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scrappingmimi
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   Posted 7/16/2005 5:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I found this forum recently, while doing some research on migraines and daily meds. I have had migraines for years, but recently they have gotten much worse. Right mow I take Maxalt, sometimes it helps other times not.

I also have RLS and solious (sp) (curved spine)

I have read a lot of useful info. It helps to hear from people in the same situation as you.

Ethel

Pegasis
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   Posted 7/16/2005 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, Ethel.
I'm familiar with scoliosis. (Curved spine.) Does it cause you pain? What's RLS?
 
Since your migraines have gotten worse recently, have you started taking any new daily preventive medicine(s)? Tell us about it. 
 
~~Pegasis yeah

tysmyboo
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   Posted 7/16/2005 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   

**Restless Leg Syndrome-common in people with migraines**

 

Sara


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scrappingmimi
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   Posted 7/18/2005 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

Sorry I haven't been back on, have had a couple of bad days. I thought maybe I was doing better, then they hit again Sat. It litterlly felt like my head would explode. After 2 Maxalt yesterday I finally got some relief. I think, hope, its just rebound today, so far its not bad.

Pegasis, I'm not on a daily, yet. I have been doing a lot of reading on here about the Tomax(sp). Is there others and do they work as well? The side effects really scare me, but then so does this pain. My husband is really worried about me. He has begged me to go to the dr. I just really dread it, because I know they will want to do all kinds of tests and that gets so expensive, even with insurance.

Ethel

Pegasis
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   Posted 7/19/2005 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Ethel, you cannot imagine how many other daily preventives there are! Sara has a list in here somewhere. I'll see if I can find it.

I've had migraines since I was in my 20's. (Just turned 52.) I was taking Fiorinal whenever I had a migraine, which was quite frequently. When I went to a new doctor about 15 years ago and asked for a prescription for the Fiorinal, he said that I was having migraines so often, I should be taking a preventive on a daily basis. It didn't make any sense at the time: Take something every day, or just take something whenever I had a migraine?

As it turned out, taking something every day really was a lot better than getting lots of migraines. But things change, body chemistry changes, and now I'm on a new preventive that I'm not having much success with. Actually, very little success. I'm having migraines almost daily. I think it's time for a change or an increase.

Ethel, do you have high blood pressure? Check out a new subject I'm going to start tonight.

~~Pegasis yeah


scrappingmimi
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   Posted 7/20/2005 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Pegasis, thanks for the info. I searched and found sara's list. I printed it off so I can do a little more research. I finally broke down and made an appointment with my GP for tomorrow. If I can just get him to see hey, Doc this is serious. He's a good Dr. or at least the best in our small area. But, I have yet to get him to understand how bad my Restless Legs are.

No, I don't have high blood pressure, but it is borderline 130/80 most of the time.

Glad you are feeling better from your headache. Oh, I just turned 52, also and have had these as long as I can remember. Just in the last few years started taking the preventive meds.

Again, thank you.

Ethel

Pegasis
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   Posted 7/20/2005 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm glad you're going to see your doctor. That's the important first step. Bring that list with you. I've only had a little trouble with restless legs; it must be really frustrating if it happens often. Let us know how things go with your GP. Good luck.

~~Pegasis yeah


scrappingmimi
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   Posted 7/22/2005 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Saw my DR. yesterday. I reluctantly agreed to an MRI after the nurse suggested the open air one. He wants to rule out other things, since they have gotten worse lately. He also put me on Welbuutrin XL 15mg. He said he wanted to try that first since it didn't have the side effects of some of the others. How has that worked for some of you?

Ethel

Pegasis
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   Posted 7/23/2005 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm so glad your doctor had an open MRI available! I needed numerous MRI's over the past several years and always had to be heavily sedated! I needed a new one after finally agreeing to have a new surgeon give me a second opinion about reconstructive spinal surgery that another doctor told me I needed over 4 years ago. He got me scheduled at a place that had an open MRI. I was so thrilled! I was also angry....Why hadn't the other doctors given me that opportunity? They ALL knew how claustriphobic I was!

Believe me....The open MRI will be a breeze! It will give your doctor(s) so much information.

I saw my neuro a couple of days ago and he has me increasing me Topamax. I'm taking 100mg twice a day, so I'm going to add 50mg in the morning for 2 weeks, then add 50mg at night, too. I sure hope this helps. I'm also tapering off the Zoloft and he's going to decide what to replace that with.

Good luck on the MRI. I know it will take about a week for your doctor to get the results. Let us know as soon as you know what's going on.

~~Pegasis yeah


scrappingmimi
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   Posted 7/26/2005 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Had the MRI today. Other than they had trouble getting the iv in, took 3 tries, because my veins are small, it wasn't too bad. It just really got to my back laying flat like that. My GP should have the results in 24-48 hrs.

Ethel

Pegasis
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   Posted 7/26/2005 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Oh Gosh, Ethel, I'm so sorry! I should have told you.....you could have asked them to put a pillow under your knees. You would have been so much more comfortable!  But even with that, it's not easy to stay still for so long. (I have trouble with my little veins, too. They like to roll away when they see the needle coming!)  But I'm glad it's done. I hope you won't have to wait too long for the results.

I learned the hard way, Ethel. Don't take the Maxalt with every Migraine. Try not to use it more than 2 or 3 times a week or you will end up with rebound migraines. Save it for the really tough ones.

~~Pegasis yeah

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