Journal of Migraine Sufferers

Maxalt? I am 34, no auras. My migraines come in fall and spring.? I am fine in the summer? Its a bad fall. I am having 5 a week, doctor gave me Maxalt--my experience is mixed. It definitely helps but makes me sicker-for the first two hours, dizzy, weird, Nauseated, in direct proportion to my pain, the worse my headache the worse the side effects. definitely have to go to bed if i take it. two hours later I ask myself why i waited so long! I FEEL GREAT! I forget how good it feels to not hurt and i avoid taking the pill because i know i will feel worse., and often end up suffering thru the day. MAYBE SOME OF YOU CAN TRY it and have no side effects, and actually even if you do, have the side effects, it is better than nothing!!!
mary <>
PA USA - Date: 12/02/98 (Wed) Time: 11:27:30 AM
Hi all, Hope everyone is doing good :o) It would be great to get through the holidays pain free !!! Well I went to my doctor yesterday and he put me on Adalat 30mg a day. I've tried the beta blockers when I had high bloodpressure and it worked great entell my pressure was under control then it was bad news. Time will tell again. It seems like something will work for a while then bam, back to square one again. Story of our lifes huh. Well I just wanted to check in, its been awhile since my last entry. I hope this fines everyone well and happy.
Carol <Flames>
OK USA - Date: 12/02/98 (Wed) Time: 10:34:19 AM
Hi I have suffered from migraines since my teenage years. After my second child at age 24 they came on a pretty regualr basis twice a month around my menstrual cycle. Now I am 51 and started menopause about 3 years age. My headaches since that time have become much my frequent 2-3 times per week. Imitrex helps most of the time but my greatest fear is if there will come a time I will be unable to use it, then where do I go to relieve the pain. I have tried most herbal treatments and my Dr. has tried beta blockers but not at a very high dose and when they did not work he said just continue with the Imitrex. I have had a cat scan and nothing abnormal showed. I am figuring it is more than likely hormonal. I just read an article that most people get less migraines as they get older but that there are some whose migraines get worse. My family has sympathy to apont. Two of my children are headache prone where two are not. My question is , is there anyone whose migraines increased with frequency during menopause, what are you doing to cope and have they gotten any better. My hope and prayers are with all f you who suffer. I hope for the day when there will be a preventative solution that will benefit all. There does seem to be many of us so let us all pray today for someone to find that solution.
Sandy <>
Rochester, NY USA - Date: 12/02/98 (Wed) Time: 07:11:22 AM
Faye: I have that type of migraine along with others. I was put on a modified fast several months ago and as foods were re-introduced, I found things like bacon, oysters, cheese crackers - a whole lot of foods made my head crazy! Every now and then the craving wins over control but even a little bit in the evening can bring these migraines on so control is really the word these days. Nothing tastes that good. Also, when my stress level is high I'll get one and I notice my jaws and teeth hurt as well. I've been treated for TMJ and that helped some but I still have a tendancy to grind my teeth. I have an excellent doctor now and he told me these headaches (which generally start at the back of my skull and move forward) start out as tension and go into a classic migraine. Sitting up gives slight relief (but is not very conducive to restful sleep), as does taking a hot bath. These last two headaches lasted a couple of days before I saw my doctor, and I got shots at the base on my skull and in my eyebrow area. I can't remember what was in it, steroids, a B vitamin, magnesium and some kind of pain killer. The shots hurt like mad but it sure got rid of these last two. When I went in and told him my symptoms, he put his finger on the spots that hurt immediately! I have tried everything -and I mean everything - for the last 40 years or so and this combination of shots, food trigger elimination and staying on a regular sleep schedule (generally 10:30 or 11:00 to 5:00) have made a tremendous difference. Imetrex helps me most of the time but not always. When I first got migraines as a kid, there wasn't much known about them and they thought I was faking. I'm glad to live in the 90's I can tell you. So - you might try some of these. Let me know how it goes.
ABQ, NM USA - Date: 12/01/98 (Tue) Time: 11:05:45 PM
I was interested to read the comments about people who use imitrex and do'nt get relief. It has happened to me before, when I was in the midst of the worst migraine headache period of my life. I had a migraine that lasted on and off(more on, though) for 2 and a half to 3 weeks, with aura(zigzag lights) coming almost every few hours. I even hallucinated that time, seeing brightly colored moving objects. I went to the e.r., and was given an imitrex shot, and demoral, and still the headache persisted. I lost two weeks of work trying to bring it under control. Even my neurologist suggested at one point that maybe it was'nt migraines at all, but I knew better. We should'nt be quick to judge those who do not respond to certain medications. Now, there is a lot more out there to help us, but when that episode happened in my life, imitrex was the only thing new available. Now, we can, and should, insist on trying different treatments for our headaches. One size does not always fit all, I know. I've been there.
Barbara B
USA - Date: 12/01/98 (Tue) Time: 07:05:25 PM
Hi everyone....sorry my last entry was hard to read (pretty in pink! :)) I have found yet another doctor (of course my HMO doesn't cover him and it's costing my $250 already for just one visit!) but, he has started me on Indomethacin - never heard of it before, has anyone had any experience with it? I hope it works, even my Zoloft (300 mg/day) isn't keeping my spirits up anymore. God bless all of you and I hope everyone has happy holidays....
Samantha <>
Sunnyvale, CA USA - Date: 12/01/98 (Tue) Time: 05:55:49 PM
Michele asked earlier if anyone had anything other than an aura to know ones coming....With me I usually have a nagging headache that I can't get rid of and it turns into a migraine. I used to have migraines only once or twice a year until I had a hysterectomy almost 3 yrs ago (I'm 32). I've had migraines almost constantly ever since although they are getting less frequent now. I've tried all sorts of preventatives and nothing really works for me. The WORST headache I ever had was right after Labor Day--my hubby's grandpa had passed away and I knew I shouldn't have gone to the funeral even though we were not close because we live far away from my hubby's family. Anyway, from the MINUTE I walked into the church I could feel this headache coming and nothing I tried stopped it. I couldn't even lay down and go to sleep that night because it physically hurt my head to touch the pillow. I ended up in the ER in Memphis and had the nicest and quickest doctor. He said I had a migraine and a tension headache at the same time and proceeded to give me the same shot my GP gives me with no hestitation...20mg Nubain and 75mg Visteril. Thankfully i don't have to get those shots as much as i used to!! Thanks for letting me share my story. Rhonda
Rhonda Nichols <>
TX USA - Date: 12/01/98 (Tue) Time: 05:31:25 PM