Migraine That's Lasted Over 3 Weeks & Unresponsive to Pain Medications

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VeryWorriedNiece
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   Posted 1/17/2010 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I visit my Aunty Tweeds on the weekends and she typically has a migraine; it's not really even a condition for her since she's always had horrible migraines. After getting back from my winter break visiting my parents in Idaho however, things had gotten really unbearable for her.

She has an incredible tolerance for pain but she's gotten to the point where she can't drive or teach piano lessons because of her tunnel vision, and if someone puts any kind of pressure on the back of her head she starts vomiting.

Aunty Tweeds had an MRI and there was nothing wrong. She's taken pretty much every manner of pain killer as well as sinus and allergy medicines, but because of our family history she's trying to stay on a low dosage of serious drugs. For the last five days she's started taking Vicodin, but it hasn't reduced the pain. She's also taking Valium to help balance out the other drugs.

She says it hurts worse on the left side than the right and she's tried acupuncture and massage therapy but it also hasn't helped. Talking is also really painful for her.

After quite a bit of research we think that it might be Occipital Neuralgia. Does anyone know of an effective treatment for it? What do you do when pain medications aren't helping? I'd really appreciate any kind of feedback.

Post Edited (VeryWorriedNiece) : 1/17/2010 10:11:32 PM (GMT-7)


Annuk
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   Posted 1/18/2010 4:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

Welcome to Healingwell. Sorry to hear about what your Aunt is going through. The best thing to do about this is for your Aunt to see a Neurologist who is a Headache Specialist, as particularly, if it is Occipital Neuralgia they are the best person to treat it!! Self medication for this type of thing can often run into problems, so a Headache Specialist will be the best person to see.

It took me years to get diagnosed properly and therefore the right treatment, and only seeing a Headache Specialist helped me move forward!! Let me know how she gets on.

take care

Ann
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VeryWorriedNiece
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   Posted 1/19/2010 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
She's going to go talk to an actual neurologist tomorrow, so we'll be waiting to find out how it goes. If the neurologist isn't able to help then she'll definitely go talk to an actual Headache Specialist. We hope the Neurologist will give her a treatment that will work for her.

Thanks for your comment and welcoming me in! I'll keep you guys updated.

VeryWorriedNiece
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   Posted 1/20/2010 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay, my Aunt Wendy got back from the Neurologist and in her words- "the neuro said I had a headache, and it might not go away. For this insightful bit of wisdom, we paid lots of money."

It was an expensive waste of time I'm afraid. He gave Aunt Wendy a nasal spray, which turned out completely ineffective.

I told her that it might be a good idea to see an actual Headache Specialist. I'll have to research to see if I can find one in this particular area.

If anyone knows any good headache specialists preferably close to the FortWorth/Dallas area of Texas, please let me know. I'd never heard of a Headache Specialist before.

Post Edited (VeryWorriedNiece) : 1/20/2010 12:57:58 PM (GMT-7)


lightwing
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   Posted 1/25/2010 2:18 AM (GMT -6)   
All I can do is offer a list of treatments which may help. Enter "migraine" in the searchbar at and check out the articles. I have found an excellent article on migraine that I think all sufferers should at least read. Go to Try to identify, and avoid, your "triggers" for them. These include: bright/flashing/flickering lights (including fluorescents), loud music/noises, certain odours, red wine, yoghurt, nuts, wheat, and other grain products, sugar, nitrates/nitrites, (processed meats) Lima beans, stress, fatigue, lack of sleep (see Insomnia, at ) caffeine products, chocolate, cheese, sulphites, Aspartame (Nutrasweet, or Equal), saccharin, MonoSodium Glutamate, and dehydration. Dr. Mercola advises that migraines can be reduced by 80%, if you avoid sugar, wheat and grain products, and drink only water, in sufficient quantities (many people don't). He also recommends practising the EFT for this. There is a variant which can be used in public. Go to the website atand type EFT in the searchbar. Another trigger for some people can be a drop in barometric pressure: for those people, keep an eye on the isobars on the weather map, so you can at least be ready for them. Watch for those low pressure fronts moving in, often in the winter months, outside tropical/subtropical zones. Try taking 10 TEASPOONS of CAYENNE PEPPER in a glass of water. Feverfew is a traditional herbal remedy for treating migraines. a

Another natural remedy is Butterbur: (75ml, twice daily) when combined with Melatonin, it is said to reduce migraines by half. If you read the section on page Oinsomnia, however, it may interfere with normal melanin production, and affect the sleep of some people: if this applies to you, try the other remedies on that page, and page 1, using some of the solutions. Acupuncture, or acupressure can be effective. See Magnesium supplements, and vitamin B complex (the high quality, more expensive, easily digested natural ones, certified 100% from natural sources, from vitamin stores) are recommended. Apply a cold compress to the forehead, or behind the neck. Massage the ears and ear lobes. Massage the "crown" of the head: that ring of tissue where a crown would sit. At cold showers are recommended, but I have not tried this treatment. hoping one, or more of the above will score a direct hit. Since the "alternative mental health" website (above) advises using relaxation methods, Practice a relaxation method, daily, and when needed, such as or Yoga Nidra, (a series of easy mental exercises only; no flexibility required) at your-mentalCheck out pages B, and L where there are several to choose from. Some people are still dismissive of them, but scientific testing has demonstrated conclusively that they increase activity in the left prefrontal cortex, when practised. Also check out page 7, if the above is insufficient; your migraine may be related to food allergies, and an elimination diet could help identify, and treat it. Topamax is also used to prevent migraine headaches. Topiramate will only prevent migraine headaches. USA free call Headache Foundation



I have edited your post to remove the web addys and would refer you to the forum rules!!!! Ann

Post Edited By Moderator (Annuk) : 1/25/2010 6:13:25 AM (GMT-7)


lightwing
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   Posted 1/25/2010 2:27 AM (GMT -6)   
For a natural pain reliever, (which unfortunately has the potential to be addictive, so don't use it for long) . BTW, her medications may be interacting; check this out via

Post Edited By Moderator (Annuk) : 1/25/2010 6:13:53 AM (GMT-7)

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