Sorry to post again so soon, but I'm scared now

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KtDan
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/28/2006 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been going through the posts and I am feeling a little frightened about what may develop with these headaches.  I try not to think about it as I do believe that a positive attitude always boost your health a little, but I am especially concerned listening to how your families react.  It's only been 6 months and I get a sense like no one believes how hard it is, even though my symptoms are pretty mild.  I think my husband, and family (and I know my kids. "You always have a headache") are tired of complaints and undone dishes and shushing.  The noise is what really gets me. 
 
Is there anyone who started with more moderate headaches and got worse?  Are there any others who only experience moderate symptoms and have things under control?  Is there anyone whose family is handling this really well?
 
Sorry if I sound terrified, it doesn't help that I'm on the tale end of my second headache in 2 days.
 
Thanks for any input
 
Kate

Anne1
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   Posted 6/28/2006 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not think anyone who has not had a migraine can understand. My mother and her mother before her had headaches, so she knew what I was going through. I do not believe my children understood. It is bad when you get them so often. Did you know that people who get headaches every few days can be at risk for Cronic Daily Headaches or    CDH.  Cambridge Mass is going to do a study on this. You can volunteer, they will pay for everything, and as I understand it you do not have to go all that way for the study. Not sure how this works. Keep your spirits up. I suffered with them for a long time and then Doctors placed me on a Channel Blocker for my blood pressure.  My blood pressure came down and my headaches stopped. I really enjoy life now. Of course this is only for patients who have high blood pressure. Doctors would write on my chart that I white coated, and thought that was the reason for the high blood pressure. Also, do go on a routine, try to go to bed the same time each night, and get up the same time every day. Do not sleep in on weekends. This is so important. Eat breakfast. Drink 8 glasses of water, eat healthy.
Be sure you are not taking a pill for the pain that is causing you to have rebound headaches. Good Luck

Annuk
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   Posted 6/29/2006 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kate,

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry that you are suffering so much at the moment, I know how tough it can get. My headaches have got worse as I have got older and I am about to see a Headache Specialist about them. I have seen 3 different Neurologists who cannot work out what to do with me!!

Try hard not to worry, I know for myself it can make the headache worse or last longer if I am too anxious. I think the anxiety of waiting for family reactions can be as bad as the headaches!! lol You have a 'family' here now who does understand what you are going through, so keep posting and let us know how you get on, and I will let you know how I get on with the Headache Specialist.

Take care Ann.

KtDan
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   Posted 6/29/2006 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for your posts and encouragement.  Everyone I know with migraines had them get worse with time.  That's why I'm feeling  a little scared about the future. I never had problems sleeping before this year either, so I'm sure its linked.  I guess I should talk to my doctor.  My husband wants me to.  Of course, he's usually the one with the sleep disorder; I've been trying to get him to a sleep clinic for years!  We should take our own and each other's advice! 

I'm just afraid my doctor will dish out a prescription which may help but may have side effects.  I am still of childbearing age and for religious and personal reasons, I will remain open to the possibility of becoming pregnant.  I don't want to possibly harm a baby or have side effects when I do not get them ALL the time, and I can manage to function through them.

I hope you get some answers and releif soon Ann.
 
One friend of mine doesn't get them anymore now that she is menopausal and takes high blood pressure med and I heard of someone on the board having the same thing, but I'm only 34 with low bp, so it'll probably be 20 years before I get to try that out. 
 
I think I will talk to my doctor.  If anyone else has advice or similar symptoms, please post.
 

lilmoe76
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   Posted 6/29/2006 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
HI-
i just recently have turned to this site due to the frustration of having headaches all the time. it really is a life changing situation. i have had them for 11 years, getting more severe as time goes on. my mom has them, my uncle and cousin (all severe) so i am not alone. it feels like it somedays though! the most important thing to remember is that it is something you just have to deal with, don't get anxious, frustrated-it only makes it worse and gets you depressed. educate your family/friends and hopefully they will understand. if not-get your support elsewhere! people have a hard time understanding headaches, it is chronic pain no matter how you put it! i laugh when i see those excedrin commercials-yeah-like that works anymore :)
anyway, we all need support here and that is why we are here-to use what we got!
good luck and keep your head up-enjoy your good days!
oh-go to a neurologist-one affiliated with the national headache foundation! get an mri and educate yourself on diet etc!

Amby
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   Posted 7/1/2006 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kate,

If you can deal with not taking meds...then I wouldn't. My Nero told me that taking meds for mine made mine increase..(rebound headache). Though My Cardio took me off the meds the Nero had put me on becuase I didn't inprove and he felt that the Nero missdiagnosed me becuase I had other health things that contributed to the headaches.

Good luck,
Amby

KtDan
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   Posted 7/1/2006 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Amby -

I had an almost one today. It seems that if I can get rest and just a little caffeine in my system before it really hits, I resist them. However, I don't always get as much of a warning as today. My triggers are starting to multiply - strong smells, strong sunlight, etc.

It seems to me that others are going through much worse treatments in the hope of only hurting as much as I do. I'm counting my blessings. I guess I should tell my doctor, or see a Neuro, but I will resist regular meds. Thanks for the support. If anyone is having success with natural preventatives, please let me know.

Amby
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   Posted 7/1/2006 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kate,

I also find a cool rag or even an ice pack will help with a migraine....and if yours aren't that bad, then it might even make it go away.

Either way it's worth a try....
Don't underestimate your pain, pain is pain. Just becuase someone might get worse pain doesn't mean yours is meaningless...exspecially to you! :)
Amby

Amby
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   Posted 7/1/2006 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Frozen vegies work in a pinch too! LOL
Amby

KtDan
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   Posted 7/2/2006 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean. It's like you hurt in a place you weren't even aware of before. I had virus related headahces twice in highschool (I used to get sick a lot because my allergies would leave me vulnerable. They aren't as bad anymore.) They were the closest experience I ever had. I was babysitting the first time one hit, and all I could do was cry. I called my Mom and Dad and they picked me up, and Mom stayed with my charge. That lasted for 2-3 days. I wanted to be left alone the whole time. Sometimes it helped if my Dad squeezed my head with both hands. The more relaxed I felt, the better. I now wonder if they were virus-related headaches or if the virus-like symptoms were migraine related. Could I have had just two bad migraines then and nothing else for 15 years? This is a strange disease. It makes you think about your brain a lot.

Kate
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