Migraine and Fibro

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   Posted 10/8/2009 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I'm on a two-day migraine here. Hurts worse than fibro aches, at least for me. I take Imitrex, which does relieve the head pain, but there's lots of other migraine symptoms that it doesn't relieve -- the general malaise (feeling yucky, like a wrung-out dishrag), phonophotophobia (extra sensitive to light and sound), and nausea/lack of appetite (great way to diet, cause nothing sounds good lol).

I see a specialist here in NYC. My migraines are part fibro-related but mostly menopausal hormone swings. They were out of control for about a year and a half. I mean 60% to 70% of the time I had a migraine and the other 30% I had a migraine "hangover" as it's called (postdrome is the medical term). But about 4 months ago, they finally settled down again to about 1 a week. Which is fabulous!!!

Now, the reason I'm posting this here, rather than on the migraine forum, is the interaction with fibro. When I was working, I couldn't figure out why I'd finally have a really productive, focused day, when I felt like I could handle anything, and then the next day I wouldn't be able to get anything done. No matter how I planned, how I managed my time, how I delegated, how I prioritized, I simply could not string two good days together in a row. It was very frustrating.

And I know many of us are frustrated with our fibro flares coming out of nowhere after a really great day or two.

Well, could it be migraine-related as well as fibro? Do many of you have mild migraines or headaches that might be migraines? If so, I wonder if they match up with good days and bad days. For me, the good day when I could handle anything was pre-migraine euphoria and energy (prodrome is the medical term). And the really bad day right after? Most likely a migraine day that I didn't recognize, or a migraine hangover day.

Just a thought. Everything's connected, huh?
fibro, migraines, ibs

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 10/9/2009 3:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried brewing Lipton's Orange flavoured Green Tea and chamomile tea together for your headache?

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 10/9/2009 4:24 AM (GMT -6)   
INteresting - my migraines have always been triggered by food, strong smells, and nitrates (wine, alcohol, MSG). I was in the ER the other night and again last night with vertigo, and last night got a different doc who said it may be a new type of migraine for me. That would make sense because I had a lot of the symptoms that I never had before (aura). I get at least one a week but now they are are more frequent, since I started a big flare in January. And today I have migraine hangover. And now I have "different" type of migraine to look out for!

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted Today 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had migraines since I was 13, and I'm 40 now. Until about 4 years ago, my migraines were very predictable. The same triggers, the same pain in the same places, almost always accompanied by the same extras (nausea, light and sound sensitivity, etc). However, about 4 years ago, about the same time my fibro symptoms started becoming noticeable, my migraines began changing. It became frustrating because they were no longer the same, so it was getting harder to treat them. I can't take meds like Imitrex and that entire class of drugs, so that made it harder. My neuro just kept trying me on different pills every six months, until my hubby made me quit seeing him.
I started seeing another neuro, one that doesn't believe in narcotics for migraine (my other neuro gave me an endless supply of Tylenol w/Codeine, and the neuro before that didn't give me prescriptions, she had me report to the ER for each episode, where I had a standing order of a drug cocktail injection, no questions asked), and he told me I had fibro. I was sent to a rheumy, who confirmed it, and the neuro told me I had to treat the migraines differently now because they are more than likely a by-product of the fibro. Since I started seeing him and detoxed from all that other junk the prior neuro had me on, my migraines, as well as my "dailies" have gotten significantly better. I still have the migraines, but will be trying a new prescription for a nasal migraine spray, Migranal. I hope it works. I also do fibro physical therapy, which helps to stop a lot of the stress pain I get in my back, shoulders, and neck that seemed to precede about half of my migraines.
Obviously, migraines can't be avoided completely, but I'm aware, now, that more than just my "normal" triggers contribute to a migraine, and in relieving or eliminating tension that can cause my fibro flares, it seems to be helping my migraines also.
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