Menstrual Migraines

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pinch weasel
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   Posted 1/16/2011 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I get menstrual migraines like clockwork. They are debilitaing. I take imitrex and it doesn't always work. What else can I do for these? Is there a better birth control I could take? Are there any other meds that help these? I can't take NSAIDS because of gastritis.

Thanks for your help

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 1/16/2011 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I currently take Mircette. It is supposed to help migraines by putting estrogen in the non-active pills during the 7 days off. I have not noticed it helping at all. My OBGYN recommended that I skip my period if the migraines are debilitating but I don't like to do this because it screws up the prescription by setting you behind a pack of pills. I am now taking a medication called Ponstel when I feel a migraine coming on and it has been the most helpful thing I have ever found for combatting menstrual migraines. I had the most awful migraine last night and I tried to survive through it without medication (I have UC and all the helpful meds can't be used) but I had to take ponstel because I was laying awake in severe pain. I don't think ponstel is good for people who have inflammatory conditions but nothing else seems to help and it's so painful.

I hope you find some relief. Maybe someone will have a solution that is not an NSAID.
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MV_VHYC24
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   Posted 1/17/2011 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had mensual migraines for the last 8 years. I have consulted with two different neurologists, over the last 5 years. I had all the traditional MRIs, x-rays and diagnostics to rules out major things like cysts and orthopaedic problems (like my cousin suffers from). I have tried all the preventative treatments: propranolol, inderal, topomax, verapamil, gabapentin, lyrica, nortriptyline, amitriptyline, CoQ10, B2, steroids, with nothing providing relief and some giving me side effects worse than the headache. As for abortive triptans, I tried them all: Maxalt, migranal (50% effective), imitrex, Frova (25% effective), Relapax...all they did was cause me to pay outrageous co-pays for 9 pills at a time! The backup was the pain relief: tylenol w/ codiene (semi-effective for minor), percocet (mildly effective), demerol & dilaudid (mostly effective if taken at beginning & at high doses..like 1 pill followed by 1 more 2 hours later, repeated every 2 hours for at least 8 hours!), Fioricet w/ codiene (very effective for moderate/severe). If I could not get the headache under control within 6-8 hours, I would go to the ER for IV morphine or IM demerol. This patttern was repeated every 10-14 days (both ovulation & menses) each and every month! I tried birth control pills, many different ones, including Seasonal (3 months with a period..or at least that's what was supposed to happen) and yet I still got the headaches & my period each month. One doctor told me that maybe I should think about having a hystectomy (at 30 YO). about 8 months ago, I was put on MS contin...for about problem and I have had two severe migraines since June 2010 (one the day of my son's birthday part (stress induced) and the second was in August (again stress induced), but the major ones have been less severe. I am now being treated/evaluated for two different auto-immune disorders that causes headaches...in addition my quack doctor thinks that I havee fibromyalgia (new doctor is not so certain) as my symptoms are quite extensive.

I hope this helps a little.. Keeping smiling! I found that staying out of the direct sunlight and keeping hydrated kept the burning from taking over my whole body. Also, if you can take a muscle relaxer with a painkiller (like fioricet or soma) it will help you relax the muscles in your neck and giving you a chance to rest!

Thanks! :)
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MV_VHYC24
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   Posted 1/19/2011 3:22 AM (GMT -6)   
The scolisis is very mild, so it doesn't bother me other than my neck. I have positive ANA, so I have some sort of mixed tissue disease. My primary believes the migraines could have been related to my neck as the last time that I got a very bad one I was als getting a massage. I am not yet sure why they bothered me after my son was born, but now they have seemed to get less severe...then again in the last year I have had more serious thhings to deal with.
Dx:Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto's, Sjogren syndrome, +ANA (Homogenous), Raynauds, Scoliosis, Migraines, Anxiety/Depression, Ovarian Cysts, Spinal stenosis, L4/5 herniated discs, Sexual Dysfunction
Meds:Cymbalta, Zanaflex, Synthyriod, MS Contin, Trazadone, Advair

**Children seldom misquote you. They more often repeat word for word what you shouldn't have **

jkoskie33
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   Posted 1/21/2011 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had good results with using magnesium. You should check out this website:

http://www.relieve-migraine-headache.com/magnesium-migraines.html

Just FYI, I've been using "Lifetime" brand liquid magnesium blend (orange vanilla flavor). I've taken other forms of magnesium with no results. I think the liquid absorbs better or something. Good luck!
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