New member, Meds advice needed please?

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Date Joined Apr 2014
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   Posted 4/3/2014 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone I'm a 34yr old male and I've been getting migraine with ora since my late teens.
When they started they where so painful I just wanted to knock myself out, I was sick, felt like I was gonna die I've never known a pain like it since and trust me I know pain all too well :(
I had a bad bike crash in 2006, kept in a coma for 2 weeks because of a head injury and lossed the use of my right arm which causes cronic pain itself but that's another story.
Since I had that head injury the migraines are still fairly frequent 2-6 a month but not as painfull so it kinda did me some good bouncing off a transit van lol
I've been taking Pizotifen to try and prevent them but I seem to get just as many as when I don't take them but these days I get the ora and for 15-30 mins my vision is a bit of a mess but then it'll lift and I get very little to no pain most times as long as I don't bend over if I do it throbs like crazy for a second or two other than that I just feel slow and unmotivated after an attack.
Today at about noon I had the ora but after I laid down for an hour it lifted and now I just feel a bit fuzzy, I haven't taken the Pizotifen for more than 30 days so I doubt very much that any of that will still be working so I'm quite confident that the migraine are finaly begining to ease off.
Like I said before when I am taking the Pizotifen I seem to get just as many so I'm looking to try a differnt method of preventing them as I've lost faith in the Pizotifen to be honest.
If you've had similar migraine would you mind telling me what meds have worked for you please?
Thanks everyone :-)

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Date Joined Jan 2014
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   Posted 4/4/2014 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum.

My migraines were visual only, you mention the ora (aura), this is what mine consisted of, a few times a week for several years. A doctor finally prescribed Ergotrate, something usually used post partum to reduce bleeding. The very first medication that drastically reduced the frequency of my migraines.

After I used this for a few months, since I was already on Propranolol, I asked the doctor if he could increase the dose of Inderal LA (long acting propranolol) and discontinue the Ergotrate. It worked, taking 240 mg/day of Inderal La, I still had reduced frequency migraines.

Concurrently with these migraines, I had an undiagnosed seizure disorder, the symptoms were unique, never a migraine with a seizure and vice versa. The seizures grew worse, were finally diagnosed, and after starting on Dilantin (Phenytoin) for seizures, the migraines totally went away, even coming off the Propranolol.

Hope this helps.

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   Posted 4/6/2014 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Imitrex works well for my daily migraines, comes in tablets and nasal spray

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