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Migraine Headache

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What kinds of treatments have been effective for your migraine headache? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: CoolMil, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I suffered from migraine headaches for many years. Only on my right side - starts on the back of my neck to the top of my head. I had it every day and back then, my health insurance only paid for 4 sumatriptan a month. Five years ago, I started seeing a pain management doctor and he gave an occipital nerve block injection in the back of my head (one on each side) and my migraine headaches were gone instantaneously. What a relief! Now I get the shots 3 times a year. It really works!

Comment from: lily825, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I suffered from migraines for years and it was almost a 50/50 chance whether or not the medicine I was taking would help me or not. Then I found a product called the Deka Titan (dekamed.com). It looks like a wrist watch but it is actually a pain reliever. It's a little pricey but ended up saving me money since I no longer pay for pain meds. The directions say that you should start wearing it as soon as you start to feel pain but I have been wearing mine everyday only taking it off to go to sleep and I haven't had a migraine in over 6 months. The company offers a 30 day money back guarantee and there are no side effects so I would recommend this to EVERYONE who suffers from migraines.

Comment from: flubber, Published: December 21

I suffered from frequent migraines, complete with nausea, for nearly 15 years. Around 2-4 times a month. Tried everything, thought nothing would help. Then tried Maxalt (rizatriptan)! (Similar to Imitrex). It really works - for me at least. If you haven't tried Imitrex or Maxalt, you really should. Only side effect is being slightly tired.

Comment from: ken12cher, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I have been "dealing" with Migraines for over 30 years. Originally the doctors tried to medicate me with Fiorinal and Valium which left me unable to function properly so I stopped taking them and took BC Powders, Excedrin, Tylenol, and Advil not at the same time but each helped to dull the pain so that I could go on with daily life. Over the past few years my doctors have prescribed Inderal for daily use in hopes of minimizing the pain or frequency. This did not work but did slow down by ability to think, so I weaned myself off of the Inderal. Zomig helps but causes my joints to hurt and my scalp to be sensitive for about 12 hours. Axert works pretty well. I've recently been prescribed Topamax however I had to discontinue due to excessive headaches and nausea that were a side effect. So, I guess I'll stick with Advil, Tylenol and Axert.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

After 20 years and what seemed like endless drug combinations, my doctor decided to try Imitrex. At first I was skeptical, at this point I had all but given up. To my surprise, it worked! It takes away all traces of the migraine with none of the side effects that I had experienced with other medications. While it is very pricey, I find that it is well worth it just to be able to have my life back. I would recommend that all migraine sufferers discuss Imitrex with their doctor.

Comment from: Migraine Free, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 28

Full blown migraines began at 18 years old. I underwent brain scans, allergy testing, bio-feedback, and beta-blockers. In 1993, I started on Imitrex, for migraines two to three times per week. They have severely damaged my life. I recently read an article with migraine 'hints,' which mentioned magnesium deficiency. I took magnesium supplements and my migraine was gone in 24 hours. Now, it's been two months without a migraine. I hope this works for others.

Comment from: nitesha, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I have migraine headaches for a while now I can't stand lights, noises, stress, frustration, and certain types of foods. I can't sleep with my head low. My head has to be high. I have taken different types of medication and I am having the same problem. I wonder what I can do to stop these headaches

Comment from: T11-T12, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I suffer from cluster migraines, they usually last three days. It generally starts with feeling a bit off for a day, before it hits. I generally suffer with pain at the back of my head, and pain on one side of my head, usually my left but sometimes my right. I am extremely light sensitive, and noise sensitive also. I have extreme nausea and vomiting. The migraine totally stops me in my tracks as I cannot function normally for days. The migraine slowly makes its way through my head. If it starts on the left over a three-day period it will progress to the right before it goes, with vomiting included. I usually try to sleep through the event. I had six episodes within a month, each lasting about three days. My doctor now has me on a daily tablet of Relpax, which has been so far successful in preventing the headache part of the migraine, but I am still suffering all other migraine symptoms. Vomiting, nausea, light and noise sensitivity… Instead of the headaches, my head feels off, blurry, woozy, dizziness and generally unwell, still lasting 3 days.

Comment from: JulieM, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I start feeling slow and then pain starts in the back of my head moves to my eyes and then my body starts to shake and then I either have to go lay down or go get sick.

Comment from: speakmom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I had eye pain along with pain in the back of the head and neck. I also experienced sensitivity to light and sounds.

Comment from: Kayren, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I have suffered from migraines for almost 20 years. My Doctor and I tried many drugs to relieve them over the years. Nothing worked until I tried Elavil 50mg as a migraine blocker five years ago! Before that I would have about 2-3 migraines a week, now I only have them about once every three months!

Comment from: t, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 13

I am a classic migraine sufferer. I have an aura of partial blindness and numbness in various parts of my body, before the headache begins. Normally the pain only lasts a day or two but the last two times they lasted three days each. The doctors have given me at least 25 different medications, none of them help. There has only been one thing that helps me, that is an aggressive neck adjustment from a good chiropractor.

Comment from: Latha, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I am a 50-year-old working woman from India .I have been suffering from migraine headache from the past 10 years. I agree fully that physical and mental stress trigger and also worsen the problem. Lately almost all medications stopped working on my headache instead led to chronic migraine. I got tested for diabetes. Negative. Recently I found a solution to my problem. As a last resort I decided to lead a life of diabetic. Thank god no migraine attack from past two months.

Comment from: Hector, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 06

I have had classic migraines since puberty and for years I responded to Cafergot PB suppositories at onset of aura, but manufacture of the medication was discontinued. My neurologist suggested phenobarb supp. since my response was so rapid and I have been able to control my migraines at aura stage for years.

REFERENCES:

Jasvinder, C, MDm et al. "Migraine Headache" Medscape. Updated: Jan 31, 2019.
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1142556-overview>

American Headache Society. "New Guidelines: Treatments Can Help Prevent Migraine." Update: May 01, 2016.
<https://americanheadachesociety.org/news/new-guidelines-treatments-can-help-prevent-migraine-2/>

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