Katelynn - I'll have to look into the Duradrin that you take. How well does it work compared to the Tramadol? The Tramadol seems to work great, though it may take some time for it to kick in, at least it works and is relatively inexpensive. I hope to make an appt. soon with my family doctor to talk it over with her.
Leigh Ann - I tend to get a migraine once every couple weeks, though i had this one about 1.5 weeks after the last. Not sure what triggered it, will probably take some time to figure my personal triggers for migraines. The only medication I'm taking for the migraines is Tramadol. It's pretty strong and it works, though I also have to take it from time to time for pains associated with my ulcerative colitis.
Ann - I'm not on any preventative meds for the migraines yet, but I would like to be. I'm hoping it can cut down on the number of migraines that I get. Are you taking Triptan? If so, does it work?
Thank you all for your help and input. I've only been getting migraines about 5 months now so I don't know much about them yet. I'll look into everything that you mentioned.
Migraine when you first wake up - I would suspect TMJ - do you clench your teeth and get pain in the joint in front of your ear? Check with your dentist.
Also - try eating before you go to bed.
Botox injections are a wonderful thing as well - paralyzing a lot of those tense muscles.
Also try a neti pot or a measuring cup - bend at the waist and pour salted water (to taste like tears) into one nostril and let it flow out the other - you are clearing out your sinuses.
Ucreallysucks, My neurolist says that most migraine sufferers wake with a migraine, getting them in the am more than any other time. He contributes this to maybe not necessarily covering your face with a cover, but maybe even sleeping (having your mouth and nose to your pillow or covers). Oxygen helps prevent migraines and also helps get rid of them. So I guess it makes sense. Also, eat a little something to keep your sugar right during the night. Nothing on the bad migraine food list and just a few bites. I take Imitrex and have been on everything in the world to help myself. I've gone to several Migraine Clinics in the US seeking help. I get migraines daily and finally couldn't hold down a job, and now am disabled and on disablility. It's rare I skip one day without a headache. I've found out we can help ourselves more than a lot of doctors. Expecially by talking to each other. But it's hard to find the "pain free" time to get on here and try and keep up with a board" I know if I can help anyone that helps me and return I never know what I may read to help my migraines. Don't get me wrong, we need the doctors. It's just that each individual is unique and our triggers are not the same, maybe close sometimes. My doctor told me a daily magnisium vitamin helps migraines a lot too. I'm going to get on Topomax, doesn't have many side effects. I don't know how bad yours have gotten, but if they are too bad, you do need prevention meds. Ice packs are a saver for me to. I also use a things called "Tens", you can ask your doctor or a physical therapist about it. Probably can find one on the net. It helps with the tension I get sometimes along with the migraine. To be honest almost everything can cause a migraine. My doctor said I need to lead a common and calm life. He said even a fun vacation would probably send me off into a migraine. He said changing my environment, good or bad could make me sick. Of course, I'm sure you've looked at your foods. If not, do a search for bad foods for migraines. I still can eat the bad foods.,,,but for instance, I can only eat one slice of pizza. If I ever eat more than one, I go straight into a headache. Too little sleep causes them, too much sleep causes them. It's crazy. If someone or somehting cause you any kind of stress, you have to learn to get away from it. It's not worth it. People, in general, even our family can't grasp the pain and bad feelings you get after a migraine. It can be overwelming. Guess we have to take care of ourselves and do a lot of research. Hope something in this helps. Take care of yourself.
So glad that Topamax is working for you. I do think that hormones also play a big part in migraine pain and treatment. Hopefully one day researches will find a more exact remedy for migraine treatment. Good luck to you.