Pregnant with Migraines---- Help!

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   Posted 6/13/2006 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I am at my witts end people. I am 36 and pregnant with twins after 6 years of trying and 3 losses and while I am so excited about finally being pregnant I am also very miserable with horrible migraines every single day since I was 9 wks pg, I am now 13 wks. I have suffered from migraines since I was 8 years old. The last several years I kept them fairly controlled with Imitrex and Fioricet. when I first found out I was pg my fertilitly specialist and my ob/gyn both said taking the Fioricet and/or Excedrin without asprin in it was safe to take and if I needed to I could take it every day but try not too. The key is to take it right when I felt the migraine come on rather than to wait to see if I could tolerate it which is what I had been doing and was suffering alot because of it. So anyway my OB referred me to a Neurologist to see what else my options are and he was telling me not to take the Fioricet and to basically that I should be happy I am pg and that I should suffer thru the headaches, obviously the man has never had a 4 day long migraine with vomitting and the runs and not being able to move and only wanting to stick a drill thru the side of your head to make the pain feel better. So now what? I can't take Tyelnol or Ty 3 or Vicoden or Percocet, Dialudid, nothing works except the Fiorcet and Excedrin. Has anyone on here been pg with migraines and taken the Fioricet with no problems, what did your Drs tell you was safe to take. I certainly don't want to hurt my babies but I also don't want to suffer for days on end, I would think that would hurt the babies more than taking one and a half pills a day. I had read on several sites that even thought Fioricet is preg category C that many drs prescribe that to pg women with migraines and it has no known effects. Anyone out there please help!! Thx


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   Posted 6/13/2006 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on your pregnancy, and welcome to Healing Well. As I had great difficulty conceiving myself and achieved pregnancy after 10 years of trying I have some idea of how you feel. The product of my pregnancy is 17 years old now!!! lol

Thankfully I did not have any migraine through pregnancy but was always scared that I would. I am sorry that you are having such a rough time of it. Try and talk to a Neurologist and see what his take is on this. Obviously you know that no drugs is the ideal, but at the same time that is not always possible. I wish I could help you more. Please let us know how you get on. I will pray for you. take care Ann.

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   Posted 7/11/2006 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I feel your pain. I'm about 9 wks pregnant and I've had a migrain every since I've found out that i was pregant. I don't know what to do either. The only thing that used to do anything for my mirgrains, now I can't take it anymore. Its really hard trying to work and can't see whats on my computer screen or even when I'm driving not being able to see very good in front of me. I have a 21/2 year old, and with her, it was simple. I was never sick, it was great. Now with this one, I've never felt so horrible in my whole life. If anyone knows of anything that will help please let me know. Thanks

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   Posted 7/11/2006 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
kdclairmo, Find a Neurologist who has some compassion and isn't a nut case. What an appauling thing to tell someone who is truly suffering! Just because a person has a medical degree does not mean they are qualified to practice medicine. I am serious, find another doctor.

Truly congratulations on your pregnancy and hang in there.

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   Posted 7/13/2006 1:29 AM (GMT -6)   
funny b/c the 2 meds that work for you aren't narcotics... ask your ob and if they are comfortable i don't see a prob. My neuro say no more than 2 pain meds a wk. try that if they agree. Migraines when/if I get preg scares me... Good luck and congrats!!

May God bring peace and rest to you!!!

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   Posted 7/14/2006 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone. I know what this anxiety is firsthand! I have had migraines since I was 9, although they went away for almost 12 years. Last year they came back, and I get one every other week. I seem to get them more often if my period is off track. I have PCOS, and have been trying to get pregnant for 6 years. about 3 weeks ago, I started my Provera, (the drug that starts a period) then went on the Clomid (fertility drug) and am ovulating this week. I haven't had a migraine this whole time, and my old Neuro told me that I would probably have relief from the migraines while pregnant. So I don't know if these are hormonal migraines, or metabolic migraines, since the only trigger I know of is hunger. I was supposed to go to my neuro on Wed. but his office called and said he took an emergency med. leave until OCTOBER!!!! So I called and got it worked out to see his collegue. So given this info I've shared, does anyone have any questions that I should ask him? I'm pretty dense when it comes to asking a doctor questions, so if anyone has anything to offer, it would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!!
Don't confuse dying for oil, with fighting for freedom.....

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   Posted 7/16/2006 9:04 AM (GMT -6) we go, I really hope I can help! I have 4 sons, all high risk pregnancies, each one far sicker than the one previous to it. It just amazes me the extent we will go to to procreate! I began having migraines at 10...not often, about once a year, but brutal, I usually had to be hospitalized. I haven't had one now since my last pregnancy, 5 years ago. This may sound too overly simple to work, but give it a chance. My neurologist told me to always make sure to carry coca cola and baby asparin with me at all times. The caffeine dialates the blood vessels and the sugar gets the blood moving. The baby asparin is a blood thinner that helps to keep the blood from clotting...unless you are known as a 'bleeder', there shouldn't be any reason for you not to just be able to take a baby asparin a day until the last month or so. about Tylenol. Why can't you take it? Tylenol was the one otc pain reliever I was always told was safe to take while pregnant and breastfeeding. Which leads me to Vicodin. I had melenoma during my first pregnancy. I was absolutely told that Vicodin was safe to take for pain. I suffered Migraines during my last pregnancy. I remember pulling over to the side of the road, pulling a mini can of coke out of a hiding place in the car, taking a baby asparin, then a vicodin and waiting. The pain was unbearable. I phoned my ob. I remember him advising me to take a second vicodin, wait in the car until I thought I could drive safely home, and to phone him once I got there. When I did, my head felt dull, light, stuffed with cotton balls...but pain free. He told me to lay down and to be off my feet the rest of the day. Make sure to keep my blood sugar up and to not dehydrate, and to not worry about the effect on the baby because it was far more important that my baby not be exposed to the chemical toxicity of the effects of my body going through the stress of extreme pain.
I am not a doctor. But I have been pregnant for almost 4 years an breastfed for over 6. I have made the mistake of allowing myself to be intimidated by doctors. I hope you will be able to learn from my mistake and in retrospect enjoy this pregnancy. (more than I enjoyed my second-with a nasty doctor) When we are pregnant we feel so vulnarable. Unsure. You hired the neurologist. You are his boss. You can fire him and replace him with someone else. Someone that treats a pregnant woman with respect. You are already making a sacrefice that his small brain is unable to comprehend. How dare he imply that it is acceptable for you to bear an anurism-like sensation for the next 6 months? Yes, it sucks to have to look for someone new. And insurance is a b***ch. But while you're at it, you should look for a Perinatologist to consult with as well. A Perinatologist is an ob with additional training. Try to see if there is a woman in your area. You may want to consider going around the 4th month. Who knows? Like my doctor, she may think your current doctors are completely wrong and that it is far healthier for your babies to make sure that you stay 100% pain free! Basically she is going to examine not only the health and position of the babies, but the health and position of the placenta and uterus and cord and can even help determine if your migraine condition may make it to difficult for you to push effectively.
Best of luck to you! Let me know if you have additional questions.

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