Migraine - My sister has had chronic migrains for 2 years. Has had MRI's, spinal tap, neck surgery,?
- 19 Sep 2009 by Goldens
- 20 September 2009
... nerve cut in front of ear, sinus work, behind the eye, shots in the top of her head, many different kinds of drugs and she still has chroninc head aches. I was told topamax and another drug ( trail and error) would help with these head aches... please ... any leads would be helpful
Many Migraines are caused by nitrites ( nitrates) sulfites and other chemicals in foods. All processed lunch meats, bacon, wine, wine coolers, yellow cheese, chinnese and mexican food, vienna sausages, potted meat, bananas, can all aggravate migraines. Tell her to read as much about foods that trigger migraines and try to eliminate them from her diet. Birth control pills and hormones can trigger them although I suffered through the migraines to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. Lots of magazines have articles about foods that trigger migraines and I learned bananas will cause one in me. Caffeine can do it also, however abruptly stopping coffee will cause a bad headache in some people. That needs to be tapered down. When I was put on generic Elavil for fibromyalgia, it greatly reduced my migraines. I only had to take 25 milligrams daily and the only side effect I had from Elavil was dry mouth, especially at night and over time I got very hungry. Hope she gets some relief soon.
I have a constant headache and a migraine about 3-4 times a month (not spread evenly) - sometimes more but they're not too bad at the moment. It started when I was 5 and I'm now 17. I have had MRI's etc, but no surgery. I used to constantly take solpadol and ibuprofen to help control the pain, but as i was under 18 there was not much they could give me. Now im nearly 18 and am seeing a different specialist. I have just been started on topamax. I'm on 100mg and it does seem to be helping with the constant headache - though the migraines did get bad over time of the month. Food was one of the first things found that made them worse though. I'm allergic to: dairy, citrus, tomatoes - and some other foods I just know to avoid. It's now really affecting my college work (as im now doing A-levels). If you find out anything else helpful, let me know.
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