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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 60
   Posted 8/5/2006 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I just got over a migraine I had on Thurs.  I still feel shaky and my speech and thought processes are screwy still and it is two days later.  Anyone else have slow recovery periods?  I might be shaky because I still fear getting another headache!  Anyone experience similar problems?

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 8/5/2006 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Noelygirl,

Ive had severe chronic cluster migraines since I was 31. I am a 64 yr.old woman. I would get 2 or 3 headaches every 2 or 3 days. Over the years, the effects have changed. In my 30s, I had a hard time even talking when I was having one.

With time, it improved. I couldnt think straight to get words out. After an episode, I felt euphoric and tired that lasted over 24 hrs. I think it has a lot to do with the part of the brain that's affected.

I was always told that they would go away when I was about 55. They didnt. But last month, I took some Hoodia for appetite control(over the counter) and after a few days, I noticed I hadnt had a migraine. I stopped taking the Hoodia and they came back with a vengence. I started taking it again and I havent had one since. That was a month ago.

Things that helped.

Knowing the TYPE of migraine. You can find out at the National Headache Foundation.com.

OXYGEN was a lifesaver, literally. 2 or 3 hits and it would go away but it had to be taken immediately and it's only effective for about 30% of migraine sufferers. I tried it in the middle of a killer headache at the Dr.'s office. He gave me an Rx and I bought a tank and had to fill it about every two weeks, but it beat taking Imitrex.

LOG FOODS -I noticed nitrites, legumes and for some reason, Kentucky Fried chicken would give me an attack. I cant even smell liquer,especially wine. Food sensitivity varies with different people.

EXERCISE/SLEEP I noticed that 8 or so hours after strenuous exercise I would get an attack.

If I got too little or too much sleep. Overly hungry too would trigger, 8 hours later.

I wish I had logged earlier and maybe I could have prevented more.

One other thing, emotionally, I noticed when someone else truly touched my heart, it would stop the headache. Very hard to create on your own, but maybe something to be developed.

I hope my experiences will short cut your path to relief. :-)   and good luck!


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   Posted 8/23/2006 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I definately feel that was as I come out of my stupor. I usually increase my Topomax dosage as well as my as-needed meds so that doesn't help either. I think the migraines, especially the ones with aura, really mess up the whole system.
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