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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/21/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I am new here.  I have suffered w/migraines for over 20 years, started when I was about 20 years old.  Mine have been termed "common", meaning I don't get the aura that others get.  My sister also suffers from migraines, and hers are the "classic" type - she gets the aura.  Weird, huh?  Anyway, it just sucks that it seems that I have suffered so long and there doesn't seem to be any end in sight.  I have taken so many different meds over the years, and seen so many doctors.  I keep hoping that menopause will come in a few years and I will get lucky and they will disappear.  My dr gave me a 50-50 chance of that happening.  Or they will get worse.  Some days are better than others, and I don't have a migraine every day.  Every now and again, however, I have had occasions where I have had a migraine that lasted 3-4 days, and I have had to take prednisone to break the cycle.  Those situations were absolutely horrible, and I think the doctor referred to them as status migraine.  They were so painful, my brain felt as if it were going to squeeze out of my head!!!  All I wanted to do was die..............I actually fired one doctor because when one of these episodes happened, I called the office to get a script for the prednisone (it was a Sunday, so of course I had to speak to the service) and my doctor was not the on-call doctor.  Can you believe that the on-call doctor would not give me the script, instead they said I must go to the ER????!!!! I wasn't asking for a controlled substance, if he had taken the time to actually call me back (he didn't call me, the SERVICE did) I could have explained to him exactly what I needed.  I could have called a veterinarian and gotten a script for prednisone more easily then I got it from them.  Luckily, I ended up finding a refill in my medicine cabinet, and just called that in.  Then, I called that Monday and asked for my records so I could find a new doctor, one that has other doctors who will actually CALL YOU BACK when you call, and not relegate it to the service. 
Anyway, sorry to ramble, but it's been 20 years of this crap, and sometimes I am just tired of it all. rolleyes

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/2/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi greenelixer,

I too have suffered with migraines for many years. They started when I was around thirteen and I am now 31, so about 18 years. I have tried many medications as well and honestly the side effects scared me but I had to take them anyway because I couldn't live with the pain of a severe attack. I also suffer from "chronic daily headache" syndrome which means that I would have headaches almost all the time. On average I would maybe be free of a headache a few days a month, most days were tolerable but I would still have a headache, then there would be severe headache days at least once or twice a week and usually a debilitating migraine episode about once or twice a month. A few months ago I started reading about some of the theories about the causes of migraine. In the past I have also suffered from depression and anxiety and have been told that I have fibromyalgia, though I'm not entirely sure that's the case. I read that some doctors now believe that low levels of serotonin are responsible for all these conditions (I knew about the depression of course, but not the link between serotonin and migraine and fibromyalgia). Then I started researching natural ways to boost serotonin levels without drugs. I stumbled upon information on 5HTP - a natural supplement that boosts the body's production of serotonin. I thought it was worth a try. I've been taking 200 mg twice per day since August and am intending to start reducing the amount to see if the beneficial effects can be maintained on a lower dose. I am not exaggerating when I say that this supplement has changed my life. I now get a few mild headaches per month, but no severe ones. I have also not had a migraine attack since August (before I started taking 5HTP). I can do all the things I couldn't do before like have the odd glass of red wine (which always triggered a migraine or at least a bad headache in the past). It is important to note that if you take other medications you should speak with your doctor before starting this supplement. Also, you should not drink alcohol or take any mind altering drugs (the odd drink is okay as long as it's not within hours of taking 5HTP). 5HTP doesn't work for everyone, but it sure did for me, so you might want to give it a try. It generally takes a few weeks to start working, and it needs to be taken diligently, but after 20 years of suffering, what do you have to lose? Good luck! smilewinkgrin
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