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jenagade
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   Posted 9/9/2015 2:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all I'm new to this forum and I have what is probably a really really dumb question.

First off, I get pretty severe migraines, and I get them almost weekly. As well as this I have almost daily headaches. Because of this my neurologist was really hesitant to put me on rizatriptan because it shouldn't be used too frequently. He wanted to put me on a low dose of amitryptaline but I was hesitant about this because I'm on an SNRI antidepressant and I am really susceptible to side effects.

We compromised on a prescription of rizatriptan with the caveat that I absolutely cannot take it any more than 4 times a month, and if it doesn't prove effective enough then we need to revisit amitryptaline. I usually get an aura before a migraine, but there are times when I don't, and these ones are more severe multi-day migraines. The problem is that for the first couple of hours they feel exactly like the headaches I get, so its not until the light and sound sensitivity hits that I know its a migraine, but by this stage it isn't far off full intensity and probably too late for the rizatriptan to be of any use.

So to get to the really dumb question, apart from limiting the number of rizatriptans I can take for a month, are there any negative effects if I take one but it ends up being a headache and not a migraine? I'm assuming that it would do absolutely nothing, but I have been hesitant to take it in case it does and these particular migraines are the ones I need it for the most.

BnotAfraid
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   Posted 9/12/2015 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Well,

I take a combo of topomax, and propananol to maintain a low level of pain 3-4 most days. See my diagnosis under signature.

I am not familiar with riz. Unless they are imitrex, relplex etc... I take imitrex, less body aches.
I also have tylenol 3 for break through pain.

I hope this helps you.

Peace
Trina
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Be still and know there is Peace.

Kabir says: "Student tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath". from the poem Breath.
DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain;Hemicrania Continua; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;

jenagade
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   Posted 9/16/2015 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Rizatriptan is similar to imitrex I think, but not the same active ingredient. Its brand name is Maxalt over here.

I've been on Tegratol in the past, 'technically' for migraines, but at the time my neurologist actually thought I was having partial seizures, and so far its the only thing that has had some effect, unfortunately not enough and at higher doses I was having really bad side effects.

BnotAfraid
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   Posted 9/17/2015 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
So sorry to hear that.

There are head ache/migraine/face pain support sites; some are international some are not.

I use bing.com as a search engine to find things like this.

Perhaps you can find some more answers from these support sites that are specific.

Peace
Trina
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Be still and know there is Peace.

Kabir says: "Student tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath". from the poem Breath.
DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain;Hemicrania Continua; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;

jenagade
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   Posted 9/18/2015 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I was under the impression that this was one...
LPR, anxiety, depression, atypical migraines, severe diaphragm pain

BnotAfraid
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   Posted 9/21/2015 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it is however we not doctors or medical professionals. HERE are some sites I as referring to.

migraine.com/blog/migraine-and-trigeminal-neuralgia/

www.medscape.org/viewarticle/416383_7

www.headaches.org/2007/10/25/migraine/

We will listen and support, validate and give our experience, but that is all we can do.

Peace
Trina
Moderator - Depression
Be still and know there is Peace.

Kabir says: "Student tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath". from the poem Breath.
DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain;Hemicrania Continua; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;

sudheerpv
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   Posted 10/6/2015 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I had migraine daily ,I tried topiramate, propanalol ,...now I found a solution for this,try face steaming daily ,also try honey 150 ml /day ,emu oil rub on pain area 3 to 4 times this will eliminate your migraine
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