A possible cure for my migraines

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sauer
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   Posted 10/27/2005 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all,
I posted this as a reply to someone else's post, but I figured I may as well make it a new topic.
         I am 26yrs old and have had migraines since I was about 11, with chronic daily headaches starting about five yrs ago. I've been to many doctors, tried many meds and alternative therapies, pretty much anything I can get my hands on. And nothing has worked. My pain is centered around my eyes (which are very sensitive) but also is in my jaw, the back of my head, now in my neck and shoulders. It never goes away. It has made my life sooo hard and made me really miserable a lot.
Then I started a job working as a field biologist (I was completely afraid of failure due to missing days because of head pain, but I did it anyway), and for the first time, my headaches were much much better. I went from having daily 2-4 headaches and a weekly 9-10, to daily 1-2 and only two 9-10 migraines in four months! After I left, the headaches went right back to what they were before. The difference in my life there was that I was getting more excersise (non-cardio) then I have ever gotten. The excersise was walking through water 7hrs a day for the first 2 months and the just walking 7hrs a day for the last two months. The only other thing that was different was that I was taking wellbutrin to quit smoking, but I stopped taking that before the field season was over and my head still felt so much better. With my job now there's no way I can get that kind of exercise, so I have to wait until the next field job to see if tons of exercise really was what did it! It also made me really happy, happier then I've been in a long time, who knows if that was because of the exercise, the fact that my head felt so much better orthe anti-depressant.
        If it was the exercise, I'm not sure exactly what the exercise would be affecting. I know it can affect a lot of things........and I guess I will have to do a lot of detective work to figure it out. Before this job there were definitely times in my life where I was exercising a lot.....I used to play a lot of sports, but that never helped. In fact, sometimes sports would make me overheat and get a migraine. So if it is the exercise then it is a certain type. I am going to go on wellbutrin again just to make sure that that wasn't it.  And if anyone has had great success with wellbutrin, please let me know! I tried a different anti-depressant years back (amyltriplaline i think) and the only thing that did was make me gain weight! I've never participated in these chat rooms because it makes me real sad that other people have to deal with what I do, but I felt like I should share this one!

tysmyboo
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   Posted 10/27/2005 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Did you quit smoking? I quit when I started taking wellbutrin, and I think that had an affect on migraines also...

Exercise will definitely help...

 

 


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sauer
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   Posted 10/27/2005 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I did quit eventually, but I've quit many times before and it never had any effect on my migraines. They started long before I started smoking too. Or do you think it was the wellbutrin that helped your migraines?
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   Posted 10/27/2005 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it was a combination of things, I started taking Topamax again and Wellbutrin at the same time...alone they were ok, but better together.
 
I think wellbutrin can help, but it is not one of the anti-depressants generally prescribed as headache prophylactic...
 
Who cares though, as long as it works..right?
 
 
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Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 10/30/2005 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   

If I can get past the headaches to exercise I find that I get less headaches as well. The more active I am and the more time I spend outside the healthier I feel and the less headaches I get. Unfortunately its getting past the initial headaches and keeping going until I'm feeling stronger.

It only takes a week of headaches to set me back.


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sauer
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   Posted 10/30/2005 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean......the last thing I want to do is take a brisk walk when my head is pounding.....I've tried it though, taking a fast walk to see if it would help, and it hasn't.......when I was doing that field job though, there were a couple times when I'd wake up with a 6-7 headache and think that it would just get worse as it always does, but after a few hours out walking in the field it would go away...............but who has the time or discipline to keep walking all morning unless it's part of your job?

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   Posted 10/30/2005 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
The trick is finding the balance. It's also making it a regular part of your life - if it's part of you job that's great. My coworkers drag me out for a walk at 10 am every day and that usually puts the headache off for several hours. We only go around the block for 15 minutes. I'm very careful about exerting myself with a migraine when I have a pounding migraine that isn't lessening.

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