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My Migraines and their triggers

Hello all, I am a 36 years old Male who suffers from intense Migraines. It seems I only get them when the weather is changing, mostly in the spring/early summer months.

Thunderstorms seem to be a good indicator I’m gonna have one, and they last for days.

My pain in only on the left hemisphere, usually starts in my left temple and spreads to my ear and down to my jaw. My first migraine was Thanksgiving 1987. I ate a huge meal then the headache set in. At first I started feeling dizzy and nauseous, an hour later I was in the bathroom loosing my dinner. Three hours later I was curled up in the fetal position on my Mothers living room floor praying for the pain to go away. Not much has changed since.

My headaches last from 5 to 8 hours, with a 2 to 3 hour break and then the next wave hits me. This lasts for a few weeks then they disappear.

Would like some advice on what pain meds work best, my Dr. has me on Norco 5/325. It only dulls the pain.

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Comments

  • Karen J Fisher
    7 years ago

    Barometric pressure related are the worst, I follow the pressure on weather.com to see what is coming and take my medications. Try having a talk with your physician. I do find that tracking the pressure helps in planning a little… not a lot 🙁 Best of luck. As far as medicines… most come about from natural products and we’re all different. Just because something is ‘natural’ does not mean it’s safe, there are always risks…

  • Joyce Guinn
    7 years ago

    Toradol has never worked for me, I’m glad that it helps some one though! My primarary care doctor is always wanting to give it to me, but I have to refuse, its a waste of a shot to me. I take Imitrex injections, vial not the cartridge, for some reason the cartridge pen type injection doesn’t work as well as the vial form. I get migraines from weather changes too, along with the million other triggers I have. Relpax also works very well for me, have you tried that yet? I’ve had migraines since I was 9-10 years old and am now 31, it has taken years to figure out the triggers I know about and still find new ones. Migraines run in my family and are also a symtom, side effect, whatever, to another disease I have. As for other pain medications, Norco wont even come close to taking the edge off, morphine er and ir help a bit though, but I still would choose Imitrex over those! Hope you can get some relief and soon!

  • Dawn Lash
    7 years ago

    I, too, suffer from Barometric Pressure migraines – they were killing me all thru the summer this year as we’d had an abnormally humid & murky change of seasons – My doctor has prescribed me Imitrex for pain, but what TRULY has now helped is taking the NATURAL SUPPLEMENT, butterbur – the brand Pedatolex is a LIFESAVER! Seriously! GET SOME! I was having 3 or more miserable migraines a week, and now since taking Pedatolex for 3 months now, I’ve only had 2 full migraines in that time! The first two weeks on the supplement, I only had 2 visual migraines (saw sparkles/had weird vision) for about a half-hour each but with NO PAIN – I’m FINALLY getting my life back! You should seriously get some – there are NO SIDE EFFECTS as it’s all-natural – and is recommended by neurologists! Avoid the chemical poisons and go natural – your head will thank you! =:-D

  • Teri Robert
    7 years ago

    Dawn, I’m glad Petadolex works for you. That’s wonderful. A reminder to everyone though – please discuss even “natural” treatments with your doctor before trying them. They’re drugs too, and they have potential side effects just like prescription medications – AND some of them shouldn’t be taken if you have certain health problems. Be safe.

    Now, Dawn, if you’re calling prescription medications “chemical poisons,” I have to take exception to your comment. That’s a really inflammatory comment, and it’s not accurate. Kindly keep in mind that some of us have tried all the “natural” treatments and still need prescription medications to manage our Migraines and have any kind of quality of life.

  • Jenifer Marie Calo
    7 years ago

    for a quick acting med I take Maxalt MLT 10 mg Tablet tongue. and a daily med.

  • Jenifer Marie Calo
    7 years ago

    and Verapamil for daily med

  • Jenifer Marie Calo
    7 years ago

    that melts on the tongue*

  • Sharon Gilman Moulton
    7 years ago

    Has your doctor given you any of the meds available for migraines?

  • Mindy League
    7 years ago

    I have the same problem with rain, snow and thunderstorms are the worst. If it rains in the morning when I wake I have a bad day (pain of 7) if it rains later in the day its about 5. Now if it rains for days.. its a pain level of 8/9 and I usually end up in the hospital to get a shot of toradol. Toradol is the only medication that will help even a little, however its bad for the rest of your body and they don’t want you to take and insurance will only pay for so much!

  • TiciaNiemi
    7 years ago

    Hi…. Norco is a Bitartrate and they really do not help with Migraine pain. I am a life time sufferer of migraines and the only thing that has ever helped me is Migranal or Tramadol. Both work with the inflammation that is caused by Migraine attack. Things like Opiates or Narcotics only prolong the migraine attacks and could even prevent preventative medications from working, such as Verapamil,and Migranal, or most anti-seizure medications. Trying to stay away from things like Excedrin Migraine or large doses of Ibuprofen. From experiences, I can tell you they will only make things worse. I have had weather changing migraines and the only thing that has ever helped me abort my migraine is the Migranal. I also have started taking daily medication Verapamil, I hope it works. I have not had a migraine in a week and that is un-heard of.

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