Migraine triggers?

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   Posted 8/15/2007 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone, I'm popping in from the IBS forum with a question or two...up until a month ago I hadn't had a migraine for years (I'm now 28).  I recently moved to the desert and so far I've have had two wretched migraines that resulted in nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, and serious pain.  Every other day I've had headaches in the late evenings on a regular basis.  I've been pounding the water bottle, thinking I'm dehydrated, and keeping ice packs on my head, with not a lot of results to go on.  Any other suggestions out there?  I've heard mixed reviews about pre-treatment with drugs like Topamax and Inderal but I've got another two weeks until school starts and insurance kicks in.
I'd appreciate any suggestions!  Thanks in advance.
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   Posted 8/15/2007 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Getting on a good preventative, abortive, and emergency meds as soon as possible, is critical if you are getting migraines.  My bet is that you are not acclimated to the weather/temperature in you new location.  Switching from inside to outside really can put a lot of stress on your body, especially your head.  Also, bright lights can be a trigger.  It may just take a few weeks for your body to get use to its new environment.  But, by all mean, get to a clinic as soon as possible, or you may even try to call your regular physician at home to call you in some appropriate medications.

Let us know how things progress, and how many migraines you are getting.

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   Posted 8/15/2007 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
when i first started getting migraines, going from A/C to the heat and back again could trigger a migraine. made summers darn near unbearable. there could be environmental triggers too. moving to a new place can take time to get used to new plants and weather.
every time we move it takes me a few months to get used to the environment and for the migraines to subside. get to the doc as soon as you can so you can get some relief.

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   Posted Yesterday 3:11 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks so much, Cranky and Pita.  I've never suffered from any obviously environmental-related symptoms, so this has been weird...but I guess it's to be expected moving from arctic tundra to low desert.  The prophylactic ibuprofen seems to be doing its job for now; no vomiting episodes, thank goodness!   

Thanks again for the reassurance.  I've booked an appointment with a family doctor (and alumnus of my medical school!) here on the first day my insurance kicks in.  I'll ask her about some preventative meds, I can usually tell when the headaches will get really bad. 

I feel extremely sympathetic for all of you.  Migraines are simply awful.  Tremendous kudos for all of you for dealing with this on a regular basis...

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