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Migraines - June 10th 2019, 08:11 PM

Does anyone have any tips for preventing migraines and for dealing with the symptoms? I was diagnosed last night and have been getting headaches almost daily.


   
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Re: Migraines - June 11th 2019, 03:09 AM

Oh hey, I can give a longer and better answer about migraines cause I have my computer now compared to our brief conversation earlier!

I've been officially diagnosed with headaches for almost exactly 5 years, but been dealing with them for longer. And so a lot of what I'll be sharing is either stuff I've learned from my own experience, stuff my doctor has shared with me. Or stuff I've read, because I've had a lot of time to research this over the years. (I will try to cite things when I can)

Though also know, that migraines and headaches aren't the same for everyone. That was something I learned the hard way, I would mention that I was struggling with headaches, and people would blow me off because they would compare it to the headaches they get. When I was pretty much debilitated by mine. And what works for one person, might not work for another.

First thing I'll mention, be careful what you are doing for pain relief. I know it can be tempting to take something for every single headache. But that actually can do more harm than good. There is a type of headache that some doctors refer to as Rebound Headache, or the other name for it is Medication Overuse Headache (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/syc-20377083). I've found that a lot of Primary Care Doctors don't know about this. I only know about it, because I was diagnosed with it.

Next: Know the importance of getting help with this. Sometimes it takes a long time to get the right medications. So be patient. Because that patience, can give you your life back. And don't ever give up hope. Yeah it can suck to be on the medications for the headaches, but it is better than being in pain. There is a lot to be said about this. I can go on and on, but I think I'll leave it there

Alright now, some tips.

This is the biggest debate I've ever heard. So bare with me. I've heard of some people who when they get migraines, ice packs really help them. Or like a heat pack. Some people swear by those. When my head hurts, ice makes my head worse. And so does heat. So I can't stand those personally, but I know of other people who swear by them.

Keep a headache journal. Track how bad it gets, what you think triggers it. How long it lasts. If anything makes it better or worse. There is a phone app that can be used to do this MigraineBuddy, I've been using it for a couple years, and its really good for keeping track for things like that. It can be important to track things, especially because it can help doctors figure out if you have a special type of migraine. There are some that are triggered by mensuration and hormones.

Staying hydrated is always a good idea with this.

I'm starting to blank, I apologize. I've been up wayyyyy too long because of work. If you have any questions, or just want to chat or rant about this. You know how to reach me. because I totally understand, this has been my life for years. I know a lot more than I should, because A. I live it, and B. I do a lot of research about it when bored so that when I see my doctor, I don't get blind sided about any changes.


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Re: Migraines - June 12th 2019, 11:34 AM

I think Sarah pretty much covered it!

I rarely get migraines, but I do tend to get headaches a lot. I've found that for me, stress and strong emotions can trigger them so it can help to find ways of managing stress and learning to relax. I also agree that keeping hydrated is important and making sure you get plenty of sleep too. Some people also find that lying down in a quiet and darkened room can help during a migraine attack.

For general information about migraines, causes and treatment, feel free to check out this.


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Re: Migraines - June 13th 2019, 01:16 AM

I think getting in with a neurologist is important. I put that off for to long and I have been suffering through migraines longer than I should have. I think you should consider tracking your migraines and then bringing it in to your doctor when you get an appointment scheduled. A lot of migraine doctors will ask you to track them so if you bring in something that shows you've tracked them they might end up appreciating it.

I have heard that there are pressure points that can help relieve migraines/headaches. I've tried and haven't had much luck but I have a family member who swears by it. I have had some luck with applying a cold pack or taking a cold shower (if the migraine isn't too bad). Other than that I haven't found much to help.

I recently got prescribed Maxalt and it helps sometimes. It didn't help all the time but there are some people in my family who swear by it. You'd have to see a doctor to get a prescription but it can take a while to get in with a neurologist so it's possible your General Practitioner would be able to prescribe it to you.

I don't have much else that hasn't already been said. I hope you feel better. I know migraines suck!


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Re: Migraines - June 13th 2019, 01:55 AM

My mom seems unsupportive of me needing to see a neurologist and thinks my PCP can do it all. I’m hoping my PCP will refer me somewhere and change my mom’s mind.


   
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Re: Migraines - June 13th 2019, 03:46 AM

It really depends on your PCP, what the severity of your headaches are, if there are are complications to them. On if you can just see a PCP or if you need to see a neurologist.

I'll share a little story.

It took me almost 2 years to get diagnosed with migraines, partly because I had a odd presentation of them. But also because I was seeing doctors who didn't have the right training. A lot of the research that has been done on headache disorders and migraines has only been done in the last 10 years or so, and my PCP has been a doctor for 25 years or so. So that become a huge issue with trying to get treatment. At one point I was diagnosed with migraines, was put on a headache medication. But on a super low dose, and because of everything that was going on, it wasn't enough. And all the doctors who I saw, didn't know enough to see what was going on with me.

Fast forward to when I saw my headache specialist. Who happens to be one of the doctors who has been leading the research for the last 10 years. Within 5 minutes of meeting me, he knew enough to be able to diagnose me with 3 headache disorders. Yup, I'm that special. I talk to my PCP now, she still doesn't know anything about my headache disorders except what I've told her.

But also because of my specialist, I'm on oddball medications that aren't the commonly known migraine medications. Which leads to really funny conversations with doctors where I have to explain why I'm on a old cardiac medication that hasn't really been used since the 70s, but research on it shows that it works really well with headache patients.

So short version of it all:

If you have a good PCP who knows about headaches, and you have a fairly simple migraine. It shouldn't be a problem.

If it is anything more, you might need to push for a neurologist, or possibly a headache specialist.


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Re: Migraines - June 14th 2019, 08:12 AM

As other members have mentioned, it's important for you to see a neurologist as soon as you can.

I can migraines but thankfully, they aren't too bad. Mine come on due to stress and they usually go away with a strong painkiller and sleep with absolutely no light coming into the room.


   
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Re: Migraines - June 19th 2019, 11:49 AM

I agree with what has already been said. Often times people need prescription medications to treat migraines. It is best to go to a neurologist, but if that is not possible, primary care providers CAN prescribe most of these medications, especially if you already have a diagnosis.

This has a list of medications that are commonly prescribed for migraines:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...t/drc-20360207. It also recommends non-medication treatments.

Unfortunately, a lot of older medications aren't great for many people, but Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptides (CGRPs) have recently been approved by the FDA and show a lot more promise.

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Until you have a prescription, you can try OTCs. I've had to because my migraines never got officially diagnosed because of financial reasons.

Excedrin (generic "migraine formula" is the same if it says "compare to Excedrin"/ contains the same active ingredients at the same doses) can help headaches somewhat sometimes. Goody's Headache Powder is also an option; one of my friend's swears by this. Do NOT take this with prescription migraine meds, unless your doctor specifically says it's okay. Also only good for short term treatment (like one or two really bad days); both are caffeine, aspirin, and Tylenol/acetaminophen, but they contain different amounts of each active ingredient.

If you get nausea, vomiting, or vertigo as a symptom, you can also take OTC antiemetics/anti-nausea/motion sickness meds. "OTC antihistamines indicated for the prevention and treatment of nausea, vomiting, and dizziness associated with motion sickness include meclizine, cyclizine, dimenhydrinate, and diphenhydramine" (https://www.pharmacytimes.com/public...tiemetics-0710).
Not ideal, but better than nothing. Dramamine (generic is meclizine) is a "less-drowsy" antihistamine. Downside is it takes an hour to work for so-so results, but it has decreased my vertigo enough that I've been able to drive when I needed to and couldn't before. You can also take Benadryl (diphenhydramine), but this makes most people at least somewhat drowsy, so I wouldn't recommend it unless you have no other options.

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Re: Migraines - June 27th 2019, 03:14 AM

In this situation all medicines are individual so you better ask your doctor for some.
   
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