Migraines

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NicoleL874
NicoleL874 Posts: 684 Member
Good morning everyone!

When I was 19 I was diagnosed with migraines. Several MRIs over the years have shown their activity while diagnosing the migraines as idiopathic. When I was in my 30s I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. It affects only 1 in 100,000 people, 20 in 100,000 are obese. As I yo-yo'd over the years the symptoms would come and go...the main one was headaches. The specialist I saw thought the IIH was causing the migraines. In the past, any time I got below 250 the symptoms of the IIH would stop, but the migraines would persist.

On 10/15/15, I had my VSG. I did not have a migraine from August 2015 until, unfortunately, this weekend. I was really hoping that being below 175 that bullet had been dodged. I'm thinking the barometric pressure has been causing the migraines with all the crazy storms we've had since Friday. Ironically, the day the migraine hit.

ANYWAY...the point of my post...

My migraines are infrequent enough that I've never wanted to go on long-term medication for them. They seem to hit cyclically, and at most one or two days a week for a month, then they'll be gone for a few months. Excedrin Migraine always did the trick. ALWAYS. But, I'd eat it like candy for 2 - 3 days. Seeing as Excedrin Migraine contains NSAIDs, that's no longer an option.

I've tried Excedrin and Tylenol for tension headaches, the only ingredient missing is the NSAIDs. It barely touched the migraine, but has been maintaining me since I dosed myself with sleeping meds and slept it off. I've tried the migraine oils, sticks, ice packs, blah blah blah.

My question...anyone else get migraines and not use maintenance drugs? What do you use when one hits? Any tips?

Thanks!

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  • ki4eld
    ki4eld Posts: 1,215 Member
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    Yoga, caffeine, and a heavy bag. No medication works for me. The best I get is a little mitigation with caffeine. So I up my caffeine intake a little, add in some extra yoga, and beat the *kitten* out of a heavy bag. And when necessary, I crawl into a cold, dark interior room and cry.
  • KarlaYP
    KarlaYP Posts: 4,439 Member
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    Imitrex, or Max Alt (prescription only meds) would be good to have available during your times of migraine. I haven't found anything otc that helps me.
  • NicoleL874
    NicoleL874 Posts: 684 Member
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    @ki4eld and @karlottap Thanks! I do the caffeine and meditation, doesn't help. I think drugs will be the way to go! I will look into the imitrex and max alt!
  • KarlaYP
    KarlaYP Posts: 4,439 Member
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    I also take Keppra as a preventative. Tried Topamax, but realized I was floating through life on it. The Keppra doesn't give me that side effect.

    Best of luck in keeping yours under control!