Journal of Migraine Sufferers

I check this page from time to time to see what is new and report what works for me. I've had migraines for the past 13 years and my mother had them too. I have found Zomig very good for migraines which come with nausea. It clears up the nausea quickly and brings relief in about an hour. However, my current neurologist is very stingy with drugs and with treatment plans. For example, you can have Imitrex NS but not Imitrex Subq, or Migranal NS (which is DHE) but not Imitrex. Anyway, I had to choose one over the other so I ended up picking the Migranal because if I use it immediately after onset of the headache it usually works quickly, within 20 minutes and prevents the headache from developing any further. Then within about 30 minutes or so I am o.k., most of the time. I do have a small quantity of Hydrocodone for pain---anybody else have a doc who writes scripts for 6-pills? And, when I demanded something stronger for the really bad ones--the #10 disaster headaches--he wouldn't give me Demerol which I had from a prior doc who retired, nor Stadol (which is a Class III drug vs the Class II Demerol) but then agreed to write 20 pills of Dilaudid for me. Talk about inconsistent---Dilaudid is more powerful than Demerol and triple the strength of Stadol. I don't know, but I am so far coping with the Migranal and the sometimes-needed Hydrocodone or Dilaudid. The spring is the best time of year for me for some reason. The fall and winter are the worst, often with 3 migraines a week. And I am very careful about "rebound" as my doc is a nut about it. I hope someone who tries the Maxalt form of 'triptan which was just released today will post their results on this page. Thanks.
Pete <>
Tunbridge, VT USA - Tue Jun 30 22:57:15 1998
LOMPOC, CA USA - Tue Jun 30 22:13:33 1998
Hello all!! I am a 25 year old female, and have suffered from migraines since I was about 12, not as long as some of you, but probably just as intensely. I have been on about 12 different drugs for migraines, but nothing really seems to help. I have been on daily medications to try to prevent them, immitrex, naproxen,, stadol,and the other drugs were commonly used as asthma prevention. Right now I am currently taking a drug called Esgic plus, which I guess helps a little, but not enough to knoock it out completely, so I just suffer. The hospitals give me demerol and phenegran by injection when I go in, but hospital costs are outrageous even with insurance, and I cannot afford them. My doctor is such that he doesn't like prescribing narcotics or strong pain relievers for such pain, even though it totally dibilitates me. I lose vision, and can't see anything, it's like things 2 feet ahead of me are cut in half, my arms go numb, I can't talk right, everything seems like it comes out backwards. I don't really know where to turn, or what to do at this point. One doctor even put me on anti-depressants, (prozac and paxil)to no avail. I have a 5 year old son, and I know he doesn't understand. My husband tries to be understanding, but he's never had one, so can't possibly. If anyone has any answers or just wants to email back and forth, please contact me. Thank you so very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Robyn <>
Louisville, Ky USA - Tue Jun 30 21:05:59 1998
Hey everyone. Just a quick note to let you know that I just read tonight on the web that the FDA just approved yet another drug from the "triptan" family, this one dissolves on the tongue. Dont know if I am up for trying it out, but you know the docs are all gonna be all over it! The "triptan" dont help me, but I thought I would pass this info on to yall in hopes that maybe it can help even one person. Good luck to all of us!
Pam <>
Roanoke, TX USA - Tue Jun 30 20:24:47 1998
Hi all...well here it is, another day with a migraine. It started yesterday and I have taken Stadol NS three times now and cannot take it again...if I do I will vomit. I have such a terrible time with the TASTE of that drug...UGH!! I had an appointment with my MD today so I went there in hopes that he would do something for the pain. As I have said before he only has Demerol in the office and that gives me a rebound headache, so he prescribed some Fioricet with Codeine. I have not taken that did make the pain in my neck go away, but the migraine is still there. I anticipate having to go to the ER for a shot tonight...don't know, can't even think now. Somebody take this oar and paddle for me...we are in this boat together. Thanks for those of you that have asked about the legislation that is in the works for those of us with chronic pain. I am in hopes that someday other people will not have to suffer the indignaties that we have had to suffer due to our pain...perhaps this will come in my lifetime though I sometimes wonder how much more pain I can stand before I am done in. You all don't get the wrong idea...I am not sucidal, just in pain right now. Sometimes I rattle on when in pain...just ask my husband. Anyway I did have one thing that I wanted to ask others...I have a terrible time with tinnitus (ringing in the ears) right now...has anyone else had that problem? My ears are "clean," I just have this God-awful noise in them. Doc wants me to have the ears washed out later this week and then he will see if the ringing is still there. Why wash them if they are "clean?" I will wait to see if any of you have this problem....thanks, Linda
Linda <>
Coffeyville, KS USA - Tue Jun 30 18:51:28 1998
Hey all, I have read some of your journals! I too get migraines. Have learned that they are mostly from cheeses or other mold-laden foods!! Avoid like the plaque!! Also, I have been using Essential Oils and they are wonderful!!! Ylang Ylang and Marjoram work. Sometimes within minutes!! Rub 3 drops on each foot, and put a drop on each temple, behind head at base of neck, along forehead. Banana's also help me - I eat it! Have decided that they happen when my system gets very acidy - too much acidy foods! All now, must go!
Jean <>
Wolf Point, MT USA - Tue Jun 30 17:53:19 1998