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It's in the bag
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   Posted 8/23/2009 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all...I'm visiting from the Crohn's forum with a question on behalf of my girlfriend. She has had migraines since she was like 6-7 years old. She gets them all the time often bad enough that she's crying and can barely move etc.. I'm sure alot of you know what I'm describing far better then I could so I'll go on. She takes imitrex 100mg when she feels one coming on but even that doesn't do alot of good. She found that a caffeinated beverage like Mt. Dew sometimes helps but even that is minimal and usually not effective at all. I'm just wondering if anyone here has suggestions on medications , foods , herbs or whatever that may be able to help. ? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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   Posted 8/24/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to the migraine-headache board!
Is she able to log on and join us? Diagnosing and treating headaches is pretty difficult and she maybe be able to share some specifics so we have better advice for her.

There are three things I would tell anyone who is dealing with head pain (in no particular order)
1) find a headache specialist (not just a neurologist as they work with many issues and at times don't focus enough on head pain, and I also find that a lot of the times their other patients are viewed as "more important" because they have things that can be seen--can't talk, have seizures, trouble walking etc) and have tests done...MRI/MRA etc
2) keep a headache diary noting foods, sleep and weather pattern, menstrual cycle as well as pain levels and
3) research the specific symptoms she has and learn as much as you can, you know your body better than anyone else and you have to be as educated as possible being a *partner with your doctor

There are "triggers" she can avoid once she knows what those are (there's a post about triggers if you want to do a search :-) also, there are herbal treatments that can help as well as other medications. Imitrex tends to be the 1st line of defense and a lot of people will need something different at some point. If she is having migraines frequently she could benefit from preventative medications.

I wish I could be of more help! Feel free to have her stop by and we will do all we can to help her out, and a lot of times it's very comforting to know that you are not alone.

Thanks for coming by and asking about her, that is very sweet...and I imagine it is hard for you to watch her in pain as well.
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It's in the bag
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   Posted 8/25/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I could get her on here on my screen-name at the very least if she didn't feel like signing up herself. I'll show her what you said though thanks . :) She already has a neurologist but I know she doesn't do a diary and stuff like that to track any possible triggers so that , I'm sure , will be useful. Thanks alot and I'll see if she'd like to come on here and give more specifics.
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