Seasonal Migraine Disorder

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Spookiet
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   Posted 11/15/2012 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from seasonal migraine disorder that I inherited from my mother. I have had it for 18 yrs and have tried every treatment there is. Right now I'm trying topomax as the old treatment (Elavil) has become ineffective. The migraines can typically last for 8 to 12 weeks. This disorder has cause me to retire early and when they say migraines give you a maybe life, well, it is not a life at all. Does any one out there have any treatment that has worked? I have tried drugs, Oxygen, acupucture, chiropractic, holistic, and even have submerged my head in ice water till out of breath! Any ideas? I now know, I'm not alone.

deltaforce
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   Posted 11/17/2012 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
So if you have this for so long, you must have maintained the diary. When you say seasonal, does that mean it only shows up in cold or something? I usually don't buy the comment that they are for life, unless you had a head trauma or something.

More information needed to help you.

If topamax doesn't work, why can't you go on other meds? Hows your health like overall?
Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC at the age of 30.
Currently on,
Colazal 9 daily, Imuran, 200mg daily, Vit. B12, 1mg, Multivitamin, 1 tablet daily, Fish oil 2400mg daily, Vit D 2000 IU daily.

Verapamil 320mg for migraine, Migraine episode now at least 4X a month,
Nabumetone 750mg as an abortive, so far so good with GI side effects.

Spookiet
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   Posted 11/17/2012 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Health wise, I am 58 have had 18 orthopaethic surgeries for degeneritive joints and need 5 more, other that that I'm great! No head trama. These type of headaches run in my mother's side of the family. My aunt is 82 and still gets them. She can recall her great grand mother having them as well as her grand mother! Most Seasonal Migraine Disorder suffer in the fall, I do not now why, the specialist said 99% of SMD suffer in the fall. On another aspect, do you find concentration hard after a headache?

deltaforce
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   Posted 11/18/2012 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
No actually, after headache, I feel like a fresh start but the period before headache and during headache is hell.

18 orthopedic surgeries? do you have any auto-immune disease (degenerative joints !!)? May be there is a connection. I have autoimmune disorder and I am suspicious of migraine connection. But there are tons of more drugs than you already have tried. I don't have any personal experience but would highly recommend to go to a headache center than just a neurologist.
Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC at the age of 30.
Currently on,
Colazal 9 daily, Imuran, 200mg daily, Vit. B12, 1mg, Multivitamin, 1 tablet daily, Fish oil 2400mg daily, Vit D 2000 IU daily.

Verapamil 320mg for migraine, Migraine episode now at least 4X a month,
Nabumetone 750mg as an abortive, so far so good with GI side effects.

Spookiet
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   Posted 11/18/2012 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I've made a decision, I'm getting off this medication. It makes me feel creepy. The side effects are more than I can bare. I will call the specialist in the morning so that I can do it safely. I find feeling like a zombie 24/7 undesirable. I would rather suffer through the headache season. Or maybe it is time to try another headache specialist. Topomax not the miracle drug for me!

deltaforce
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   Posted 11/19/2012 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
It was not a miracle drug for me either. It did not help me and gave me kidney stones instead. I would talk to the doc and ask a replacement drug. If you don't have hypertension or cardiac issues, you could give a try to Verapamil..

Good Luck
Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC at the age of 30.
Currently on,
Colazal 9 daily, Imuran, 200mg daily, Vit. B12, 1mg, Multivitamin, 1 tablet daily, Fish oil 2400mg daily, Vit D 2000 IU daily.

Verapamil 320mg for migraine, Migraine episode now at least 4X a month,
Nabumetone 750mg as an abortive, so far so good with GI side effects.
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