headaches and verapamil

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   Posted 6/7/2009 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Headaches since 1969. Been through a lot in the effort to get rid of these 24/7 headaches. So many drugs and even cervical surgery. So many injections.

Currently, My latest neurologist has me convinced that if I keep using a cpap machine for my sleep apnea that it will help with headache. not yet?

She also has me on Verapamil 360 mg a day. Now the headaches are worse.

four years ago I had enough documentation to get social security disability - I won.

Now the headaches are becoming more debilitation.

Two different neurologist think that it is not just tension but migrain headaches. I guess the diffinitions are changing. I am not sure of their dianosis as I do not now have the classic symptoms and I would know as I had migrains too in the 1970s.

Trying to manage them is and has been taking a toll on my ability to do things and enjoy life, even a little.

Anyone have bad experience with Verapamil?

ps forgive typing it is late and I am typing almost blind with my contacts out.

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   Posted 6/7/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Our son tried that for about half a year.  While it didn't help, it might have and there were fewer side effects than with many of the other things he tried.   Just be sure to hold on to something when you stand up after sitting for a while before you start walking for an hour or so after you take the pills.
We've more or less adopted a 'three tries' policy.   If the doctor you are working with can't help you after they've fully tried their best three ideas:   If you like him/her and they are local ask for a referral to a specialty center and ask them to manage locally going forward.   Otherwise consider moving on to someone with different training, other ideas, etc.
I was just reading about a saliva test some doctors created in Springfield, Mo where the results tell you right off the bat several drugs which are less likely to work and which are more likely to work. 
How about that?  Spit in a tube and the results save you months of trying meds that are less likely to work.

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   Posted 6/7/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I hadn't heard of this Dad, it certainly would have saved me a lot of time and money. From my end, Verapamil did not work for me either. I was in the in-patient clinic at Chelsea with MHNI and that helped a lot; my current preventatives are Neurontin, Zanaflex, Trazadone & Zonegran, these keep things down to a dull roar.

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   Posted 1/28/2010 5:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking Verapamil and nortryptiline for 2.5 weeks and have had 7 migraines since starting these medications, and quite a few other unpleasant side effects as well. Not sure which medication is the issue since I started them at the same time.
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, Cervical radiculopathy

Post Edited (caligirl2001) : 1/30/2010 12:04:34 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/28/2010 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Verapamil is a calcium channal blocker used for high blood pressure and mirgain prevention.

Noticed I said prevention, it wont do crap, until you take it for at least 2 months.

Its supposed to relax your vessels, so you dont have a migrain in the 1st place.
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