Journal of Migraine Sufferers

Thankfully, I don't personally suffer with migraine headaches, but my daughter has, and my heart goes out to anyone who suffers with migraines! Here's something you might want to try. My Daughter, Janae, (19 yrs) had headaches almost every day of her life since puberty. And every month, she would have 1-3 severe migraines. They were especially severe when she would start her menstrual cycle. Her cramps were like labor pains each month. We went to several doctors and prescription strength pain killers didn't seem to help much. Then, she started on USANA Nutritionals, a superior nutritional system of minerals, vitamins, and powerful antioxidents. After a few weeks most of the headaches were gone. After two months, no more migraines! She's been ten months now with just an occational mild headache! Since my daughter's positive experience, my sister-in-law, a neice, and my friend's daughter, who all suffered with migraines, are having similar experiences with these superior nutritionals. I have learned of several Doctors who are recommending this nutritional system to their patients with very good results! If anyone would be interested in information about this nutritional system, just email me and I would be happy to send it so you. This may not work for everyone, but it sure has been a blessing to my family! Let me know if I can help. Mark Petersen
Mark Petersen <>
Fruit Heights, UT USA - Date: 10/16/98 (Fri) Time: 12:33:04 AM
I have been a sufferer of severe debilitating migraines for 15 yrs. I have many of the classic symptoms such as: aura, fatigue, extreme sensitivity to light, sound and smells, and nausea. A typical migraine for me begins with shooting-star aura which leads to stiffness in my shoulders and tingling up my neck. It eventually settles into the front of my head (most often). A dull ache quickly turns into a throbbing so unbearable that I can only lay in a completely darkened room holding my head. Even the slightest movement to either side feels like an ice pick piercing my brain. The sensitivity to light is so bad that even the dim light from the digital clock is too much and has to be unplugged. Eventually, I get the nausea and usually throw up. I end up sitting on the bathroom floor in total darkness... a towel across the bottom of the door to block all light. Here is where things get strange. As I sit on the floor holding my head, sobbing and clenching my fists so hard that my fingernails leave crescent shaped cuts in the palms of my hands, I often times end up literally banging my head against the tile wall. This seems strange to people and I can see why. It isn't logical that hitting my head on the wall would make it feel better when it already hurts, but for some reason, it is the only relief I can get....however temporary. It feels as though hitting the wall breaks up the pressure in my forehead. It lasts only about 15 sec. or so before I have to do it again. I go on like this for as little as half an hour to as long as four or five hours. I somehow end up back in bed where I finally fall asleep exhausted. Often times I wake up with little memory of the period of time before and during the headache. I am interested in the experiences of all sufferers....but I am particularily hoping to find anyone who "bangs" their head during migraine attack.
Susan <>
Lima, Oh USA - Date: 10/15/98 (Thu) Time: 09:12:59 PM
I have been reading these case histories. I have had migraines for years. I also have lost my balance function. And it has been suggested it could have been. Caused by constricted blood flood to the ear. Although the doctors aren't postive. Has anyone had trouble with this?
Linda <>
Fl USA - Date: 10/15/98 (Thu) Time: 07:03:37 PM
Hi, I have been having migraines for the past month almost every single day. I am a 28 year old female who has suffered from migraines since the age of 22. I would like to hear from people who have switched from taking Imitrex to Zomig. The research is to the effect that Zomig is better than Imitrex. Please tell me about your experiences with Zomig. Also I would like to hear from people who have gone to the Mayo clinic for the treatment of their migraines. Lastly I would like to hear from other women who like me would love to have children soon but are scared because of all the migraines they are having. Thanks for your most appreciated responses, Genevieve
Genevieve <>
Plymouth, MN USA - Date: 10/15/98 (Thu) Time: 02:27:28 PM
Have just gotten over a 2 1/2 day migraine. Not much aura, but a lot of pain and a lot of nausea. Am on Neurontin as a preventative and Midrin for the milder attacks, and Amerge for the bad ones. Problem is, I have a skin disorder that is a metabolic liver disorder, so I had to go off Paxil, which was keeping my migraines down to maybe 1 every couple of months. Now, its once a month or more. The Amerge helped the last time, cut it to 2 1/2 days, but the doctor only gave me a prescription for six pills, so I did'nt take it this time. I don't think it could have cut the pain and discomfort very much anyway. I'm looking in on the journal here to see if I can come up with more answers, so that when I see my doctor, I hope we can come to a decision as to what medication to switch me to. I don't have a lot of sick leave, and hate taking a day or two for each migraine attack, so I work through most of them. Feeling tired and worn out. Sometimes all thats left is prayer.
Barbara B
USA - Date: 10/15/98 (Thu) Time: 02:16:10 PM
Hi all this is Lisa checking in.I cancelled my appt.with that worthless neurologist.I called my family dr. and he did not see what the problem was after all he was perscribing the meds.He did tell me to keep taking the Depakote to see if it works.I lost the name of the neurologist that was sent to me.Can you please E-mail the again to me I am in the Richmond-Chesterfield area So far the Depakote does not seem to be helping,but I'll give it a little more time.I hope everybody is pain free for awhile.Thank you for all your help.Lisa
Lisa <>
Richmond, Va USA - Date: 10/15/98 (Thu) Time: 11:04:08 AM
I am a 27 year old male and have suffered from migraines for just about all of my life . They disappeared from ages 15 to 21 but came back unfortunately. Imitrex relieves the pain and vomiting but as with most doctors, they don't want me to take too much Imitrex. As you all know, when you have a migraine, other potential health risks take a back seat. I am worried that my newborn daughter will inherit migraines and does anyone have any young children that they have passed migraines on to? Can you provide any wisdom on how to help them? Thanks
Shane Canestra <>
herndon, VA USA - Date: 10/15/98 (Thu) Time: 09:31:25 AM