question for my daughter in law

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 10/9/2006 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I have never posted on your forum before. I slipped over from the lyme forum. My daughter in law is 21 and has a 5 month old baby that she is breast feeding so she cant take medication for her migrains She doesn't have them often any more but she had one  last week and woke up vomiting and light sensitive. My son is working on his Masters as university and had to go to class for testing he was administering that day so she was on her own. I live hour and 45 min away and would have buzzed down but no one called me. darn kids. She toughed it out on her own but i gather it was no picnic for her or the baby. Does anyone have anything to offer her as a idea or a remedy that she could do since she cant take medication at this time? She is a rabid breast feeder so there is no use saying wean the baby and its not like she has a lot of migraines, but one is one too many. thanks for any help you can give us she is a sweety.  Mom in law.

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   Posted 10/10/2006 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Monte,

Welcome to the Migraine forum, glad to have you over here. Boy does that bring back memories!!! When I was breast feeding my son I had the most horrendous migraines with vomiting and had to deal with them on my own. I found it all too easy not to drink enough, and found that maintaining fluid input was extremely important more so than it would normally be breast feeding. One of my triggers is lack of fluid, breast feeding compromises fluid in the body so needs to be replennished often. Migraine for me seems to do the same.

Sadly I found nothing other than this that helped. It did not stop the attacks coming and I had to tough them out too as my family lived 200 miles away at the time. My only advice would be to eat a little and often to maintain blood sugar levels and drink, drink, drink!!! Maybe you need to sit down with your daughter-in-law and find out from her what she would like to happen in the event of another attack and formulate a response that she is happy with - boy, what I would have given for someone to do that for me!!!!

Please keep in touch and let us know how she gets on.

take care


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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/10/2006 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Monte :)

I know all to well of headaches and migraines. I get them almost everyday and medication does not have an effect anymore for me. Like Ann said (above) have your daughter in law drink lots of fluids. Such as water, tea, milk, low sodium juices. Try to stay away from caffiene products like soda and coffee. That could just trigger the migraines. Speaking of mentioned that she only seldom gets them, when she does she should think of what she was doing, thinking, and eating. Many times migraines have triggers and when you learn what they are, you can prevent them or make them less intense by avoiding such triggers.
Other things i do to help with my migraines besides drining tea, i like to just lean over the steam that comes up and breathe it in threw your nose. Chamomille tea is wonderful for that, or a peppermint tea fumes.
Lets say she has the migraine and there is nothing that is working like drinking fluids...she should take an ice pack and place it on her head, depending on where the migraine starts (front like the forehead, or in the back of the head) and hold the ice pack there for 15 min. This will ease the pain, but she must hold it there for that amount of time, or it won't hold to its full benefits.
And as far as light sensitivity, have her wear sunglasses even in the house. :) This may seem silly, but hey, if it works right?
If i think of anything else i'll let you know! Good luck :)
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