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Thread: Migraine meds

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    Senior Member angelwatcher's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I don't get very many anymore, but what worked for me was if I took Excedrin Migraine with a Coke at the first sign of a headache. I don't know what the coke does, but for some reason the combination worked. I tried other brands of soda, but for me it has to be Coke with red label.
    Coke and motrin at the first sign of a migraine is what works for me.
    Years ago my mother suffered with migraines, related to her cycle. We would buy coke syrup from the pharmacy as it helps with the naseau and vomiting. She only took a teaspoon or two and that would settle her stomach. She finally had a hysterectomy and no more migraines.

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    Super Member Quiltforme's Avatar
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    I would have to agree with the neti pot it may see weird at first but it does work. They are not that expensive around 10 at the pharmacy. When I get a migrain I grab a coke and something for the pain. the coke, caffen opens the blood vessels drs have said this also.
    Keep a diary of when you get the headaches if it is food related ect.

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    Not all doctors are created equal and many don't understand how much pain a migraine can cause. If your headaches are that bad then I would get a second opinion with a good neurologist who specializes in migraines. Has anyone done a CT scan to make sure you do not have a severe sinus infection (or worse) that is being mistaken for a migraine? This happens a lot in the upper sinuses. You might not even feel "stuffy" but the pressure has built up.

    Many sufferers (like me) find a lot of hidden triggers to our headaches. You need to keep a headache diary that starts from the time you wake up until you go to bed. I even had to write down when and how often I was waking up in the middle of the night, where I was when symptoms begain, what my activity was, what the exact symptoms were presenting, etc. It was enlightening. Many migraine sufferers have issues with smells during a migraine so I'd be cautious of the peppermint oil.

    Here are a couple links to research more into migraines that might be helpful.

    Maintenance medications are supposed to help reduce the number of migraines but may or may not work. Triptans (Imitrex) and ergots are being used a lot for immediate relief. What works for one person may not work for another. Don't dismiss a treatment that works because you "hear" things. Please don't get misled on the ergot thing. It is NOT LSD.

    Many of the medications used for migraine are now in generic. For those that aren't, you might qualify for assistance (check with the pharmacist for programs).

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    Pat used to get migraines and we found out that he was allergic to some foods. Liverwurst triggered them somwhat fierce and something (not sure what) at El Torrito restaurants. Those things were easy to avoid, but he would still get them on occasion. Then he got Bell's Palsy - which was scary - but it must have kicked the headaches into submission. (knock on wood)

    I would like to join those who suggest to go a different route than this particular Dr.

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    Super Member Ditter43's Avatar
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    Have you tried a netti pot? They work wonders for some people for the sinus part. If the headaches are related it could help.
    Don't you just love some of the docs we have these days? We just canned the one we had. The new one actually listens when you talk.
    I hope you get some relief soon....that's no way to live.. :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltforme
    I would have to agree with the neti pot it may see weird at first but it does work. They are not that expensive around 10 at the pharmacy. When I get a migrain I grab a coke and something for the pain. the coke, caffen opens the blood vessels drs have said this also.
    Keep a diary of when you get the headaches if it is food related ect.
    For me though, it is not just the caffeine because no other soda works but coke. Even Mountain Dew which has a ton of caffeine doesn't work. Has to be coke.

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    Good luck at your doctor's. A lot of them don't seem to know about other treatments for migraines. They just give you the accepted prescription.
    Here's something from the USDA website about magnesium.

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    I have had migraines for the last 32 years. Once I went thru menopause the severity lessened but not the frequency which is atleast every week, some times 2-3 days in a row. Certain smells used to bring on an instant headache but now it only intesifys one already in progress.
    I did go to a neurologist for awhile. He had me take magnesium citrate along with Vitamin B2. That also helped. The B2 was sometimes hard to find, may have to go to a health food store. I also have a drug called Frova for my headaches. I became immune to Imetrex and the frova works well but there again it is a prescription and since you do not have insurance that may be out of the question. i find sometimes coffee helps too. but now always.

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    Senior Member QuiltMania's Avatar
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    My son has had severe migraines since at least the age of 4 (probably earlier but he couldn't verbalize). We've tried just about every medication on the planet. Right now he is on a daily preventative and Excedrin Migraine (which doesn't eliminate but does reduce the headache).

    Some home remedies and lifestyle changes we've tried with some success are: proper hydration (he drinks 3 bottles of water a day), the right amount of sleep (can't have too much or too little), 30 min of exercise a day (something to do with natural seratonin levels), butterbur (get the kind that is PA free to eliminate possibility of liver damage -- we used the brand name Petadolex), caffeine (dialates the blood vessels)

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