early morning migraines

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September Morning
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/19/2007 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm new here so please bear with me.  Almost all of my migraines are present when I wake up in the morning.  I am currently taking 1000 mg of depakote/day for prevention purposes but I hate it due to the side effects (drowsiness, no energy, weight gain).  I rarely get a migraine during the middle of the day so I'm wondering if something is going on while I sleep.  I've tried different pillows, different sleeping positions etc.  Taking a med. for pain at the onset does nothing b/c when I wake up, I have a full blown attack going on with all the symptoms (light/noise sensitivity, vomitting, severe pain, diarrhea, etc etc) 
 
Does anyone else experience this?  Also, I was wondering if anyone has tried Botox injections?

Scorpio7
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   Posted 4/19/2007 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Grinding or clenching teeth at night is a common cause of morning migraines. Apparently you put 14 times more pressure on the temporal muscles than you do when chewing. If you sometimes wake up with a sore/stiff jaw or your migraines seem linked with your teeth (sort of wisdom tooth achey feeling) then it's definitely worth looking into. My headaches improved drastically after getting an NTI-tss splint which you wear during sleep to prevent your teeth from grinding.

September Morning
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   Posted 4/20/2007 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the reply Scorpio. I have a splint which I wear at night. I KNOW that I grind my teeth unfortunately. I do it during the day too and don't seem to be able to stop. I've been thinking of asking my doc. for a sleep aide, but then again, I don't want to have to rely on them. I thought if I had a more relaxing sleep, this may not happen.

In addition, I had a doc's appt. yesterday and decided I'm going to take a "medication vacation". I'll probably end up back on some sort of med. but I want to give it a whirl before switching to something else. The Depakote makes me feel sooooooo tired etc.
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