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    How u make it easier :-( I know it is difficult but did u try any thing near the pain killer, quite place, no TV, no computer, wet cloth, hot shower may be must cold one i don't know, a cup of dry mint works sometimes not this time.
    What is your experience
    It's bad :(

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    I had to get a prescription in a shot form and it has been a couple of years ago and I am not use what it was called. The shots worked though. Hope you feel better soon.

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    Have you tried Excedrin - before the headache gets bad. Also, I have far fewer headaches since I retired & now drink a lot more water.

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    Good luck n!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawsan
    How u make it easier :-( I know it is difficult but did u try any thing near the pain killer, quite place, no TV, no computer, wet cloth, hot shower may be must cold one i don't know, a cup of dry mint works sometimes not this time.
    What is your experience
    It's bad :(
    Try some Excedrin for Migraines..They work great..Sure hope your headache is gone away soon..

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    Excedrin doesn't work for my migraines, but then again I'm a chronic migraine sufferer. If I sip a bit of ginger ale and put hot steaming water in a bowl and put my head over it with a towel on top of my head and breathe in the steam, sometimes that relieves it.

    Otherwise, only time for me.

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    I get them too (since I was 11). They're awful. I know exactly how you're feeling. I don't have any secret weapon. I hope you're feeling better by now.

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    I had them for years. I found that the prescription drug worked better if I took an OTC painkiller with it. Read it on line, asked the doctor and he confirmed it-it worked!

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    Pain Killer... quiet place... dim the lights.. Praying for you.

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    The best I can offer is my sympathies and good thoughts. :( I'm sorry you're having to deal with this. My mom was a chronic migraine sufferer (they seem to have stopped with menopause, thank you God Above) and I well remember the sadness it cast on the household when we woke up to the sound of her moaning and dry-heaving.

    If it gets unbearable, your doctor will have high-octane painkillers (go to Urgent Care if your GP can't get you in quickly). They'll knock you out for a couple days but anything's better than the migraine. And in the future, the best thing is to head it off before it starts. If you feel it coming on, attack it immediately. It is so much easier to stop them if they don't get a chance to really dig their claws in.

    *hugs* I hope you get some relief soon.

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    I found that Coke helps better than coffee. Sometimes a hot shower &/or a nap. I take Imitrex but I also take Aleve with it, about 1/2 hr. before. I have a hot pack that I put in the microwave, that goes on my neck and shoulders. I don't actually throw up but my stomach gets queasy. Sleep is good but I can't sleep on that side but my friend only wants to sleep on that side of the pain. My dr. did a manipulation on me once and that took the pain and queasiness away. She said it would only be temporary and it was. But at least I was forewarned and could get meds in me before it came back.

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    I take prescription Imitrex for my migraines. Headaches done in 15 minutes. You only take it when you have a headache -- not daily. It works great for me!

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    So sorry about the migraines. Only a fellow sufferer can appreciate how bad they are. Have tried everything under the sun. Only thing that helps now is Maxalt ask your doctor. Never leave home without it! Excedrin helps but be careful about rebound headaches (ask me how I know!) Hope this helps.

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    I use Zomig nasal when feel migrain coming up follow up wiht Zomig ZMT 2 hours later. Worked great at first now only works sometimes. Then I started having migraines over 21 days a month so the doctor is now trying Botox. I had first set of 31 shots to head and neck last Wed. Waiting to see if works. For me the only thing that works reliably is dark quite room and sleep. Sometime just a good cry relives the pressure. Good luck. I feel for you

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    I drink Gatorade as much as I can tolerate without getting sick at my stomach and take 2 aspirin. They seem to work better than other pain meds for me. I learned bio-feedback and that helps me more than anything. I get in a cold, dark room and go walk on the beach at Tybee Island.

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    After a traumatic brain injury, migrains are horrible. I have tried total blackness, cold and hot washcloths, no noise, over the counter remedies and so forth. The only thing that does offer relief is a shot at the emergency room and sleep after for hours. The prescribed medication Imatrex offers relief, but it only eases the pain enough to sleep it off. But I highly recommend the shots or the prescriptions because they at least let me have enough relief to stop me from cutting off my brain!

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    Excedrin Migraine with an ice pack, go to bed, no tv and close the blinds.

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    I've had migraines for many years, but after menopause they taper off. Once before there was a long series on migraines here, if I can find it I'll give the link.

    Last thing I tried outside the drugs/food avoidances, etc, was a simple thing to do. I put cold wet cloths on my forehead and stuck my feet in hot water. Sounds strange, but a nurse I met at the blood bank told me it worked for her after many years of using every drug on the market.

    Try it, might work and won't hurt. Worked for me, surprisingly fast.

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    I've had severe migraines from age 12. "they" told me the headaches would stop when I got pregnant (wrong), in my late 20s (wrong), after I gave birth (wrong again, 2 hours post=c-section and a migraine with vomiting), in menopause (wrong again!). I started to use Imitrex nasal spray at the first sign of the aura and that really helped if I immediately took it then crawled into bed in a dark room. The imitrex shortened the pain from 3 days to about 4 hours. No rebound time either. Then a friend introduced me to feverfew tincture, an herbal remedy. I take it the same way as the imitrex, right when the aura begins. My experience is it works just as well as the imitrex with less body damage to my liver and such. So, try this, it's readily available at a good health food store. I carry it with me always, like I did the imitrex. Good luck. I'm hoping death will terminate the migraines, though I have a feeling (given if I didn't have bad luck, i'd have no luck) that I'll be in line outside the pearly gates, with a migraine listening to the announcer tell me to "be patient, we are processing the multitudes ahead of you, you will be seen as soon as our clerks are available"!

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    One other thing you could do to find other suggestions on this forum is go go up the screen to "SEARCH" and you'll find many ideas, some of which may help you a lot.

    You aren't alone, but only those of us who have had them know full well the terrible time you're going through.

    Hope that you can find some help. Let us know what works for you.

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    I keep prescription Maxalt on hand, also, Excedrin Migraine. Seldom get one now, thank goodness, but am nearing 6-0 & have had them all my life. By the way, even when I feel a headache just starting, I take something right away, don't wait. Sometimes, that keeps it from getting any worse, or turning into a migraine. Good luck, keep trying till you find what works for you!...

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    The things I do for my migraines which fortunately I only have a few a year now.

    1. dark room, cool clothes on the head, pain medication,

    2. Accupressure-I had a friend who practiced chinese medicine. She helped me tremdendously.
    There are several spots you can press.
    The fatty part of your hand between your thumb and forefinger, press squeeze firmly and release several time.

    inside of your ankle -someplace around the ankle bone, I forget exactly so I just press all of the inside ankle area.

    head-around the temples, sort of message up to the top of the head.

    3. in the shower I alternate hot and cold water on my head.

    4. This is going to sound weird, and I'm not exactly sure how to explain it, but it works for me. It's a mental exercise. Lay down in the dark, close your eyes and concentrate on sweeping the pain into one location and then visualize putting a cap on it. It only works as long as I concentrate on keeping the cap on the pain. I know it's weird, I'm not even sure where I picked it up.

    The best think I did was figure out what my triggers where so I could avoid as much as possible.
    My triggers are: atmospheric changes-spring and fall when the weather changes-nothing I can do about that.

    On a windy road with lots of trees where the sun shines on your face and then it gets blocked by the trees for miles...that will trigger a bad one

    Lights- bright, strobe, flouresent and lights that flicker badly.

    Good luck, hopefully you'll find some relief soon. I know how horrible migraines are.

    One time I developed one and I was going up stairs to lay down after shopping and it was so bad I couldn't actually stand up. I was laying on the stairs and looked back and saw I had left the front door wide open and thought, "Hey maybe someone will come in and shoot me" and that was a positive thing. That just shows people who don't have migraines who bad they get.

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    Okay, for my migraines the only way I get relief is to take an A.C.C. tablet. They are available at Walmart in Canada. You have to ask for them as they are on the "Controlled Substance" list I believe. They are Acetylsalicylic Acid (aspirin) 375 mg. Caffeine 25 mg. and Codeine 8 mg. hence the name A.C.C. They are under the Equate brand name and they produce them with Tylenol, if you can't take aspirin. I don't have any drug retrictions yet so I am able to take them. If you are on blood thinners (don't take the aspirin) and if on blood pressure meds. check with your doctor on what is safe to take. Hope they are available where you are. You have my sympathy!

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    Do you have access to a natural foods store? I use to sell small bottles of headache relief oil at craft shows and fairs. Its made with 1/2 tsp. jojoba oil, 10 drops pure lavender oil, 10 drops pure spearmint oil, 10 drops pure eucalyptus oil. Shake well place a drop on tip of finger and massage into each temple and then across the forehead. Place another drop on finger and massage up the leaders on each side of the neck, place another drop and massage around each nostril and right under the nose. I was set up at a craft show once when the sheriff and his wife came in, she had such a migraine I could tell she was sick. I had her sit in my chair and I applied the oil to her head while explaining to her what to do. I gave her that bottle of oil. Withing 15 min she felt so much better she came back to my booth and wanted to purchase 5 bottles. Her daughter, husband and a friend also got migraines. She would travel an hour to meet me over the next few years just to pick up 5-10 bottles of the oil at a time. I use to teach, and one time I had one of my bad migraines at a play we had taken the middle school to watch. I used the oil on myself. The teacher next to me was getting a migraine also and she told me later that she could smell the oil on me and it had greatly helped he migraine. If you don't feel like trying to make your own, you can have some success with Bath & Body Works Stress Relief Roll-on. Just put it on in the same places and massage it in and breathe deeply.

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    I have gotten Migranes for alot of years too. Nothing like having a headache and living in an upstairs apartment with a balcony looking down on cement and your Best solution to ending the migrane is to jump. Luckily I never did jump, but for this one particular migrane was so bad that I called my doctor and told him HE BETTER DO something or I'm going to jump!!! With a migrane some people are in so much pain that reality is a blur and they are just wanting to get rid of the pain. He told me to go to the ER that he would be waiting for me which he was. I was lucky I didn't have to wait to be seen. He gave me a shot of Nubain and phenergan for the nausea and vomiting..oh gosh did that shot do wonders. Nubain is a non narcotic unlike Demerol that they would give me any other time. I would doze off but was almost always aware of my surroundings and such so it wasn't as if I was totally drugged out of my mind.

    Another thing my doctor told me to do is to Drink a REGULAR COCA COLA!!! Something to do with the caffeine in the Coca Cola helps ease a migrane and it had to be the REAL Coca Cola. And I did voice my concern to him about being a diabetic and he said it would be okay to drink it once in a while.
    Once I went through menopause, I no longer seem to have migranes but every great once in a while, I will get a headache that will last a couple of days but tolerable and I just take a couple of tylenols.
    I hope that you find a solution very soon.

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