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Nicole
How do you deal with migraines?

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I get them about 10 to 15 days out of every month. Any one else have them this often?
                      








Smudgeward
If they are real ones w. aura just lie down and enjoy the show, the pain is nothing compared to a serious hangover. If you refuse to worry too much about it they pass in 20 minutes tops in my experience.


sharks
stay in a dark room, drink a lot of water, barf, and then sleep


dbgyog
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There is no medicine in the world to treat migrain. Acupuncture treats it successfully. In some countries villagers treat it with some herbs e. g. to drop two to three drops of drumstick leaflets in opposite side nostril of painful side. Many times it works.


Yahooligan
I usually have to turn off all of the lights, absolutely no sound either. Get in bed, cover my forehead with a cold wet towel.

I can only afford to pay for the over the counter meds. I like to take Excedrin Migraine, which is exactly the same as Extra Strength Excedrin. However, my favorite med is Axert, which is a bit pricey.

Migraine headache

ARTICLE SECTIONS
Introduction
Signs and symptoms
Causes
Risk factors
When to seek medical advice
Screening and diagnosis
Complications
Treatment
Prevention
Self-care
Coping skills
Complementary and alternative medicine


Treatment
At one time, aspirin was almost the only available treatment for headaches. Now there are drugs specifically designed to treat migraines. Several drugs commonly used to treat other conditions also may help relieve migraines in some people. All of these medications fall into two classes:

Pain-relieving medications. These stop pain once it has started.
Preventive medications. These reduce or prevent a migraine headache.
Choosing a preventive strategy or a pain-relieving strategy depends on the frequency and severity of your headaches, the degree of disability your headaches cause and other medical conditions you may have. You may be a candidate for preventive therapy if you have two or more debilitating attacks a month, if you use pain-relieving medications more than twice a week, if pain-relieving medications aren't helping or if you have uncommon migraines.

Some medications aren't recommended if you're pregnant or breast-feeding. Some aren't used for children. Your doctor can help find the right medication for you.

Pain-relieving medications
For best results, take pain-relieving drugs as soon as you experience signs or symptoms of a migraine headache. It may help if you rest or sleep in a dark room after taking them:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medications, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or aspirin, may help relieve mild migraines. Drugs marketed specifically for migraine, such as the combination of acetaminophen, aspirin and caffeine (Excedrin Migraine), also may ease moderate migraines, but aren't effective alone for severe migraines. If over-the-counter medications don't help, your doctor may suggest a stronger, prescription-only version of the same drug. If taken too often or for long periods of time, NSAIDs can lead to ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding and rebound headaches.
Triptans. Sumatriptan (Imitrex) was the first drug specifically developed to treat migraines. It mimics the action of serotonin by binding to serotonin receptors and causing blood vessels to constrict. Sumatriptan is available in oral, nasal and injection form. Injected sumatriptan works faster than any other migraine-specific medication — in as little as 15 minutes — and is effective in most cases. But injections may be inconvenient and painful.
Since the introduction of sumatriptan, a number of similar drugs have become available, including rizatriptan (Maxalt), naratriptan (Amerge), zolmitriptan (Zomig), almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova) and eletriptan (Relpax). These newer agents provide pain relief within two hours for most people, have fewer side effects and cause fewer recurring headaches. Side effects of triptans include nausea, dizziness, and muscle weakness and, rarely, stroke and heart attack.

Ergots. Drugs such as ergotamine (Ergomar) and dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45) and dihydroergotamine nasal spray (Migranal) help relieve pain. These drugs may have more side effects than do triptans.
Medications for nausea. Metoclopramide (Reglan) is useful for relieving the nausea and vomiting associated with migraines, not the migraine pain itself. It also improves gastric emptying, which leads to better absorption and more rapid action of many oral drugs. It's most effective when taken early in the course of your migraine or even during the aura before your headache begins. The drugs prochlorperazine (Compazine), chlorpromazine (Thorazine), promethazine (Phenergan) and hydroxyzine (Vistaril) also may relieve nausea, but don't affect gastric emptying.
Preventive medications
Preventive medications can reduce the frequency, severity and length of migraines and may increase the effectiveness of pain-relieving medicines used during migraine attacks. In most cases, preventive medications don't eliminate headaches completely, and some can have serious side effects. For best results, take these medications as your doctor recommends:

Cardiovascular drugs. Beta blockers — which are commonly used to treat high blood pressure and coronary artery disease — can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. These drugs are considered among first-line treatment agents. Calcium channel blockers, another class of cardiovascular drugs, especially verapamil (Calan, Isoptin), also may be helpful. In addition, the antihypertensive medications lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril) and candesartan (Atacand) are useful migraine prevention medications. Researchers don't understand exactly why all of these cardiovascular drugs prevent migraines. Side effects can include dizziness, drowsiness or lightheadedness.
Antidepressants. Certain antidepressants are good at helping prevent all types of headaches, including migraines. Most effective are tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, nortriptyline (Pamelor) and protriptyline (Vivactil). These medications are considered among first-line treatment agents and may reduce migraines by affecting the level of serotonin and other brain chemicals. Newer antidepressants, however, generally aren't as effective for migraine prevention. You don't have to have depression to benefit from these drugs.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Regularly taking over-the-counter NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) may reduce the frequency of migraines. If these medications don't help, your doctor may suggest a stronger, prescription-only version of the same drug. However, NSAIDs may increase your risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke. In addition, long-term use of these medications can lead to ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems, such as stomach bleeding. Talk to your doctor before taking these medications regularly — even the nonprescription varieties.
Anti-seizure drugs. Although the reason is unclear, some anti-seizure drugs, such as divalproex sodium (Depakote), valproic acid (Depakene) and topiramate (Topamax), which are used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disease, seem to prevent migraines. Gabapentin (Neurontin), another anti-seizure medication, is considered a second-line treatment agent. Taken in high doses, however, these anti-seizure drugs, depending on which one you take, may cause side effects such as nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, hair loss and dizziness.
Cyproheptadine. This antihistamine specifically affects serotonin activity. Doctors sometimes give it to children as a preventive measure.
Botulinum toxin type A (Botox). Some people receiving Botox injections for their facial wrinkles have noted improvement of their headaches. However, it's unclear what effect Botox actually has on headaches. It may cause changes in your nervous system that modify your tendency to develop migraines. Additional research is necessary.


Curly
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Headaches can be caused by a number of things, from intracranial pressure, forward head posture, problems of the cervical spine, neuromuscular reflexes causing referred pain, ect. Basically your body is telling you something and you need to find out what it is and have the problem taken care of! The best thing you could do is see a chiropractor for this problem. They have the highest success rate for reducing the number and frequency of headaches.
good luck!
http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/chiropractic/headaches.htm


fayra_elm
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Yeah, I get them almost every day.... not fun. Learn what your triggers are and try to avoid them. If that is not possible, see about preventative treatment. Get some migraine pills. I also find that Excedrin works really well. And my favourite.... sleep! Good luck!


mcdannells
Very carefuly...
If a person never had one, they just have no clue! First go to the doctor and get that little piece of paper saying this is what is going on.This piece of paper is good if you work to show your boss, also for piece of mind knowing this is truly what you have. Then drugs, lots of drugs for the pain.
When you can think straight, start looking at your diet. What are your triggers. Also if you are taking other kinds of drugs are migraines a side effect from these drugs?
Get sleep, this helps mine....of course I do not sleep well....

My migraines are from a head injury and I had a reaction to drugs I was taking for another condition.....
I feel that migraines is one of those conditions people in general do not understand. Some people that are having what they consider a bad headache a migrain. Those with migraines definitely know the difference!
Good luck controlling yours. Hopefully some day the doctors will know how to control these, right now it is a hit and miss....


jrealitytv
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You are not alone. I use to get them 3-5 times a week. Then My Dr. Had me see a specialist. And she put me on A Migraine Preventative Medication Called Topamax. Which helps me. It doesn't work right away but in time it will work. I think it took at least a week. Then she put me also on Relpax. But The specialist will know best what will help for you the most!


BaFfler
http://www.neurologyreviews.com/feb04/nr_feb04_foramen.html


Chi-Girli
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I usually get myself a triple shot Venti Latte with 2 Tylenol extra strength and force myself to eat something very spicy as in a Hot Italian Sausage Alla peppers melted Mozzerella, a dash of mariana sauce and no sparing on the Giardiniera your face will get hot hell, lips as big as Angelina Jolie but you will drink alot
in less then 30 minutes your head will stop hurting flip side if you obtain a migraine on a daily basis I do not recommend the above as then you will be asking Yahoo questions on here hot to get rid of heart pain after eating a sausage sandwich 365 days lmao from clogged arteries lol
I do not like the ideal of 800 mg of Ibuprofin but hey a doc may say its neccesary You defenitely need sleep I have had my last episode of a migraine 3 months ago head pounding and me I had to close da shades needing a very dark space no noise I would curl up like a baby rocking myself to sleep mind over matter you heard that one I am sure
Are you winging your self off the coffee /caffeine, drugs, alchohol? When is it that you get the migraine?
Usually its a big time sign of dehydraytion, stress you may even consider some one on one with your spouse to relieve the blood flowing to your brain it needs to be released the pressure not kidding, eat something drink more water and start eating fruits & teas green tea highest in antioxidents.
As well on a regular basis do not eat breakfast at 10 always eat something at 7 then 11 then 2 then 6 nothing after just water in between your day, drink lots of fluids.
Like I said my last was 3 months ago
Good luck


piyu
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Headache is a pain in the head, scalp or neck. Headaches can be
caused by minor problems like eyestrain, lack of coffee or more
serious reasons like head injury, brain tumors, encephalitis and
meningitis. Taking painkillers continuously can have harmful side
effects, so it is better to modify your lifestyle. More information
available at http://tinyurl.com/q8696


Bradley's MoM
I had migraines for over fifteen years and almost harmed myself a time or two to escape them. I was eating 12-15 Excedrin a day. I finally saw a neurologist and it was life changing. He put me on Topamax, a medicine they give to people with seizures but now it's approved for migraine control. I'm not exaggerating when I say within six weeks I was 90% free of my migraines. I used to have them EVERYDAY. The Topamax has very few side effects, it is known to make people lose weight-not me-and it DOES NOT cause drowsiness, fatigue, stomach pains, etc. It was a new lease on life. For temporary relief try pressing on the soft spots at the base of your skull where it meets your neck in the back. There are fluid sacs there that build up and when you have a migraine and if you press on the correct place it will hurt like hell- mostly it will feel like you intensifying your migraine, but the longer you do it the pain will lessen until you remove your fingers and find your migraine has subsided temporarily. But go to a neurologist or even your family doctor and tell them about Topamax! Also, Triptans- several different kinds are now on the market to knock out a migraine and they work! Maxalt, Frova and Imitrex are just three- they are super powerful migraine relief when you do get one.


Radagast97
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The previous answers are good for dealing with a migraine once it's started and if you have no specialized medicines. There is a new class of medicine out there under such names as MaxaltD and Imitrex that is very very good at relieving migraines without the dopey feeling associated with narcotics. The stuff is a real life saver.

Only 60% of Migraines have auras, and anyone that considers them easier than a hangover hasn't had a real migraine. I've had a migraine that lasted over 2 days. I've passed over 30 kidney stones and migraines are worse, IMO.


lisa s
if i do not have anything to take, i crawl in bed, lay real still, pull the covers over my head and sleep it off. a warm washcloth on your forehead helps also. if you have some motrin at home take it. also drinking anything with caffiene helps. caffiene is in many pain killers that are prescriptions. if you are sensitive to light, make the room dark, and if you are sensitive to sound, make it quiet. good luck!


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