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Lady Lazarus
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   Posted 8/30/2005 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello... I have had migraines since age 6. Normally I get them 2-3 times each month, but this past summer has been HELL! Every day I suffer, so every day I have been taking imitrex or zomig. I have just read that this can cause rebound headaches. I have been taking them for 3 months! Does anyone know about this or had any experience with these drugs? My doctor doesn't seem to think it is a problem (since she's the one giving me samples and knows I am taking them every day.) I don't want to stop, they are the only drugs that work for me - if I can catch them in time. I can't take any narcotics since I got addicted and had a hard time getting off them (not doing THAT again!)
I also suffer from severe depression and am on Celexa and Seroquel. I can hardly bare this constant pain and/or exaustion. I feel like I'm losing my mind. Somedays I just want to die. I have come here for support, since I don't have anyone who really understands what I am living with. Most of the time I feel guilty for having to lay down and leave everything to my husband, and always having to tell my 4 year old daughter "mommies got a headache-- can you please be a little quieter" and so on. If it weren't for her, I would be a goner! I must get through this, I can't see my way out. I feel pretty desperate.

~suggestions?

TMarie
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   Posted 8/30/2005 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Are you seeing a Neurologist or a Pain Management Specialist?  They would DEFINATELY understand the Rebound cycle the "triptans" can cause and figure out a plan of action for you.  I highly suggest you get in with a Neurologist ASAP and explain how often you are using these triptans!

You did not mention if you are on a prophylactic (preventative) medication to prevent these Migraines from happening in the first place.  Are you on any at all?  There are several out there like Beta Blockers, Anti-depressants, Topamax, and so-on. 

Also, have you ever tried Fioricet or Midrin in between the Imitrex or Zomig?  I know for sure, that Zomig and Imitrex are NOT for daily use...they can be used 2-3 times per week MAXIMUM!

Please don't feel guilty for passing the care of your daughter off to your husband because you have a Migraine.  That's what marraige and support are about.  Children would much rather have a Mommy fully functionable rather than a Mommy that's irritable and not feeling well!  I know this from experience with my 7 and 9 year old!

Wishing you some relief and pain free days ahead,

 


~*~*~Tasha~*~*~
 
 


Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 8/30/2005 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello,

I'm afraid that everything I've heard confirms that triptans cause rebound headaches and my neurologist is included in the long list of people to have told me that.

Please don't feel guilty for balancing your life and taking care of you. TashaMarie is right, your daughter will always prefer a functioning mother rather than a suffering mother. Someone mentioned once about doing quiet things with children when you're not feeling well, like reading together - if you're feeling up to it. My husband and I have struggled through the changes that my migraines have brought to our life. He does whatever he can for me and when I'm having a good day we capitalize on it. It's taken a long time but your family will understand.

You may find that your everyday headache is actually being caused by the daily triptans.

I take Celexa for my depression and recently asked my neurologist if it could be triggering my migraines. He says it is known to but because I had the headaches before I started taking it, not likely in my case.

I agree with TashaMarie, it's probably a good idea to see a neurologist. GPs are great, but when it comes to daily headaches neurologists have a lot more information and can start you on a preventative medication.

You probably got addicted to the narcotics because you were suffering from daily headaches in the first place and are now using the triptans. Unfortunately both just propagate the problem. Preventative medications can stop the problem or minimize it and minimize your dependency on other medications that can create rebound headaches.

Has anyone asked you to try and figure out what triggers your headaches? I have a terrible time with foods. For me caffeine and coffee are bad triggers so when I had a latte each morning I doomed myself to a headache.

Good luck!


Coquitlam55 (aka Nicky)
 
"The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it." --Helen Keller
I try and remember this each day I have a headache that I'm not sure I can overcome.


Lady Lazarus
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   Posted 8/31/2005 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, thanks for the replies...

I haven't seen a neurologist since I was a child, but I have an appointment next week with my gp to refer me to one. I am not on any preventative meds yet, but I am open to anything! I am worried about getting off the zomig. Does it require hospitalization? Some info I'v read suggests that. I have explored possible triggers and eliminated the most probable ones. I grind my teeth at night and wear a night guard which has stopped the jaw pain, but not the migraines. I have had pollen allergies for the first time this summer, the smog , humidity and pressure changes definitely affect the severity of the pain. But even on the clear days they seem to creep up on me by the end of the day.

I'm glad I found this group, it helps to not feel so alone in this. Thanks.

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 8/31/2005 11:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

I posted a reply to your other message about hospitalization. I've never heard that it's been necessary.

Good luck!


Coquitlam55 (aka Nicky)
 
"The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it." --Helen Keller
I try and remember this each day I have a headache that I'm not sure I can overcome.

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