Preventive meds---suggestions?

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   Posted 3/1/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   

I would really appreciate some suggestions on what some of you do to stop the cycle when the migraines come and go for days on end.  I'm at my wits end, and all the weather changes this time of year is triggering them!!  I am not currently on any preventive meds, and only treat the headaches as they occur.


Today will be my FIFTH day of taking pain meds to help stop the pain, but I know that if I take any pain meds beyond this timeframe, that I will be subjecting myself to rebound headaches.  I'm really getting panic-y and somewhat depressed, as the thought of having to suffer through another migraine without anything to subdue the pain is almost unbearable.  I already see a neurologist, and have been told that after the 5 days of pain meds, I just have to tough out the migraine.  Any suggestions from any of you on how to reduce some of the suffering involved with this? 


I've been searching on the Internet about some common preventive migraine meds, and I really don't like the sound of the potential side effects.  Any preventive meds that you like and have few to no side effects?


Thanks so much in advance for your suggestions! 

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   Posted 3/1/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, Blossom. I'm sorry to know you're in pain. I just got off mine and what I do manage the pain is take my pain med fioricet for severe attacks, place a wet/cold towel on my face, lie down on a quiet, dark room. works all the time. try it out and I hope it works for you to.

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   Posted 3/2/2009 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Blossom,

Having been through just about every medication used for migraine prevention, I'm now working a new protocol that seems to be slowing down the frequency of my migraine attacks.  I've gone through all the specialists in Virginia, and am now seeing the Neurology/Migraine/Pain specialist at Duke University Medical Center.  I am taking 400mg of Zonergran every morning as a preventative.  If I get a migraine, I take 300mg of Seroquel and sleep off the migraine.  If I have to function, sometimes I will go get a pain injection, but I do so far less frequently than I used to do before starting these meds.  For me, this is major improvement.  Granted, I still have to deal with migraines, but it's not a daily battle anymore.  My doctor also says there will be new abortive drugs available early next year that are currently in trials.  They are like triptans but without all the side effects.  Something to look forward to anyway.

Good luck,

Leigh Ann cool

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  • On Disability for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ, stomach problems 
  • Divorced, 43, spawn-free 
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Impacted Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(ten molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals) Tubal Ligation/D&C/Uterine Ablation 
  • Current Meds: Prozac, Klonopin, Atenelol, Lortab, Trazadone, Buspar, Nexium, Tramadol, Hydroxizine, Vitamin D, Axert, Zonegran, Seroquel 
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   Posted 3/2/2009 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   

Leigh Ann,

Thanks for your reply!  Bummer!---I just looked up info about Zonegran and it's in the same family as Sulfa drugs, and I'm allergic to Sulfa.  I'm meeting with my neurologist tomorrow, so am anxious to see what meds (if any) he recommends.  Glad to hear there are some new abortive meds on the horizon.  When I have a super bad migraine that I can't get rid of with other abortives, I take Relpax.  It works, but I don't like the side effects.


Thanks also for your input.  I also take Fioricet, which generally works pretty well.  It gets rid of my migraine for that particular day, but then the migraine sometimes returns several days in a row.  That's when I panic, because I know I can't take the Fioricet indefinitely, or I'll return to that ever-dreaded hell of rebounding.




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