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tysmyboo
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   Posted 4/18/2006 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
If possible, I would like everyone to share this info (in this format???)...so we can see what works for each other at a glance.
 
This works for me...
 
Preventative: (daily)
Topamax  400mg
Wellbutrin 300mg
Inderal     80mg
Birth Control-No Inactive Week (for 3 months)
 
Abortive: (as needed)
Imitrex
-nasal spray 20 mg//injection 6mg
Zofran     8mg
  (anti-nausea)
Reglan     10mg?
 
Rescue: (rarely)
Lortab    7.5/500 mg
Percocet 10/650
 
Emergency Room:
Dilaudid (Pain)
Zofran  (Nausea)
Solumedrol/Decadron/Toradol
 
-I think I am missing one???
 
I have taken a billion things, but these are the ones I have settled into NOW and seem to work at the moment! Share what works for you right now. This might let us see a pattern of things.
 
I also take singulair when allergy season kicks in, and ambien when I have trouble sleeping. Xanax from time to time when stress is in high gear or if I have a day where its the anniversary of something sad (death of a loved one etc) I find it helpful to keep an arsenal of things that you know are helpful...and keep  them on hand so you don't have to wait when the going gets tough!
 
 
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coolguy12
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   Posted 4/21/2006 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
All this for migraine?!

I have been taking Topamax for 7 months, it didn't actually helped me with the migraine, and it made me having Gynecomastia ( we are still not sure ) but i guess it's the gynecomastia cause, coz it's a new drug, they dunno much about it. but i found on Yahoo! Health that All Antiepilepsy and Antidepressants cause it.

Gynecomastia is very bad, i would rather have migraines than having man boobs.

anyway, just take care people :)

tysmyboo
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   Posted 4/21/2006 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Unfortunately YES...

I guess I don't have what you would call "normal people migraines"


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Annuk
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   Posted 4/22/2006 12:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Is there such a thing as normal people migraines?!!!...lol...I think we all suffer a little differently, hence the fact that it is difficult to find out what works for you!!!

Sadly I have not found a formula that works for me yet, but when I do I will post the result!!

Take care all Ann

tlhess
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   Posted 4/22/2006 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I think we have all determined that migraines are horrible, and every person responds differently. I am not currently taking any medications on a daily basis, we have yet to be able to find a combination that works, but we have realized that I am no worse off all the medication.

Daily, I do take:
Prenatal vitamin
Folic Acid
B-12 complex
Vitamin C

Abortive:
Imitrex, either oral or shot
Toradol orally

ER:
Nubain (this is what I prefer, it works better for me than dilaudid or other narcotics)
Phenargan (at least 50mg)
Valium

If possible, we try to do all of this IV, but lately it is as if my veins have disappeared, almost like a "drug abuser" which is really sad because I am not! Trying to convince the doctors in the ER of that is another story. I have been trying for weeks to get admitted into a hospital for DHE therapy. The ONLY thing that has worked for me when they are this bad is three days of IV DHE and phenargan (DHE makes me very nauseated). No one will do it...especially here with only 50-75% of our hospitals open. Has anyone ever come across this problem, and if so, how did you finally come to admission into the hospital?? My physician does not have admitting privelages...I have already tried that!
Thank you for the support and encouragement....Remember we are not alone in this


dhaney
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   Posted 4/24/2006 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Sara: How did you get to the 400 mg of Topamax. I am struggling at the 150 mg. with confusion, tingling, hair falling out, and now possibly some kidney problems, etc. Will know more after doctor visit on Wednesday. I work in a very busy EMS agency running the paramedic accreditation and EMT certification and am having some issues functioning. Boss is getting a kick out of me searching for simple words. Each time we bump the dose up, all the symptoms start all over again, especially the confusion (language). He can tell when the dose gets changed. But you know what, the headaches are a whole lot less frequent. I will take the confusion over the headaches. Sometimes for weeks at a time. I hope there are no kidney issues to worry about, especially since I am diabetic to boot.

Debbie

tysmyboo
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   Posted 4/25/2006 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
FIRST: When I said "Normal People Migraines" I was referring to the chicky on the Excedrin commercial who can take two excedrin and feel better in....what does she say 15 minutes??? heck even 30???? I would sell my right leg to feel better that fast!!!!
 
When I was younger I had what I called "Normal People Migraines" I would come home from school, take ONE Imitrex pill...lay down for a while and when I woke up I would be as good as new....THAT IS WHAT I MEANT!!!!!!!!!!
 
(ok, I have a bad one today...anything I "say" might come out a bit "off"...work with me guys cool )
 
 
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philski
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   Posted 4/26/2006 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Topamax, 150mg. Reduces my migraines from 25+ a month to about 10. 7 of those are " manageable" (I can work through them, etc). 3 of them require an abortive:

Imitrex the Injection. Works 95%+ of the time. Only abortive that works for me. I've tried every tripitan it seems. Axert, Maxalt, Zomig, Relpax, Imitrex tabs, Imitrex nasal, and others...

Excedrin does nothing. I've tried prettymuch every herbal remedy/dietary suppliment under the sun, I've tried dietary modifications, I eat very healthily (my mother is a dietician, I was "brought up right" in that regard). I'll borrow tysmyboo's statement... I don't get "Normal People Migranes" (and yes, that Excedrin chick pisses me off!!! my god, I have to keep explaining to my wife that not all migraines and people with migraines are alike!). Of course I think a lot of us here fall into that category.

I'm not happy with the situation, I still see a doctor every other month and we are trying to improve things, but it is an improvement from normal. Increasing the topamax (to 200) gave me a constant, dull migraine and side effects, so that is not an option. We are looking into options (appointment next week)....

dhaney: I am experiancing the same topamax side effects as you - difficulty finding words, confusion, etc - when the doc bumped me to 200mg. I'm back to 150 and the side effects have yet to go away, the doc says it should go away in a month or two. I hope so. If not I have to get off of this, I feel dumb as a rock... not good for work :)

-philski

tysmyboo
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   Posted 4/26/2006 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Philski has "Dopamax" syndrom too  *~*hugs*~*

maybe we should start a thread for spouses?!? It would do some good if the spouses/significant others would get involved and have some understanding with one antoher...the only problem with that is that mine are usually INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS...at least I feel that way because they never care enough to take the time to learn enough and be THAT supportive!

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