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Date Joined Aug 2004
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   Posted 8/10/2004 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi.  I'm new to migraine chatting online.  But my migraines have gotten worse lately and no one seems to be able to have an answer.  I am a 32 year old mother of 2 in MI and have lost track of triggers...who knows anymore.  Frankly, I think everything in life is a trigger for me and when they all coincide on the same day  (weather, hormone levels, food, etc) then WHAMMO....I get migraines at least 3 times per week, if not more.  I spend so much time in BED...isn't it depressing!  It breaks my heart and warms my heart to read all of these entries.  I like knowing that there are others out there that wake up in the morning and know their days are shot and then don't any of you just get pissed at the pain for ruining your day?!  Right now I'm on an RX anti-siezure med...I think its called Kefla...anyone heard of that..I've been on so many in the past years, I can't keep track.  And any of you out there tried MigreLief....that natural triple/vitamin pill?.  I'm also thinking of visiting a chiropractor..what do any of you think..any luck with that? 
Well, I'm looking forward to learning more from all of you.

laura l.
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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 54
   Posted 10/29/2005 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amanda,
I am new, too. I know what you mean about waking up and knowing your pain may ruin your day....Are you taking Kepra, maybe? I have been thinking of starting Migrelief. Are you on it? Is it helping you? Anything that could get me out of bed would be great. As far as a chiropractor goes, I guess it depends on why you are going. I am a little biased, as I am an MD and have seen patients with basilar artery strokes from cervical (neck) manipulation. I don;t really recommend that. I have not seen anyone have any problems with low back manipulation and have seen some who feel they have gotten a lot of benefit. Part of it depends on what the chiropractor is trying to treat. As long as it is musculoskeletal problems (and not involving the neck) I see no harm in it. Adjusting your back to treat your liver or your runny nose does not make a lot of sense. In my opinion. Anyway, hope things are going well for you.
Laura L.

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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 10/29/2005 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I am praying that your migraines will go away. Read my post on TEE. I had, but no more migraines at this point, migraines since mid teen years, now I am mid 50's and all is well. The cure was God of course. The doctors found that I had a hole in my heart by using a technique called TEE. This allowed a blood clot to not get filtered by my lungs causing my migraines. All those years of suffering and now they are gone. I had my heart fixed in less than an hour, no open heart surgery, went on Plavix for 4 months, now on 1 enteric baby asprin and vitamin E. No more migraines. Get yourself a cardiologist and have them use the TEE. Many have this heart defect from birth, most often it is not checked and most die from strokes later in life. This caused my migraines and now I tell folks to see the cardiologist and get checked with the TEE. Some doctors will try to listen to your heart, very very few can tell if you have this defect by listening, the TEE will tell. The TEE is only a camera that goes down your throat to view your heart, it takes about 20 minutes and you are awake again. The heart fix is from the arteries in your legs and it only takes under an hour in operation and you should be awake for it. Let me know what your cardiologist says. God Bless you , Bill

laura l.
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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 54
   Posted 10/29/2005 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill,
Just found out my mother has a patent foramen ovale (she has had a TIA although no migraines.) I could not really get her cardiologist to tell me a PFO had a heritable component, but it seems like a reasonable assumption. Maybe I should seek out a cardiologist of my own....Of course you had more stringent indications for repair, given your stroke. They are still doing prospective trials of PFO (and I believe atrial septal defect) closure for migraines. But it sure seems tempting.

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 505
   Posted 10/30/2005 1:51 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi AmandaP,

Welcome! I'm sorry to say I know how you feel. My headaches are worse lately as well. I'm not sure if it's weather or stress or sinuses or supplements I'm taking. I've tried chiropractors with no success.

Are you seeing a neurologist? My neurologist has been the one that has helped me the most. He has helped me develop a plan to prevent my paing, deal with it when it's severe and prevent rebound headaches.

Good luck and keep in touch.

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.   Buddha

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