Newbie with questions. . need help please

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 1/9/2010 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

Just found your forum and thought i'd see if anyone out there can help me. . . This has been asked a thousand times i'm sure, but I really need some personal opinions. . .??

Anyway, this is how the story goes. . Around October 09, I had a bit of flu and felt quite rough (as you do) for about 3 weeks, i noticed that I had a bit of blurred vision throughout with pain behind one eye, so went to the opticians (Tescos) and they said my eyes were fine, inc eye health, so thought it was the headcold. Since then I have had 3 maybe 4 headcolds with sinus pain and what I thought were tension headaches every week and with the blurred vision throughout, I had a few drinks boxing night and guess what, 2 days later another sinus/headcold, so I went to the docs explained everything to him and he sent me for blood test, they all came back fine and blood pressure is 104/52 so quite low. . so thats all good apart from the doc saying that it could be a migraine, so i said 'what for 3 months' he said yes, ironically enough the following morning i awoke with a throbbing headache and stiff neck, which has been continuous now for 8 days. I have been taking Ibruprofen mostly which works for a few hours and after some research I got some Imigran recovery to take, didnt work as it should. .

I am still suffering with this barsteward of a headache and its getting me down. I have to mention that I have been under quite alot of stress since october (buying a house, finding a mortgage, getting the deposit together, working 2 jobs etc) so thought it could be brought on by stress. .

Just really need some help from people who suffer from this horrible condition. . any ideas as I saw my doc and he has given me antibiotics (Doxycycline) for what could be a sinus infection and 3 Rizatriptan (Maxalt) pills, tried one and not sure if it worked. . i'm at the end of my teather as my job is very physical and i cant get into the gym either. . Thankyou for reading this and for any help you can give. . God bless.

chi town girl
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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 1/10/2010 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, slikt,

really sorry you have been feeling soo bad! i have had migraines for lots of years. here are a few things i would recommend from my experiences:

1. drink a lot of water. enough to where you are running to the facilities quite often...
2. see if coffee helps - you can just try a big cup of coffee at the start of a headache (if you have a "start") and see if it goes away... if it doesn't go away, then steer clear of coffee, chocolate, and other things that have caffeine... it could be a "trigger" for you.
3. can you do neck exercises at you desk at work maybe a 2 or 3 times a day? just close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and roll your neck slowly two times completely in a circle in one direction and then two times completely in the other direction? if not at your desk, then run to the bathroom and stand and do it. it just relaxes the neck muscles and seems to help. you can also do a couple of shoulder shrugs when you are done.
4. keep a list of how much medicine you take and what time you take it for the migraines and bring that to the doctors with you.
5. the doxycycline should have worked to start relieving a sinus infection in 4 days at the most, so if you still have pain, it may be a different source.
6. for the maxalt, did you take a second pill 2 hours after the first? for a bad headache, that is what is recommended. if two tablets don't work at all, then either it is not a migraine or THAT particular medicine doesn't work for you. maybe you could try imitrex (sumatriptan here in the usa) or frovatriptan or relpax or one of the many other triptans? they have found that if one does not work in a person another might, so it may be worth the try, but don't count one out until you try the maximum dose... especially if you can get the samples! (free is a good cost... :)
7. also, have you seen a neurologist? if your stress goes away and you still have the headaches, you might want to see a neurologist. they can help get the best meds and also can help you figure out what is causing the migraines.
8. ooh, I almost forgot - my doctor always tells me to get more sleep... good luck with that, but I thought I'd mention it...

Also, some other symptoms I get are: nausea, numb hands and feet, vomiting... so if you get those symptoms, you may be lucky enough to have migraines... ?

Congratulations on the house! I hope you start to feel better so you can enjoy it!
chi town girl

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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 3/19/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi here goes
yoga, meditation cds, water, fizzy cocodamol, keep a diary for return to doc then ask for a neuro apt for the migraine limit reading, tv and pc, limit stress, antidepressant and betablockers have been prescibed for me by neuro had stroke symptom and migraine aura sine Oct 08 and persisitent headace since dec 09. Neck exercises and massage physio good idea too, anyhting to relax i was told the headache was due to over thinking!!!
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