ITS ME AGAIN..DOES ANYONE HERE KNOW ABOUT OCCULAR MIGRAINES WITHOUT THE HEADACHE..IT HAPPENS ALL DAY LONG, EVERYDAY...FOR A YEAR NOW! I SEE WHITE SPOTS AND DOUBLE VISION AND AT TIMES GET SHARP PAINS ON ONE SPOT OF MY HEAD. PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOUVE EVER HEARD OF THIS!!!!!THANKS!
I'm 22 (almost 23). I've been having migraines for going on 10 years now. I already know all my triggers (citrus fruits, MSG, aspirin, mold, certain additives and preservatives, etc., etc. - but not caffeine or chocolate). What helped me find my food triggers was an elimiination diet (quite annoying to do at the time, but it did help a little). If you're not sure if you have food triggers, try to find a book detailing exactly how to do an elimination diet. My problem right now is that I'm on Imitrex - it doesn't really work. I tend to wake up
at 5 in the morning with the migraine already in full swing so the Imitrex is pointless. I have about a migraine a week - some of them lasting 2 days or more. I'm a law student so this problem is hurting me a lot. I can't really miss anymore school, but I can't function. I also got the doctors (and "friends") telling me that it was all in my head and they were just tension headaches. No more, though. I can't take beta-blockers (really bad reaction). I have tried bio-feedback but that only works for me when the tension part of the headache is
predominant and when I can think clearly enough to do the exercises. Basically, I'm looking for anything that will work without looping me to PREVENT the migraines. I'm on enough painkillers to knock out a giant - I don't need anymore of those. If anyone knows of any drugs that work to prevent migraines in people for whom normal methods fail, please let me know.
---Rebekah Wanger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mylan Laboratories is working on a new drup called DOTARAZINE which will PREVENT migraines. I have heard that it works like a miracle. Keep asking about this one.
---Sally jones <email@example.com>
Williamsport, PA USA -
Hello, my name is Mary. I am 41 years old and have suffered from migraines since my teens. I have a family history of migraines and I am sure they are inherited. I currently take Imitrex with extra strength Excedrin. The combination usually stops the pain. I really wonder about the long term effects of Imitrex. I would like to stop the meds and try to determine my triggers. I have stopped all chocolate hoping it will help. Does anyone have any suggestions to stop the pain without the medicines? I read about Vicks VapoRub in one of the journal letters but it did not say what the treatment was. Does anyone know? I am curious. This journal has been such a blessing to me. I have realized I am not alone. I am new to the internet and would like to hear from anyone with any suggestions. May God Bless!
Bloomington, IN USA -
Migraines are a fact of life for me. I've suffered from them since 1983. I missed a lot of work and was always using my vacation time because I'd run out of sick leave.
I also suffer from Grand Mal Epliptic seizures since 1966 when I was 5 months pregnant with my first child. Thankfully, I am seizure-controlled and have'nt had one in a year.
Back to the migraines. Nothing seemed to help except a shot of demarol. The migraines would last days.
My doctor put me on atenolol for migraine maintenance and that seemed to help some. I learned it is very important for me to get plenty of sleep. I'm in bed by 9pm each night.
Still I was suffering from the migraines, & sleep disorders. Never knew if I would leave my apartment and go out for a stroll in the middle of the night...in the middle of traffic! Not good, eh? A dead bolt lock with an inside lock to it helped me stay put at night.
I believe it was about 1993 or 94 that Imetrix came into my life. Truly a prayer from heaven! I am able to work when a migraine comes on w/o any side affects.
About 2 weeks ago during a migraine (ran out of Imatrex) my HMO asked me to try a non-narcotic called DHE. They injected it thru an IV and within 10 mins. I was fine! Help is definetly here. Take hope those who can't use Imetrix. They'll find something.
Everett, WA USA -
I have had migraines for about 6 years now. I have been to neurologists, family doctors, and chiropractors and neither seems to help me. I have all the symptoms each person displays in this page. I have tried imitrex but it does not work. When I took it, it would seem to fry my brain. It hurt more than the migraine. I need some kind of relief from these migraines. I am a college student and I can't miss classes because of this anymore.
---Mary Moran <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Carmel, NY USA -