Journal of Migraine Sufferers

To Faye in Roanoke: I often wake up with painful, throbbing headaches that are not relieved by anything. There are times that it subsides to a bearable ache, but most of the time, nothing even takes the edge off of it. Mine can last anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. The last couple of days I have been getting headaches that start more toward the back of the head instead of the front. It may be just stress, or the new medication I am on for another health disorder, or it could be anything. Right now, the headache is almost gone, but I would'nt be surprised if it was back tomorrow. I think just feeling pressured with all of the holiday preparations and with being overwhelmed with work at work is aggrevating the headaches again. It has been two months since I have had any kind of migraine with an aura. My classic aura is zigzag lights, often very brightly colored, often very intense and lasting a long time. It can create a blind spot that makes it hard to see, but I have worked through it before. What I am having now, Faye, is mainly headaches that I am waking up with, headaches that are very hard to get rid of, usually not responding to anything. Like I said, it is probably just stress more than anything. So, don't feel alone in those morning headaches. Because you are'nt alone at all. You have plenty of company.
Barbara B
USA - Date: 12/01/98 (Tue) Time: 05:13:02 PM
Ama- I'm very interested in receiving more information regarding the feeling of terror that you described when you have an aura. The same thing happens to me. You didn't include your email address on your posting...please email me. Thanks!
Michelle <>
CA USA - Date: 12/01/98 (Tue) Time: 04:48:57 PM
My migraines have developed only in the past 2 years, but I find that as time goes on, they are more intense and last for generally 3 or 4 days before I can actually get them to dissipate. I get both auras AND something else...I do begin to yawn more and occasionally I feel like someone is driving an ice pick into the base of my neck (near the cerebral cortex, for those of us who enjoy anatomy) I generally feel like death, but when you're working a job and are college student like I am, you really can't miss things on account of having a migraine every other week. I have yet to find a drug that works, I've had allergy testing and I'm a non-smoker, non-drinker..nothing seems to affect these things. I'm interested in any new treatments any of you could come up with. I've been on Imitrex, Midrin, and I'm currently on Maxalt. These meds either don't work or have too terrible of side effects. Maxalt is the worst of the three I think. It's got bad side effects and the effectiveness of it seems waning anyway... Wish someone or something could alleviate, Laura J.
Laura Johnson <>
IL USA - Date: 12/01/98 (Tue) Time: 04:34:10 PM
I first found this sight in october of 97 and am still just as thankful for it. I wanted to know if last week was Migraine week and no one told me-I had one every day for 5 days in a row, including Thanksgiving and that Friday when I had to go to a funeral. Crying intensifies my migraines, so you can imagine how horrible I felt. One thing I take that seems to help about 50% of the time is Ativan. If I feel one coming and I take an Ativan, sometimes it will go away. It worked yesterday, Thank God, because there are only so many days I can leave work early! Although it is a tranquilizer, I take only 1 mg at a time. My Dr isn't sure why it helps but will continue to prescribe it as long as I don't become abusive of it. If it doesn't work I take a Zomig..When Zomig doesn't work, I go home, and take a Darvocet that I have left over from a surgical procedure I had in February. They put me to sleep long enough for the migraine to go away. Does anyone else not have auras but have something else that tells them they are going to have a migraine. I start yawning uncontrolably and I get almost a lightheaded feeling and that will tell me one is coming. I'm curious if anyone else experiences something similar. Thanks for listening(reading).
Michele Pisnoy <>
Jackson, NJ USA - Date: 12/01/98 (Tue) Time: 12:50:38 PM
Thanks John in Canada for your response! No one else has mentioned Retinal MIgraines - or Classical visual auras causing a feeling of terror - Oliver Sakcs, in his wonderful book "Migraine" mentions this. Is there anyone else who has experienced this or - a different issue - Retinal (only in one eye at a time) visual disturbances??
Uk - Date: 12/01/98 (Tue) Time: 12:36:15 PM
I am having a hard time getting to current journals, is anyone else having that problem ? I always enter in on sept. the same entry and at the bottom of the entries there is no NEXT. In the monthly listing there is no November or December am I being really stupid or what? Thanks Dale
Dale <>
Bend, or USA - Date: 12/01/98 (Tue) Time: 12:12:24 PM
Dee, I know that you meant no harm, but that statement that "if Imitrex works, it is a migraine" is actually harmful for many migraine sufferers, because it implies that if imitrex DOESN'T work, then it is NOT a migraine (I know that is not what you said, so I stress that I am not criticizing you) Some doctors have this philosophy, that if imitrex doesn't help, then you must not have migraines... Actually, imitrex and the other sumatriptin meds only work for about 80% of migraineurs. This mindset is damaging to patients and irresponsible of doctors. Again, I know that is not what you meant, but I think it is important to point this out. Sometimes even other migraineurs have this attitude if imitrex works for them. I worked with a woman who would tell the others in the office how well imitrex worked and how migraines shouldn't cause anyone to miss work, etc. When this kind of info is spread to people who aren't educated about migraines, it can create many misconceptions and perpetuate the misunderstanding so many of us experience.
USA - Date: 12/01/98 (Tue) Time: 11:37:27 AM