Has anyone successfully prevented menstrual migraine?

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Date Joined Mar 2014
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   Posted 3/9/2014 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I have suffered from horrific migraines for twenty years (except during my pregnancy and for a few years afterward). They are clearly menstrual migraines as they occur once every 12-14 days along my cycle. Naratriptan does help with the pain, but I still lose a day once every two weeks. I want to try to prevent them completely. Unfortunately, I seem to be very sensitive to medication and have only found one thing that worked and it was temporary.

Here is what I have tried:

Nadolol - I had a terrible side effect after only one day. My hands were numb and my blood pressure went crazy. Quit.

Amitryptaline - After three days, I had a strange side effect where I felt like I had to urinate all the time, even when I didn't. Then on day four, I woke up and my lower lip was completely swollen. It seemed like some sort of allergic reaction, so I quit.

Exercise alone - no effect.

Magnesium supplement plus exercise - This WORKED. Like really worked. I had no migraines for 47 days, the longest of my life. And then, suddenly, it stopped working. I went back to my regular migraine schedule.

I was thinking of trying 5-HTP and that google search is what led me to this forum. I'm just wondering if anyone out there had advice or had successfully prevented their menstrual migraines.

Thank you.

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   Posted 3/10/2014 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure if this will be helpful to you, but I take birth control continuously (I literally never stop it) to prevent cycle-related headaches and migraines. If I stop taking the pill for even a day, I will have continuous head pain for several days following.
30-something female. Crohn's ileocolitis dx2/06. Inflammatory arthritis dx 9/09. GERD dx1/13. Asthma dx4/13. Raynaud's. Chronic headaches+migraines. Chronic chest pain. Anxiety.
Meds: Remicade, 150mg Lyrica, 800mg Gabapentin, 50mg Trazadone, 25mg Zoloft, 1mg Klonopin, 100mg Topamax, Zyrtec, Zantac, Nifedical for Raynaud's, Maxalt for migraines, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, PPIs

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   Posted 3/18/2014 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Same here. I just wrote a post called headache/migraine free, and I'm in a hurry.
Worked for me
And I forgot to write that it close to erased my cellulite in 4 weeks. :)
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