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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 9/20/2005 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I came across this site this morning trying to look for some info on Migraines. I had my first migraine about 4 years ago. I was 24 at the time and had no idea what it was, it lasted about a week. That was the worst I've ever had. My friend at work at the time was reading a mag and there was a piece on Migraines. I read it and that's when I knew what I had. Went to my first doctor, told him the details and he just handed me a presciption. (he didn't tell me about it in detail, he said just to take it when the aura thing happened) Well, I thought... presciption drugs? I don't want to be dependent on this. So, I just chucked it away. Doctors, I found had no info for me. I want to see a specialist but there isn't one in my city.
Anyways...after a bit of time I found that I would have an attack a week before my cycle. Then just a few months ago I had 3 (one every 2-3 days) 2 weeks before the cycle. Again this month, just yesterday and 2 days ago I had an attack. It's getting worse. Everymorning for the past few days I feel almost paranoid. I already missed a day of work this week and will I miss another? This sucks. You know...I don't wish migraines on anyone. But to those who give me the "whatever" look when you tell them whats wrong...if they could just feel half of what I feel.......

Shelley J
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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 57
   Posted 9/21/2005 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean!  I have severe allergies to many things including food, chemicals, and workplace "things" migraines just startede about 4 months ago.  Most people just look at you and fluff you off...she's a hipochondiac is what I think they are saying behind me.  If for just one day the people around us could feel our pain, they'd never look at us that way again.  And what's so bad about it is that it's not just the people around us thinking's also our doctors!  (At least in my case) 
I have actually seen so many docotrs over the past year and a half about my "intolerances" to everything that now that I'm having these migraines I don't want to see a doctor about them, because they'll just think I've gone even crazier.  So, for now I'm trying to treat them naturally with melatonin and stress management.  I wish you luck!

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Date Joined Dec 2004
Total Posts : 921
   Posted 9/22/2005 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I went through the same thing....I have been dealing with this for more than 10 years...
It started out what I like to call "NORMAL PEOPLE MIGRAINES" where they are managable and you don't want to take prescription medications...but then you get to the point where they continually get worse and you decide you will take whatever you have to, just to diminish the pain!
My first suggestion would be to see a doctor...maybe not that jerk who didn't explain anything...but see someone...I find it hard to believe that there's not a specialist..but maybe you do live in the sticks (smile) just kidding! There are so many treatment options...suffering in pain without having to is just silly...You really should try something...and if you could try the herbal personally, I don't want to wait...several weeks to see if it will prevent an attack when I can take something to get rid of one in progress....
I would rather get rid of the pain...and then figure out how to keep it from coming back! ha ha
Ice on your head is good, sometimes a warm bath...of course lay down in a dark room...turn a fan on yourself. As I'm sure you've heard before keep a headache journal so you can find potential triggers for what might be setting this off...I also suggest for you to read...Heal your Headache has some great information on how to deal with the headaches and watch for triggers etc...I have read some 60 headache books and this is one of my favorites for general information especially for explaining thresholds etc.
Hang in there,
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