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post #41 of 46 Old 08-20-2013, 01:56 PM
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I've had daily headaches for the past six years. I'm lucky to only get about 5-6 migraine a month but they're starting to become more frequent. I'll wake up with a headache and it will gradually get worse throughout the day until I can barely even think straight at night. I get all different kinds of headaches. Pressure, sinus, headaches just for the hell of it.

Meds don't help, even when taking 4 ibuprofen. I do know that perfume is a trigger but otherwise I'm clueless on what triggers them. I've gotten better about handling them. Whenever I feel one coming on, I actually get a fruit smoothie. The cold drink really helps. When I get home, all the lights are off in my room, no tv, and under the blanket I go. I cover my eyes with my pillow and press down to sleep. The pressure really alleviates the pain in my eyes. My last migraine it felt like my eyes were melting and lasted about three days. That was my first migraine that lasted more than a day and it was horrid.

I drink plenty of water which takes a bit Of the edge off. I've heard you can rub coconut oil on your temples to help. I tried that once and it actually did a pretty good job. I'm mainly subbing to get tips and tricks from people who know how I feel. It does not run in my family. I have a suspicion that I may have hypothyroidism as I have a lot of the other symptoms as well.
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post #42 of 46 Old 08-20-2013, 03:02 PM
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Migraines are awful. I've been getting them regularly since puberty. I have a variety of triggers: 2nd half of my cycle, bc with too much progestin, dairy, synthetic fragrance, heat and exertion, stress. Things I've done that have helped some: taking magnesium and probiotics regularly, using a combination of Benadryl and Imitrex at onset, planning the amount of work I do in one day carefully, going to yoga (for stress), and cutting out dairy entirely. I'm also allowed toradol and compazine injections from student health when my regular meds won't stop them.
If you think hormones play a role, there may be a birth control out there that could help. BC controlled mine for several years. If your blood pressure is high, sometimes drugs to reduce it will help with migraines. Keeping a good symptom diary and experimenting will help you identify what works for you. Sounds like there are plenty of meds you've not tried though. Do you have any prescriptions? See if maybe Fiorcet or any of the triptans are good at stopping them for you.

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I have hypothyroidism, Kayella. With blood work, be sure they look at your actual thyroid levels as well as look for an antibody (sp?) to it.

Viranah, I have tried Sumatriptan (sp?) and it makes me too tired for school and work. I've tried Topamax, and a couple other prescriptions that didn't work.

Pressure also works to alleviate some pain for me too, but only temporarily.
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post #45 of 46 Old 09-02-2013, 08:55 PM
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Painkillers taken fairly regularly for any type of headache can create a rebound effect.
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post #46 of 46 Old 09-05-2013, 12:37 AM
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midol apparently works well for migraines, but I took some for a head aches the other day- it went away right away
usually though when I get a migraine , I'm done I pop a pain killer, a glass of water and cocoon myself in blankets with no lights or and sort of sound.

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