Journal of Migraine Sufferers

Hi, my name is Denise and I have suffered from migraines sine my teens and I am now 36. Some of my triggers are the same as others and seem to be universal like Stress, overweight, foods. The two that I have found lately is when I use a certain brand of hair spray(I am thinking whatever is in the spray may be going through my skin surface into my bloodstream), the second thing recently would be lack of proper oxygen. My last three migraines came in the morning when I noticed myself not breathing correctly throughout the night. (possibly because of our heating system is taking most of the moisture out of the air) Does anyone know??? Too bad with all the technology we have know ne can help!!!! Please return any message you can help me with. I do not like taking any drugs and would like to do some sort of herbal thing that may help. Has anyone notice the hair spray and the lack of oxygen thing??? Please return any help possible. Thanks Denise
Denise Walker <>
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Date: 01/01/99 (Fri) Time: 08:38:11 PM
I just wanted to know if anyone has ever noticed if they get headaches from drinking or eating something real cold? I think this is beginning to happen in me, and why I seem to be getting more evening headaches now than ever. I was out tonight, ate something real cold, and a headache hit. I know that there is a nerve that is aggrevated by cold things. Wonder why all of a sudden, its happening to me? I never used to be this sensitive. Any thoughts?
Barbara B
USA - Date: 01/01/99 (Fri) Time: 06:01:21 PM
my wife is 56 had migraine for all her life once a month was successful with petadolex medicine for about half a year then it stopped working she returned to Imigran by GlaxoWellcome, but as before sometimes it works, sometimes not do you have experience / knowledge?
Dieter Schmidt <>
Seeshaupt, BY Germany - Date: 01/01/99 (Fri) Time: 03:26:29 PM
Hey everyone; I have great news! I haven't had a headache yet this year. What a great feeling. I toasted in the year with a glass of ginger ale and a piece of home made fruit cake. Hey don't knock it! The cherry brandy in it is great. I have made a resolution as of last night, and that is not to be tempted by ANY food that I know will attack the inner depths of my brain. I don't like feeling like there is a tiny rock band in there playing very loudly. I will have ginger ale instead of wine, I will eliminate more annoying people from my life, and I will study each headache for a possible cause and treatment. I have realized after too many years, that Drs. are limited, some of us have had these headaches for a million years already, and we know there is no cure. I have a wonderful Dr., but he is not God, and thankfully, he is not a pill pusher either. I know alot of my triggers, and if I don't want a sick horrible headache for the enjoyment of stuffing something in my mouth, it's up to me! The pills cure nothing, they do do harm after awhile, and yes, some of those sneakey brain-bangers will get me, but I SHALL NOT encourange it in anyway. From now on,I plan my stratagy, ask myself if a piece of pizza is really worth 12 to 24 hours of agonizing pain. If a diabetic eats foods they shouldn't, and don't get propper rest, they pay the consequences, well so don't we, The internet is loaded with all kinds of help and information, and we have Ronda to thank for being able to vent and realize we are everywhere, we are not alone, (sounds like the XFiles). I have found alot of web sites from these pages, and I will learn from them, not just read and forget. Thank you all, especially Susan, Lets give it Hell, and put that Devil where it belongs, out of our lives Happy New Year, Good luck to all! Thanks again Ronda, it's great!!!!!!!
Estelle < >
USA - Date: 01/01/99 (Fri) Time: 02:50:06 PM
I have spent the last 20 minutes reading everyone's comments. I have spent the last hour reading through some of the different web sites on migraines. (It actually all started with a commercial for Zomig). I have suffered migraine headaches since I was 5 years old. I am now 24 and still chronically suffer. I have tried the many different drugs prescribed to prevent the headaches from coming and the meds to treat the pain once the headache is visiting me. I woke up this morning with one and First thing that happened was a trip to the commode to bring in the New Year the "right way". What I wouldn't give to end the pain permanantly, and secondly to have my boyfriend/employer/etc understand what it is to go through this type of pain. I know that it is impossible to know what it feels like to have a headache like this until you are afflicted, but for some reason it just seems unfair that it is so unacceptable for migraines not to be considered a real affliction. I can say however, that in the past year I have had a decrease in the amount of times that I get them but most certainly not the amount of the pain that comes with them. I have seen the same Neurologist for the past three years and I have had the "privelege" of seeking treatment with four others. Let me be the first to say that, for being the designated specialist to treat them, they are certainly the most uncompassionate people towards the condition. My doctor does not believe in the practice of offering pain relief, just prevention, as do many of the practioners around my area. I hope that one of these days, I won't have to concern myself with having to worry about all the trips to the ER and all the Iv treatments. Best of Luck to my fellow migraine sufferers this year, may 1999 bring relief to all of you. ****Jennifer****
Jennifer <>
FL USA - Date: 01/01/99 (Fri) Time: 02:45:00 PM
I wanted to make New Year's Eve a special evening for my 2 small children. They were so excited because they could stay up until after midnight. I bought lots of finger foods, chips & dip, veggies & dip and beautiful pastries that a baker friend made for our celebration. I bought noise makers for my kids to ring in the new year. My girls made decorations for the house out of construction paper. They made party hats as well. Well, I woke up on Dec. 31st with a horrible migraine. My kids had to set out all the food, I couldn't get off of the couch. The noise makers at midnight -- "forget it girls you can't use them tonight." I'm all out of my Imitrex injection. I've tried 800mg of Ibuprofin as well as Tylenol w/codein. Didn't help at all. Lifting my head off the pillow uses up so much energy - I feel like my head will explode. I've been getting migraines now for 23 years. The first one at 16 years of age. At one point in time I was diagnosed with a chronic migraine - 365 days a year. I was put on 80mg of Amitriptyline for a year. This DID break the cycle and I now I only get a migraine 5 or 6 times a year -- and the severity and the length of time I suffer have lessened. The imitrex injections seem to work for me (the pill form didn't help), but due to the holiday weekend, I won't be able to get a refill until Monday. So, here it is New Year's Day -- I didn't roll out of bed until 2:00 PM. It was a struggle to get out of bed at that time. Oh, I can't wait until Monday until I get my Imitrex. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
Anne <>
USA - Date: 01/01/99 (Fri) Time: 01:46:45 PM
I take verapamil and atenalol to prevent migraines (since August 98) and it really seems to be helping. I tried several of the pain relievers (firoinal, midrin, etc.) without much help. The imitrex makes me vomit. I also get exercise-induced migraines, altho some are food allergy related. Things like sourdough bread, peanuts and root vegetables (carrots) will bring on a migraine. Thankfully, during my 2 pregnancies, I never had migraines. I've had migraines for about 15 years and also have had to deal with people and bosses who don't understand why I can't just take some aspirin and "get over it". It helps to know you're not alone.
MD USA - Date: 01/01/99 (Fri) Time: 01:23:21 PM
For years I never even knew I had migraines. i had been misdiagnosed with all sorts of ailments,and only by accident did i discover that my horrible headaches were migraines. I recently discovered Imitrex (called Imigran here). It has given me my life back and is the only thing that stops the pain, but i have heard it can be dangerous. I have also heard that in some cases it can cause facial paralysis. Is this true? Can you recommend any aricles onthe subject? What other sie eeffects can it have? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks in advance..
therese <>
Mexico City, Mexico - Date: 01/01/99 (Fri) Time: 12:40:28 PM
Hello Friends :)

Well 1999 dawns & it looks like its going to be another year of the same ole stuff. The "rednecks" (no offense meant) in my neighborhood have been lighting off Cherry Bombs in Garbage cans, Dick Clark had yet another ROCKIN NEW YEARS EVE, and I have a headache... Some things never change. :) Actually, though I am in pain, I am in good spirits. I have actually NOT missed a day in 1 month at work. This is almost a record for me! My bosses are impressed as are my co-workers. I've had several level 8-10 migraines at work, and my bosses have been fairly sympathetic. Actually my Supervisor understands, but my manager does NOT have a clue *sigh* He is of the mind that if I take an "asprin" it will go away... SHEESH! I've had to explain to him the 6 different meds that I take & what can possibly happen. Today I felt like I was poppin vicodin like candy. It helps me get thru the day, so I am not complaining (well not too much any way! :>)

I really thought that 1998 was going to end on a really sour note as this morning, the modem didn't seem to be connecting & the computer didn't recognize it. I told my hubby just to turn the damn thing off and I would check it out when I got up. Sure enough it was working. I guess it was just being a bit tempermental. At least that was one expense I didn;t have to add. Yesterday some rock hauler actually dropped a rock on my windshield & now its cracked. So I guess I'll have to have that taken care of before summer causes the glass to spiderweb. Other than that, 1998 went out quietly. I hope it was a smooth transition for you as well.

RHONDA: Thanks for providing a forum to validate our concerns & triumphs. You deserve to be knighted!

BARB: I have had little luck with Zomig & Imitrex. Currently I use furinol w/codine & Vicodin. Occasionally I will take an 800mg Ibuprophen as well

DENISE: I hope you are well. I have not seen you in a while. Please drop me a line.

ESTELLE: I love your sense of humor... KEEP SMILING

EVERYONE: I wish you all a Bright New Year full of good things. May you all find the solution to your pain & may God/dess smile upon you & yours.

Bright Blessings, ~Dianna~
Dianna <>
NPR, FL USA - Date: 01/01/99 (Fri) Time: 12:53:37 AM