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I've had migraines since I was eleven.  They started me right off with Fiorcet and told me to take it with a Coke for the added caffeine. I went through high school and college taking various drugs (painkillers, execedrin, muscle relaxers, low dose antidepressants, midrin), and nothing really worked. I'm talking about migraines that put me out for at least 3 days, flat on my back in a dark room.  When I went to nursing school, we weren't allowed to miss any days at all. The doctor put me on a cocktail of drugs--take this, and then take this, if this doesn't stop it, take this. I managed to get through, with the professors all knowing I was taking medication (sometimes opiates) to get through the day. My life continued that way until finally I found a doctor in my 30s who decided it wasn't all hormones (give me a second to roll my eyes) and started me on Topomax. It helped, but I still needed opiate pain medication and something for severe nausea.  Imitrex didn't work at all for me, but Maxalt does.  Only if I get to the migraine during the Ocular portion or Aura.

 

I used to have at least a migraine (as I defined it) at least twice a month. That meant several days in bed followed by a day just feeling wrung out and worthless.  I had gradually over the years had to increase my Topomax dose and finally, due to that and some other reasons, had to stop working.  I had three Occipital injections for Occipital Neuralgia given by my Neurologist that worked wonders!...for a while

 

I saw the Botox commercial and it says...if you have a headache that lasts for 4 or more hours... I was shocked.  That was my EVERYDAY!  I had been contemplating Botox injections. When I asked my Neuro about that his reply was "What did you think a migraine was?"  We had a long discussion...  And then we talked about a new drug that had just come on the market.

 

I started taking Aimovig the month after it became available on the market.  I have only had 3 migraines in 8 months (my kind of migraines), and I rarely even have a headache.  I've had to take Maxalt a few times, and it's usually related to barometric pressure changes, increased stress, or poor sleep.

 

I also am super sensitive to light, sound, smells...any kind of outside stimulation, really. I always get transition lenses on my glasses because I'd rather pay more for my lenses than have a migraine due to light exposure. I also keep the lights low in my home unless there is company.  There is never more than one "thing" running--if my husband is using his computer and I am watching TV, then he has to use his headset.  If a lot of people are over visiting then music has to be very quiet, etc.  I have a sleep mask to use if I need to lay down during the day.  An ice pack behind the neck is also very good.  I've also done acupuncture and had the ear peircing; and I do Reiki on myself.  It's up to you if you want to do woowoo stuff or not--but it helped me. 

 

  • Eliminate any food/beverage triggers
  • Find ways to decrease/eliminate light sensitivity
  • Find ways to decrease overstimulation by noise
  • Ice packs (back of neck, top of head, side of face)
  • Go to a Neurologist or Headache Specialist.  Discuss drug options, including herbals
  • Don't be afraid to explore ALL your options--there are studies that prove that Chiropractic Medicine, EFT, Meditation, Reiki, Acupuncture and other modalities do help people. If you are interested, give it a try. 
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I had cluster headaches.  I was literally afraid to go to bed at night.  They were like a severe headache with stabbling severity over and over.  I never experienced anything like them.  They eventually disappeared on their own.

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Ocular Migraines.  Yes.  I am interested. 

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In my 30s I started getting awful headaches. My DR called them Migrains, my Nuerologist called them tension headaches. They typically came in 2-3 sessions monthly. One headache would show up say on a Monday. I thought it was atrocious, but typically was gone by the end of the day. Then on Wednesday, another one showed up. MUCH worse than the first one. But again, usually gone by the end of the day. If not, they were do bad, I couldn't even sit and watch TV, or read a book. I'd typically go for a walk, and often at the end of the walk they were already improving. 

 

I tracked my headaches and gave them a 1-10 rating. That tracking document on my computer is full of 8s. My medicine was Hydrocodone. But I always thought there was a physcosomatic (no clue how to spell that) nature to it. After about 20 years of these headaches, I began to notice most were under 5. 

 

When I was 62 I began traveling full time. My degree was in Photography and I wanted to return to that. I realized after 4-5 years of travel, my headaches were GONE! When the one doctor called these 'tension' headaches, I didn't really get it. I never felt my life was very full of tension. The business I owned was easy to run, rarely spent 8 hours a day in it. But now that I'm traveling full time, and the headaches are gone, maybe the tension was there and I just couldn't recognize it. 

 

 

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I've had migraines since high school and have taken a lot of different medications. If the headache is just starting, I take 2 Excedrin Migraine (usually generic) and sometimes that will be enough to take care of it. If I have an aura of flashing lights and dizziness before the pain begins, I know I'm going to need 2 doses of zolmitriptan (2 hours apart) plus the 2 Excedrin. I am also on Trokendi daily to prevent migraines. I recently switched from Topamax to Trokendi and am having fewer side effects with the Trokendi.

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I started to have them when I was 12.  They always happened during my period.  But, as I grew older, it became so unbearable but didn't want to take drugs.  I felt there had to be Homepathic medicine to clear it up.  

When, I researched on it, I found out that the majority of people that have headaches, is High-pressure..  Is it a low or high pressure storm moving into your area?  If it's a has more intensity then your headache will grow in more pain.   The least majority of people has low pressure and these are the Worst ones.

So,what can I use to get rid of the pain, even if the storm is headed my way?

So,  I decided to see if (Hylands) worked and yes, it worked for small headaches.  It's a homeopathic medicine, does Not harm the body, it's called Headache.  Then, for the major ones- Can't stand light, nausea,pounding,- it's best to use both of these at the same time-Migraine and Pulsatilla (20x)- when, you feel a headache coming on- do not ignore it, take it immediately!  It will not go away on its own.

The other thing is you may not see a storm but your body knows right away and because of the pressure of the Earth it affects more of us.  I like to know if storms are in my area so I go on acccuweather.com and track them myself to give me a heads up.  

Also, this can be hereditary- my Dad had huge migraines where he had to stay in a darkened room till It passed.  He also had sinus headaches as well. 

So, research find out and you can deal without deadly drugs, which harms the rest of your body.  If you want to buy Hylands go to Iherb.com, they have really good prices!

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The baby aspirin sounds like a good suggestion.  Fortunately, I've only had three OM's over a period of four months, so they do not seem to be increasing.  I'm glad you found something that worked for you.

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Use to have constant headaches & migraines. Since we went fragrance free and do not use other chemically laden products like air fresheners and candles, the headaches have been gone.

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I  started having ocular migraines and they kept increasing. After my eye doctor told me there wasn't a problem with my eyes I decided to take a baby aspirin every day.  It worked the first day.  I haven't had another ocular migraine so far and it's been 8 months. 

 

You can find articles online explaining how aspirin helps prevent migraines. 

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