... test done. They have prescribed me every migraine medication and have yet to find out what's wrong or anything that works. Does anyone know of any medicine that they know works? Please help
Hello cjustice. It might sound old for I've mentioned this here on the site for some time now, I take coffee. Years ago I also continuned to have severe headaches, migraines. I developed a love for coffee and have seldom, had a headache since. It truly has been my blessing. Regards pledge
Hi Cjustice, Wow I can so relate to your situation just like many of us on this site. The only thing that works for me is going into the hospital for 7-10 days at a time to have DHE treatment, if you haven't already read a few of my messages on this subject it might help. This drug has been the only thing to give me a little bit of time to help cope with the daily headaches, I go from a 6/10 most of the time. This is how it has been for the past year, I am hoping for some answers today. I am having my first MRI since 2006 when I had to have a pacemaker put in, and couldn't have them anymore. Until today when I am going to be part of a research study which is looking at patient's with permanent implantable cardiac devices or permanent pacemakers to plan safely and adjust the device to the best setting to tolerate the magnetic field of the MRI. The Brain and my whole spine will be done, I have MS too that is why the spine is being done also. Well I am hoping I might of helped a little good luck in finding an answer and never give up on trying take care Liz.
I notice you are a young mother. Are you on birth control pills? Birth control pills can really aggravate migraines. You may need to look into another method of birth control. Another thing that helped me is a beta blocker. I take Atenolol and it has done wonders for my migraines. I hardly ever get them anymore. It is not an instant fix though, you have to be on them awhile then one day you will realize you havent had a headache in a while! Propranolol is another beta blocker that is often used for migraines. It is very important that you take medication for your migraines the very second you know that you are getting one. The earlier you treat, the better. Once the migraine takes hold, even morphine wont budge it!
Hi cjustice, Boy can I feel for you!! I was hit by a car almost 20 years ago, and got my first migraine. I had no idea what a migraine was until that day! Back then, they hadn't even invented triptans yet, i.e. Imitrex, malsalt, etc. They were using DHE, ergots, and aspirin. Luckily now there are a vast amount of migraine meds available, it's just a matter of finding one that works for you. I know that my neurologist gave me two samples of each triptan, and told me to write down how I felt after taking them with a migraine. With that, I was able to figure out which one worked the best for me. Although they only recommend maximum nine per month, I can get 18 per month. That is how often I get the migraines. Also, I have recently started getting Botox injections. They seem to be helping.
One thing that is very important, is that migraines are very susceptible to rebound headaches, and you can't tell the chicken from the egg. What I mean to say is that if you take too many headache remedies, you might be giving yourself more migraines. Hence, you are actually getting more migraines from the aspirin, excedrine migraine, and so on, though they help the migraine at the moment. You have to discuss with your doctor about rebound headaches.
You have to figure out what works for you. Everybody is different, so what works for me, might not work for you. It is a frustrating process.
I wish you the best, and hope that you find the answers that you are looking for!!
Hi cjustice :) I am sorry that you have chronic migraines. I as well have been diagnosed with this and I know how annoying and painful it can be. No one knows why I have them b/c everything has always come up clear. I actually have what they call visual aura migraines and those are absolutely horrible!!! I find the only medicine that really helps to alleviate the pain is Fiorcet (sry if i spelled it wrong). If i take that medicine I am good for the rest of the day. Im not sure why it works so well for me but maybe you can suggest it to your doctor if you havent tried it already. Im sorry if I'm not much help or you have already gotten enough answers. Hope you've found something that works!!!
p.s. i just realized you posted this awhile ago. ha. sorry!
Sorry I missed your posting. It came during a time when I was fighting some severe migraines. You didn't give any examples of what meds have been tried. I hope that it includes daily preventative migraine pills, e.g. Topomax. If you have in fact tried several of those particular types of meds, then you would be eligible for Botox injections which help MOST people who have not been helped by the daily preventative meds. Why haven't you tried that? Also nerve block and trigger point injections help me as well as the Botox injections.
As far as the abortive short term pain pills, you must NOT take them more than 2 times a week, or you risk severe rebound migraines. Fiorcet (Esgic) is a good one and Maxalt also helps me a lot.
Let me know what you have tried.
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