Recurring migraines headaches?
- 17 Jul 2012 by Anonymous
- 25 Jul 2012
- migraine, headache, butalbital, caffeine, doctor
I have a history with migraines been since, 2000, in the beginning my primary doctor put me on Apap/Butalbital/Caffeine - I called them caffeine pills, they worked for a while. I learned that too much of the caffeine it caused rebound headaches. I'm a coffee drinker, so I limit the amount of coffee I drink.
What is different this time? For a while the beta-blocker medication worked for the past 2-3 years, I had the headaches under control I'd have a attack every once and a while. But this time, the pain is located in three places: on top of my head, back of my head towards my left side, and on the seaide of my head located on the left side area. Can that be considered a "brain attcks?" What can be done?
I'm currently taking Inderal 40 mg twice a day daily. I was wondering if there is somebody that can relate to my situation? I would appreciate it very much.
I have had the same type of problem with headaches for a while. They have prescribed the same, with no luck. I have not tried the Inderal. Due to the frustration of being a guinea pig for medications, I have just resulted in taking stuff to relieve the headaches rather than prevent them. Sorry for not having an answer for you. I am going to google brain attacks. I will send any info I get regarding this problem in general.
It is very common for migraines to effect all of the areas you mentioned. There is alot of different migraines. With migraines it is common that your migraines can be just one part or in pieces all over your head. Alot of people that have several areas affected like you are explaining is Very common.
And usually if they affect many areas they tend to happen to one side left or right side of your head.
It feels like someone has split your head down the middle of your head. Then there are some people that have aura but most do not.
But what you are explaining is a true migraine.
I have had migraines for about 35 years & I sometimes actually pass out due to the pain & they are very painful.
There are SO many different medications to treat migraines now. I suggest OTC medications usually work for people that just have them every once in awhile.
Now if you are having migraines on a regular basis & are severe you should go to a dr. that can give you prescription medication. And depending on the number of frequency they may put you on a maintenance medication to help cut down on the number of migraines you have. It is also to keep track of your migraines & write down the date & think of what you have eaten & done that day. There are SO many different triggers that will affect you & once you figure out the triggers you can try to avoid what not to do.
I currently take Doxepin as a maintenance medication that helps keep migraines frequency under control. And when I have migraines I take Zomig nasal spray or Imitrex that are both prescriptions. It is also helpful to just lay down in a dark cool room with a cool wet washcloth.
Like I said I have had migraines for all those years & I thought I had the worst migraines ever as I had even been hospilized due to migraines.
But when I through a clot (mini stroke)
That pain was the WORST I HAVE EVER HAD... My head literally felt like it was Blowing up from the inside to the outside. It brought me to my knees & it happened within seconds.. I did not even have a migraine before the attack.
I was just walking & this Debilitating pain was the worst feeling EVER.. It was my ENTIRE head that was affected & it felt like someone planted a bomb inside my head...
So since you said you have had migraines for years I would not worry too much about the fact that it is affecting various regions of the brain. But if you cannot get them under control go to a Neurologist & see what they say they can always have a MRI ran to see if there is any brain damage.
I hope I helped you & others if you have any other questions let me know.
great talking to you Abby, take care, Kathy
Hi Abby, I really feel for you being a Migraine sufferer too. I have tried many drugs over the past year and the only one I get a few weeks relief from is called DHE, if you type DHE for Migraines and then Google it you will get the information about this drug and the long fancy word that comes with it. This is the only drug that has given me more relief then any other migraine drug, Maxalt was another drug that use to give some relief but didn't last very long at all. Plus it caused rebound headaches, and I then had to stop the drug. I really can relate to people who suffer from Migraines, I have had daily ones since last year. I guess the only real advice I could give you is read about any drug the Dr wants to give you to try, and ask people on this site how they reacted to the drug in question, and then see if the drug would be something that you would want to try. But always remember that everyone reacts to drugs differently, what might work for one might not work for you.
So read all you can and I really hope you find something that works for you soon, take care Liz.
My wife was in a bad wreck in 2002, now migraines rule the day. We have learned a variety of meds in rotation (and trying to catch the headache early) are the best bet, yet even that fails, and her's move around just like yours is doing. It's a horrible disease and a good, cooperative, knowledgeable Dr is one of the best tools, and also learning what your trigger factors are, as we all have them and this is often the key, be it stress, diet, etc. There is hope, sorry for your pain, Hope this helps.
Thank you for sharing your experiences--- glad I can relate to others. I've been down this road before for the longest time, the agony pain went on for months and years, I can't say how long it took until I got the right combination medication.
Inderal is a good medication, this is all I'm taking since my neurologist took me off the Elavil, since I mentioned about "weight gain." Other than that Elavil is a good meds. Most of the meds I have read about I've been on and have failed. Oh I gave the meds the benefit of the doubt... some had bad side effects.
I got a appt with my neurologist tomorrow, I'm going to bring up these two medication that I looked up Imitrex and Zomig, they both seem promising. I don't like the idea taking a nasal spray, I'd rather take it orally. I hope he does prescribe me because a lot of the meds that I have came across are SSRIs, antidepressants, have side effects such as tremor, mental/mood changes, confusion; etc. I refuse to be on any painkillers such as narcotics, they are addictive, besides they caused rebound. It is good to hear the pains aren't any major... but it sure has had me worried jumping to conclusions, "what ifs?" "What should I do?" Got me scared.
Thank you so much. I'll get back to you tomorrow when I get back from the doctor.
Hey Abby, so sorry to hear that you are having such bad problems with migraines. They can be horrible. You have received some excellent answers about the types of headaches, and how they feel, so I wouldn't be worried that it is something worse than a migraine, though migraines are horrible. I know, I have them also. One thing that I didn't see mentioned was trying out different "triptan" medications, such as imitrex, or zomig, or maxsalt. Different ones work for different people. Everyone is different.
The other thing that I would suggest is trying botox. The FDA has FINALLY approved botox for migraines, so insurance is now paying for it. I just had my second botox injections in my head and face about a month ago, and after about a week of constant migraines after the injections, they have pretty much disappeared. I truly hope that you can find something to help control these awful headaches!! Best of luck to you!!
So sorry to hear about all your pain. I too have pain all over my head too.
I have to ask:
- Have you tried nerve block and trigger point injections which helped me a lot?
- Have you tried the Butrans patch which I don't have side effects from, but it has kept me out of the ER?
- Have you tried an herbal daily migraine medication called Petadolex? I couldn't stand any of the other daily preventative medications, but that one helped me and hasn't given me the slightest side effect. Studies show that it reduces migraines by 62%.
- And yes, as mentioned above, Botox has also helped me tremendously.
That seems like an awful lot of help, but I had extreme 24/7 migraines caused by a stroke which are very difficult to treat due to the cause. I may have them for the rest of my life, I'm told.
Until you have tried everything, you cannot give up. I wish you the best.
I saw this my neurologist today, everything went well I brought up the subject about the meds I told him that these meds might be a good combination? Inderdal and Zomig shouldn't be mixed together, so I thought well then what about Zomig and Imitrex? Oh, I don't know these doctors are something else these days. He prescribed me Imitrex 100 mg once a day as needed.
He gave me a script for me to get vitamin and supplements, magnesium 500 mg once a day daily. I hope the Imitrex works.
Sorry that is short I'm a bit tired maybe I'll feel better later on.
Have you tried nerve block and trigger point injections which helped me a lot? My neurologist has gave me trigger point injection, but you know the numbing part hurt almost worse than the migraine headache. I've had the injection for my back same as nerve block.
Have you tried an herbal daily migraine medication called Petadolex? I haven't heard of Petadolex, my neurologist wants me to take OTC magnesium. Botox really didn't help, so I've tried a list of meds it's frustrating to say the least. I had been on Inderal and Elavil for about 3-4 years with no complaints I'd have a attack every once in a while.
I just hope the Imitrex does work.
Well, today is the second day I've took Imitrex, no sign of the headache... crossing my fingers. The only side effect of what I'm experiencing is sleepiness... I took a nap earlier... well sort of I passed out on the couch, I was sitting and doing paperwork. I was tired I know it was because of the Imitrex. It should pass once my body gets adjusted to it, would it?
I'm so glad I don't have a headache it was killing me. I can't handle all these pains it is insane. I was seriously thinking about going to the hospital something had to give.
Keep in touch
For regular seasonal migraines I was always prescribed Fioricet with codeine (otherwise known as the generic : APAP/butalbital/caffeine/codeine) and the combination of the barbituate (to sedate) the caffeine( to expand your blood vessels and alleviate your pain) the acetaminophen or (Tylenol) works to intensify the pain killing properties of the codeine. It also comes as Fioricet without the codeine, I always found it worked much better with the codeine. This medication is used primarily for migraines and it always works better than even stronger pain medications for the seasonal migraines.
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