I wonder if other sufferers can throw any light on my problem: The worst time for migraines for me is Nov/Dec every year. I dread it. In the last seven days I've only been free of pain for two. I'm wondering if it's the damp, (I live on the Somerset levels in England) or the lack of light, or possibly because I get more depressed at this time of year. Feels like one long migraine at the moment! Any support welcome. I'm even typing this with one eye shut!
---Andria. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A couple of non-medicinal things that seem to give me a little bit of relief are: if it is really early in the onset of the migraine, having my husband gently rub my scalp seems to give some relief (that is until I can't tolerate the sound of my hair moving), ice packs on the front and back of my head, putting in ear plugs and covering my eyes to block out all the light. I have found the ice, ear plugs and a tee-shirt over the eyes helps cut back on enough of the pain that I can ride it out. I hope these ideas help someone else who can't take medicine right now, I know they help me a bit.
I'm 19 years old and have been suffering from migraine headaches since I was 8. I remember the very first one I got. It took 6 or 7 years for me to be properly diagnosed and before that I had to wear glasses, get my teeth fixed, and have all these little headache cures.
I finally got my migraine pain under control. The migraines were then infrequent; I'd get a some that lasted on and off for several days every few months, and I was sometimes weeks or months without severe pain.
But then this summer, in August, I had an accident where I hit my head. At the time I barely even thought about it, it was a minor concussion. I had some pain and some dull headaches for several months. It's now December and since then the pain became so excruciating that I have been unable to function as a normal human being. I am currently on preventative medication and have been for over a month, but it hasn't worked yet, thought the dosage has since been adjusted. I am still having near daily intense migraines. I have been to the ER twice in the last two weeks. They were very sympathetic but even the intravenous drip didn't fully kill my headache. I live alone and go to school but lately I can't concentrate on anything. Some days it's so bad I can't get out bed at all to cook for myself, or to make sure that I am taking care of myself. Even typing this has been painful. I hope help is around the corner. If anyone has ever expereinced this type of delayed post-trauma migraine, or daily intense migraines, please contact me at email@example.com and thank you so much for providing this sort of service to sufferers.
I would like to hear from anyone else that has bad reactions from antidepressents or has similar history to mine.
Ronda, thanks for your work.
I am 17 and have been suffering from Migraines since I was about 7. However, back then I didn't know what it was, what was happening to me nor did I know that it WASN'T normal to get headaches everyday. I thought everybody had that. So when I was about 13 I finally was diagnosed with Migraines. One of my problems with treating my migraines is that I do not have auras so I don't know when a migraine is coming. Therefore it eliminates many drugs available to migraine sufferers because you must take them as soon as possible. Currently I am taking Propanalol which helps a little but doesn't do anything for when I have a migraine so I have to sit there and suffer. Recently I have been getting vertigo but not with my migraines and I was wondering if any body else gets this and if it has anything to do with migraines if I don't have one while in vertigo?
More and more frequently I have been getting sick to my stomach and extreme nasua but the worst part is, is that I never have thrown up to relieve that sensation. It's like having the stomach flu but being unable to throw up and just having that aweful sensation of your almost gonna throw up. I would like to hear from any body else who don't have auras before a migraine and what they do to treat it. What can I do for the pain? Thanks.
I was just diagnoised with migraines about 1 month ago. I haven't read all of your entries, but I wanted to know if anyone else has high blood pressure as a result of their migraines??? My first episode came on with the tightness in the jaw and a throbbing...my face turns bright red and feels like it's on fire...when I was finally convinced by a co-worker to go to my doctor... my blood pressure was 130/105. I'm only 31 years old and have a normal pressure of 100/55. My doctor was alarmed and for 2 consecutive weeks, I had the same symtoms! She put me on Inderal for prevention and Fiorinal for the headaches. Now I'm left feeling drugged and I'm still getting migraines! I just had my second child about 4 months ago and had been on birth control pills for about 6 weeks when these started. My doctor thinks the bcp are the culprit, but I've been off them for 1 month and their still coming on strong! Has anyone out there had this experience and found an answer? Please help me!!!