diagnosed with Chronic migraine

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cutiepie79
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   Posted 2/29/2012 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello! i have been experiencing what i thought was chronic sinusitis for 7 months, until ent consultant suggested it was chronic migraines which has been confirmed by a neurologist this week.
the treatment plan includes a detox from all painkillers,coffee and chocolate. I stopped having caffeine over a month ago however i do not think i take enough to make the migraines worse.
In the last week i have had 2 horrendous migraines i tried yesterday to follow instructions and over hydrate, rest and use cold compresses and forehead, i lasted about 8 hours with several of them including vomiting.
I took just 2 nurofen and felt much better within half an hour.
I have been prescribed Amitriptyline by gp about a month ago as i just wasnt coping with the pain and had to wait a while to see the neurologist take 20mg every night, this doesn't as yet seem to be helping at all.
Has anyone else had any similar problems?
Do you really think a couple of paracetamol or nurofen can stop the preventative meds working?
Thanks xx

ethelmoore
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   Posted 3/1/2012 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you have been going through all this! I think it's a good idea that you got off the pain killers because they can cause re-bounding headaches. I'm unfamiliar with paracetamol or nurofen. Amitriptyline (elavil) is good medicine for pain but if it doesn't start working in the next few weeks I would either ask your Neuro to take you off of it or add another medicine to edit. Also, are you seeing a general neurologist or a headache specialist. I would advise you to see a headache specialist as they are more knowledgeable with the latest headache meds.

Some migraine meds are beta blockers (inderal, tenormin..etc), anti-convulants (savella, klonopin, keppra).. Calcium channel blockers like Verapamil, flunarizine (flunarizine is not available in the U.S. but rather in Canada and possibly Europe..although I'm not totally aware)

Have you tried Triptans like Imitrex, maxalt, relpax..etc? This combined with naproxen are a good combination to abort a migraine.

You may want to consider adding the supplements magnesium malate or chelated magnesium to your routine. (magnesium oxide is the least likely to absorb so stay away from that one).. about 400-500 miligrams per day. Also, co-enzyme Q (400 miligrams) and B2 (riboflavin), 400 miligrams These are all preventatives.

Best Wishes.

TechSpec
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   Posted 2/3/2013 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear of your chronic migraine. A study on chronic migraines in children showed that 93% of patients could stop their frequent severe migraines on an elimination diet (see first reference). For the first week of the study, the patients ate only 4 foods (ex: rice, lamb, apples, and brassica). If that helped reduce their migraines, they added foods back once a week until their diet was nutritious and socially acceptable. Similar results have been demonstrated in adult patient populations (see second reference). There is growing evidence that migraines are like a type of allergic disease.

I had a chronic migraine aura for about 2 years and learned that my diet was by far the best way to manage my migraines. I tried an elimination diet. I cut out 7 common allergens from my diet (Milk, Egg, Wheat, Tomato, Beef, Corn, Soy) and got much better. I now eat mainly rice, vegetables, and fish and have almost no migraines.


Best,
Steven

References:

Egger, J., et al. "Is migraine food allergy?: a double-blind controlled trial of oligoantigenic diet treatment." The Lancet (1983): 865-869.

Mansfield, Lyndon E., et al. "Food allergy and adult migraine: double-blind and mediator confirmation of an allergic etiology." Annals of allergy (1985): 126.

Monro, Jean, Claudio Carini, and Jonathan Brostoff. "Migraine is a food-allergic disease." The Lancet (1984): 719-721.
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