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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Migraine Headaches

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    Don't get them that often but this week I've had two First one was on Tuesday night - and it was a nasty one, the zig-zag flashing lines, followed by a horrible headache. Took 6 aspirins (the only thing which seems to work for me) over a period of 3 hours and went to bed. Woke up next day feeling wooly headed. Did not feel 100% all day. Miffed because the weather was not too bad and I took the car. Thursday felt better but still not 100%. Mid morning the zig zag flashing lines start up again. Swallowed another 3 aspirins. This time I didn't get the headache. Today I feel fine again.

    Something triggered them off but I'm not sure what. The only two things I've eaten this week that are different to what I normally eat are a carton of honey and walnut yogurt and some cheddar cheese which has horseradish in it. Both these things I've eaten before with no problem, so I'm at a loss.

    Anyone else get migraines and if so how do you deal with them? The worst thing is when I get a really bad migraine, sometimes I can't co-ordinate what I'm doing or speak properly. I know what I want to say, but can't say it. It can be a bit scary
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    Quote Originally Posted by Python View Post
    Anyone else get migraines and if so how do you deal with them?
    Python feel free to PM me with any questions or concerns. I have severe migraines and go precious few days a month not in a lot of pain. How I deal with them varies but I am under the care of Neurologists.

    Quote Originally Posted by Python View Post
    The worst thing is when I get a really bad migraine, sometimes I can't co-ordinate what I'm doing or speak properly. I know what I want to say, but can't say it. It can be a bit scary
    Okay, I have had several TIAs (mini-strokes) and quite definitely at east one stroke. What you described, lack of coordination and speaking difficulties (aphasia), are symptoms of a stroke and you need to go straightaway to hospital, so they can begin immediate neurology checks and proper treatment.
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    Python, listen to BikingMomof3. If anyone knows the subtle differences between a migraine and a TIA or stroke, other than a neurologist, it's her!!

    Get those specialists to check you out!

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    Hi Python,

    Everyone's migrane is different. I get the flashing lightning bolt. hypersensitivity to heat, cold, sound, NO LIGHT. I can't make any visual sense. At other times, I know each word you are saying to me but I can't comprehend what you are trying to tell me. Words just don't connect.

    Years ago, my doctor prescribed me Zomed. I took it once and it made it worse. Returned the rest to my doctor. After that horrible experience, I REFUSE to take any more migrane medication.

    I don't deal with my migrane. It always wakes me up in the morning, and it has its own routine. Pounding head, the lightning bolt, throwing up, then pass out from exhaustion till 5ish in the late afternoon. Before I pass out, I close all the blinds in my bedroom, shut off the radio, curl up in my bed under a cover. I want it dark as possible. When I wake up I'm totally exhausted and sweaty. I take a long cool shower to soak my head and to ease the pain. Afterwards I eat a light supper then back to bed for real sleep.

    So the whole day is wasted.

    It started when I was around 12/13ish. Went away for few years when I started HRT. But this year, I've been getting about once a month again

    oh its not just the lightning bolts, I sometimes can't make sense of what I see like I know its a cat but not at the same time. I can't really explain. Also the image splits or distorts. It is a real struggle to do anything.

    Sometimes, I think my doctor doesn't believes me... My father never believed in headache until he suffered a stroke about 20 years ago. And he was a doctor no less. People who do not suffer migrane can't really understand what we go through. And especially a child back then.

    I hope yours isn't anything like mine. Stress, work and lack of sleep, alcohol seems to trigger mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilingcat View Post
    It started when I was around 12/13ish. Went away for few years when I
    Sometimes, I think my doctor doesn't believes me... My father never believed in headache until he suffered a stroke about 20 years ago. And he was a doctor no less. People who do not suffer migrane can't really understand what we go through. And especially a child back then.

    Gotta love those doctors who told you that PMS was all in your mind, and that your migraines were not real--you were simply a hypochondriac cluttering up their office keeping really sick people from getting the proper help .

    At any rate, I am lucky. I use injectable Imitrex, and it's worked perfectly since 1993 when I first had it prescribed.

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    I have yet to have a full-fledged one but my neurologist thinks they are a possibility. I get this weird tunneling vision followed by a headache that makes me irritable to noise and I just go to sleep. My neurologist and eye doctor refer to it as the "aura of a migrane". Not sure what that mumbo jumbo means but I think they are saying that it is symptomatic of migranes without developing one? Right now Excedrin Migraine works just fine although I had a prescription for Midrin for a while.

    My college roommate's sister had the vomit inducing ones. She would go missing for a day or two which scared the ****ens out of us. Hers were so bad she would just darken her dorm room, lock the door and hide under a blanket (she had a single dorm, no roommate). I hate when people get a bad headache and refer to them as migranes. I haven't truely known a migrane but I know that they are not a headaches!

    Listen to BMO3 though, that sounds like it may be a little more serious. ((HUGS))
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    Whilst I have no personal experience with migraines, my mum has had a few in the past.

    Many days, when I lived at home, I would have to walk quietly around the house & hear mum throwing up in the toilet.

    There's not much I could do to help her. But on occassions, I brought some lemonade & wine-gum lollies into her room, so she would have something to "eat".

    She believes, her migraines were triggered by red wine & chocolate. Also, she hates the smell of chemicals, whether they be from nail polish remover or hair dye.

    I hope you feel better, it must be horrible to suffer from migraines.

    I'm just lucky all I have are bad sinuses. It's not great, but it's nothing a bit of fresh air can't fix.


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    Oh yeah, red wine is a big trigger. My college roommate had migranes and a co-worker has them both said red wine was a trigger.
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    I suppose I'm quite lucky in that I don't get them very often, but when I do, I do.

    The worst one I've ever had was about 3 years ago after I'd eaten strawberries. I haven't eaten strawberries since. The weather sometimes brings them on, usually if it's thundery - and it's been thundery here for the past couple of weeks. I do know that tiredness can bring it on and for a couple of weeks prior to me getting the migraines again I didn't have a lot of sleep for one reason or another.

    I don't think it's TIAs as my late mother used to get them (she was in her 80s) and the symptoms are different. I haven't eaten any cheese for a few days now (or yoghurt either) and so far so good. I'll be really miffed if it's the cheese that caused it as I LOVE that particular kind of cheese. Delicious toasted mmmmm The yoghurt I can quite happily live without.

    The other time I was plagued with migraines was about 5 years ago when my son's kidneys first failed. All the stress of that brought them on with a vengeance. Once things settled into a routine, the migraines went so stress is probably one of my biggest triggers. Alcohol doesn't come into it because I very rarely drink and I seldom eat chocolate.
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    My migraines get kicked off by stress headaches most of the time, but sometimes they just leap out at me for their own reasons.

    If I can get some plain ol' ibuprofen during the aura stage (which for me is visual special effects and weird lightheadedness) I can ususally get it under control. I've taken 10-12 different migraine meds, but ibuprofen works the best.

    If I miss the golden opportunity I get to spend the day hiding from the light and trying not to puke curled up in bed hoping I just pass out.

    Python, have you told a doc about your really bad migraines? They sound pretty intense, along the lines of BMo3's stuff. (if she's worried about you, I'm gonna worry about you, too!)
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    Your migraines sound just like mine were-- awful! I like to describe them as a really scary amusement park ride that you can't get off of. I also lost vision, and the ability to speak.

    A visit to the chiropractor cured mine. I went for tension in my neck, and noticed that the migraines stopped. For prevention, I go about once a year. So much better than the Imitrex I was taking! It may not work for you, but it's worth a shot.

    Good luck!

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    Now funny you should mention neck. As it happens, over the past couple of weeks I've woken with a stiff neck. Think we need to turn our mattress. This has coincided with the migraines. I've rearranged my pillows over the past couple of days - and - no migraine. Several years ago I did go to an osteopath with some back problems so it could be I need to go again. I did wonder if the stiff neck and the migraines were linked.
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    I get Ocular Migraines. They start out with a little "blank" spot, like what you would see if you looked at a bright light source and then looked away. It gradually increases to zigzags and larger blank spots, until it reaches a climax where everything is just going nuts with my vision. After that, it gradually tones down until I'm back to normal. The whole ordeal lasts 20-60 minutes. I guess I'm lucky that I usually do not get a headache with these migraines or, if I do, it is mild.

    I have not been able to pinpoint any food or drink triggers for my migraines. For me, they almost always caused by either stress or visual triggers. Staring at a monitor too long , reading something with a black background and white text, being near a ceiling fan that has a bright light, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Python View Post
    Anyone else get migraines and if so how do you deal with them? The worst thing is when I get a really bad migraine, sometimes I can't co-ordinate what I'm doing or speak properly. I know what I want to say, but can't say it. It can be a bit scary
    I get exertion migraines....migraines that come on after intense phyical efforts - like long fast bike rides in hot weather. Sometimes, 4 hours after the ride, my head will split open (okay, not really, but it certainly feels like it!) - nausea, sensitivity to light and sound. Ugh. I'll know it's coming on when I get this "hollowness" in me....like I feel like I'm really hungry, but I'm not. I generally drink 12 oz of Accelerade (a high-protein recovery drink) and start munching on the carbs after a ride to keep things in check. If all else fails, 600 mg of vitamin I (Ibuprofen) usually can do the trick.
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    Python,
    Another migrainer here.. waves to the rest of the crowd ... I don't get the light show, I get increased sensitivity to smells.

    As BMo3 heavily recommended, get thee to the doctor. Depending on your health insurance you may need to start with your GP or go straight to a Neurologist. I was under care of neurologists for several years and unfortunately we never could peg a cause. Sometimes it's just one of those evil things. Although in a twisted way, stress is involved. So embrace those hugs and butterflies LBTC sent - go to your happy place. But go see a doctor too. There are better medications out there to treat migraines, such as imatrix or maxalt (same class of drug) - although I've found unless it's a real "light" one, my day is still pretty much wasted, but at least I'm not miserable for hours.

    Hope you figure out what's going on in your head - which then leads the rest of your body astray. Migraines, a total body experience. Something to wish only on your worst enemies.
    Beth

 

 

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