Posted 12/11/2005 5:40 PM (GMT -7)
Hi Everyone!
My name is Karen, I'm new here-but not to the world of migraines. In fact I thought I had ha every type of migraine imaginable until this morning. This morning, the pain woke me up (not unusual, has happened before), however the pain was allover, from my neck up. Again this is not that unusual at least when the migraine wakes me up because I feel I must tense up in my sleep from the pain. But after I was up for about 10 min. my neck felt okay, but the migraine was in my temples, across the top and front of my head. Then I was violently ill-threw up, and some of the pain eased up. This is so NOT my typical migraine. Mine are always in/above one or both eyes, and can start or include my ear. Has anyone else had a migraine like this? Or suddenly had a different kind of headache? OMG I thought for a little while ther I was having a stroke!! I also usually do not throw up with my migraines-once in a blue moon. This will sound strange, but I'm phobic about vomiting so I (i know, i know lol) always have something for nausea & vomiting. Can anyone share any info about the different types of migraines with me?
Thanks :) Karen
Posted 12/11/2005 9:57 PM (GMT -7)

Hi Karen,

Welcome to the forum.

I have to apologize, but your message made me smile. It's not funny as I laid in bed all day with a migraine. But it made me smile because I know exactly what you mean about vomitting. Your description of your migraine today describes mine to a tee and I will also do anything to avoid vomitting, though usually feel a little better afterwards.

I share you aversion to throwing up and the only thing worse than throwing up is waking up to throw up. So hopefully your pain has subsided enough to share my smile.

If not, I'm sorry to hear about your terrible headache this morning. As I said. I get these types of headaches quite regularly. I take Gravol (in Canada) Dramamine (in the US) with whatever medication I take to stop the vomitting. I have become quite adept over the years at not getting sick. Cold is a good way - a cold pack, open a window, an ice pack, throw off all the covers. I don't let anyone get on or near the bed and I don't eat anything if I'm feeling that way. I drink water or herbal tea if I need something and lie very still.

If this is very unusual for you I would go to the doctor to check it's nothing more serious. It's always a good idea to get a headache checked out when it changes from your normal pattern.
Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
                 --Japanese proverb

Posted 12/17/2005 9:04 AM (GMT -7)
I am just the opposite, I could borderline on an eating disorder the way I throw up!!!! (just joking) I know that if I go ahead and vomit I can feel better and lay down, hopefully sleep and then all will be much better.
My mom and I just had this conversation the other day, I ate too much (after about two weeks of a drastic reduction in the amount of food I was eating) and I looked at her on the way home from a pizza joint and said..."stop the car, I want to vomit" she laughed and said that she has never heard anyone say they WANT to throw up...but at that moment (and many others) I knew that if I went ahead and got that ugly part out of the way I would feel so much better.
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Posted 12/17/2005 10:41 AM (GMT -7)
WaterMinky- when you talk to you husband about going back to a Dr for new meds. explain to him that no matter whet meds are prescribe there will be side effects. They will not be fun, but within time they will subside so he will be able to get back to his old self again (or as close as possible) That way he can play with his children again & enjoy his life with you again. As you can tell from reading this board people can give you names of different meds that he may want to ask about that seem to work well for different people. & you can see what some of the side effects are here on this board for him, or just do some web surfing to compare them.
Posted 12/23/2005 11:50 PM (GMT -7)

Sara - that's gross tongue

Tymaboy - Well said!

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
                 --Japanese proverb

Posted 12/27/2005 7:36 PM (GMT -7)

Hi Everybody,

Thank you all so much for all your information and support. 

I was talking to my mother-in-law today,and she said that she has been taking Depakote for migraines/seizures since 1996. I was wondering if anyone knows, or has an opinion about this: is it at all likely that family members would find the same medicine effective for their migraines? I mean, are the migraines of blood relatives likely to spring from the same cause, and therefore would respond to the same medication?

I also wonder if Depakote would be effective for my husband because, two years ago, when the migraines had recently started and he was admitted to the hospital for a week of observation, he was found to be having some seizures --though difficult to detect -- he had to be monitored constantly for days before any seizures were picked up.

Sorry for the long post. Take care, all.

- WaterMinky

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