock your migraine. Sometimes your trigger is nothing more than a simple allergy reaction.

Second suggestion is chiropractor. If your neck is out of whack it can trigger migraines.

Last of all is you could have a muscle trigger. Have someone run their fingers over your back, digging in but not really hard. What you are looking for is if they hit a sore spot as it can indicate a muscle knot that's causing you problems. If you find one then the trick is busting up that knot and putting up with the soreness for a few days. Alternately, got to a masseuse.
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I started getting migraines when I was 40. they would last for three days. My gynecologist said it was hormones and prescribed Zomig. It is a life saver. I entered menopause so now my occasional migraines are brought on by changes in the barometric pressure (storm coming in) or stress. Ask your regular Dr. for a prescription for a real migraine medicine like Zomig. People who have never experienced a migraine do not understand that they are not just a bad headache. You can't function!!

MRI's would only show a physical cause, like a tumor. Migraines are caused by other things, like food-chocolate, red wine, or barometric pressure or stress.
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I should mention that I have elevated DHEA, which my doctor said is a form of testosterone. Yet he hasn't really done much, they did a Cortisol test and that was alright I think.

I used to be on a daily allergy medicine and I still has the migranes. I have also had my eyes checked which are fine.

I'm considering PCOS, because I have almost every symptom. I'm going to my doctor Monday to talk to her about it.

And I really would like to see a chiropractor, I also have hip issues.

I'm 17 and sound like I'm 71 haha! I feel like a hypochondriac with all my problems!
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Your Doc needs to be pushed into doing more.
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Surprisingly, it's multiple doctors. My endocrinologist, my neurologist, my primary doctor.. They're all saying 'you need to see *insert one of those doctors* for this'. In my opinion, my endocrinologist should be the one handling it. He wants to blame everything on my low thyroid, but if I didn't have these issues when my levels were low, then why would they pop up when I'm taking medicine and my levels are normal.

Ugh! Doctors these days. I have too many issues, and they just want to treat the symptoms instead of figure out the actual cause.

My primary doctor tries, but she can only do so much because it's a small clinic. And the doctors I get referred to aren't helping.
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I started suffering from migraines when I was about 7 years old. These progressed to lasting for three or four weeks at a time.
My mother could predict when one was coming on. I would eat and eat for three or four days, drink gallons of water for two and then be off my feet for however long. Sickness and hatred of light.
I had all sorts of tests and dietary changes, nothing worked. My GP would call, when I was able to keep food down he would tell me to go get some crash air so, off I would go to the stables for a few days and then return to school.
I didn't know it but, when I was in high school he gave my mother a note to be opened when I had left school, which I did at 15. In this note he said that the migraines were an allergy - to school! He was right because I never suffered another from the time I left education.

I would suggest that you go see a craniologist sometimes they can help.

My sympathies go to you, I cannot recall the actual pain of those terrible headaches, I do remember throwing up a lot. Not a good time.
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I wish I could use that excuse Foxhunter haha! I have them during the summer so I assume that's not it.

They aren't fun. I get one almost every day, but I get one or two a week where I just can NOT function. Sometimes I can deal with it. It ruins everything, I can't usually go watch a movie because I know I'll probably have a migrane and end up watching it out of one squinted, watery eye. Super enjoyable.

I'm hoping I can make it through school and work. Because school is obviously important, and I have to save money for a truck.

Yuck. Excedrin helps to a point, and ice sometimes. Brings the pain from an 8 to like a 6. Usually it's just enough relief to help me get to sleep.
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I used to be on a daily allergy medicine and I still has the migranes. I have also had my eyes checked which are fine.

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If it's allergy related the 24 hour stuff like Claritin or Allegra isn't going to do the trick. They are a low level time released medicine. You need to try a harder hitting medicine that only in the 4-6 hour range. Then take it just as soon as you feel a migraine coming on. The longer between initiation of your migraine and taking the allergy medication the more of a headache you'll have but it will quit getting worse. Anyway, doing this is what I finally worked out as the main fix for my migraines. Neck out of alignment and muscle knots in my back make it more likely for me to get a migraine but it still allergies that trigger it.
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