Do you get migraines?

@Gumball (793)
United States
April 28, 2007 9:22pm CST
I do, around 3 or 4 in a month. Sometimes more, sometimes less. I had a real doozy of one yesterday, bad enough I could barely function. Couldn't concentrate enough to even throw something in the microwave for supper so I hit the drive-thru at McDonalds. Couldn't get on the computer at all, the bright light made my eyes hurt. I can't take any prescription meds for them, most have ingredients that I'm allergic to, so all I can take is Advil and put an icepack on the back of my head. Over the years my pain tolerance level has gotten so high that a normal dose of 2 Advil does no good at all so I'm now up to 4 at a time. Doctors have told me that it's OK, they've even given me a scrip for quad-strength ibuprophen in the past. What do you do for a headache? Anything special? Do you take prescription meds or just over the counter stuff?
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• United States
29 Apr 07
I suffer from severe migraines which I have frequently. Mine get so bad that I have to lay down, put my head on a soft pillow, close my eyes and the room has to be dark without any noise. I absolutely can't function during these. My doctor prescribed me Imitrex which really works and it's non-drowsy.Over the counter stuff doesnt touch it.
@Gumball (793)
• United States
29 Apr 07
Imitrex has something in it I'm allergic to. My Dr. gave me a sample of it one time and when I took it, my headache got worse! Another med he gave me a sample of made me break out in a rash. I asked the pharmacist about it and he said a lot of the scrip meds have similar properties so if you go allergic to one, you could go allergic to another one of a different name.
@marlyse (1056)
• Switzerland
3 May 07
i am sorry to hear that. i know what you have to suffer. i have these bad migraines too. sometimes 3 weeks without, then all 2 or 3 days and they long 2-3 days. i got a very strong med called Zomig oro. maybe your doc knows them and you can try it. it helps me most of the time, because its only for migraine. sometimes i need only one, sometimes 2. i hope you can find something which helps you to go through these pains.
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• United States
3 May 07
I actually used to get them a lot more then I do now *knock on wood*. I have Imitrex for them and to be honest that's the only thing that works once I have them. If I feel them coming on I will take Excedrin Migraine and that often can kill it before it becomes a true migraine.
@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
25 Jun 07
I have gotten bad migraines since I was a kid, and a couple of my kids get them too. I have to take prescription medication. I take two prescription medications to help prevent them. These are Topamax and Depakote. The doctor just prescribed Pamelor as a preventative medication for my 13 year old because he has been having them so bad for the past few years. Once I get one I have to take Imitrex for it. It is the only thing I have found that helps me at all. Along with that I sometimes take Ibuprofen, and drink lots of caffeine. Then I go to a darkened room where it is quiet and lay down with a damp cloth over my eyes. If it gets really bad I have to go to the emergency room and they give me an IV. I'm not sure what they put in it because when it gets to that point, I really don't care as long as they give me something!
• Canada
7 May 07
I used to get a migraine once per month, like clockwork. Lately, it has eased back -- thankfully! But I do still get them if I'm particularly stressed or if it's a "monthly" thing (which is when I used to get them all the time). I spoke to my doctor about them and she said she could prescribe me something but I hate taking meds (I'm already on BP meds so I didn't want more). I have been very pleased with Advil Liqui Gels (not other forms of Advil, just those). I'm not usually successful with very many OTC remedies but the liqui gels work really well for me. I take two and, in very short order, I start to feel relief.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
25 Jun 07
I got them, but not as bad as yours. Usually I would take a tylenol and go in my room, make sure the shades were drawn, and try to go to sleep. They were mild migraines and after my periods stopped (coincidentally since I could not get pregnant) they stopped. I am not into yoga - it appears more a religion than a method of medication-- if you do the yoga stuff you might as well pray to Buddha or whomever. However I do believe there are natural products in health stores that might help you not gain a tolerance over the pills you are using.
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