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A lifetime of migraines

I started suffering from migraines around age 16 after my car was sideswiped. That was also when my neck & back problems began. As my neck and back problems grew progressively worse over the years, my migraines seemed to increase in frequency and intensity.

The migraines make me feel as if the whole top of my head is a volcano, pulsing & waiting to erupt. I get nauseous and can’t stand brightness or noise. Out of the last 7 days I have suffered 5 migraines and 1 that I caught early enough to keep it from fully developing.

Anyway… at this time in my life I can’t afford health insurance, so I’m treating the migraines with OTC medicines.

These headaches can really wear me down; so if anyone has any suggestions, I’d appreciate hearing them. Thanks!

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Comments

  • Cynthia
    8 years ago

    Hi Sapphire, all I have to say about OTC meds is they can throw you into a rebound migraine and they are even harder to get rid of. This will sound a lil funny but it does help and its all OTC meds. Get regular 25mg benadryl tabs (its a antihistamine and can help restrict the vessels in the brain) take magnesium, B12 n vit D all can help you. use heat n cold packs chiropractor adjustments, deep massage, yoga, stretching, lower your caffeine intake and how much chocolate you eat (no MSG’s, easy on chocolates and processed foods… the list can go on that i have. if you want you can send me an email to me at synth222001@yahoo.com and i can go over other things you can try. I have been doin this for 6 years now and have been in the hospital 6 times for 10, 11, 12, 12, 14 n 18 days. i learn a lot while I’m in i have done lots of studies on this stuff. so i will be more than happy to share with you.

  • sapphire48 author
    8 years ago

    Thanks for the info Cynthia. Yes, I know that OTC meds can sometimes cause rebound headaches. I’d love to find a more natural way of dealing with the headaches. I went to a chiropractor for years, but I just can’t afford it anymore. And it got to the point where it wasn’t helping a lot anyway. I know that the biggest trigger for my headaches is my back/neck problems, but there’s just nothing I can do about those right now. I saw a list of natural remedies on here and I’m going to try some of them. And I think I’ll try the benedryl too. Do you take that everyday, or at the onset of a headache? Most times mine begin when I’m sleeping and by the time I wake up they are full blown. Thanks again for your kindness and support…

  • Cynthia
    8 years ago

    im supposed to take the benadryl when the migraine starts, but i have been takin it everyday since i cant get rid of the damn thing. i know where your comin from on the money end, im in the same boat. i am just sick of the whole thing, i dont know what to do any more. i used to have hope that things will get better. how knows maybe there is somethin out there that will work n we just havent found it yet

  • sapphire48 author
    8 years ago

    I think that the only thing that would help me is surgery on my neck. And that’s probably not going to happen in this lifetime… Some days are better than others; but I usually manage to live with the pain. But as you said; maybe there’s something out there that will work. We’ve got to keep trying to make it better, to the best of our abilities. Good luck to you in your endeavors!

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