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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 5/30/2006 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone! I normally post on the Crohn's board. Just about every woman in my family has had migraines. My Mom gets the weekly! The only time I used to get them was when I was pregnant, so the past few months have been different for me.
The last few years I had been getting a lot of headaches, but after popping a few aspirin when they first started it would knock it out. But in Feb. I had a massive lower GI bleed, and diagnosed with Crohn's. So no more NSAID's of any kind, no motrin, no aleve, no advil ect... And the Tylenol just doesn't do a darn thing! I've had 3 mirgraines in tha pas month, all while trying to stop with Tylenol, but it still progressed. Went to the ER once, got a shot of Morphine and a RX of vicodin. Which helped, but who can do that every few weeks??!!
I'm seeing my doctor tomorrow to discuss other options. I was thinking of asking about Imitrex, but after some research I'm pretty scared about these medications. As I also have high blood pressure (although I'm being treated), and I've read about all the heart warnings. I don't want to take something that could cause a heart attack or stroke! So I don't know what to do. I doubt he'll be wanting me to take a vicodin every time a headache starts. Anyone know what kind of treatments are out there that don't have these heart/stroke risks?

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 26
   Posted 5/30/2006 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there and welcome.  I am diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines and therefore cannot take any of the migraine specific drugs such as triptans and ergots due to the stroke risk.  My docs have tried the preventative medications with me - Inderal, Propanolol, Topamax, Amitriptyline, Nortriptyline, Midrin, Depakote, and MANY others....  When I am having a migraine the docs have tried torodol both oral and IV, Magnesium chloride IV, Thorazine oral, IV and suppositories, prednisone oral, dexamethasone IV, Depakote IV infusion, demerol IM and IV, morphine IV.   The torodaol, thorazine,prednisone, dexamethasone, and depakote IV totally did not do a darn thing for me. the demerol and morphine helped for maybe a couple minutes at most.  What the docs give me now is an IV cocktail of 25 to 50mg Phenergan for nausea and 100 to 200mcg Fentanyl for the pain.  I stay at the infusion center for about 20 to 30 minutes after the meds are given then I go straight home take my Ambien and get to sleep before the fentanyl wears off.  That usually works for me.  I am going to a neurologist on Monday and will try to get the Fentanyl suckers so I don't have to go anywhere or get poked!  I have NO veins left in my arms.  It's either the suckers or a permanent access line for the infusions.  I get migraines at least once if not twice every week and it really isn't fun to say the least!!  Hopefully one of the preventative meds will work for you.  but if not ask your doc about the magnesium chloride ect....    Hope that helps!  Let me know!
Migraine with Aura, Hemiplegic Migraine, Degenerative Disc Disease, Hemilaminectomy L4/5, Depression
Current Meds:
Celexa 40mg, Wellbutrin 300mg, Topamax 200mg, Ambien 10mg PRN, Phenergan 25mg PRN
Meds for Migraine episode:
IV Fentanyl 100 - 200mcg, IV Phenergan 25 - 50mg

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