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I dont know what to do

I am 25 years old and for the last week I have had a constant migraine… it doesn’t go away no matter what I try to do. I have 2 kids. My daughter is 2 yrs old my son is 6 months old… I’ve always suffered from migraines from the time my menstrual cycle started when I was 9. I have made an appointment but they cant get me in until the 20th of June. I take Excedrin (reg and pm) but nothing helps.. If anyone has any advice please feel free to help. Thank you.

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  • 8 years ago

    There are no easy answers. I wish there were. Everyone is different. I have had migraines for 16 years and in November 2008 they became chronic daily migraines and they hijacked my life. That started my journey to find, at first, a cure and now just relief. The best advice I can give you is educate yourself! Find the best “headache/migraine” doctor you can find. Read the book “Choclate and Vicodin.” she puts into words how we feel. She has great resources in that book. The bad news is I’m an RN and my husband is a MD and we have researched and read almost everything we can get our hands on, medical and non-medical. Another excellent book is “the Migraine Brain.” I went to Boston and had a consult with her and she helped put me on the right path. I know reading is the last thing you want to do with kids and a migraine, but educating yourself is going to save you a lot of time with well meaning, but un-helpful doctors. They all think they have the answer and unfortunately it is at your expense. Good luck to you and I hope you find relief soon.

  • Laurie Case Vincent
    8 years ago

    The estrogen in birth control pills can make menstral migraines much worse and more frequent, so if you are taking them, I would stop taking them. I take Lamactil (Lamotrigine), 3 tablets, twice a day to prevent daily migraines. I don’t drink anything with caffeine. To avoid taking Excedrin or other medicines as often try home remedies first: Drink Gatorade, rub Origins Peace of Mind (peppermint) lotion under your chin and ears. Available for $10 at Macy’s and Nordstrom. Good luck!

  • Candice Kastanos
    8 years ago

    I do know that neurologist frown upon OTC therapies for migraines. Advil, Tylenol, Excedin cause “Rebound Headaches.” I learned this at age 15, and still find myself occasionally taking one of the above, in hopes that its just a simple headache…but MIGRAINES are a different beast all together. Go to a Neurologist, I should take my own advice, I haven’t been in about 8 years!

  • Anne Fink
    8 years ago

    I totally sympathize! It’s bad enough having a migraine, but to have kids on top of it is even worse. I used to be the same way before I got regular migraine meds. I am currently on Lisinopril (blood pressue med), which acts to prevent getting migraines. There are bunch of different meds that you could try and it would be worth talking to your doc about. My neurologist also gave me dexamethasone to take sparingly for those migraines that I just can’t get to go away. That has worked wonders too. Another thing for menstrual migraines that has worked is being on birth control and the doctor writing the Rx so that you can skip the “off week”. That will eliminate menstrual migraines if you get those. I also found out that I was Vit D deficient, which is linked to migraines too.
    As for me, no over-the-counter meds ever worked. I found out that I have a glutamate intolerance, which basically means I can’t have most processed foods. I finally linked getting prolonged migraines–some of mine last 10 or so days–and the food I was eating. Because I had unaddressed dietary intolerances, I just kept perpetuating the migraine. Once I changed my diet and got on preventative meds, my life has changed completely. A book to check out if you’re interested is “Food Allergies: The Complete Guide to Understanding and Relieving Your Food Allergies”. Totally changed my life. So, diet may be something to look at if no other options are working for you. I hope you feel better soon. Just know you’re not alone and it can get better.

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