Prevention and Treatment still aren't working, please advise

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 5/1/2005 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, I'm new and I'm hoping that some of the more experienced among you could offer some advice.  I have been suffering from migraines for about a year and a half but they have gotten much worse in the past six months (five a week).  I went to a headache specialist who detoxed me (i was addicted to ibuprofen and the migraine meds that other docstors had put me on, too many times per week) and then put me on a regimen of amitryptilen, B2, and then a cocktail of Cafergot, Aleve, and Metoclopromide when I get a headache, but i can't take it more than twice a week. 
When I was still getting headaches four times a week my doctor added Topamax to my daily regimen which I tolerate very well and worked well for a while, the headaches went down to two per week, but now I am graduating from undergraduate school, getting married in a year, trying to buy a house with my fiance, he is looking for a job, I am about to start law school, about to move, and about to take out $100,000 in loans and the stress level has gotten my headaches to an all time high.  I have gone back up to four to five headaches a week and it's driving me nuts.  I can only take the cafergot, aleve cocktail twice a week to keep from being addicted and the preventatives obiviously aren't working.  I'm going to call my doctor again tomorrow but I was wondering if anyone here had any thoughts.  I can't go through law school with these headaches, they will be debilitating.  They don't completely shut me down, I can still function just at a lower level.
They are in the front of my head, on both sides.  They respond severly to both light and sound and if I lie down or stand up quickly my head practically explodes.  Lately my head has been hurting towards the top too.  My neck has been getting tight and sore.  I have no nausea, and and the pain is almost never so severe that I can't tough it out and get to class.  Oh, and I've noticed that I start feeling really warm when I get them too, I don't run a fever but I feel like I'm burning up.  Does anyone else experience this?  Anyway, I hope that you can offer some suggestions.  Thank you all!
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   Posted 5/2/2005 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   


You might want to check out MigraHealth in addition to your preventatives. It is a combo of feverfew, riboflavin and magnesium...I had some reduction in headaches when taking that with a maximum dosage of Topamax.

The stress in your life right now may be setting you up for more migraines, try to get a regular sleep pattern and avoid all other triggers since you are more susceptible right now.

I tend to feel either excessively hot or cold when I have a bad well as pain/stiff neck-I think that is relatively common.

Hang in there, work with your doctor...but whatever you do, don't take more days per week of your meds than your doctor has instructed. Rebound headaches are some of the worst to stop.


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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 5/3/2005 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   

take a look at the migraine cap on which is the manufacturer website.  i know its also available through as well.

i've recommended it to a few others as its the best and only main thing i use now.

i've been on many medications including anti-depressants for the stress as it was getting me down so badly.  but the migraine cap is so soothing it helps me relax and keeps my stress levels low in addition to helping relieve the pain from the dreaded 'm'.

the meds used to give me side effects so the less you can take of those the better, and i did try feverfew which is ok but i find it difficult to ingest things.

i nearly lost my job because of the 'm' but my employer allows me to take my cap to work so if i can feel the stress of my job as a pa getting too much i can go to the rest room and put it on.

i'm sure you will find tips off others on the boards - that's what we are all here for to help fellow migraineurs. 

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 5/3/2005 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Cara,
I can sympathize - in the last few years, I've become engaged, bought a house, moved, graduated college and started a full time job. It's tough. I found that yoga really helped. It's a great way to destress in general, but especially for reducing my migraines. There are some great videos out there, just make sure you have a quite space with NO interuptions. There are also a number of great studios out there that specialize in yoga programs. It may take a few weeks to notice the difference, but once you start to feel better, keep at it. The results are well worth the waiting. Goos luck! :)

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 5/3/2005 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone!  I'm definitely going to give the yoga a try and hopefully once the stress level goes down things will get better.
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