hello there. welcome to the boards. i'm fairly new here myself and looking for tips and advice on managing migraine as i'm always interested to see what other people use.
for me the best thing i've got is the migracap. its especially great if you use cold things on your head to help relieve the pain and hide under the duvet. this cap is the all round solution. plus its med free so no dreaded side effects and i find it difficult to ingest things.
it was developed by a sufferer also so he knows what some people need.
i would certainly recommend you take and look and have a go. i know its free postage at the moment to any worldwide destination and the manufacturer offers a 60 day money back guarantee. their website address is www.migracap.com
its a one-off purchase which is an added benefit, especially if like me you find it very effective.
look forward to reading how you get on.
I will list a few things I have tried and you may ask the doctor about some of these or do a little internet research on your own.
Anti-depressants/SSRI: Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Amitriptyline (Elavil), Noritriptyline (Pamelor), Norpramin, Sinequan, Tofranil, Paxil, Effexor
Anti-Seizure: Topamax, Neurontin, Depakote
Triptans: Amerge, Axert, Frova, Imitrex, Maxalt, Relpax, Zomig
you may want to try this link which gives an informative and unbiased review of my previous recommendation on migracap.
Hi Nacho! I know that depression is common when someone has pain that will not go away! Take heart, though. Look over Sara's list of migraine preventive medicines. That list of antidepressants is not just to combat your depression! Those drugs have been used to fight migraines, too. So they can do double duty. I take Elavil. When my doctor added Topamax, he started me on a low dose and gradually increased it. When I got up to a larger dose, I started having crying episodes. So he added another antidepressant: Zoloft.
Don't feel bad about taking medicine. Sometimes it takes awhile to get the full effect. There are also natural substances to try, such as MigreLief that contains B2, Magnesium, and Feverfew. I just started taking this supplement, twice a day. Others in this forum (and my doctor) recommended it, and say that it takes about 3 months to start getting the best results. I'm really looking forward to fewer migraines!
Don't give up. And don't quit on a drug before giving it time for your body to let it work. I know how frustrating this can be. I've recently stopped one medicine that was working well, But I couldn't tolerate it's side effect of short term memory loss. My husband and teenage daughter couldn't tolerate it, either! So I'm having frequent migraines again. I also need to take pain medicine because of recent spinal surgery. That medicine causes rebound migraines. But I'm not giving up. Frustrated, yes! But I'm willing to try a bunch of things!
Great post Pegasus!!!
You are most kindly welcome, Sara. I hope Nacho (and any other readers) find it helpful.
Hi, Droll. I don't know what state you live in, but some states have a disability program. Check into that first. If there is one, talk to the doctor who seemed the most helpful to you. If (s)he grants you disability status, file for your benefits. The doctor will know how to do this. Then, immediately contact Social Security and begin filing a Social Security Disability Insurance claim. I am currently collecting SSDI, but not for migraines. I live in California, which has a 6-month disability program. I was forwarned to start a Social Security disability claim quickly, because it takes several months to complete all of the paperwork. There is a lot of paper work. Lots of forms, but it is worth the time and effort. There are lawyers who specialize in helping you do this. Do not waste your money on them unless your claim is denied. My claim was approved. It did take several months, and I received retroactive benefits when they were finally done. My benefit includes additional money for my child, even though my husband works. His income is not a concern to Social Security. Normally, Soc Sec considers your income for a certain number of years prior to the beginning of your disability. But you might qualify like I did. I became ill a few years before becoming unable to work. I didn't know why I was sick, but I had to stop working full time. So for the two years before I filed for disability, I was only working part-time. Because I was sure to tell them that on my paper work, instead of only looking at my income for the two years prior to my disability, Soc. Sec. went back five years. That gave me a higher benefit.
A couple more things, Droll. Check into the possibility of medical care payment assistance, also. (Like Medicaid, maybe?) It sounds like you are trying to pay all the bills yourself. That can cause more headaches! Also, Merck is one of the big pharmacuetical companies. They have a program for people who don't have prescription drug coverage. I don't know if they manufacture the medicines you use, but you can probably find out from your drug store. Or call Merck directly. To get more details about their discount drug program, call
1-800-506-3725. I saw an ad in this month's Readers Digest:)
I hope things start to come together for you, Droll. It might take awhile. You might need some more help. Let people help you, OK? Ask neighbors, friends, doctors, former coworkers, and people here in this forum. Good luck.
Good luck, Droll. Yes, please, do keep in touch and let us know how you're doing, each step of the way. I'm so glad that you found this forum. It's been great for me, too. Many people who get 'headaches' don't understand why OUR headaches are so much worse than theirs. I'm very fortunate to have family and friends who do understand. And the people here are so great and ready to listen and help in any way they can.
Getting help for your depression is of the utmost importance because that can drag you down and make it really hard to stay focused on fighting for the solution for your migraines. Don't give up.
Five years IS a VERY long time, Droll. Don't think you're better off because others have it worse. You have it bad enough for yourself, and you need some solutions. Concentrate on that, OK?