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    Quote Originally Posted by CodyRoarkNFL View Post
    I've had many concussions dating back to my playing days and still suffer from onset migraines. I had one the other day that absolutely put me down. I hadn't experienced one like that in a long time, immediate nausea and severe pain. One thing that I have always used which takes a little bit of time to kick in is a warm rag for 10 minutes, and a cold rag for 20 minutes. I need to find a better solution that aims to be more preventive than band-aided.
    I used to use a warm washcloth with sinus headaches, but have never tried with migraines. Sounds like something to try. My life saver is the elasto gel eye masks. I keep two in the freezer and they help a lot for me. However they thaw out a bit too quick and I end up moving on to just an ice pack for about 5 - 10 minutes at a time.

    I'm with you, that the best solution would be to find something to prevent them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elecshoc View Post
    I've had them since I was 11. For me they start in the eyes then work around the temple and settle pretty much in temples to the top of my head. I could tell by seeing wavy lines, white spots and a few times I've completely lost vision with everything going white. From there the pain would start in and behind my eyes then moving across like I noted before.

    I know for me really spicy food is a trigger, along with certain smells. I wont go into a bed bath or beyond unless I really have too.

    At the apex I would get them 4 or 5 times a month. At least once a week and I would be down for the afternoon usually and my head would be really sore the next day.

    So what helped me so far is exercising which I think goes with BP notes from before. I changed my diet to lose weight and I'm making sure I'm sleeping at least 6 hours. Losing the weight along with increased activity I think helped me withstand the migraines much better. I still see the vision issues from time to time, but it seems like the pain itself is not as intense. At least to the point that it's not knocking me down for hours.
    Amazing what diet, exercise, and a little more sleep can do for a person. I'm glad to read that it's lessoned a bit pain wise with these changes for you.

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    I use my ice pack for approximately 30-60 minutes at a time
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    Have any of you that have migraines been told that you have enlarged pupils? I was told that mine were 50% larger than normal and there's no way to fix it.

    I usually get 1 or 2 horrible migraines a year and normally when I exercise hard outside. Sometimes inside but it seems like only when there is a bright window that I'm facing for a good part of the workout.

    My eyes are sensitive to light, including when driving in traffic where the sun is reflecting off the other vehicles and into my eyes.

    I think the combination of light sensitivity and low blood sugar from intense workouts has caused my migraines in the past. They usually stick around for 4 or 5 hours at least and are accompanied by lots of vertigo and vomiting.

    Perhaps your condition is caused by light sensitivity and looking at a computer screen or monitors, HUM. Maybe there's a type of sunglasses or lens or something people use to help with that. I know some people that work in offices suffer from headaches and migraines from staring at their computer screens (or tvs) too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Houshmazode View Post
    Have any of you that have migraines been told that you have enlarged pupils? I was told that mine were 50% larger than normal and there's no way to fix it.

    I usually get 1 or 2 horrible migraines a year and normally when I exercise hard outside. Sometimes inside but it seems like only when there is a bright window that I'm facing for a good part of the workout.

    My eyes are sensitive to light, including when driving in traffic where the sun is reflecting off the other vehicles and into my eyes.

    I think the combination of light sensitivity and low blood sugar from intense workouts has caused my migraines in the past. They usually stick around for 4 or 5 hours at least and are accompanied by lots of vertigo and vomiting.

    Perhaps your condition is caused by light sensitivity and looking at a computer screen or monitors, HUM. Maybe there's a type of sunglasses or lens or something people use to help with that. I know some people that work in offices suffer from headaches and migraines from staring at their computer screens (or tvs) too much.
    Thanks for caring, but unfortunately I can't go to a doctor & find out. My Medicaid won't pay for it, I already had an MRI & nothing was found
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    Article is a few days old. I don't know if it can help anyone here, but I thought I'd share.

    Migraine patients can now try three new drugs for prevention

    " "They have a lot of promise and are potentially very important," said Katherine Hamilton, a headache specialist at Penn Medicine. The drugs, which are injected under the skin, offer hope for patients who have not responded to other treatments, but Hamilton said that what is "potentially even more clinically relevant is they have a lower side-effect profile" than other medications commonly used for migraine. She added, though, that it remains to be seen how patients who take them for long periods will fare. As new drugs, their long-term impact is not yet known."

    "Silberstein said insurance is expected to offset erenumab's price tag, about $600 a month, but patients will be eligible only if they have tried other drugs first and found they didn't help. He and Hamilton said some other migraine drugs have similar costs.

    Louis Colburn, 71, a retired police officer and security manager who gets migraines most days of the week, was among the first of Silberstein's patients to try fremanezumab. His headaches, he said, are "just like somebody's got a drill inside your brain." He watched calmly last week as nurse practitioner Rachel Seligman emptied three syringes under the skin of his left thigh.

    The shots should last three months. Silberstein said Colburn should see results in a week. He expects that patients with frequent headaches won't mind getting three shots at once. "If you realized how bad a migraine headache is, the shots don't matter," he said.

    Migraines affect 40 million people in the United States. These drugs were tested in people with chronic migraines, defined as 15 or more headaches a month. One to 2 percent of the population falls into that category."
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    Just got a woozy overnight and all the way into this evening. Even working out did not slow this one down. I'll just have to do what I can. Makes me feel greater empathy for those who suffer more frequently than I.

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    Sorry to hear CanDB - hope you're feeling better.

    Thanks for posting the info, Peanut.

    I had seen a specialist for mine a couple weeks back. They had wanted to start me on something preventive and said we could either go with a prescription or I could try vitamins first. I went with the vitamins - thought I'd see if it makes any difference before being on some daily prescription. If they do work out for me, I'll list the combination of supplements he suggested here. The norm for me has been about twice a month for several years, from May to August had a lot of added stress, and had 4-5 month during that time ... glad the stress is past, because I think most all of those migraines were stress related.

    Anyways, had only had 2 last month. I have only had 1 so far this month. If the vitamins even work to shorten the length or severity of the ones I get, I'll add here. If the vitamins don't work out, I may try the prescription - it would be nice to not have them at all, but don't really want to have to take an additional pill every day for them.

    I had ask the doctor about beta blockers, after reading here how many have had them associated with high blood pressure. They said that is a common preventive method for some people. Said not an option for me, as I have low blood pressure ... but sounds to be a common preventive option for some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sophia23 View Post
    Sorry to hear CanDB - hope you're feeling better.

    Thanks for posting the info, Peanut.

    I had seen a specialist for mine a couple weeks back. They had wanted to start me on something preventive and said we could either go with a prescription or I could try vitamins first. I went with the vitamins - thought I'd see if it makes any difference before being on some daily prescription. If they do work out for me, I'll list the combination of supplements he suggested here. The norm for me has been about twice a month for several years, from May to August had a lot of added stress, and had 4-5 month during that time ... glad the stress is past, because I think most all of those migraines were stress related.

    Anyways, had only had 2 last month. I have only had 1 so far this month. If the vitamins even work to shorten the length or severity of the ones I get, I'll add here. If the vitamins don't work out, I may try the prescription - it would be nice to not have them at all, but don't really want to have to take an additional pill every day for them.

    I had ask the doctor about beta blockers, after reading here how many have had them associated with high blood pressure. They said that is a common preventive method for some people. Said not an option for me, as I have low blood pressure ... but sounds to be a common preventive option for some.
    Good to hear about your progress.....sounds like you are going in the right direction.Though I am not a qualified person, it seems that whatever you can do to relive stress will be a huge benefit, in more ways than one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sophia23 View Post
    Sorry to hear CanDB - hope you're feeling better.

    Thanks for posting the info, Peanut.

    I had seen a specialist for mine a couple weeks back. They had wanted to start me on something preventive and said we could either go with a prescription or I could try vitamins first. I went with the vitamins - thought I'd see if it makes any difference before being on some daily prescription. If they do work out for me, I'll list the combination of supplements he suggested here. The norm for me has been about twice a month for several years, from May to August had a lot of added stress, and had 4-5 month during that time ... glad the stress is past, because I think most all of those migraines were stress related.

    Anyways, had only had 2 last month. I have only had 1 so far this month. If the vitamins even work to shorten the length or severity of the ones I get, I'll add here. If the vitamins don't work out, I may try the prescription - it would be nice to not have them at all, but don't really want to have to take an additional pill every day for them.

    I had ask the doctor about beta blockers, after reading here how many have had them associated with high blood pressure. They said that is a common preventive method for some people. Said not an option for me, as I have low blood pressure ... but sounds to be a common preventive option for some.
    I hope the vitamins work for you. I know they help with other situations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sophia23 View Post
    I'm just curious. I know there are a lot of people who deal with these. I remember there was someone else on the boards who use to complain about migraines often, so if there is another thread already... sorry mods.

    Anyway, I'm curious what people take for it, if you have found something that works. This has been one of my worst years with them so far. I take naproxon and fioricet, this use to work... but the last few times, I've been given generic fioricet, which never works and if anything makes things worse.

    I once read that vitamin D helps, and I seriously thought it did because I quit getting them so often, once I started taking a vitamin D supplement every morning.

    I had an ice pack on my right eye off and on for almost a day and half with my last one... and that's what usually numbs it enough to ease it, but this barely works anymore... just curious for those who deal with them often, if you've found some stuff that works.

    When the pain in my eye gets to be a dull pain rather than severe, I've found a hard run on the treadmill will kill it completely. Just curious how others deal.
    I find the best solution for most of mine is two tylenol and two ibuprofen at the same time. probably not great for my liver, but it takes enough of the edge off that I can survive.

    If it's a bad enough one that this doesn't provide improvement, then nothing I'm going to take is going to help.

    Those ones typically end up with my in so much pain I vomit all day as if I had a stomach bug.


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    Some say oxygen therapy is helpful.

    Consistent loading up on NSAIDs can promote other issues that might make you be okay with an occasional migraine.
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    I have had two migraines in 6 years. mine were just stress related. During that very stressful 3 year stretch I almost o'ed on tylenol 650's. I'd take a handful when one would come on and try to go to bed if that was an option. If eep was an option I'd bo over it. If it wasn't I may of had it for a couple days. Then I finally got rid of the reason for my stress and life has been pretty pain free.
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    I went to sleep at midnight and woke up at 3:30AM with a very slight migraine just above my left eyebrow. It was at Stage 0.5 out of ten. I did a little writing for about 20 minutes and noticed it went from 0.5 to 1. I got 2 Tylenol and a large glass of water, wrote for about 20 minutes more and went to sleep. Thank God and Sweet Baby Jesus that I caught it in time. It was gone right before I went to sleep.

    I know sometimes it's difficult to do because they can go from 0-100 so fast, but if you feel like it's coming on, take whatever medication you have. I got lucky because I've had those pre-headache above the eye before. Those become 10+ and debilitate me for 1-3 days. I needed to enjoy this Sunday because it's a rare stress free day wth the Raiders on bye.



    Although Bye is -3.5 in the spread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilSpawn View Post
    I went to sleep at midnight and woke up at 3:30AM with a very slight migraine just above my left eyebrow. It was at Stage 0.5 out of ten. I did a little writing for about 20 minutes and noticed it went from 0.5 to 1. I got 2 Tylenol and a large glass of water, wrote for about 20 minutes more and went to sleep. Thank God and Sweet Baby Jesus that I caught it in time. It was gone right before I went to sleep.

    I know sometimes it's difficult to do because they can go from 0-100 so fast, but if you feel like it's coming on, take whatever medication you have. I got lucky because I've had those pre-headache above the eye before. Those become 10+ and debilitate me for 1-3 days. I needed to enjoy this Sunday because it's a rare stress free day wth the Raiders on bye.



    Although Bye is -3.5 in the spread.
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