Do You Suffer From Migraines?

@KrauseHome (36746)
United States
October 17, 2009 9:23pm CST
I have been dealing with problems with migraines for around 20 yrs. now probably. There have been some times that they have definately been worse than others, and that is not Fun for sure. I think a lot of mine are because I am going thru the change, and had a Doctor even say mine were definately hormonal. When I had Cataract surgery I was told they would definately be less than before, and boy am I glad that this has been the Truth. I have only had 2 real migraines since the last surgery in July. The worst one was the last 3 days and it did not feel the best, but I did get thru it. The good part was even though I was nauseated from this one, I still was able to be at work. For me, I have tried many things. Some things have helped better than others, but when you get a migraine what do you find that tends to work the Best for you? ~~TINA~~
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@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
I have been dealing with migraines for almost 7-8 years, cause i did not know it was migraine not after 2 years when i went to another doctors. My migraine is Blood vessel migraine. My key is the Migraine Aura, this is a signal i am approaching a migraine attack. if i am at work i would take the tylenol migriane 2 caps, so it does not continue anymore, but that was only temporary relief, my idea was treatment. hot and cold water bath w/c i learned from some chinese internet site. SO, three pail of water, 1 hot the other cold as ice. optional 3rd pail with normal temperature for actual bath. i did this for some time, weeks.. i pour around a pitcher of hot water over my head then alternate cold water. this was supposed to relieve pain and it did so i continue for a few more days and its like i felt being comfortable with it, i actually made it as a routine, now i dont take my medicines anymore. but i am not 100% cured though, i had 2-3 attacks last august but thats it. I WANT YOU TO TRY THIS METHOD,, just to show you how bad my migriane attacks are. Its like you can hear an ant, like there a helicopter hoovering just above you, i would mess up the house, and ,my eyes they just voluntarily cry due to intense pressure in my head. I was begging my dear Lord, come and get me know. and then i always passed out when i could not endure more pain and i would wake up around 2-4 hours and i could feel my head numb. bUT WITH THIS METHOD THE PAIN IS NOW MORE BEARABLE.
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
15 Nov 09
Interesting remedy here, and would be quite hard for me to do when a lot of times the migraines first hit me when around others in public. But so far I have not had a migraine since starting this discussion so that makes only 2 in 4 months now, and only the really Bad one last month so not too bad of record for sure.
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
15 Nov 09
I have also read from here in the internet that YOGA will also get your migraine away, i have not done a full yoga exercise ,just HO and Hum exercise. Hope i had helped you, The method i mention is very effective, i do it every morning during bath, in practice it took me a few days before the blood circulation normalize.
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
16 Nov 09
This does sound like an interesting procedure that I might have to consider especially if I have a Migraine while at home, or even a tension headache at that and see if I notice a difference.
@ElicBxn (61137)
• United States
18 Oct 09
I've had migraines since I was 11 yrs old, and while part of the causes are my food allergies, but stress and certain types of buildings. I've had a lot fewer migraines since I retired
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
14 Nov 09
Migraines since you were 11? Wow!! This must not have been Fun for sure. Yes, I have heard certain foods can help trigger them, but I know that mine are definately more hormonal as well. Yes, Stress is a big factor in what causes a lot of headaches, but Glad to hear that you have not had as many since retiring as well.
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@ElicBxn (61137)
• United States
14 Nov 09
the last 7 years I was working in a "sick" building with some toxic people - needless to say - I was SICK all the TIME!
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
16 Nov 09
This does not sound like Fun at all my friend. I know where I work there is a lot of Bad toxins in there too, but somehow I am hoping now since I moved farther away when we bought our house that somehow I can find a better job after the first of the yr. somehow.
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@patofgold23 (5075)
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
Hi Tina...I feel you coz I have been suffering migraines for almost 15 years now... The worst was years ago when there are only 2 days in a week that i could get up from bed.it was summer.. my migraines are triggered by sudden weather change..lack of sleep and most often stress... i do take migraine medications though (ergots)... but i can sometimes relieve them with a combination of acetaminophen and ibuprofen and black coffee..
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
16 Nov 09
Wow!! That must not have been Fun at all. I have only had one or 2 spells of having Migraines last longer than 2-3 days. Mine are definately more hormonal than anything else, but sometimes it is forgetting to eat as well, especially since I am Insulin controlled Diabetic as well. I did not know Ergots was still around, but it did nothing for me when I tried it yrs. ago except for make me really nauseated.
@funorb12 (459)
• United States
18 Oct 09
My mother still has migraines whom i still truly love. I don't live with her anymore but when i was a child, my mother use to get really frustrated when a migraine came. Sometimes she yelled and screamed for no apparent reason. She gets very temperamental when she gets one. She usually takes a pill i think. I am not sure what medication she takes or when she takes it. I am sure she takes it every night before going to sleep. I surely wish he migraine goes away after these 15 years.
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
16 Nov 09
Well, there are many things that cause Migraines, and I would think if she is taking a medication every night to help them, that should at least be making them not as bad as they would be otherwise. I wonder if there is another underlying issue there for her headaches as well?
@cripfemme (7713)
• United States
18 Oct 09
I get migraines every time I have my period except this time when it was very light and only flowed for about a day and a half. In 2005, when I had my TIA event which is what they call a near stroke I was getting migraines all the time. I'm glad that's over now because it was almost unbearable, and I have a pretty good pain tolerance.
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
15 Nov 09
Well, it is interesting to see what type of things cause people to have migraines. All we can do is hope one day there is a Cure especially when it is Female hormonal as well, but until then we just try to do what we can.
@irishidid (8716)
• United States
18 Oct 09
Since being diagnosed and on medication for hypertension I don't have them as often as I did. I still get the chocolate migraines though, so I don't eat much of that. The worst part about migraines is the nausea. I found that when I do get one the best thing for me is to take 1 five hundred ml Tylenol with 2 two hundred ml ibuprofen or I take 800 ml of the ibuprofen. Then I get in the tub as hot as I can handle it. I found it helps calm down the nausea.
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18 Oct 09
I have to say that i get stress migraines sometimes and not even painkillers stop them most of the time. I know what you go through. Mine can be partly due to eyesight as well and the shapes of the eyes.
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
15 Nov 09
Well, if yours seems to be due to Eyesight, maybe seeking out an Eye Doctor and getting your eyes examined might not be a bad thing to do. I know this is how they found the Cataracts and having the surgery made a big difference on a lot of things in my life for sure.
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
18 Oct 09
I have been fortunate enough to never have had migraines...only regular headaches!!! My aunt used to suffer terribly a minimum of 4 days a week including throwing up. This was probably 25 years ago. There was a book her doctor recommended to her called The Yeast Connection After reading the book she began making changes in the way she cleaned her house & the food she ate. She would take foods she ate frequently & not touch it for a week. Then she'd add it back if she hadn't had a migraine while not eating it. If she had a migraine after adding it back, she'd not eat it for 2 weeks. Then adding it back to see if she got a migraine. This took a while for her to weed out the foods she was eating that triggered her migraines. Eventually, she did figure it out & she no longer has migraines. She also found several locations in her home where mold was prevalent & she cleaned that up as well. She thinks it was particular foods she was eating (or combination thereof). Today she is migraine free. I forget which foods she had to stop eating. I do remember a few were her favorites, but she decided they weren't favorite enough to put up with migraines!!!
@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
15 Nov 09
Yes, I have heard that certain foods can attribute to people's migraines but since I have not had a migraine since I started this discussion, I am wondering if they really have been helped by the Cataract surgery for sure. But anything we can do to help make something less frequent when it is annoying for us, it Good for sure.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
18 Oct 09
I feel so lucky that I don't get them.....my youngest sister does. She is on meds for them though. I hardly get a headache. Since I quit drinking coffee and replaced it with drinking more water I have had sinus pressure but not a real headache.....hope your's disappear soon. A gal I work with after the change no longer has them....good luck!
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
14 Nov 09
Well, since I started this discussion and mine went away, I have not had one since yet... and do attribute it to having the cataract surgery 4 months ago for sure. I do also drink a lot of water from time to time and know that that helps with a lot of other things as well.
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
I also suffer from migraines and it can be a debilitating ailment. I have a bad eyesight, and Im thinking it can be related especially if Im on the computer for too long. My work requires me to be online pretty much 14 hours a day so I guess this triggers it. I usually just rest and get a nap if it strikes or it its really bad, I pop in Advil and goes away. But then again recurring migraine maybe a symptom of something else so if you can, a visit to the doctor would be advisable.
@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
14 Nov 09
Well, I work on a Computer 8 hrs. a day so I know that sometimes the brightness can trigure some headaches, but mine are more hormonal based, and I have seen a Doctor to rule out a lot of other things as well. For me, I just do what I can and when one hits take something for the headache, and hope for the Best from there.
@marciascott (25553)
• United States
18 Oct 09
Sometimes I do suffer from Migraines, not that often but it is very uncomfortable. I usually take an asprin, if you have them quite often maybe you should see a doctor.
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
14 Nov 09
I have medication that I take for migraines that has been prescribed by a Doctor and for the most part it does help. Most of mine are hormonal caused and I do what I can to prevent them, and help them as they do come as well.
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
18 Oct 09
I don't really have migraines that often. I rarely have migraines. They sure do feel painful. My head throbs and hurts. I don't really know how to stop it. I just wait a few moments and let it stop by itself. I don't know if taking Tylenol would help. I do get headaches sometimes too.
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
14 Nov 09
I don't think Migraines go away by themselves, so you probably have something like a Cluster headache, but headaches of any kind are not Fun at all.
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
18 Oct 09
Yes I do but very infrequently. The most I seem to get is about one or two a year, sometimes more sometimes less, but you do have my sympathy if you have them frequently. I find the best thing to do is when it first starts before it gets full-blown is to go lay down in a dark room with no stimulation and wait for it to pass which it will usually do in about an hour. If I do not and try and fight it seems to last about a half a day so I gain nothing. I understand some people like yourself can have migraines for days at a time which must be very debilitating.
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
14 Nov 09
Well, most of the time when I get one I am at work, or somewhere I cannot go lay down right away, so for me most of the time at the onset of one I will usually take one of my Migraine meds and then hope for the Best from there, but there are times they do last a couple of days as well.
• Singapore
18 Oct 09
Hi there! for 12 years now and I can say that it's getting worse than before. Some of my attack lasted for two to three days and I definitely cannot word when I'm having it. For me, one thing that trigger it is exposure to sunlight. I really hate going out if the sun is bright for surely I will have an attack 100%. It it's too hot, the first indication is the throbbing in one eye and getting an aura before the ful blown migraine. I want to stay in a room without that is totally dark and airconditioning on. Also, red beans and shrimp contribute on my migraine attact that is why as much as possible, I avoid these foods. I already requested for a CT scan as sometimes I cannot bear the pain but the result shows normal. We've been consulting a neurosurgeon recently and I am now on a regular medication of nortriptylene and propanolol for months already. I am having zomig tablet once I am having the attack as normal paracetamol will not take away the pain. Hopefully all these medications treat this chronic migraine of mine as it is definitely affecting my work and lifestyle from day 1 of the attack.
@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
14 Nov 09
When was the last time you had a Good Eye exam where they dialated your eyes to make sure it is not something there as well? Especially if there are other factors there you might consider this, and consider wearing Strong sunglasses when getting out in the Sun as well.
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
18 Oct 09
I have been fortunate and not suffered from a migraine in years. My sister still gets them usually twice a month when she ovulates and two weeks later when she gets her period. She has not found any medication that will work long term and she is now considering acupuncture which a friend of hers swears by. Her migraines have been so bad that she had to go to a doctor and have an injection to ease the pain; they make her sick as well so my poor sister is well only two week out of every month! I will let you know if the acupuncture is successful.
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
14 Nov 09
I have heard of people having acupuncture to help with Migraines and other pain they have and it is successful. I have considered it a time or two, just not sure where to find one, and usually my Insurance does not ever cover something like this as well. But I know what it is like to get one so Bad to have to go get a shot, and I am glad I have found things that will usually help me before it gets that bad. Just wish there was more success to help with migraines for those of us women who are hormonal based for sure.
• United States
18 Oct 09
I've suffered through migraines a lot throughout childhood and as an adult it has fully weaned off to a point I don't even get them and that's a blessing. I don't know how it happened but a lot of what triggered it was stress and I am a firm believer that you can control that part of life just to be in a better position of receiving fewer and fewer attacks. Migraines are no joke.
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
14 Nov 09
Stress is one thing that I do find can cause a lot of issues, and Migraines are no joke. Glad you have not been getting them as often for sure.
@zandi458 (27948)
• Malaysia
18 Oct 09
When I am under migraine attack, I will withdraw to my room and keep the room at pitch dark. In an hour or so the migraine will subside. Chocolate is another culprit that often cause my migraine. So I try to limit taking chocolates.
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
14 Nov 09
Well, many times I do not have the priveledge of being able to go to my room and covering my head, etc. Especially when I end up getting these Bad migraines at work. But I have success with chocolate most of the time with mine so many times will seek out Chocolate or caffeine, so each migraine is different with each person for sure.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
18 Oct 09
I really do not think I have ever had a migraine before. I have had a really bad headache that was close to it though. It may have been a migraine. I feel so sorry for those of you who have them. I know alot of people who cannot even get out of bed because of them at times.
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
14 Nov 09
I have had Migraines so bad in the past to where I could not get out of bed, and had one or two send me to an emergency room as well. For me, I just need to always be more in control and know when one has hit, and be willing to do the proper things to help heal it more as well.
@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
18 Oct 09
Hey Tina! I am so sorry to hear that you are having migranes. I suffer from them too! But, I honestly haven't had one in a very long time. I am on a medication called Tompamax. It was given to me for depression, but is also a medication for migranes and seizures. My girlfriend's daugter was given it for migranes and it is working for her. I haven't had a migrane since I have been on this medication. It is incredible! It calms me down so I don't have "anger issues" and I no longer have migranes either and neither does my friend's.
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
14 Nov 09
I tried Topamax I think, and it did not work for me. I do have another medication that the doctor gave me that helps when I get a migraine but still has not helped them to only last 1 day unless I catch them at the start of the migraine as well. But since I do not get mine very often anymore that is a Good sign for sure.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
18 Oct 09
I too suffer from migraine and it can really ruin my day. I haven't reached that stage yet that I have to go to a doctor. I just take some pain killers OTC and the pain is relieved after a short time of resting. I understand that there are many forms and causes of migraines and it would good to identify them for better treatment. enjoy life tina!
@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
14 Nov 09
Having a migraine is no fun, and being able to identify the many causes of them is a Good thing, but mine sometimes come without warning as well. But I do know that I just learn to do what I can and hope for the Best as well.