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   Posted 3/3/2007 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had migraines for about 20yrs.  I have been using imitrex injections regulary, as well as assorted painkillers and anti-emetics.  My quality of life has greatly improved.  The last injection I game myself became swollen and itchy.  I am afraid of becoming allergic to Imitrex.  Is this possible?  I am also concerned with the use of pain medicine.  I try alternating between darvocet and lortab so I don't keep using the same ones back to back.  Of course the darvocet only takes a bit of the edge off, but it is better than nothing.  Imitrex is great when I have to drive or work.  I don't think I am addicted to any of the medicines, but I do depend heavily on them for relief.   I read somewhere that stadol is effective and less likely to cause addiction problems.  Is this true?  If not, are there any others that may fit this profile?

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   Posted 3/4/2007 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tabasco,

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry you have been suffering with migraiine for so long! Unfortunately it is possible that the injection site can show signs of allergy by swelling in redlumps (hives) and sometimes becomes itchy! If you are at all concerned it is important that you talk to your Doctor quite quickly about this just in case it is an allergic reaction.

I believe all the other drugs you mention have addictive qualities in them including Stadol which is one of the reasons why the triptans were such a break through in pain relief for us! So maybe this would also be a very good reason to establish the situation with the Imitrex Injection for you with your Doctor!

Please let us know how you get on, take care

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   Posted 3/8/2007 1:00 AM (GMT -6)   
FALSE- stadol ns is very addictive, (and can really cause rebound if your not super careful) but it is my life saver when i'm at the "ok I need a shot point". Treating Migraine pain sucks and I'm so sorry you deal with this too.
Best to you,
DX-Migraines:Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome:Kidney stones: IBS:Ulcers:Depression/Anxiety:Non-Epileptic Seizures:Buldging Disc:Joint pain (I'm only 22!!)
Surgeries- two jaw surgeries, appendectomy, numerous lap. surgeries, ovarian cyst removals
Meds: ProzAC 20mg, Klonopin 1mg BID , Ambien 10mg
(PRN- Imitrex INJ, Pherergan, Stadol NS, DiaStat,)
May God give you a reason to smile today, an extra reason to laugh, and bring joy to your soul.

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