Migraines related to IBS?

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Angelic_Victory
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   Posted 12/21/2012 3:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had IBS for almost 2 months. I've noticed. Since then my migraines are happening more often. I have antiseizure medication to prevent them and hydrocodone for pain. I was curious if anyone else has notice a connection like this.
I'm not sure if I should call my neurologist about the frequency or not. I'm afraid he may be upset because he made sign a pain contract and I had to use some of my hydrocodone to treat my ibs before it was diagnosed because I didn't think I was allowed pain meds from anyone else so I had to use the hydrocodone. I did call his office and his nurse said that's not what they have them to me for. But I was in tons of pain. Now the migraines are getting bad again but I don't know how that visit would go. Anyone have any experience with either one illness triggering migraines or pain contracts.

MigraineAway
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   Posted 12/30/2012 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Many believe there is a significant connection between Migraines and IBS, as well as some other conditions like fibromyalgia. They consider it "visceral hypersensitivity" and often the occur together. Some treatments used for one can help the others, including magnesium, SSRIs, etc. Migraines also greatly effect bowel activity/movement.


Applying common prevention strategies for both, including daily exercise, weight control, proper sleep (and treating sleep apnea if present), relaxation techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and staying well hydrated can all help. Many would discourage the use of a narcotic for migraines as it doesnt hit the root of the attack; there are many great abortive medications available. Narcotics also alter bowel activity so you could be causing problems while treating others.


Check Johns Hopkins IBS website for information as well as MayoClinic for both conditions. Look at Amercian Headache Society patient information site (Achenet.org) for more information.

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