Feverfew : does it do the trick or part of it ?

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rabbit
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   Posted 12/7/2005 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all : your input would be appreciated.
I'm already taking Topamax and an hypo-tensor to prevent migraine. I follow the 2 days-5 days to prevent rebound headaches and nonetheless, I have quasi daily headaches. my doc is running of ideas.
Has anyone used fewerfew for prevention ? If so, in what formulation, dosage. Was it effective ? If yes, could you quantify the improvement and how much time did it take to start ? Info, any info would be so useful. Everything is so difficult.
Thank you

philski
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   Posted 12/8/2005 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Pardon my ignorance, what is "2 days-5 days"?

thanks,

-philski-

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 12/8/2005 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Rabbit,

I have used Feverfew twice and not found any success with it. Sorry not to have better news.

How long have you been using Topamax and how much? I just read a study that it can take 3 - 4 months for the affects of Topamax to be seen and that sometimes you need to be taking up to 200 mg.

Hi Philski,

2 days, 5 days refers to preventing rebound headaches, taking medication for 2 days and then not taking it for another 5 days to ensure you don't suffer a rebound headache from it.


Nicky
 
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
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rabbit
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   Posted 12/10/2005 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I appreciate your response. Concerning Topamax, my migraine doc it is a really good choice and because I had some improvement at first, I'm still using it. It's been more than a year now, progressing from 50mg to 200mg. It no longer seems to help. That's why I'm turning to self management options. A friend mentionned a product called Chillow, a pillow, claiming it radically helped her father because of it's ability to keep cool overnight but I just don't feel good about expensive et miracle products.
That's why I'm considering feverfew : an option I don't know but Nicky, your experience has been negative so I'm kind of stuck. I don't like feeling powerless. I can accept a few migraines a months - say up to 10 - but 20 or 25 is taking a toll on every aspect of my life.
Does the number of migraines reduce with the onset of menopause ? I'm far from it but I could hope for that !
Thank you kindly,
Rabbit

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 12/11/2005 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Rabbit,

I'm with you. I can't stand that many headaches a month either. I have tried the self medication route and not found any relief. Have you talked to your neurologist? Can s/he suggest something else? Could rebound headaches be a possibility? Have you discussed Botox with your neurologist? Have you tried a beta blocker? or neurontin (another anti-seizure)? The neurologist can't be out of possibilities. Mine has just recommended Amerge daily for a week, after the release of a new study. It's working fairly well.

Based on my experience, I'm much more successful when I try things my neurologist suggests than those I find on my own. If you're not happy with the success you've had it's okay to tell your neurologist that. At my last visit I went in saying that I had enough, I couldn't take the pain anymore, my headaches had reached INTOLERABLE LEVELS again. He heard me and gave me three things to try. I'm not sure which is working but something is and I'm feeling better already.

Good luck.


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

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