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    Any one with Migraine or Cluster headache?

    I have been suffering Migraine since I was in high school, It's such a terrible pain when I get that migraine attack

    It was diagnosed when I was 22 yrs old till then I just use to suffer like crazy, no meds nothing just use to bear till the attack subsided, many times I refused to go to classes cos my head use hurt like crazy & my parents used to think I was faking it.

    Now I am on medication and it's under control, but when I get that attack I need a dark quiet room, I simply can not bear light & sound....no way it just worsens it. My mom too suffers from migraine & also from epilepsy(adult on set), I just feel sad when she gets those epileptic attacks...just sad...there's nothing I can do but wait till the attack is over.

    I was able to identify my migraine triggers,

    Hot & humid weather
    Very strong coffee & chocolate
    MSG
    Acid reflux
    Automobile Pollution
    Solvent Fumes
    Household Pesticides (Pest Control is the worst!!)


    That's my story.......any one here who suffers from migraine or cluster headache? How do you deal with it?
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    I used to get headaches and nausea (not so much migraines though) in college from time2time. I smoked marijuana and it worked like a charm.

    I don't get headaches or nausea that much anymore these days, nor do I smoke chronic....but marijuana really does have medicinal purposes that are worth considering IMHO.

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    I don't get cluster headaches, but every 6-12 months i'll have a migraine that lasts for about 5 hours or more, usually brought on by stress. If was any more frequent i would go and get some sort of treatment for it. I can't imagine how awful it must be for people who get them almost weekly, because i've never experienced any worse pain in my life. I'm due for one soon i think, because i haven't had one since the end of september





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    I used to get migraine headaches regularly. Injections of morphine or other opiates worked, but flattened me.

    They went away entirely when I did Atkins and stayed in ketosis for a long time (8 months). They never returned.





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    PS you have my profound sympathy. Mid migraine, if you had handed me a loaded gun I'd have blown my head off.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazhole View Post
    I don't get cluster headaches, but every 6-12 months i'll have a migraine that lasts for about 5 hours or more, usually brought on by stress. If was any more frequent i would go and get some sort of treatment for it. I can't imagine how awful it must be for people who get them almost weekly, because i've never experienced any worse pain in my life. I'm due for one soon i think, because i haven't had one since the end of september
    Migraine is like happiness sucker.....My doc told me when ever I felt like I was gonna get one I should pop in a tab of prescribed medicine & that always worked. There are those morning's when you wake up with stiff neck and then by after noon the attack starts, on such days if I took the tab in morning then the attack never comes.



    Quote Originally Posted by Built View Post
    I used to get migraine headaches regularly. Injections of morphine or other opiates worked, but flattened me.

    MORPHINE!!! I had to take that only once in my life not injection, just tabs. I had this kidney stone & man it was hurting like hell, doc put me on morphine.

    They went away entirely when I did Atkins and stayed in ketosis for a long time (8 months). They never returned.
    Hmmm....Strange I have reading about epilepsy & there also they suggest high protein diet is beneficial for epileptic people <On my way to pubmed>


    Quote Originally Posted by Built View Post
    PS you have my profound sympathy. Mid migraine, if you had handed me a loaded gun I'd have blown my head off.
    I know, there where days when I used to just bang my head against the wall....that agony it's crazy. Mine was so worst that I got droopy eye(left one) as effect of migraine, My doc tells me to fix that droopy eye I'll have to under go a cosmetic surgery I have been wondering if it's worth it.

    I actually went googling to check the cases of suicide cos of migraine...that was long time back.
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    That's right about the link with epilepsy - migraine and epilepsy are highly comorbid. Do you get migraine with or without aura? And it's not a high protein diet that the kids with epilepsy go on - it's a ketogenic diet. Not the same thing.

    The migraines we get are called "suicide" migraines. Please get some narcotic to treat them with. Hydromorphone or Demerol worked fine for mine. I used an IM injection, but you may be okay with the tablets. Did your doctor not try you on cafergot, imitrex or any of the other migraine meds?





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    Mine are without aura, my doc put me on Neproxin 500 Mg & 10 mg of flunarizine (1 tab every night). I am on this prescription for around 3 years now. My mom also on Neproxin but her night time medicine is Amitriptyline. She used to take a tab named Migranil it's a combination of Ergotamine + Caffeine + belladonna. Some times Neproxin does not work for her then she HAS to take Migranil.

    Yours was with aura?

    I am also worried that down the line me or my bro or sis might get epilepsy. Mom's was adult on set so it's possible. Plus @epilepsy.com I read that there are 5% chances of children getting epilepsy if any one of parent is epileptic.
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    I get them and ephedrine + Advil used to work wonders for me. Now that I can't find a steady source of ephedrine I just use Advil Cold/Sinus but it doesn't kill the pain for me it just dulls it......I also have Maxalt but I only use that if I can stay home otherwise I get drowsy and become useless unless I'm doing something active that keeps my heart rate high........


    I have had them for as long as I can remember, at five/ six I would shove my head in the cushions of the couch. My dad thought I was just being a tired lazy kid..... He would tell me not to try to fall asleep in the couch, to get my head out and sit on the couch right or to go out and play. It wasn't til I was a little older I would tell him I had a headache and light/noise made the pain worse......
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    Manic, why don't you try migraine specific medication? If I have cold/sinus with migraine then I HAVE to take the migraine tab and the cold/sinus tab together, same is with my acid reflux, if I have migraine cos of acidity then I have take Migraine tab & antacid together......other wise it takes hours to stop the attack.

    With my current anti-migraine tab fully developed migraine takes anything between 30 to 60 mins to stop.....without the tab it goes on for more than 5 hours.

    Sometimes if I fall asleep after the migraine the next morning it kicks in again....that's really shitty.

    But after I cleaned up my diet & started my workout routine my migraine is much better, If I remember correctly I needed more than 15 tabs per month. Now 10 tabs go for at least 3 months. Same is with antacids.

    Quote Originally Posted by maniclion View Post
    I get them and ephedrine + Advil used to work wonders for me. Now that I can't find a steady source of ephedrine I just use Advil Cold/Sinus but it doesn't kill the pain for me it just dulls it......I also have Maxalt but I only use that if I can stay home otherwise I get drowsy and become useless unless I'm doing something active that keeps my heart rate high........


    I have had them for as long as I can remember, at five/ six I would shove my head in the cushions of the couch. My dad thought I was just being a tired lazy kid..... He would tell me not to try to fall asleep in the couch, to get my head out and sit on the couch right or to go out and play. It wasn't til I was a little older I would tell him I had a headache and light/noise made the pain worse......
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    Quote Originally Posted by nkira View Post
    Manic, why don't you try migraine specific medication? If I have cold/sinus with migraine then I HAVE to take the migraine tab and the cold/sinus tab together, same is with my acid reflux, if I have migraine cos of acidity then I have take Migraine tab & antacid together......other wise it takes hours to stop the attack.
    I take Maxalt when I can but like I said it puts me out if I'm not staying active. One time I took it at work and I was sitting at my desk typing an email and then I would slip into day-dreamland where I was typing an email on the scales of a black lizard that kept swaying back and forth so I would have to swing my hands with the movement to stay over asdf jkl;...... Then I would open my eyes and realize I was still typing the email but every third and fourth letter was transposed back or forth from the intended key........

    I never took that stuff at work again too much could go wrong...
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    ^ But seriously, you can try different medication, Just need to find what suits you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nkira View Post
    ^ But seriously, you can try different medication, Just need to find what suits you.
    Even though I like taking natural mostly organic drugs I hate taking synthesized man made chemical drugs, I am just gonna buy a few bottles of emergency Ephedrine, I'm not sure what it is that helps me, maybe it's the Vaso-Dilation. All I know is it works wonders for me and gives me a boost of energy at the same time....
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    i get migraines often.. most likely related to my birth control. :/

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    i just had a sinus headache yesterday and ended up overdosing on tylenol =\ hospital wasent that fun lol
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