Help!! I have a Horrible Migraine

@KrauseHome (35517)
United States
February 21, 2011 3:22pm CST
which I have had now on and off since last Thursday evening. The problem is it does not seem to be getting any better and I feel tired and my head hurts, and today I even feel nauseous. I am out of the pills my Doctor gave me for Migraines, and do not really want to try and find time to get into the Doctor to get some more, so I have been resorting to the back up med this time. Problem is the headache only seems to go to a dull roar making me more nauseous instead of going away. I am ready to go get some Feverfew somewhere and try that instead and see if I feel better. I had to call off work today and trying to keep my mind occupied somehow. What other things could you advise I might want to try here as well? ~~TINA~~
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
21 Feb 11
Awww poor Tina, I do feel for you. I suffered from migraines as I was growing up but haven't had one for years, fortunately. Can you buy Solpadeine (soluble) tablets in the US? They have a mixture of codeine and caffeine and paracetamol in them. After my recent operation they were the ONLY tablets that dealt with the pain I was in and I know for a fact they will get rid of a headache or migraine that does not respond to other treatments. Honestly, they're brilliant!
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@GardenGerty (102464)
• United States
21 Feb 11
Janey, I think they call it something else in the US. Paracetamol is the same as our acetaminophen. For an over the counter medication that helped my headache contained aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine. For some migraines caffeine makes it worse.
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
21 Feb 11
Oh right, thanks for enlightening me.
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
22 Feb 11
I hope the Feverfew works my friend.
• United States
22 Feb 11
I am a severe migraine sufferer and the only thing that helps OTC wise is Excedrin. When I feel a headache coming on at frist symptom I pop in the Excedrin and it takes it away. If I wait, oh gosh I get like you and I am one that can' sit up and or see light when this happens to me. I do hope you feel better as I know exactly how you feel. Something else that kind of helps for me is that I take a scraf and tie around my head on the forehead really tight so that the pressure does not shift and it seems to help a bit. Do take care and I do hope you feel better.
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@AmbiePam (50056)
• United States
22 Feb 11
I use a bra strap. A detachable bra strap to tighten around my head. I've tried Exedrin, but it quit working on my migraines when I was about ten. I think my system might have just gotten used to it.
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• United States
22 Feb 11
I will remember the bra strap as I do like the deep pressure and that will definitely work. Thanks for that. You know all types of OTC meds do not work for me at all. I believe my body became immune to them when I was a teen. One day I discovered Excedrin and it is like heaven, although for the last two weeks I have noticed not as quickly as before. Sorry you too feel these horrible headaches and migraines. Seems like so many of us are sufferers.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
5 Mar 11
Personally it would be nice if they could find a better cure to help those of us who suffer from Migraines to where we never had to experience one again. Most of mine are definately hormonal and I wish there was more help for sure. I did go to the Doctor and got Imitrex and it helped a lot, but do not have any extra on hand for the next one, but at least know it works. As for pressure, I have never thought of using a Scarf or anything, but I am sure it would work.
@m_5ugar (1013)
• Malaysia
22 Feb 11
Hello Tina, I have bad migraine too. I have to stay in dark place because I cannot stand the light. Sometimes I feel want to throw up because of heavy migraine. Now I just take pills named Caffergot. I think it manage to reduce my migraine a bit. Have you try the pills?
@AmbiePam (50056)
• United States
22 Feb 11
I used to take those. My pharmacy had to order them specially because they aren't commonly sold in pharmacies around here anymore.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
5 Mar 11
I actually tried Caffergot many yrs. ago and they never really worked for me, and actually made me quite sick. I finally went to the Doctor with this last migraine and they gave me Imitrex which really helped. The problem is they gave me only enough for a couple of days so when I get another migraine I will have to go back in again for something as well.
@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
21 Feb 11
Hello Tina. Getting some sleep might help, i had a migraine that came on and off for 3 days and only passed with more sleep, painkiller did not help me at that one. Lots of water, maybe some fruits if you want something other then medicine for trying. Maybe some fresh air if you can during the day.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
22 Feb 11
Well, I did try the Feverfew and got some sleep because the other pills were making me so tired. So far I do feel quite a bit better. It would have been nice to get out there in the weather today as it did seem a little warmer today, and they are calling for Cooler weather and possible snow for now. Been eating on some Fresh grapefruit brought to us from AZ as well.
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
22 Feb 11
Good good, i am glad it is working. Yeah the snow is already over Europe (and Romania) AGAIN (3rd time this winter), so it is very likely it will get there as well.
21 Feb 11
I once had a migraine that lasted for 10 days it was agony it felt like i had been smacked in the face face with a paving slab and that no joke,i found a dark room and warm damp flannels across my forhead also helped but if this is different from what you usually suffer a gp to check you out would be best,i hope you get better soon.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
5 Mar 11
Wow ... 10 days... My last one lasted for about 7 and I was going crazy. I did go to a Doctor and was prescribed Imitrex which really did help, but she only gave me enough to help this last time so next time I get a Migraine I need to see a Doctor again unless someone gives me something to help at the start of one. I missed a lot of work with my last one, so next time I will be heading in asap to get something instead of waiting for sure.
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
21 Feb 11
My hubby used to get bad migraines, he only hing that helped him was excedrin. Its a combination of aspirin, tylenol and caffeine. The caffeine helps push the headache out. I have heard drinking mountain dew or coffee helps too, they both hace caffeine. Also use cold, ice pack on your head, that helps the blood vessels constrict and eases the headache. Good luck Tina I hope the headache goes away.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
5 Mar 11
Well, I finally had to give in and go see the Doctor. She gave me Imitrex for it which did wonders for the migraine but only gave me a few so the next time I get a migraine I am without again, so I need to see her again, or my other doctor I was seeing to get something for sure. This last migraine was enough to want to scream for sure. (I cannot take Excedrin due to it having Tylenol in it, as anything with Tylenol in it besides Vicodin makes me really sick.)
@GardenGerty (102464)
• United States
21 Feb 11
I have heard that Gatorade will help. I think it has to do with the dehydration and with the electrolytes or minerals that it replenishes. I found that the severe headaches I used to get quit coming when I started taking magnesium on a regular basis. Ask your doctor because your are diabetic, what he thinks. There is some discussion on whether or not it is beneficial. I just know it is for me. Also, could this headache be sinus instead of migraine? Have you tried heat, or cold to the back of your neck?
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
22 Feb 11
Personally I forgot about Gatorade and wished I could have seen this post back when you first posted it, and tried it again and seen if it helped any. I know I have tried it in the past and it helped. Heat does help relieve some of the pain as well, and something I resorted too for a bit before I had to go in and lay down. Also tried the feverfew and my head does feel a little better tonight. I know I need to look more into the magnesium as a choice as well.
• Elkin, North Carolina
21 Feb 11
Usually the only thing that helps my migraines is to take 800mg ibuprophen or 1000mg tylenol then get in a quiet, dark, cool room and take an ice pack and rest under my neck while laying really still. Once I do this, I can usually fall asleep for awhile and that helps get rid of mine. But I do know others who get more intense migraines like you are describing that the only thing that helps them is going to the doctor and getting a shot. I know that migraines can be horrible and I hope yours gets better quickly!
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
22 Feb 11
Well, for me if I take Tylenol I get really sick, so this is never an option for sure. For me I did finally find some Feverfew and tried that and then got some sleep due to the other pills making me tired. My head is still hurting some, but nothing like it was. Hoping that the feverfew can help break it up more to where I can finally rest and go back to work tomorrow.
@AmbiePam (50056)
• United States
22 Feb 11
Can you go to the emergency room? I've ended up in the emergency room before because of a migraine that has lasted days and days. Sometimes they helped me, sometimes they gave me medicine that did nothing.
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@AmbiePam (50056)
• United States
22 Feb 11
The one time they gave me something in the ER to make me sleep, I was so happy. I absolutely cannot sleep when I have a migraine. And that means I can be up for days. My first migraine was when I was eight. I remember it clearly. I woke up in the car, kicking the back of my dad's seat because my head heart so badly. In the past few years I have had CT scans, MRIs, so many tests. I have a theory that it is partly related to gluten, but it's definitely not all about that. I just don't know. But I get concerned because I have about ten a month. And those who have migraines are more susceptible to strokes.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
8 Mar 11
Personally going to an Emergency room is a quick fix, but it does not usually solve the problem as that is only a temporary fix. I did finally go to a Doctor and was given something for it, and it was only a couple so in reality I need to see a Doctor again and make sure I have enough in case a migraine starts again as well.
@AmbiePam (50056)
• United States
9 Mar 11
Oh Krause, it's never a quick fix. 90% of the time the ER doesn't get rid of my migraine. And that's after I wait four days before going to the ER. Usually the ER doesn't get rid of it and I suffer for days afterward. I finally quit going because the 10% of the time they DID help me, wasn't happening that much anymore. I've seen neurologist after neurologist. I've had migraines since I was eight. I have had EEGs, MRIs, and Catscans like I mentioned above. And nothing has helped discover the cause. I've kept food journals, had medicine cross referenced...and nothing. Thanksfully I don't lose my vision as much as I used to when I got a migraine.
• Egypt
22 Feb 11
i think u need to see adoc
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
8 Mar 11
I did see a Doctor and was given something for it, and it did help and I have not had problems in a little over a week now. I do need to get more for in preparation before the next migraine hits me as well.
@BarBaraPrz (20692)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
21 Feb 11
Have you ever tried using an ice pack on your head? (Keep your body warm, though.) And gingerale is good at combatting nausea.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
22 Feb 11
When I have a migraine I have never tried using Ice, and not sure if that would help loosen the area that tightens up or not. I usually try heat, and have something that I warm up and put around my neck that usually helps some. As for the gingerale, I have never heard that one before. Interesting thought though. Thanks for the suggestions.
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• United States
22 Feb 11
When I get a migraine, I usually get a rice bag and put it in the freezer. You can use anything else that will keep itself cold for a while. Roll it up and make it comfortable behind your neck. This usually works for me. Along with this I use self hypnoses to bring myself into a relaxes state. Keep the room dark and cool. This also helps.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
24 Feb 11
Your discussion is a couple of days old so I hope that you are feeling a lot of better by now. Migraines are awful; I know I’ve experienced them myself! I don’t have any cures to contribute but I thought I would drop in say hello and hope you are feeling so much better...
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
23 Feb 11
Do you have a homeopathic store? You read the different problems that a person has like headache plus the other problems and find the right one for you. I don't have migraines, but Excedrine plus codeine is big here, so if you have any headache meds plus codine that helps some people.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
23 Feb 11
i have a friend who suffers from terrible migraine, its like we literally cannot talk to her when she is having these attacks because she become this monster lol but lately she was going to this acupuncture.. i dont know if i got the term right but thats like having needles pricked all over you.. and she says it do alleviate her migraine and she will be going back for more to totally help her..maybe you should try it too
• Canada
23 Feb 11
Hi Tina, sorry that you're feeling so ill. I have suffered from migraine attacks for years. I've done a lot of research and experimentation to cope with the damn things. I won't mention anything about prevention, since you're suffering with one already. If you don't take any of the triptan medications already, talk to your doctor about them. In Canada, there's a number of them available, so I'm guessing they'll be available in the U.S. too. I have taken a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen or aspirin/acetaminophen too. Ginger and Feverfew are both useful and rosemary tea is recommended in some herb books. My ultimate treatment is cannabis. It gets rid of a migraine like nothing else does. If you can't smoke it, just eat it. It takes a little longer to work, but it still helps. I know, the stuff is illegal in most areas. To me, that doesn't matter, it works! Feel better and look into some prevention therapies, if you haven't already.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
22 Feb 11
Hi Tina I know I am a bit late here but I know it helps rubbing a bit of Lavender Oil onto your Forehead then lie down and close your eyes for a while I do hope though it has gone by now
• United States
22 Feb 11
I have had many migraines. They are miserable! I am so sorry you are struggling with it. Mine always lasted exactly 24 hours. I had all the pain, dizzy and nausea at one time and then it tapered off. It may depend on what triggered the migraine. Maybe if you address that then the headache will get better too.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
22 Feb 11
....Hi KrauseHome, I am sorry to hear you have such a bad headache, I hope you feel better soon. I don't know if this will work for you but when I have a headache I blow air into my brain by blowing like a blow fish. Sometimes your brain needs oxygen and by forcing air into your brain it helps. Hold your breath and puff for a few seconds with your mouth closed, stop and do it a few more times. I don't usually use pain pills for headaches. Like I indicated migraines are different but it won't hurt to try and see if more oxygen to your brain would lessen the pain. Good luck. Take care.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
22 Feb 11
I also have bad migraines since last week. It seems that it is worse when I wake up. Last week when I couldn't really take it in spite of the paracetamol, I checked my blood pressure and it was high. So instead of the usual over the counter pain medicine, I took aspirin instead. It has eased my migraine in some way. Try to get enough sleep and if you can, get a massage or something that will soothe and relax you. This may be tension headaches if you are thinking of something or if there is something that is really stressing you out. Or try a little aromatherapy over a warm bath to relax.