Preventing Chronic Migraines

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Date Joined Sep 2014
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   Posted 6/4/2015 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
What have you found that actually helps prevent chronic migraines?

The first thing I've found that helped was Verapimil. It put a stop to the chronicmigraines and the cluster headaches, only problem is that it gives me unbearable neuropathy in my hands and feet. It keeps me awake at night. It's like this awful trade-off. So, I end going off the verapimil when the neuropathy gets too bad then the headaches come back. I just went off it again because of this and I'm just waiting for the migraines to return.

I won't take topomax - I've taken it in the past and the side effects were awful (started having halllucinations among other things).

what else is there?

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   Posted 6/7/2015 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I am on a cocktail of 4 meds that get tweeked every couple years. It includes topomax.

Imitrex for tough days. Tylenol 3 for TN/Cluster mix.

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DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain;Hemicrania Continua; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;

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   Posted 6/9/2015 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I get Botox injections every three months and am on Lisinopril, gabapentin, and effexor. The combination slowly cut my migraines down from 20+ a month to 8-10. Botox made the biggest improvement. And for me, gentle yoga REALLY helps, I try to do it 3-4 times a week and when I slack off I notice an increase in migraines the next week that takes a while to recover from. Good luck!

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   Posted 6/10/2015 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
botox, verapamil, lamictal, baclofen. and naratriptan for rescue.

have gone from 30 severe migraines a month (every day) to 2-3 a month, not nearly as severe.

botox is a lifesaver. not really painful. every 3 months. takes just minutes. can drive yourself and continue activities immediately.

also do biofeedback for recent tension headaches happening daily. amazing how i thought i could relax and was relaxed and wasn't. am learning to relax muscles that contribute to headaches. super.

Many challenges, lots I am thankful for.

spina bifida dx age 20, chronic back pain (surgery: tethered spinal cord, spinal fluid leak), neurogenic bladder (augment w/ stoma, sling-2015), chronic migraine, TMJ, bulging discs etc C3-C6, neurogenic bowel, colostomy-2015, bipolar type 2, anxiety, fibromyalgia, severe nausea, hysterectomy+salpingo-oophorectomy 2015, and more. Gonna be ok!
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