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Old January 12th, 2001, 10:00 PM   #1
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Are you a sufferer of migraines?


What do you do about them?


Are they an allergic reation or in response to shifting hormones?


Share your strategies and treatments AND the stuff that DOESN'T work! Maybe someone else will have a suggestion that will work for you.
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Old February 25th, 2001, 08:38 PM   #2
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I am starting to see how my migraines maybe hormonal. I tend to get one the day I start bleeding and also the day I stop.

I take imitrex when they start and an over the counter migrain pain reliever later. This tends to work real well for a while.

I have heard somewhere though that the drugs loose the power to fight off the migrains after a while. Does anyone know forsure?
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Old February 25th, 2001, 09:08 PM   #3
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Awww {{{Magnus}}} my experience is the same! I get a bad migraine the day before I get my period (hormonal, probably) and one on the last day (anemia-related, perhaps?).

Usually, Excedrin Migraine does the trick for me.

Lately, though, I've been awakening with headaches again. I think it's a vision problem, and I'm waiting for my new glasses to come in. Hopefully that will take care of the problem.

I'll see if anyone else knows more about Imitrex losing its effectiveness. I don't/can't use Imitrex because it interferes with my asthma meds.
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Old February 26th, 2001, 05:43 AM   #4
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I'm not sure whether I'm using Imitrex or not - as the drugs all have different names over here (well, of course!). Mine are hormonal too, Magnus, Liam ... which does at least mean that I can make sure to have a light diary when I'm due to start bleeding, (I don't really seem to get the *last day* headache, at least I haven't noticed if I do ...<ponder>).

On the Imitrex thing - I'd imagine there must be some specialist Migraine websites around - maybe there'd be a discussion on that question, Magnus?
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Old March 1st, 2001, 09:08 PM   #5
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Cool

Q, I take Maxalt (which is from the UK) and Midrine. The Maxalt is effective, but causes crushing chest pain for about 20 minutes.

I have noticed with the midrine (you take 2, then one each hour if you need more for up to 3 hours,) that I need three now where I only needed 2 before. I think we just built up a tolerance to it, like any other drug
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Old October 27th, 2001, 10:46 PM   #6
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I used to have severe migraines. When I first straterd haveing migraines a dr I had seen fora physical had written out a perscricption for Ferinol or something like that. It helped alot . I had moved shortly after seeing that dr and wasn;t able to get it from my new DR. I tried several method but nothing worked for years. I final saw a chiropracter and with in 3 weeks my migraines were pretty much gone. I have hormonal headches now. I sometimes take advil or tylenol . I also reduce my intake of caffiene during that time if the headaches are bad.
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Old October 27th, 2001, 11:49 PM   #7
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Fiorinal, yep.

I can't take that because codeine makes me sick, but when I used to be able to take it, it worked.

Surprising that reducing your caffeine intake would help...so many migraine remedies contain caffeine.

Glad to hear they're pretty much under control now.
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Old June 11th, 2002, 11:23 PM   #8
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I've just heard of a doctor who is using botox for preventive therapy for migraine sufferers. Wondered if anyone had tried that?
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Old June 13th, 2002, 01:16 AM   #9
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Haven't tried it, but you can read about the study here:

http://headaches.about.com/library/weekly/aa073101a.htm
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Old June 15th, 2002, 01:18 AM   #10
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Old October 30th, 2004, 04:59 AM   #11
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well my migraines are not hormonal, in fact they r a mystery when they will strike. i have even gone lil over a year without one!! ( ahhh for that year again!) but i have noticed, surprisingly, that i was the opposite in that my using caffeine and such reduced them and their severity. If any of u get a precursor or "tickle" ahead of time, use it as a signal to medicate, it will head it off or at least reduce the severity. ( if u dont know if u do, email me i will talk you through some steps to determine it or u can try just taking note at a time u suspect one is coming)
I usually use only excedrine migraine at the "tickle" and have not had to go back on the scripts since then. hope this helps someone else!!!! (oh and based on this if it Is hormonal maybe on that one day try an OTC natural HRT?) ciao bellas pegasus
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