Do you take a headache medication???

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Do you take a headache medication???

Postby mandadawn3141 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:34 pm

Hello all! Its been a long time, I got so busy with life but I'm back!!

My doctor recently talked me into re trying a headache medication. My mother and I did some research and found that this new medication doesn't sound worth a try.

What have you tried and what has helped?

I took migraine medication before my surgery, but have not taken any pain or headache medication since 2007. I'm very cautious with medication.

Thanks for your help!!
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Re: Do you take a headache medication???

Postby razzle » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:20 am

what med is it ?
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Re: Do you take a headache medication???

Postby wendi » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:11 am

I take Topamax to keep them at bay and it seems to work for the most part, but I still do get them sometimes. When that happens, I try and take sinus med with a decongestent along with some coffee, then go lay down and sleep while that kicks in. You are wondering who can sleep after drinking coffee? Well, usually we can as we are always fatigued, plus not getting enough sleep the night before. I also ice the base of my head, top of my neck and/or put heat there. If these things do not help and I get to where I'm vomiting, then I break down and go to the ER for IV meds. This usually passes after 24 hours, so I bear it for that long before going to sit and wait in an ER. Especially right now with all the flu pts. there, but there you have it. I am also taking my narcotics, but I don't know that they help my HA's are help cause them. I think it may be a little of both. I think when they get bad, only IV narcotic meds help this type of HA.

The last one I had was a doozy. It was the day before my colonoscpy. Yippy, right? Why then"? I wake up on New Years Day with the worst hangover ever, only problem was I didn't have a drop to drink on New Years Eve. Bad intense pain, wanting to vomit, but didn't so I went back to bed. I wasn't allowed coffee. Well, I could drink it, but black, yuk! I woke up still feeling horribly sick, now when I tell med people about my cm HA's and they don't understand, I call it CSF sick and they get it. Well, I finally vomited and felt a little better, I brewed some hot tea. I was on a liqued diet due to the procedure the next day, no problem, no appetite. I drank the tea and felt better. Then I had some chicken broth and a few italian ices. By the time I had to start swallowing 32 pills I felt better, but not well. By the time I got to the last 4 in the session of those pills and all the water, I was moaning and groaning and wondering how I was going to get those last 4 down. Ended up sleeping on the potty as I was going still at 3am and I started the dosing an hour earlier than they said. GeezE

Sorry to highjack your thread to talk about my colonoscopy, but I did give HA advice.

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Re: Do you take a headache medication???

Postby smoovie0704 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:29 am

I haven't been on here awhile, but checked in to reply to a pm someone sent me and saw a few messages I thought I could help with.

I have tried many things - Topomax the first in 2008 - it worked okay at low doses but the higher I climed the worse the side effects were. It lasted 4 months.

Second NL was pain management specialist and the director of headache medicine for the North Shore Medical Group - same group that owns and operates the Chiair Institute here in NY. (His office is, in fact, upstairs from TCI). In 2009, he started me on a combo of CO-Q-10 enzyme, Vitamin B2 and Magnesium. The Co Q 10 constricts the blood vessels which helps the brain stem. The B2 is for the nerves (mine were very overactive and caused severe electric shocks) Magnesium has severe digestive system effects so I just worked with the other two and they worked fine for 2 years. No headaches so bad I couldn't manage without Tylenol.

Then they creeped back in 2011 so I went to a new doc outside the North Shore team and he put me on Inera, I use the generic propanolol. I am at 80 mg a day and it is by far, the best thing I have used. I have used it for a year now and the only issue I have is that it makes me drowsy so I have to take it in the evenings an hour or so before bedtime. If I do not take it, for a day or two, I have an immediate headache.
There are certain times of the month I have a three day migraine that propanolol cannot manage alone. For this I use 50mg of Imitrex, which I do not like, but it works.

When I was between medial insurances, I used Advil Migraine when I had a really intolerable headache. This works great if you don't get them daily or more than one per week. Maintenance is the best option.

I hope that this helps!

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Re: Do you take a headache medication???

Postby TabulaRasa » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:56 am

I've got Imitrex which I hate because of the side effects. My dad likes Relpex but insurance doesn't cover it.
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Re: Do you take a headache medication???

Postby momsangel » Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:38 pm

For a TRUE migraine I am on FROVA and it works ,but like I said if t's a migraine .... Other than that my saving grace has been my heating pad, and physical therapy and Intercranial nerve Blocks
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Re: Do you take a headache medication???

Postby smj775 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:15 pm

I'm taking Fioricet. I guess it helps some, but doesn't seem to last.
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Re: Do you take a headache medication???

Postby taichi » Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:49 pm

I took Topamax for quite awhile and now I'm getting botox injections every 3 months and this seems to be working. I did try several medications but my body would not tolerate them. One of them venlafaxine er.

this helped depression also, but oh so dizzy. Had problems walking and balance was a big issue.
good luck I seem to have a problem with meds that would help sm and migraines.

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Re: Do you take a headache medication???

Postby taichi » Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:49 pm

I took Topamax for quite awhile and now I'm getting botox injections every 3 months and this seems to be working. I did try several medications but my body would not tolerate them. One of them venlafaxine er.

this helped depression also, but oh so dizzy. Had problems walking and balance was a big issue.
good luck I seem to have a problem with meds that would help sm and migraines.

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Re: Do you take a headache medication???

Postby pseudotumor » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:54 pm

I've tried just about every type of migraine medicine in existence all to no avail - which I suppose is my evidence that I don't suffer from migraines. Throughout the years I've also been on a series of anti-convulsants for headaches which do a little. Currently zonisamide has been the winner since it has a diuretic effect as well and I have intracranial hypertension in addition to chiari/syringomyelia.
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