non-narchotic pain meds for migrain?

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   Posted 10/1/2008 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
okay, now that I gave an intro here is my first question. as I mentioned in the intro I have a brain mri today, depending on the results they may do a lumbar puncture, as I have migraines and someone posted that the headache after this procedure is worse x 100, AND I am allergic to any opiate type pain killers, what on earth should I ask for? (dear lord x 100?)

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   Posted 10/1/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Spinningmawmaw

Well the headache CAN be bad...but u may not even have it. Don't set urself up with worry just yet. I too get migraines (in my eye) and they are horrid. I had the lp headache and it was about the same or maybe not as bad. It can be worse for some and easier for others. U should talk to u'r doc before this proceedure and go ahead and get some pain meds to have in hand. U'r doc, with all u'r med history, will be the best person to suggest meds. Other than that, be sure to lay flat as long as u can after the proceedure and to get plenty of liquids...esp caffiene. If u do get the headache, call u'r doc and ask for a blood patch. The headache is caused from spinal fluid leakage. Once the 'hole' from the proceedure is patched, or clogged, the headache should subside. Please do come back and let us know how the mri goes, and if needed, the lp. Take care friend and welcome to the board!
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   Posted 10/1/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Spinningmawmaw, and welcome to the MS board. I read your other thread, and I’m sorry to hear you’ve been so sick. I hope these upcoming tests can shed some light on what’s going on so you can get some treatment.


One thing that I wish I’d known after the LP was that the headache can go away when you lie down in some circumstances. Mine went from extremely painful to complete pain relief within 45 minutes of lying down the first time (I had just flown home from the docs in another state). As soon as I’d lift my head a tiny bit, it would come back full force, and then dissipate again when I would put my head down. As Rhonda mentioned, you very well might not even get the headache, but if you do, make sure to stretch out flat and deal with doctors and treatment options from that position. One person talked about caffeine therapy on another thread on post LP headache, which included a caffeine IV in the ER, so make sure you have plenty of caffeinated drinks on hand. However, please try not to get ahead of yourself..if a LP is indeed scheduled at some point, then you can make these sorts of arrangements at that point. I know all these tests and what-ifs can be overwhelming, so just try to take things one step at a time.


I hope your MRI goes well today, and you are on the road to getting some answers.



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   Posted 10/1/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
What, coffee is the treatment! I can deal with that! hehe

Thanks for the advice.
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   Posted 10/1/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the bad post LP headache. Made me cry if I got out of bed, even to go pee. But not there at all when laying flat. Because it was still there the next day I went in and got a "patch" and it was like magic. Many people don't get the headache, and I've seen too many people who seem to be told to wait 4 or 5 days if they do get it. That seems like a waste of suffering to me. If you are close enough to go back in for a patch (and you get the BAD headache) then go back in right away. Willow
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