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olivia of course
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   Posted 3/16/2007 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
 
I have been having a migraine on and off since Monday, and now it is the 5th day.  I have taken over-the-counter stuff and that has been helping, but I usually have to sleep it off before it gets better.  
 
I do not know what is triggering it, and that has me a little concerned.  I have it for most of the day and it gets better when I lay down.   I used to get them all the time when I was a little younger, but mostly due to stress or other things.
 
I am a little worried, because I had a car accident in january and had head injury.  I didn't have any headaches after that incident till this past Monday.  I guess I am wondering if that could be related, or just something else triggering it.
~Olivia

"Don't let your yesterday ruin your today."


CRANKY 1
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   Posted 3/17/2007 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Olivia,
 
Welcome to the Migraine Board.  I'm sure you will find useful information from the experience of fellow suffers, as well as a lot of support.
 
Personally, I've had Migraines since age 8, diagnosed at 13 years old, and have run the gambit of all anti-migraine medications since then.  Because I've been such a hard to treat patient, I have been selected from a very scarce number of qualified applicants to participate in a clinical study at the Medical College at the University of Virginia.  So, basically, BEEN THERE, DONE EVERYTHING.
 
It sounds to me that you originally started out with a migraine, but did not get suitable treatment at the beginning.  I think now that it has lasted all week, you have thrown yourself into a REBOUND headache situation.  This happens when you take too much medication, either prescription or Over-The-Counter medication.  Medicine for treating migraines should not be used more than two days a week.  You didn't mention what OTC medication you were taking or how much, but clearly this seems to be a new problem for you.
 
Head injuries usually don't cause migraine attacks.  Usually there are a number of different conditions that can trigger an attack.  A migraine can have triggers beyond your control, like a sudden change in weather or temperature, hormonal changes, bright light, loud noise, eye strain, etc...Then there are food triggers like aged cheeses, red wine, nuts and many others.  THe good things about these triggers is that you can keep a food diary.  The only way to find your triggers is to write down what foods you ate prior to the start of the migraine attack, and note other condition, like environmental or hormonal.
 
Start keeping your food diary right away so you get in the habit of doing it so you can see any longterm patterns.  Other than that, I would head off to the local ER (have a driver) so that you can get a pain shot and get rid of this headache.  Dilauded and Phenergan is a good start.
 
Let us know how you are doing and what treatment you received at the ER.
 
Leigh Ann cool
 

"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett


olivia of course
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   Posted 3/17/2007 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Cranky,
 
Thanks for the quick reply.  I was just taking Aleve during the day and Tylenol PM so I could sleep at night.
 
I think it had to do with the weather change lately, it got really warm this past week compared to the last.  The change in the barometer probably is a big factor.  I even cut down on my caffeine intake just in case that was the reason.
 
I guess I got a little concerned, because I have not had migraines for about 6 months or more.  And not since my accident either, and I freaked out.
 
Most of my past migraines have been related to the weather major stress in my life and wanted to clarify with someone.  Again, thanks. :-)
~Olivia

"Don't let your yesterday ruin your today."


CRANKY 1
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   Posted 3/19/2007 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Olivia,

Weather changes or big temperatures changes get me every time. It got me yesterday. My abortive, Migranol, worked like a charm, for a while. about six hours later, it started to come back, and I knew I shouldn't take any more Migranol. My parents were in a pissy mood last night and refused to take me to the ER, and told me to take more Migranol. I didn't want to do that, lest it looses its affect, but I didn't have any other options. Call my Dad at 7am to take me to the ER. It took 5 hours, because my blood pressure was so low, when the nurse came to check me out, the doctor insisted I take a IV bag of liquids before I could go home. My BP was 84/46. After an hour later, it was up to 98/60, so they finally let me come home. I missed a DR appt with my PCP cause I was too out of it. Now I have to reschedule. My parents are so freaked that I might fall into a rebound cycle again. My mom had a cow when she found out the DR prescribe 10 Lortab to take in case my Migraine came back. When I finally woke up tonight, my dad brought them over, but kept 4 out of the 10, like I couldn't be trusted to take them at a reasonable rate. I swear they make me so pissed off.

Leigh Ann
"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett


KRAZYKAT
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   Posted 3/30/2007 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I just found out the Tylonal is the number one med that causes migraines to happen when the med wears off. Though that was interesting...news from my Doc. He told me when I told him that it made me throw up whenever I took it anymore. skull
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