Migraines - Does anyone have them?

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   Posted 10/31/2007 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had migraines for years, since childhood.  When we lived in Florida, I had several migraines a month, and developed a condition called status migrainosis, which means "you're stink out of luck getting rid of this sucker" in Latin.  LOL  Sometimes they would stay for three weeks.
I was on a beta blocker which helped quite a bit preventing the headaches.  Then we moved to Tennessee.  My migraines dried up and went away, but my asthma got worse.  The doctor recommended going off the beta blocker, since they can cause wheezing.
This summer, I was dx'ed with IBD, and I'm now on Colazal, Canasa, Entocort, and Bentyl.  I have had two killer migraines in the last month, after almost a year without a single one.  I can't take the abortives like imitrex and maxalt.
I'm wondering what anyone else does for migraines.  Is anyone on Topamax or any of the other daily meds?  I'm not sure what to do; add more meds to my schedule, or drop some meds, if they are the cause of my problem.  I have no problem changing to something else for the IBD if necessary.  Asacol caused me to have pretty bad headaches, so I stopped it, but still, those were not migraines.  Now I'm being woken from sleep with crushing pain. 
If I had to choose between treating the two disorders sucessfully, I think I would treat the migraines and deal with the gut problems as best I could.
I appreciate any ideas or advise.

Post Edited (sweettea) : 10/31/2007 5:51:12 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/31/2007 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Call your pharmacy and see if those medicines cause headaches as a side effect. My aunt is on Relpax or Imitrex for her Migraines and it seems to work pretty good for her. Tell your doctor to check your blood for inemia, because I know that can cause bad headaches. Also depression and stress can cause headaches. Do you grit your teeth?
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