any migraine sufferers out there?

United States
February 8, 2007 10:22pm CST
Hi! I have been suffering from migraines for the past 8 years. I have tried imitrex and maxalt (maxalt works best for me). I am kinda tired of having to take meds for my headaches. Tell me about your migraines? Do they affect your entire day? Does it affect your attendance to work or school? Is there anything special you do to relieve your migraine? For me, I am able to know when I am going to have a migraine hours before it actually occurs, sometimes even a day or two. Anyone else? I get nauseatd, cold/hot, sweaty, shaky, sensitivity to light and sound, etc. I would like to compare my migraines to those of others. Most people dont understand how much migraines stop your day, etc. I would really like to discuss this further.
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• Singapore
23 Feb 07
Avoid chocolates, too much medicines and liqueur. Stress is another key factor. My spouse used to have migraines over many years. Bee pollens and vitamin C has somehow help
@coltonclm (158)
• United States
18 Feb 07
i used to get migrains all the time when i was a kid but i dont anymore...guess i grew out of it
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
18 Feb 07
yeah mine is sensitiveity to light and sound also.Most of the time I have to take something and go to bed I also get really hot but I haven't been really sick from them yet. I might ask my doctor for this maxalt. I have tryed a few but I don't think I have tryed this one.
@eolivan (414)
• Philippines
17 Feb 07
Hi, I have also been suffering migraine for almost 5 years now. I used to cure it with very cold drinks like fruit shakes that gets my brain freezed but after a while, it won't work anymore. then i tried opening my eyes on a very dark room with no light and it removed the pain also. but same as the shake, it was for only a few months and won't work anymore. right now i always wear shades when its so sunny, haven't had my migraine for about two months now. but i don't think that its cured already since last sunday, i forgot my shades and it was so hot and sunny that my migraine started to act again. hope a medicine comes up that would eliminate them already. its so hard having this pain not just for hours but usually takes 3 days minimum for me.
• Canada
15 Feb 07
Hi Carissimo. I've had migraines most of my life. It wasn't until I was about 10 or 11 that they actually diagnosed me as having migraines, but I can remember taking anacin for my 'headaches' and feeling like I hadn't taken a thing. I eventully was prescribed Codeine, and Tylenol #2 & #3's. When I complained these still weren't doing much they finally put me on Fiorinal C-1/4, then C- 1/2's. So long as I managed to take one ASAP, it usually helped, but there were still too many times when it didn't and I'd be reduced to having to lay down with a cold compress, in a dark, quiet room. Even the slightest noises would feel like someone was drumming on my head, and I couldn't stand the light at all. These migraines did affect my attendance at school and other places, and would often leave me blinded and unable to work. Too often I would go to bed with one, and still wake up with it. They usually left me feeling nauseated, hot/cold sweaty,shaky...just as you described, depending on the severity of them. I would say the one thing that always set them off was the monthly hormones. If someone has not experienced a migraine, they would have no idea how severe or disabling they can be. It is nothing like a major headache. The pain is horrible, like someone is standing there squeezing your head within a vise grip, and hammering it against a wall. The worse part is the long, lasting pain, and sensitivity to other sounds and lights. If you can't get away to a quiet place, noise can be excruciating to say the least. I've seen me struggle through the day after taking a fiorinal, and even that barely makes the pain tolerable for awhile, unless I was very fortunate to take it at the right time. I've gone for weeks till I finally had to go to the ER and be put on an IV medication for several hours in an attempt to try and break the migraine cycle. Unfortunately after a certain amount of time, the pain medication can actually create a migraine. I tried Imitrex but it didn't really work for me. The Maxalt does seem to work best when taken immediately. I am finding as I'm getting older, the migraines 'seem' to be reduced. It used to be that I had several migraines each week. No matter how many I seem to get, I know they can totally put a stop to any day if not stopped in it's tracks.