Help for Your Migraines

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   Posted 11/4/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I just spent some time reading all your various complaints and strange symptoms. I have an answer for all of you.

I have had migraines for the last 3 years EVERY MONTH for 2-7 days. They are bad, with vomitting, visual trouble, twitches, fatigue, auras, I've had it all. My migraines are peri-menopausal. I get them EVERY month when I have my period like clockwork. I've tried a dozen migraine meds which did help the symptom, but totally screwed me up. I don't have caffeine in my diet (yet most of these meds are exactly that -- caffeine). I would spend the whole week without sleep, and end up with extreme muscle pain and lots of other painful side effects. The side effects from the meds were worse than the migraines. I've been on a prophalactic type medicine, nuerontin and though initially it did help I still had "breakthrough" migraines and had to keep upping my dosage until I was taking a handful of pills 3 times a day.

During my last migraine which lasted SEVEN DAYS, I ended up in the hospital and was fortunate enough to have a wonderful doctor. This is what he did for me: He immediately put me on an IV for dehydration with toredol (spelling might be wrong) but in any case it's a heavy duty antinflammatory. He also gave me zofran for the nausea. I felt relief without any side effects in an hour. He sent me home with a prescription for diflu...??? This is also a mega-antiflammatory. I took them last month for one week before the migraine and my week migraine was a semi-mild two-day migraine.

He then told me a few things no doctor yet had:

Migraines are a constriction (swelling) in the blood vesseles in your head.

What do we take for swelling? Ibuprofen. It's over the counter. Take 600 mgs. every four hours as soon as you know you are getting a migraine.

Most all of the meds for migraines are megadoses of caffeine with other drugs mixed in or pain meds, these can leave you in worse shape then the migraine. These meds are horrible for your body and treat the symptom, not the cause (the constriction).

If you can get a prescription for the anti-inflammatories even better. I'm fortunate in a way, I know exactly when I'm going to get a migraine (plus I get the aura before) so I can start taking the anti-inflammatories, stop eating any fried foods, chocolate, alcohol, nuts, etc. ahead of time. I also am careful to stay VERY hydrated. A gallon of clear water a day. No less!

One more thing that noone seems to talk about. Migraines are frequently related to constipation. Take fiber every day before your migraine. Eat well. Take ibuprofen, drink lost of water. This simple remedy worked wonders for me. Good luck to everyone.

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   Posted 11/7/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
THanks for the info ...........
I use NO caffein at all and still get migraines from Hades.........

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