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Posted By : beinghopeful - 9/27/2016 5:09 PM
I ran across this site after doing a search for "taking zomig every day" and read a string of comments from 2006 about this same thing. I have had migraines most of my life (I'm 51, perimenopausal) so as many of you know, I've "tried it all." I have not had luck with preventive meds and nothing to abort the headache has worked. I used to have to go into the emergency room quite often when I couldn't tolerate the pain any more. Over the years different things were given to me in the ER, the last years were Demerol which worked fairly well and didn't leave me in a fog for 4 days afterwards. I tried various triptans and Zomig worked. It's the first thing that has ever worked. I've been taking it for years (maybe as many as 15?) It takes 1 1/2 hours to work but when I take it early in the headache it almost always works. The last few months I've been getting migraines almost everyday, prior to that it wasn't unusual to have a 7-14 headaches a month (give or take a few, depending on the month) often before or after my period. I've been trying other things lately (over the counter) because I know the Zolmitriptan is not intended to be taken that frequently. I also take an antidepressant (Buproprion, generic for Wellbutrin). I had a stroke when I was 40, followed by open heart surgery to close a hole. My heart at that time was healthy, my blood pressure and everything else has always been good. I'm a little underweight and after the hole closure my headaches changed from aura, light and sound sensitivity, vomiting, numbness, side headache pain, etc. to fewer symptoms (unless I wait too long) and most noticeably the change of location of the pain. Now the pain starts above/around my eye (sometimes left sometimes right). Please help!! Thank you.

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Posted By : Bluepaint813 - 9/29/2016 7:24 AM
I definitely feel your pain. I'm 31 and can remember having migraines since I was four. I have memories of laying often on the sick cot in the corner while at preschool. Preventives and rescues seem to help alleviate, but I was constantly plagued. Zomig was the only rescue that I found not to put me in a fog and helped alleviated the migraine. My neurologist told me I could not take more than four per month which seemed crazy, but I had suffered from rebound headaches so I listened. I am careful of not taking rescues too often because rebound headaches took me a few months to get over.

Last year, I discovered sodium phosphate as a food trigger and my life changed. I was having daily headaches and was too use to it to notice unless they were very bad. I remember those first few days of being symptom free, feeling oddly clear headed. I have discovered other food triggers too since then.

Have you tried the migraine diet? While I know it might not work for everyone, but for me majority of my migraines was caused by what I ate. My migraine diet consisted of eating fresh fruit and a glass of organic milk for morning and afternoon. Dinner was usually steamed fresh veggies with a small portion of fish or organic meat. I had to stop using toothpaste and mouthwash because they contained triggers like sorbitol so now I just use my waterpik and toothbrush.

I'm pregnant now and even with medication, I throw up fruits and veggies. Bread, crackers, bagels etc are the only things I don't throw back up. Which sucks because sodium phosphate is a baking soda replacement and I discovered other leavening products like monocalcium phosphate is another trigger. Right now I am trying to figure out which products I can safely have.

Migraine diet is not easy, well not for me at least, but the results are worth it.

Posted By : beinghopeful - 10/3/2016 4:47 PM
Thank you Bluepaint813,
While I was in college, 30 years ago, I was on a Tyramine restricted diet from Diamond Headache Clinic. I would like to make changes in my diet again now and know a lot of the foods and ingredients to avoid. I appreciate knowing what you had for breakfast and dinner. I get discouraged by all the 'do not eat' and would love to find a week's menu of 'dos'. Do you have any suggestions?
Thank you!

Posted By : Bluepaint813 - 10/3/2016 8:22 PM
I never researched it, but when I heard that people were doing the paleo diet which pretty much is eating what my cave dwelling ancestors ate, something clicked. Majority of my triggers were artificial ingredients like preservatives. My body was not made to consume these artificial ingredients.

Pre-pregnancy, I started out by avoiding anything pre-prepared. I tried all types of fresh fruits that I never tried before. It was expensive, but the variety kept me sane and the transition easier. Ever had an asian pear or a donut peach? Thinking back on it now, I became demoralized when I started to eat cheaper options like bananas and navel oranges.

For dinner, veggies were normally steamed broccoli, cauliflower or green beans. I hate salads so sometimes I juiced a pound of kale with oranges or swiss chard with lemons. If you like salads, youtube has a lot of videos on how to make your own salad dressing. Small piece of meat was usually baked organic chicken, organic eggs, or fish. There are so many types of fish and a lot of it is seasonal so it was fun trying different ones.

Check out the seasonal fruit, veggies, and meat at your grocery stores and farmer markets. Trying new stuff kept it exciting for me.

Posted By : beinghopeful - 10/4/2016 12:01 AM
Thank you.
Yes, I've had Asian pears and even a donut peach, but usually have less extravagant fruit like when you started eating bananas and navel oranges. LOL I've also had some fruits that look like one kind but taste like another fruit. My taste buds and brain don't handle that confusion well. :)
I'll keep working on the diet. I like salads but am not a big fan of fish. I suspect I need to keep trying more kinds and more ways to prepare them.
I know limiting citrus can be helpful for some people and bananas can be a trigger for some. How have you done with those?
Thanks again!

Posted By : Bluepaint813 - 10/4/2016 6:00 PM
Only fruits I have issues with is strawberries and kiwi. I love both, but this diet helped me discover that they are my triggers. Bananas and citrus fruits are no problem.

I'm a sweet tooth so that may explain why I love fruits. I'm pregnant now and throw up fruits so I've been satisfying my sweet tooth with honey and maple syrup products. I found a local family owned maple producer that makes hard maple candies. I think sucking on them helps with the morning sickness or maybe they are just moralizing.

Posted By : migrainesuffer - 10/9/2016 8:50 PM
Hello, i know what migraines are like, I'm an 18 year old girl who been hospitalized for months with migraines, i been on every migraine medications including this one, and not 1 is working or been helping, When i go to the hospital for a migraine, i always become hospitalized, migraines suck for me!! The doctors here told me that they haven't seen a person suffer from migraines like me... I might be needing brain surgery because i also have a weak blood vessel, but that isn't what is causing my migraines... I been suffering from migraines since i was 6 years old... The symptoms i get are: Blurry vision, sensitivity to light, sound and noise, vomiting, nausea, sometimes dizziness, and fainting, and there are a lot more... I get migraines every single day and in a month, I get 28 migraines..

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