Journal of Migraine Sufferers

This is my second journal entry. I have several questions. 1. Has anyone ever received disability/social security from migraine hedaches? Can you tell me what the procedure is and how long is normally takes? What is the approval rate. What is my first step? 2. Does anyone feel they are addicated to a drug they truly need? I am but don't seem I can control myself sometime. How can I start reducing the amount of medication I take and not go through withdrawal symptons? I am on Fiorinal # 3 four times a day and still run out before my next refill. I have been through withdrawals for a couple days at a time and I can't take it. I get moody, my body gets extremely weak, I sweat and get quite emotional. Help
Karen Thompson <IQMEG>
USA - Date: 09/18/98 (Fri) Time: 09:56:16 PM
I'm new at this. I started having bad headaches about 8 months ago. I found out about a month ago that they are migraines. So far Midrin and Talicin are the only things I have taken, but they have not helped. The next prescription is for Amerge. I would, of course, like to find the cause of the headaches and eliminate it. My doctor told me that they are only successful in finding the "cause" in about 10 percent of the cases, but I am keeping a journal and continuing to search for the cause. I don't want to end up on "meds" for the rest of my life!!! I am very receptive to natural remedies and treatments... if anyone has any suggestions, I would really appreciate it! Thanks... :)
Debbie <>
Vero Beach, Fl USA - Date: 09/18/98 (Fri) Time: 03:36:06 PM
Hi, I am writing to see if anyone out there has any suggestions for me. My 10 year old daughter Amber has been suffering from migrains for about 5 years now. It is the most diffacult thing a mother can go through, I can only sit there and hold her hand and lightly massage her head. Then hold her head up for her while she vomits. I wish that I could take the pain for her it is unbearable watching her with these migrains. I have had her to doctors and all the medications the want to perscribe all have side affects of the heart. She unfortunatly has heart desease on both sides of her family. She also has cancer on both sides. I usually make sure it is quiet for her, close her blinds, put a cool cloth on her head and just sit with her until she is finished vomiting and falls asleep. When she wakes up she is like a new person its amazing. If anyone out there has any suggestions for my baby please let me know. Willing to try something new. Thanks and I hope everyone who suffers will find help. Sincerly, Barbara
Barbara <>
Pine Bush, NY USA - Date: 09/18/98 (Fri) Time: 01:13:12 PM
Hi. I stumbled across this site while researching migraines. I have not sought the advice of a doctor yet, but suspect that I am suffering from migraine headaches. These headaches started about five years ago, but have recently intensified. They usually start out behind one eye and build up pressure until there is a throbbing pain, I have an upset stomach and can barely keep my eyes open due to intense discomfort from light. I have started a journal for each headache documenting time of day, working conditions, what I had to eat, state of emotions and how much sleep I'd had the previous night. I talked to my pharmacist who suggested feverfew and another herb. I only started using these herbs last week. I guess I would like to hear some opinions on the use of herbs also some advice as to whether it is really necessary ie would it do any good to seek medical attention. Thanks in advance for any input.
Georgette Koetter-Bradley <>
Berthold, ND USA - Date: 09/17/98 (Thu) Time: 04:06:37 PM
Hi again, Im back writing in the journal to see if anyone out there has ever heard of a migraine drug called sandomigran. If anyone has actually used it please let know how it works. Thanks Carol
Carol <>
north syracuse NOTH SYRACUSE , NY USA - Date: 09/17/98 (Thu) Time: 03:56:35 PM
Dianna, I understand your pain and frustrations in your attempt to detox. Dont feel badly that yu were unable to do it on your own----few of us can. A short hospital stay is the best way to detox safely. They can make it relatively painless, and have better success rates. I have done it both ways, and be kind to yourself and accept the help of professionals. Hopefully your insurance will cover it. Supervision will keep you safe if any complications arise. Sometimes you even have the support of others who are going through the same thing if you are admitted to a detox unit. I urge you to consider this--it makes a big difference! And they even teach you how to avoid a "relapse"---(this does not mean you are addicted, but are habituated to the drug). I wish you good luck---it really can be done with a minimum of pain!
Mary Jo <>
USA - Date: 09/17/98 (Thu) Time: 03:02:27 PM
Just found the page -- I've enjoyed reading the case histories, so I thought I'd add mine. I've been a sufferer of sever migraines (are there other kinds?) since I was 11 or 12. My family doctor first characterized them as "sinus headaches" and prescribed decongestants, etc. It wasn't until I was 23 that I was actually diagnosed with migraines and started taking any medication. Before that it was a constant guessing game of when the next one would come, leading to tears, nausea, and days where I walked through work/school/life barely holding myself together (or, if I could, hiding in my bed, in the dark, until it passed). While medication has helped somewhat in reducing the frequency and severity of my migraines (I've been prescribed a variety of antidepressants, most lately 50 mg zoloft ... imitrex has no effect on my headaches whatsoever), I've pretty much resigned myself to living with this problem and not letting it take over my life. As a teacher/administrator by day and a musician on the weekends, migraines often threaten to keep me out of the picture, but I haven't let them curb my activities or used them as an excuse to do less. Many times after a migraine I feel more creative, more active, than I did before the headache; the elation and happiness I feel with its fading seems to allow my mind to focus more clearly than it usually does. Anyway, I look forward to learning more about my condition on this and other www resources -- thanks for the space to ramble!
Rob <>
Johnson City, TN USA - Date: 09/16/98 (Wed) Time: 11:10:43 PM