Cyclical (monthly) 3 day migraines

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MMF
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   Posted 8/13/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
For last 10 years have a migraine approximately every month, which last 3 days almost to the hour. No success with topomax, maxult, imitrex, beta blockers, tramadol, vicodin, diet change, diet trigger elimimination, chiropractors, pressure point massage, feverfew.  Doctors have no answers. Anyone else have similiar situation, have info on causes, find anything that helped?

flutterflash
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   Posted 8/15/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   

They sound like hormonal migraines.  I used to get them after sex!  Before that, though, I had them for about 10 days before I had my period for about 8 months after I gave birth.  They eventually went away ~ the hormonal headaches that is to say.  I still have them, PTC pressure headaches and regular migraines that can last for long periods of time.  My doc gives me prednisone to break the migraine. 

Another thing to keep in mind.... self medicating headaches is BAD.  When we use tylenol, ibuprophen, etc., to control our headaches, we can get "rebound" headaches.  Getting rid of those is a little trickier and can include  hospitalization and an IV drip for about 3 days. 


MMF
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   Posted 8/15/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info. Re medicine(script and self)-stopped before got hooked because knew about rebound. Re hormones-had hysterectomy and no ovaries. Was taking hormone replacement when headaches started, but headaches did not stop when stopped taking hormones.

gizmogirl
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   Posted 8/17/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
What Is triggering them? What's different before them - paying bills? Craning your neck to clean gutters? If you have true hereditary migraine, you will not get rebound headaches from taking a crebral vasoconstrictor less than 4 times a month (Imitrex, Relpax, etc.), and they are helped by taking ibuprofen with them. I can't believe your doctor agrees that you should go through the time, pain, and exhaustion of a true migraine without a 'recsue remedy' to abort it.
Good luck

flutterflash
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   Posted 8/18/2008 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have hereditary migraines.  I have PTC and people who suffer from PTC also have migraines frequently.  What triggers them?   I think the atmospheric pressure triggers all my headaches.  Abortive meds don't help PTC.  I take medication for that everyday.  It does not always help.  My shunt occasionally needs to be adjusted to fix the headaches.  When I have a low-grade, long migraine, it is difficult to distinguish whether I am having a PTC headache or a migraine.  Sucks to be me.   My docs don't believe in pain meds for headaches as far as stadol or vicodin, etc.  Abortives, yes- when we know it is a migraine.  Prednisone when it is chronic.  It's not a question with an easy answer.

Ravenstable
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   Posted 3/7/2012 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had 3-day migraines since I was a child, about 8 years old.  They disappeared for years, but returned with my first pregnancy.  Sometimes they're hormonal, sometimes they're stress, I'm even beginning to suspect a chocolate-link (horrors!).  A friend of mine told me that she had gotten relief by taking magnesium.  Since taking just a standard magensium supplement daily, the frequency of these headaches has lessened.  They still happen, they're still unassailable by anything, they still last 3 full days, almost to the hour, but they don't happen as often, and they don't hurt as badly.  Hope this helps. 
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