migraines caused by scent

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poohbear97
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   Posted 10/15/2008 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I am getting real frustrated and need someone to talk to . I am get real bad migraines and sometime breathing problems from all scents. I am currently working and there is a new employee who wear very strong perfume and lotions to work and everyday I am having to take migrain excredin so I do not get a migrain but lately I have been brusing real easy because of all the migrain excredin I have taken. I have already gone to this employee and explained to her my condition but she just made a joke of it. Now even with taking the excredin everytime she walks by she make my head throb. What should I do?

lnmwood6
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   Posted 10/15/2008 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have migraines all the time from chemicals or smells. I also have allergie probelms which is why I think smells give me migraines. It is hard when smells are all around you. I do understand. In the classroom I teach there is a "no scents" sign my nurse in the school made for me, but people still forget sometime. Excedrin migraine though can cause what is called rebound migraines because of ingredients in it. Talk to your doctor he might can prescribe you somethin. I am still looking. good luck

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poohbear97
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   Posted 10/15/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been dealing this with since I was sixteen and it just very frustrating and some doctors think it is in your head. I have an albuteral inhaler, imitrex shot and migrain excredin that I carry in purse daily for just in case.

mammasgirls
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   Posted 10/17/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had migraines for 18 years now and also have problems with perfumes/scents causing them. My mother also has the same problem and she had a co-worker that found it rather amusing-some people are just insensitive! My mother had to eventually go to her H.R. Department at work and they made a policy that no one could wear perfume in her office. She still had some problems with that particular person but in the end the lady decided her job was more important than her choice of perfume. If that's not an option you may want to try an antihistamine, sometimes just blocking the allergic reaction can ward off the migraine. Good luck!

poohbear97
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   Posted 10/17/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I am glad that I am not the only one who suffers from this. I called my doctor and she prescribed Allegra to see if that will help. I have been only on two days and I got a bad headache today I do not know if it is from the medicine or my boss putting dried flowers right in front of my desk for halloween decorations

mammasgirls
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   Posted 10/17/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Poohbear97, It could be either one. I get Migraines from flowers also, especially Lilly's for some reason, but some antihistamines can also cause HA. I take allegra and it works great for me but sometimes I take a children's dose of benadryl to help with sleep and I've noticed it controls my allergies and helps with my HA also. Just remember you can't take 2 different antihistamines within 24 hours of each other. Take care.

lnmwood6
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   Posted 10/18/2008 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor has the same reaction to smells. I went to pick up my medicine prescription yesterday and they told me he was out for the week. When I got there I found out why. They have moved into a new building and there is new carpet and paint on the walls. I was there less than five minutes and they ended up having to take me back and give me shots because the smells sent me straight into a very bad migraine. My husband had to come pick me up. I still feel pretty bad and tired today. People just do not undestand how bad it is. I hope things go better for you at work.
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