Voyage of Discovery!!!

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Annuk
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   Posted 10/2/2006 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Guys,
 
As I have been having problems with the Imitrex and I have got to wait for some tests to be done until I can take Imitrex again, I have persuaded my GP to prescribe Oxygen!
 
High flow oxygen if breathed in at 100% can have the same action as the triptans as in the effect on the blood vessels in the head, but without affecting the rest of the body including the heart, making it a safer and cheaper alternative abortive for some!
 
Today I woke up with an attack on my right side (usual side is Left) and tried O2 for ten mins but because the bag was leaking I did not have time to mess around and had to go to work.  The pain stayed on the right all morning at the same level 4-5 as I woke up with, so was very glad to get home to go on O2 again!  I stayed on the O2 for 30 mins this time and the right sided pain went completely!!!  As this went I could feel some niggles on the left and they still remain, just hope they don't go anywhere!!! lol 
 
So I am still not feeling too good but very much better than this morning, and find it encouraging that Oxygen may be a way forward for me and hopefully others too!  I must stress that this is only my first proper time with O2, but remain hopeful!!
 
Next Wednesday 11th October I am going into Hospital for 3 days for some tests on the pituitary to see if this has any connections with my headaches.  I feel like I am on voyage of discovery at the moment!!
 
take care
 
Ann

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 10/2/2006 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Ann,

That sounds great. I hope you have some luck with the O2.

My husband and I travel to Las Vegas regularly and (as you can imagine) Las Vegas is not conducive to migraine headaches. I have on occassion stopped at the Oxygen booths (they're all the rage right now) and sat for 10 minutes breathing in pure oxygen. I always feel better afterwards and if I have a slight headache it always goes.

Goodluck on your journey.


Nicky
 
I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside. 
                 --Wayne Dyer


AngMichelle
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   Posted 10/2/2006 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Annuk,
I really think I am going to ask my neuro about this the 5th. Also, how to they test the pituitary other than MRI? just curious, I hope you get answers soon.

Annuk
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   Posted 10/3/2006 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Had another attack today and went on the O2 for half an hour again and it only helped for a while, but now the attack is lifting so I think generally it has shortened and lessened the intensity of the attack, although for a while this afternoon it did not feel like it!!!

AngMichelle - you need to talk about high flow oxygen 7-15 litres per minute with a non-rebreather mask to ensure breathing in 100% O2. I am waiting to hear from my Neuro's secretary about the specific tests but as far as I am aware, the MRI will be with a contrast to look closely at the pituitary and a series of blood tests after controlled injections of things like small amounts of insulin. This is to stimulate the pituitary to over function or not as the case may be. Sorry this sounds a bit garbled I will post and let you know as soon as I know the correct tests!

take care

Ann
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