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    Propanolol is a beta-blocker used for high blood pressure. Not everyone can take it and it really depends a lot on blood pressure. When my blood pressure was really high I took the stuff and it did nothing for the headaches. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at this one, I lost 100 pounds in a year, the blood pressure went down but my dosage wasn't adjusted with the weight loss. I was on the floor with almost no blood pressure. I actually have fewer headaches without it.

    I now see a neurologist who specializes in headaches. I mostly manage by knowing what are and aren't triggers. The headache diary was illuminating. I never realized what I was doing before I would get a really bad one.

    Some people are trying ergotamine deratives with some success.

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    I used to get them really bad years ago, but i hardly ever get them now. I discovered msg, and anything to do with soy gave them to me. Tried dif pain killers, but what worked for me is this. A glass of coke and two plain, uncoated aspirin. The caffeine in the coke, and the blood thinning in the aspirin gets the blood flowing through the head again. I've tried coffee, and it doesn't work as good as coke.

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    tylenol dose not work for migrains my doc put me on asperin when i have migrains it thions the bloos and really helps

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    Sometimes migrains can be caused but odd things. Years ago I got a flu shot. For the next year and a half I got a migrain if I ate anything with a lot of eggs in it or if I ate an egg. Mine were so bad that I kept a heavy quilt on my curtain rod, pulled back when I didn't need it, and a bucket by the bed. After the flu shot wore off I haven't had a migrain since and can once again eat eggs. Has anything changed in her life lately? New meds? Flu or Pnumonia shots? Stress levels? No matter what it is, she should see a doctor.

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    I use to get migranes and nothing would help them. But then I went to a chiropractor when I was having one and after an adjustment and 10 minutes of quite in his office with the lights off it was gone. Had a few more after that and immediately went to him again with the same results. I swear by them. But thank heaven I haven't had one in years.

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    she is going to the doctor....we'll try the chiro first but I think talking to the actual doctor not the nurse practitioner like she usually does is in order...and I am not a fan of doctors! She was in so much pain last night though. its been about 3 months since she had one that bad but still. I know they have a lot of new treatments out. I used to tell my mother about everyone I head about. She finally fell asleep in the recliner....she said it hurt worse to lay her head down. But this morning she is on the couch.

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    My hubby gets them now every year. Last year they came early. Every time the mold count is high, he gets them. I give him a decongestant and we watch. He has to take them before 3pm. if not....it hits like a ton of bricks! I feel for ya all.....they are no fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lab fairy
    Propanolol is a beta-blocker used for high blood pressure. Not everyone can take it and it really depends a lot on blood pressure. When my blood pressure was really high I took the stuff and it did nothing for the headaches. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at this one, I lost 100 pounds in a year, the blood pressure went down but my dosage wasn't adjusted with the weight loss. I was on the floor with almost no blood pressure. I actually have fewer headaches without it.

    I now see a neurologist who specializes in headaches. I mostly manage by knowing what are and aren't triggers. The headache diary was illuminating. I never realized what I was doing before I would get a really bad one.

    Some people are trying ergotamine deratives with some success.
    My neurologist thought that was the best choice for me. My family has a history of high blood pressure so it also helps in that way. I have been told by several doctors that propranolol has few side effects so it is also nice that way. I like the idea of a diary but I don't have any patterns to my headaches so in the 30 years I have had them we can't find a trigger. I have tried drugs like imitrex but end up feeling worse. I am changing to more of an optical migraine as I don't get the pounding headache but lots of visual things.

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    Migraines can be caused by so many things. I had them from age 6 to 37. My then-husband talked me into going to a chiropractor. Gosh, I'm NOT going to a quack! Well, he bugged me to the point I went......haven't had a migraine since!!!! Looking back, they started after a car accident -- where I landed on my had on the floorboard (before seatbelts)... Considering the headaches "run" in your family....there's another reason (hormonal is my guess, too). Unless a person has experienced them, they have no idea how bad they are. My 1st husband didn't understand.....it's so sad and disheartening to have them treat you like you're an idiot!!!!

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    I've had migraines all my life, but they were especially bad three times in my life - all during super hormonal changes. The first, when I was a teenager, the second when I was on birth control pills, and third, (now) going through menopause. When I was on the pill, I remember the headache being the first thing I was aware of before opening my eyes in the morning and the last thing before falling asleep at night. The dr. took me off the pill. A couple years ago, I had a headache that lasted for 3 weeks and it was the worst I've ever had. The dr. did an MRI and an ARI to make sure it wasn't a tumor or anurism, and it was just the migraines, so she gave me a new med... a miracle drug for me! Called Midrin. I take one at the first sign of a headache and if needed an hour later take another. If it's still there after another hour I can take a third, but rarely do I even need the second pill. Migraines are terrible!!

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    I get migraines and they are horrible. Should see a
    DR. though they have so many meds that help. I take one when I feel one coming on. I have to many health issues for the daily ones, but there is help out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PALS65
    Quote Originally Posted by lab fairy
    Propanolol is a beta-blocker used for high blood pressure. Not everyone can take it and it really depends a lot on blood pressure. When my blood pressure was really high I took the stuff and it did nothing for the headaches. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at this one, I lost 100 pounds in a year, the blood pressure went down but my dosage wasn't adjusted with the weight loss. I was on the floor with almost no blood pressure. I actually have fewer headaches without it.

    I now see a neurologist who specializes in headaches. I mostly manage by knowing what are and aren't triggers. The headache diary was illuminating. I never realized what I was doing before I would get a really bad one.

    Some people are trying ergotamine deratives with some success.
    My neurologist thought that was the best choice for me. My family has a history of high blood pressure so it also helps in that way. I have been told by several doctors that propranolol has few side effects so it is also nice that way. I like the idea of a diary but I don't have any patterns to my headaches so in the 30 years I have had them we can't find a trigger. I have tried drugs like imitrex but end up feeling worse. I am changing to more of an optical migraine as I don't get the pounding headache but lots of visual things.
    My DH was on propanonol for years to prevent migraines and it really worked. Before that, he suffered with them for a long time until he had an episode that he was paralyzed for 60 seconds or so at the onset of a headache and then had a searing flash of heat down the left side of his body and lost all feeling. It's been 19 years since then and the left side of his body still feels like the sensation you have after your limbs fall asleep, that tingling feeling. It looked like a stroke to us but after CT scans and MRIs, it was diagnosed as a migraine with complications.

    So they aren't just a headache if they are frequent or severe. They can lead to other problems. You definitely want to see a doctor.

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    Artificial sweeteners can be another trigger for some people.

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    I am a life long migrane suffer,
    it runs in my mom's side of family.
    There are things they can do for them now, that they couldn't years ago. So Please take her to a Dr.
    Also there are foods that trigger them.
    Artifical sweetners are bad for me, even in gum.
    DD and I both have to avoid Chocolate,
    Smells, like wearing purfume, cause that smell goes with you all day.
    Sumatriptions, sold under different names, what works for one might not work for another , So ask Dr. for samples.

    My new Dr. put me on 80 mgs of Inderal, and it really helped. I was having migraines daily. I still get some but the Imitrex really takes care of those, and now when I get a migraine it don't last as long..
    (google Inderal and migraines)
    And yes sitting up to sleep helps but after awhile you need to lay down cause you get a stiff neck which doesn't help a thing.

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    To quote IrishNY "My DH was on propanonol for years to prevent migraines and it really worked. Before that, he suffered with them for a long time until he had an episode that he was paralyzed for 60 seconds or so at the onset of a headache and then had a searing flash of heat down the left side of his body and lost all feeling. It's been 19 years since then and the left side of his body still feels like the sensation you have after your limbs fall asleep, that tingling feeling. It looked like a stroke to us but after CT scans and MRIs, it was diagnosed as a migraine with complications.

    So they aren't just a headache if they are frequent or severe. They can lead to other problems. You definitely want to see a doctor.[/quote]

    I can sympathise with IrishNY's husband I suffer migraines caused by Systemic Lupus, earlier last year I had the worst one ever, what they later discovered was a hemiplegic migraine (I had the same thing as quoted above). A stroke was ruled out and I was referred to a Neurologist as Lupus, like MS can affect the brain, my GP at one stage thought I was developing MS, which was quite scary. Fortunately I have no neurological damage or problems, but it is very important to have a thorough medical examination and some testing, an MRI could be in order here.

    There is a vast difference between a sinus problem and a migraine. Perhaps it as simple as a hormonal thing and I'm not trying to suggest your girl has any serious disease, but the poor thing needs to get some relief and get some answers about what could be the cause.

    Unless members of your family are medical professionals, I'd probably take their "diagnosis" with a grain of salt. All the best, and come here and vent if you see any more red!

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    I have them too . Mine is from hypothyroidism . Neither one is fun at all ! I had one so bad I couldn't see straight . I soaked a bath towel in cold water and put it in the freezer until it had ice crystals on it . Wrapped it around my head and that seemed to help . It's just too bad it doesn't cure it ! Annie

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    One of my triggers is dehydration. When I do get them, they last a minimum of 3 days, even taking maximum doses of Excedrin. I make sure I don't take more than that because it can cause liver damage. I chew the Excedrin because of a lapband but that does help it work faster. I'm lucky in that I don't get them as severe as some people, they just won't go away sooner than 3 days even with prescription drugs.

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    My husband is the exact same way! If I suggest what might be wrong, he says, "You're not the doctor!" or, "Stop diagnosing me!" but the minute one of us has a medical problem, he is on the phone, calling his mother. I feel like saying, "What am I? Chopped liver?"

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    Ginnie6,
    I understand exactly what you are going through. I have migraines but mine are a cakewalk compared to DS#2. He has had them since age 3 and has tried every medication on the planet. The first thing is a good headache log. Write down all activities, foods, time of day of onset, where the pain is, what the weather is like, how quickly the pain gets to max, what medications taken, how quickly relief starts and when the pain is over. Also write down any other symptoms. Then get to a good neurologist.

    I just got back from taking DS to probably the best place for migraines in the country -- Michigan Head Pain and Neurological Institute in Ann Arbor. It was his first visit and he had the best and most thorough exam he has ever had at any of the previous neurologists that he has been to. People travel from all over the world to come there. If a regular neurologist is not able to help your daughter, you may want to check into it.

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    Migrains are real and know one can make them less real by not understanding. I used to suffer for them when I was a teen and up into my 30's. I had one last week and it was a doozy.

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    Men are not prone to headaches,they have no idea.

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    I have learned that I have a "premonition". My muscle in the right side of my neck tightens until it is in spasms. My DH and Sons recognize this and ask if I am ok, you are rubbing your neck? I have learned that I am "allergic" to almost every perfume/cologne & aspartame and MSG are immediate triggers. I keep Gatorade or Power aid on hand and will down at least a quart with 1 aspirin. I also learned bio-feedback. I chose my favorite place (beach on Tybee Island) and I go "walk" there while lying down in a COLD, Dark, completely quiet room. I have trained myself to listen to only the ocean swishing on the beach and the waves crashing on the rocks while Slowly breathing in and out. Also, if you feel in the soft spot between your thumb and first finger down next to where they join there is a nerve there (it will hurt when you squeeze it) Hold it tightly between your first finger and thumb from your other hand and make it hurt.... It it triggers your brain to release natural pain killing endorphins. (Nurses help me out here- I know someone out there knows the correct terminology.) I would highly recommend learning the bio-feedback it really puts you in control not the migraine.

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