Frova and other strategies...

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 12/12/2006 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone.
I am a fellow sufferer, and need some group advice. I had been taking Relpax for the past year. I typically get one migraine, and cluster headache (at the same time) per month. Our hypothesis on this is that they are because I have hormonal problems. If I don't get my period (I have PCOS) then its like the hormones back up in me, and give me a migraine. Long story short, I have to take Provera to start a period, so as to prevent such migraine. But now the Relpax doesn't work for me. Before it didn't take all the pain away, or keep me at work, but it did keep me out of the ER. So Wednesday I got one, and ended up having to go to the ER. The Doc ordered me two rounds of toprol and dilaudid, with the antinausea meds. After the 2 rounds of that and still being in tremendous pain, he tried a new "cocktail" it had another antinausea med, Ativan, and a steroid for inflamation. All I can remember is that I vomitted like 8 times, and noting would stop it. BUt the combo of everything finally allowed me to go home and pass out. That to me was the best medicine ever practiced! Why, instead of pumping me full of all these pain meds, can't they just give me someting for my stomach, and a sedative? I also don't know if it was the steriod or what, but the next morning when I woke up, I felt great. I didn't have the migraine "hangover" that makes you feel the pain if you bend over, or laugh too hard. So I don't know if our tiny rural ER Doc stumbled apon something here, or if its already been practiced? I just found the website for FROVA. Its a menstral migraine med. Has anyone used it?? What are your suggestions? I'm out of resourses here, can anyone help???
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 81
   Posted 12/13/2006 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I have tried the Frova, but unfortunately did not get relief but I have heard great things about it.

As for your ER visit- I completely agree with you! They always try to give me enough pain meds to kill horse yet they never work and I just want to be able to sleep. I wonder if we asked for Ativan/Valium or the like in a combo with phenegren be administered before trying all the pain meds- if they would do it. That is terrific that you found something that worked to allow you to rest- and the lack of headache hangover is very promising!
26 y/o female
IBS dx 1996, Crohns Diagnosed after extreme flare in Feb. 2006, Emergency Appendectomy Memorial Day 2006 MEDS: Prednisone, Imuran, Lomotil, Darvocet, Phenegren, Reglan, Digestive Advantage, and way too many vitamins   
Migraines Dx 1990, MEDS: Neurontin 900 mg, Prozac. As needed: DHE, Reglan, Phenegren, Maxalt, Amerge, plus all the pain meds (Dialudid, Nubain, Stadol) Allergic to Imitrex

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