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  • DevilSpawn
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    Has anyone here had their blood pressure checked? If not, I strongly suggest you do. Not just for migraines but also for your overall health.

    I mentioned before that I used to get chronic headaches with an occasional migraine. My chronic headaches started in 1996, but I don't think my blood pressure was high at that time. My Burger King and McDonalds diet wasn't helping. I barely ate home cooked meals from 1996-2002 due to the ease of just buying fast food. It's amazing I never got fat with all the junk I ate.

    By 1999, I was taking days off or leaving work early because of migraines. It would happen frequently to the point where I feared losing my job. Luckily my department and upper management all understood my situation. This was a period from 1999 to around 2016. This happened about 40 times a year.

    But now, after having my blood pressure in check, and limiting my fast food intake (haven't had McDonalds or Burger King since October 2001) my migraines are virtually non-existent and occur mainly when I listen to music or podcasts through headphones for a long period of time or at a high volume. I still get headaches weekly, but they are so minor and so short. By short I mean no longer than 30 minutes.

    Today though, I felt a severe headache coming on. I took a Tylenol just to be on the safe side because I had an intense workout I had to do tonight and I didn't want to go off schedule. Thankfully it worked.

    So I say that for those who have not had their blood pressure checked, please do so. It could go a long way in lessening the severity or frequency of your headaches and/or migraines. And if your diet is not the healthiest, eliminating fast foods could also help since it contributes to high blood pressure.

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  • ebsoria
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    Sadly, I get them too. I can usually muscle through the weaker ones with two Excedrin Migraine and a bottle of Tejava iced tea(the big bottle).

    But, if they last to a second or third day I have to get to the chiropractor right away since I have neck alignment issues from multiple sports injuries when younger. That's part of why I get to the chiropractor regularly, to try to be preventive.

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  • Sophia23
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    Originally posted by Rastic View Post
    @Sophia23

    I completely forgot to answer you before. My friend wrote back after I asked him about how long he's been getting Botox treatment. His reply:



    The article he mentions is pretty interesting.
    Thank you for responding on that Rastic. I appreciate knowing how much it helped your friend and will mention this to the specialist when I visit them. My dr. said it's to the point I need to be a daily regimen. I was reading in the article you mentioned how all the drugs to help avoid migraines have some side effects. Yeah, don't need something that causes weight gain, already have to work out quite a bit to avoid further weight gain that comes as a side effect from the OCD medicine I take. Would love to be away from pills altogether, so will talk about options such as botox with them.

    That's a pretty expensive drug in the article, but understand those who would pay the price to live a normal life without the pain of a regular migraines. I do hope if it works that good, insurance companies will soon work something out to make it available to those who need it.

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  • Rastic
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    @Sophia23

    I completely forgot to answer you before. My friend wrote back after I asked him about how long he's been getting Botox treatment. His reply:

    Around 3 years? Injections every 90 days. Side effects are minimal, sometimes I get headaches from the injections but not migraines. Just soreness. Not bad at all. They last about the 90 days, then I can tell the tank is empty. It took some time, maybe a year before the attacks stopped. I still get headaches, but not nearly as bad and no attacks. I was hoping the treatment would cure them but that isn't happening. I would say they work well with little downside. There is, however, a new drug that is just coming that is supposed to be the next big thing in migraine therapy. Here's the local article. The neurologist interviewed, Jack Shim, is my doctor. He is a leading migraine specialist. Dr Rosenfeld is part of the neurology center I go to.

    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...525-story.html
    The article he mentions is pretty interesting.

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  • Sophia23
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    https://yeutienganh.com/music/song/headaches-592179

    1st one of the month ... went back to name brand fioricet ... so day two not nearly as bad as with the other. Referred to a specialist, once I quit being so lazy and schedule the appointment, we'll see if the figure out a way to avoid them all together ... who knows maybe the can give me some stuff to avoid to avoid these. I will admit the coffee has made a huge difference since I woke up this morning for easing it. Not sure if it's the fioricet or what that made this old Dr. Demento song pop in my head.....

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  • HUMCALC
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    I can't use the Botox. My head is the only thing that I feel + I can't fit into my doctor's office, wheelchair & everything. I can't stand light or sound with my head

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  • Sophia23
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    Originally posted by Rastic View Post
    A good friend of mine gets regular Botox injections to control his migraines.
    haha, my post was so long, multiple people posted while I was writing it. How long has your friend been doing the Botox injections, do they see a big difference. I've been curious about this.

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  • Sophia23
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    I like what DevilSpawn mentioned about using this thread to learn tips and suggestions from others. I was hesitant to start a thread on it and appreciate the response it got from so many. It's interesting as well how it affects everyone differently. I know i've had several different types, but for me it's typically like a knife in my eye, pretty much always my right eye and nausea, there are times i don't even have a headache with it, so for the longest time I didn't know it was a migraine.

    I wouldn't say I have vision problems with it, like some do. When I have the eye pain though, I can't stand light and basically live in a dungeon on those days because I can't open the blinds, it's the light that makes me nauseas. That is interesting to me that you lose your vision temporarily, Lumiere, even if it is without pain for the most part, it would be hard to deal with.

    Five or six weeks is such a long time for a migraine, Sam. Was your blood pressure that high from the pain I wonder. I'll admit before I had started taking migraine medicine, I had taken vicodin a couple times when absolutely nothing was working and I think helped for the fact that it allowed me to sleep a little bit. I think being able to sleep with one, makes a big difference if you can just get some rest with it. I have a friend who has mentioned imitrex to me as well, it was something she has said worked for her. I know I would like to be able to find something that was natural, as you mention long run damage from Acetaminophen, and I know I've heard Naproxen is bad for the heart in the long run.

    I know as DevilSpawn mentioned as well the concerns of damage that can be done from to much use of the pain relievers, I can certainly appreciate ideas that don't involve over the counter or prescription meds. I know Peanut had mentioned about the Botox, and I've seen these ads as well, I'm wondering if anyone has tried these? I will mention, and I don't know if this is weird, but I'm kinda at that point I'm trying a variety of ideas. I often use various Doterra oils and I don't know the difference or if all oils are the same, that's the only brand I've used. But for several years and I still use it, their breathe oil I would sometimes put a drop under my nose and that would help. Also I had read that frankincense was good for migraines if you put a drop or two under your tongue. I have tried this and I have also tried the Peppermint oil, like just a drop under the tongue. I have found it did seem to work, but it also seems to affect my mood and not always in a good way, so I haven't tried more than a couple times.

    My last one started on Monday, seemed to ease a bit on tuesday, but never went away, then came back really bad through the end of day of friday. Part of it I think, is I was trying not to take the migraine medicine, because the current generic stuff I take keeps me awake, and I think sleep is a big deal in getting rid of it. Then they also make me kinda brain dead and goofy, so I try not to take them when I'm working - but then it gets out of hand where I can't do anything but keep the ice on it and it seems impossible to get rid of at times.

    For any of you, I know there are several here that mentioned the vision problems, and I feel for you. I haven't had that, I have speech problems and make no sense at times, but haven't had to deal with the vision issues from them.

    I hope this thread is helpful to others, to talk about the type the get or find suggestions that they may not have tried. The one thing I will swear by in my case more than anything is that I've seen the difference with vitamin D, when I go a period without taking it I do feel I get more of them. I think it's important to know what your triggers are, I know when I cut back on my sugar intake that seemed to make a difference but I don't know what all my triggers are. I have been thinking about finding out if there is a specialist who can maybe help narrow down what is triggering mine.

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  • Houshmazode
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    I get a migraine reading the smack forum.

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  • Rastic
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    A good friend of mine gets regular Botox injections to control his migraines.

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  • HUMCALC
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    I've had headache issues for almost 2 straight years now. Every day I have a headache/migraine

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  • Lumiere
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    I suffer from a strange type of ocular migraine...it only effects my vision and is virtually painless (unless I cough or sneeze, then it feels like my head will explode).

    I just lose most of my vision in both eyes for about 30 - 45 minutes, then for 24 hours afterward, as long as I don't cough or sneeze I'm right as the mail.

    I feel for the lot of you with debilitating pain. That truly sucks.

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  • samparnell
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    In '96 I had a migraine that lasted for five or six weeks. My wife required me to go see the doctor. My BP was 224/128 after two dosages of nitroglycerin, so I was admitted. I have been on BP meds since sometimes three at the same time, currently using two. I had to wait three months to see a neurologist during which time I was given vicodin. Initially, neurology gave me some meds which were not effective. Hypertension and migraines have some relationship, but it doesn't seem clear which causes the other.

    Ultimately, they gave me Imitrex (Sumatriptan) administered via injection. It was effective for a couple of years after which the chronic migraines went away. I have had to be careful with Ibuprofen which can damage kidneys, and Acetominophen which can damage the liver if taken regularly in high dosages. I do drink coffee every morning, but don't know cause-effect on headaches. I do take a number of herbal supplements, but don't know if any are suppressing headaches.

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  • CanDB
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    I have had my headaches described as migraine by a physician, but I have never had a headaches that last more than a day and a half. But I do get my share of them...though not quite as painful as some of you describe...at least not as far as I know. Regardless. Sophie named one very good reliever of mine....exercise. It seems the harder workouts do something to my veins or whatever, and usually help the cause.

    I can not take too many strong meds, especially those that can aggravate one's stomach, but advil is my best bet.

    Often sleep helps me, unless it is a headache that is neck/shoulder triggered.

    Do others of you get the "aura" affect, which sometimes leads to headaches. I get them about every 2-3 months, and they are so weird! If I ever get them while driving or playing a sport, it can be very hard to see clearly. How about others here...do you get those goofy "auras"?

    I feel for all of you sufferers...headaches of any significant level, are definitely uncomfortable and sometimes highly restricting.

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  • DevilSpawn
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    Originally posted by Rastic View Post
    I've had migraines since the fourth grade - severe enough that I had a neurologist for some time. Interesting though I've never had associating vision problems many who suffer have. When I was younger I tried almost everything from resting in a dark, quiet room to ice, cold showers, etc. The best escape was to somehow fall asleep if I could but now I just wake up with them so I have to deal with them if I feel one coming on right away. Generally, if they get real bad they make me very nauseous on top of the usual debilitating pain.

    I was on meds for a number of years but was finally able to wean myself off them, thankfully because one of the prescriptions I was taking for pain was later banned by the FDA for increasing heart problems and was an addictive opioid to boot.

    Now they are mostly controlled by diet now and, for me, most notably by staying well hydrated. Ice packs, cold showers and over the counter meds are usually enough if I start to get one.

    On the coffee topic, there are medications with caffeine as an active ingredient like Excedrin and Midol as well as others I am not familiar with https://migraine.com/migraine-treatm...dies/caffeine/
    I think it might comes down to how individuals react to caffeine as to how effective it is but caffeine can also be a trigger to others.
    Yeah Excedrin worked for me because it had part Tylenol (the pain killer Acetaminophen) Aspirin and caffeine. However, the risk with taking too much Acetaminophen over time was what made me quit, on top of my migraines becoming used to them. Now a cup of coffee with an occasional Bayer or occasional Tylenol is my substitute. I rarely do Tylenol unless I feel it's going to be severe and needs more power to stop before it gets worse.

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