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mommyto3
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   Posted 11/27/2006 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I had some questions from everyone who has had some more experience with using abortives once your migraine has hit. Since, I am still newer to the "abortive" type medications for relief I am confused and I am hearing many different ones out there. My goal is to always have the right meds at home to stay out of ER. Also, I have heard it said that you have to go to the ER to get this pain relief from real bad ones, so is there only certain types you can take at home?
 
I am going back to the headache doc and was going to ask for something else current pain med is not working (toradol), and wondering what everyone else uses, and do you use several things in a certain order? My toradol is limited to so many per day and then so many per week, so what do you do once you go over--are there other choices? They told me to give this one a shot and if didn't work, we would try a stronger one (it hasn't worked in ER for me). Also, I use oxygen to abort which can be a hit or miss, sometimes it will give some relief just for it to return with a mean vengeance!!!!
 
I know this may seem like a simple question, but I don't have any clue when it comes to pain medicine and for a long time, I took basic pain type meds which caused nasty rebounds.
 
Thanks!!

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 11/27/2006 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
hi. are you seeing a neurologist? It is customary for them to have your try triptans (abortives). Actually, Immitrex and a couple of other triptans are the only mes that work for me. I tried Vicodin and it didn't even touch my migraine. Have the neuro give you some samples but don't overlap them - 24hr. wait period. Everyones chemistry is different. My neuro has told me that triptans don't cause rebound as badly as narcotics so give it a try. Good luck.
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mommyto3
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   Posted 11/27/2006 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks hopefulmigrainer! I did take Immitrex injections previously, and they worked great, but I can't use them any longer--they are contraindicated with my migraine condition. (I'm sorry I probably should have put that in my post), since triptans are always the best line of defense if they work!

I do see a neurologist and headache specialist, I know that sounds funny (you would think they would be one in the same--or at least I thought they would be). LOL, thanks for the reply!! If they let me use the triptans down the road again, I will jump right back on the immitrex. Hope you are doing well!


CRANKY 1
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   Posted 11/28/2006 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
First of all, if you have an abortive, you should keep it with you at all times, not just keep it at home.  After all, if you start to get a migraine while you are away from home, like at the mall or the grocery store, that's when you need to take it.  At the very first sign of a migraine, that's when an abortive works best.
 
Abortives should not be used more that once or twice a week.  If you take more than that, you end up giving yourself "rebound" headaches.  You can also give yourself rebound headaches by taking OTC painkillers more than once or twice a week.  If you find yourself needing medical help more than this, you should definitely talk to your doctor about getting on a preventative, to prevent the need for the abortive, or OTC pain medication.
 
If the Toradol doesn't work, don't take it.  Talk to your doctor about something stronger for "breakthrough" pain.  A trip to the ER for serious migraines shouldn't have any stigma attached to them, especially if you have followed your doctor's instructions.  Occasionally, you might wake up with a migraine.  In that case, going to the ER is your only option.  However, you have to be careful with how often you go to the ER, because if you go too frequently, you may be labeled a "drug seeker" and not treated.  I've had a couple of ER doctors refuse me treatment because of the frequency of my migraines.  That's the absolute worst.  You are incredible pain, you've waited heaven knows how long to see the doctor, and they treat you like a crack or heroin addict.
 
Many doctors don't think narcotics should be used for migraine pain.  That makes it really difficult on those migrainuers who don't respond to other medications.
 
Good luck and let us know how you are doing.
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