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isisgdss9
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   Posted 10/23/2006 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
 

Hey everyone. My name is Anelisa and although this is my first post I've been reading here awhile. I've been getting migraines since I was 8 years old; I'm 22 now. They started out very infrequently and progressed to the point of a severe migrain every 2 or 3 days. I've been in the hospital 3 times and have tried everything my doctor and then highly sought after neurologist could think of. Imitrex as well as Ascotop (zolmitriptan) work, with the later having fewer side effects.

After years of anti-depressents, blood pressure, and various other meds didn't work, I decided to quit them all (except the Imitrex of course). I didn't like taking so many pills that mess with important things like blood pressure when my blood pressure was fine; who knows what it could do to my body in the long run? 18 was too young for those kinds of medicines.

A year ago I moved to Germany and started dating a man who's mother is a nurse studying homeopathic treatments. He expressed his concern to her about my headaches and the medication I was taking (then Ascotop). She made him promise to get me to go to a homeopathic doctor and she would pay. At that point I wasn't in to "that kind of crap" but he explained to me that homeopathic is a very highly respected form of treatment in Europe, thought of as well as "normal" western medicine. In the end, I didn't want him to break his promise to his mother and I really was getting back to the point where I would try ANYTHING. He found me an 82 year old doctor (which olny added to my doubt about the treatment) and I started.

Within one month my headaches went from four a week to one every two weeks. At one point she thought she would try something different and my headaches came back full strength within 4 days. I started back on the other stuff and now they are back to 2 a month. If I had any doubt it is now completely gone. I am not cured yet, but each headache is a little less intense. I can even meditate sometimes when I get my "warning tingles" that tell me when a migraine is comming and then not get one. I would be satisfied with the way they are now, but my homeopathic doc insists that we can make them go away for good.

So, what's working? Well the thought is that there isn't one thing that causes a migraine. Some peoples' bodies respond to internal and external stress by anxiety, some by getting sick all the time, ours by getting a migraine. That stress could be something as simple as a food trigger, or/AND something a little more complicated. For myself, my body doesn't take in calcium properly. When I started homeopathic treatment I was told to make a list of everything that ever went wrong with my body. Not only did she notice that it was a very long list for someone so young, she noticed that many of them were fractured bones. She gave me a form of calcium that my body can accept (tinny tiny particles or something, to be honest I'm a little confused by it) and so my body is responding less to that stress with migraines.

I know many people think this kind of treatment is just crap, (I did) but to be honest, what have you got to lose? I know some of you are as desprate and miserable as I was, and that nothing is working. Try it. There are no harsh side effects, and it can be taken with whatever else you are currently trying. I should mention that homeopathic treatment is not approved by the FDA, but I don't think that means it's bad. The US is one of the only countries that doesn't practice it regularly and in Germany the doctor even sometimes recomends it before other treatment.

I hope you all are feeling better today.


Annuk
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   Posted 10/23/2006 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi isisgdss9,

Welcome to Healing Well. So glad you have found something that works for you! Sadly there are many that cannot afford to pay for treatment of any kind especially Homeopathic - myself included. But I have got to say the less drugs I take the better I feel generally even though the attacks speed up!

I wish you well with this, take care

Ann

isisgdss9
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   Posted 10/23/2006 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Yea, it can be very expensive. I was very lucky to find such a wonderful Homeopathic doc to help me. When at first I was afraid of her age, I am now greatful for it. Not only does she have 45 years expearience, she wants to help as many people as she possibly can before she gets too old. Understands that students and Aupairs (thats me) don't make much, so she charges me 20 euro (about $25) each session (every 3 weeks) and that INCLUDES the medicine. I know that people like her are rare, but they ARE out there. Find them if you can...

ttwarrior1
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   Posted 10/23/2006 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
sorry i had a headache reading that and had to stop. I looked 4 times and couldnt find the product your talking about

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 10/23/2006 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Could you ask your doctor if she knows anybody like her in Southern California? Please send me a Private Message about it. I have 0 money right now but $25 every three weeks is unheard of.
Talk2Kel 
DX: chronic migraine, cervical degeneration, depression/anxiety 
RX: Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Soma, Immitrex 
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cmgiancola
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   Posted 10/23/2006 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Anelisa, I like you have been hospital bound due to my migraine headaches.  The ER doctor gave me a prescription for 5 pills that cost $180.00.  That does not fit into my budget whatsoever.  So, I have found a great over the counter remedy for my migraine headaches.  If you are not allergic to caffiene or aspirin, Goody or BC powders work wonders.  I used to get tingling and numb sensations before a migraine.  For some reason, that has stopped, but I do get a severe sharp pain right before the onset of my migraines.  If a take a Goody or BC powder that's all the further it gets.  A Goody or BC powder is crushed aspirin and caffiene.  I don't know which ingredient is actually working, but it definitely works for me.  But a precaution, do not take these powders is you have stomach problems.  Aspirin, especially cruched, will deplete your stomach lining.  A box of 35 powders cost about $7.00.  You can find them in most Wal-Mart stores. Also, some migraine headaches caused by tension stresses can be alleviated by taking a magnesium supplement.  Also found at Wal-Mart Stores for about $4.00 per bottle.  Many women you suffer migraine headaches from tension stress, have a depletion of magnesium because they can not absorb it properly.

isisgdss9
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   Posted 10/23/2006 11:34 PM (GMT -7)   
ttwarrior1
I'm sorry you got a headache from reading. I didn't mention the "remedy" as they call it in homeopathics because it is different for every person. We all have different problems that cause these migraines and it's up to the homeopathic doc to find the problem. If you have a history with broken or weak bones, I would suggest you try my remedy. Calcium carbonicum is what it's called over here in Germany. The 2nd word is Latin, it might mean carbonate. The strength I started on was LM 6 and am now on LM 9 every 3 days. This refers to the size of the particles. I had a compression fracture of a vertabre last February and started taking a calcium supplement for that. That did nothing as my body couldn't absorbe it.

If you don't have bone problems and can't afford a homeopathic doc, I would suggest you sit down and make a list of everything that ever "went wrong" with your body (sicknesses, broken bones, ulcers ect) and things that are in your family. Next get a good book and diagnose yourself. In the book you should find symptoms, and which treatments fix them. It will be slow, but you can continue whatever treatment your on now. Be patient. So far it's been 4 months for me.


cmgiancola
Thank you for your advise. Unfortunately I do have a bad stomache. Iv'e tried Excedrine for many years (hence the bad stomache) wich is asprine, caffiene, and acetaminophen but it dosen't work any more. I will try the magnesium; I get tension headaches as well.

cmgiancola
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   Posted 10/24/2006 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Excedrine never did much for me; by the time my stomach broke it down my migraine was full blown. I wouldn't be able to feel half my face, my opposite arm and hand, couldn't walk straight, I'd be drooling and speech slurring from my face being numb. My brain would feel like it wwas going to explode on the right side, not too mention the light and sound sensitivity. I never had problems with nausea or vomiting. I would be absolutely exhausted after one of my bouts. That's why I have to take these powders. I hope my stomach stays strong enough to continue doing so. I have to take these powders 2-3 times a week. I'm glad I could be of assistance with the magnesium though. Good luck

CRANKY 1
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   Posted 10/24/2006 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Anelisa,
 
Homeopathic medication/remedies are a crap-shoot here in the USA.  They are not controlled by the Food and Drug Administration, and we don't want them to be.  If that were to occur, it would take years for each remedy to be available on the market.  Currently, because they aren't controlled by the FDA, you often have to go by someone else's personal recommendation regarding a specific product.  The actual contents of the remedy can vary widely from brand to brand, and may not even match the quantity/strength of ingredients stated to be contained within an individual product.  If you do choose to use a homeopathic remedy, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you aren't going to create a conflict with medication you may already be taking.  For instance, there are a number of pharmacuticals that should not be used in conjunction with Melatonin.  Sometimes, the interaction information is on the medication documentation, but often you need to look it up on the internet.
 
Just be careful,
Leigh Ann 
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