1.5 months of migraines. Help!

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   Posted 7/29/2014 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been having daily migraines for about a month and a half now. In the last two weeks I've had one day without a migraine. I've switched to wearing sunglasses full-time because the nausea is overwhelming. Sometimes I can't even drive during the day with the sunglasses on.

I'm working with my doctor to try to find an effective medication to replace Topomax, which appeared to be doing little for me. I'm in the early stages of physical therapy as well. Does anybody have advice on things I can do myself to help manage the pain?

My migraines are mild pain wise but the visual disturbances and light sensitivity are killing me. I never have enough abortives to take care of things, and it is exacerbating my other chronic conditions (Crohn's, arthritis, fibromyalgia). I'm starting to feel desperate for relief and pain medication isn't making things noticeably better.

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   Posted 7/29/2014 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   

I take a combo of meds for my chronic migraines and cluster pain

Propanolol 60mg 2 x day
Topomax 100mg am 125mg pm
Cymbala 60mg am

Magnesium 500mg

Imitrex PRN

I also get the eye pain, light sensitivity, nausea etc... I also have my own personal light show every day when I wake up. It goes away after about an hour.

hope this helps.

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   Posted 7/30/2014 1:59 AM (GMT -6)   
You may also need to increase your Topamax, but you should just now be reaching a max dose; which is around 200mg-250mg daily if you tappered up as they normally do. There are also several anti-depressants they can add as well as bp medications; which are used as migraine maintenance medications.

I take and love my Relpax for break through headaches.

I been also been through all the catagories of medications with little to no success; so I started getting Botox for Migraines in May, and it has helped. My physician told me that it usually takes the second round to completely see the full effects. I hope it knocks them out for good. I still take the Topamax and when needed the Relpax.

My very first migraine lasted 6 weeks, so I feel your pain.

Keep your head up, it will get better.

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   Posted 8/3/2014 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I had to actually think on this one but it was April 1, 2014 that was my last day without a headache/migraine/head pain. So I can relate.

I can also relate to your light sensitivity cause I get that too. I found that staying away from bright light sources help to a degree.

But the thing that has helped me with this is a pair or really cheap dark sunglasses which I wear wherever and whenever my eyes go bonkers.

The other thing that has helped with the light sensitivity is meditation, and yes I know this isn't for everyone but if all else fails why not try it?

Ive gotten so versed with my meditation routine that it usually only takes me a few minutes to get the light show under control with meditation.

Good luck and hope your are not having fireworks going off in your head or eyes!
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