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UCreallySUCKS
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   Posted 5/25/2007 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm in the middle of a severe migraine now and just had to get off my chest...that nobody deserves to have a migraine.  I wouldn't wish this upon my worst enemy.  But thank God for pain meds, at least we have that on our side.
---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 3X day
10 mg Prednisone - tapering
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for migraines (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines


korbnep
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   Posted 5/25/2007 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Geeze, I wish I had your neuro. Pednisone, Tramadol and Fioricet would get the pain down a bit. Best I've got are toradol, haldol, and zyprexa.
 
How often do you get migraines though?  Because, although you've got quite an arsenal of pain meds, you don't seem to be on any daily maintence drugs.

Post Edited (korbnep) : 5/25/2007 11:13:08 AM (GMT-6)


UCreallySUCKS
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   Posted 5/25/2007 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   

Believe it or not, it's my gastroenterologist that prescribes all my meds, even for pain.  I actually wish I had a neurologist so I could figure these migraines out.  2 Tramadol helped alot (doing much better since my first post).  Would have taken a Firoicet but it drugs me up alot more than Tramadol, and I'm watching my 1 and 3 year olds, so had to pass on that.

Who prescribes your meds?   Tramadol is pretty cheap and should be relatively easy to get a script for from your doc (even family physician should be able to prescribe that for you).  Fioricet on the other hand might be a bit difficult to obtain.  Worth asking for though, does the job no doubt!


---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 3X day
10 mg Prednisone - tapering
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for migraines (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines


korbnep
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Total Posts : 327
   Posted 5/25/2007 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I've been on tramadol in the past, it worked pretty well. I now go to a headache clinic in Philadelphia that refuses to prescribe narcotics though.

UCreallySUCKS
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   Posted 5/25/2007 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear they won't help with that med.  Maybe your family physician can help you out with that...there's got to be a way.  Your doc is probably just being cautious because of Fioricet's addictive nature. I just took 1 Fioricet 45 min ago because the Tramadol was wearing off...headache is completely gone for the first time all day. 

---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 3X day
10 mg Prednisone - tapering
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for migraines (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines


UCreallySUCKS
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 5/25/2007 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   

Sorry, just noticed your edited post:

I get a migraine once every 10-14 days...on average.  And you're correct, I'm not on any maintenance drugs at the moment.  I've been out of work for the past year because of my ulcerative colitis and couldn't afford another doctor to prescribe that.  But Monday I'm going to the county clinic to see a doctor for that very reason.  Any maintenance drugs that you would suggest I ask for?


---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 3X day
10 mg Prednisone - tapering
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for migraines (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines


korbnep
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Total Posts : 327
   Posted 5/25/2007 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, among anticonvulsants I've tried Topamax, Zonegran and Lamictal. Topamax can work wonders if you're able to deal with the side effects: depression, loss of appetite and cognitive deficiency among the foremost. Some people don't have bad reactions to the drug and it especially varies based on your dosage (one person recently complained here that 50 mg of topamax was too incapacitating; I was fine up to around 125 mg). I'm now on zonegran, a similar anticonvulsant that has milder cognitive side effects. And we're trying to transition to put some of the maintence load on Lamictal, which is much lighter on the side effects. I'm sure there are people here that will tell you differently, but from my limited experience I think that anticonvulsants are the best first option.

Then there are the tricyclic antidepressants like nortriptyline or amitriptyline which can be particularly good if you're experiencing depression or sleep problems with your migraines. I've tried both that I listed to no avail, but, again, many people have found great relief using them. Side effects are similar to many newer antidepressants (weight gain, sexual side effects, lethargy) but with some additional cognitive effects.

Another one I recommend thinking about is depakote (valproic acid). I had a big problem with excessive sedation when I was on depakote (I couldn't sleep less than ~15 hrs/night), but it's a highly regarded migraine drug.

Hmmm, what else? There's neurontin (gabapentin). It's virtues are discussed in the gabapentin vs. topamax thread on this forum. There really are a whole host of others: Ca+ channel blockers, beta blockers; I keep hearing about Keppra in another migraine community I'm involved with. While your doc will do his/her best to match your symptoms with a drug, you really have to be prepared for the very possible possibility that you'll have to try several before you get it right. Do some reading on preventative medications: wikipedia is a good source of information, http://www.achenet.org/prevention/brochure/drugs.php, http://www.migraines.org/treatment/treatctm.htm#I, etc. Good luck and please keep in mind I'm not a medical professional, just someone who has dealt with migraines for years and done a bit of research.

UCreallySUCKS
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/25/2007 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for all of the detailed information.  I'll research all of those drugs tomorrow when I get a chance.  Lamictal for one, I have already tried, for depression.  Did a bit of good for that purpose, but had to stop due to high costs (costs were too high for its abilities).  I'll look into all of the others though.  Luckily for me, my day of having a migraine is over.  The last pill seemed to knock it out completely (they usually last 36 hours, this one was 12, though it seemed like 120).  Again, thanks for taking the time to inform me of the meds.  It'll probably be a couple days before I repost on here, but I'll keep you informed on what the doc says.  Take care.


---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 3X day
10 mg Prednisone - tapering
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for migraines (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines

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