Migraine Question

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by serenityskyline, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. serenityskyline

    serenityskyline New Member

    I have fibromyalgia and never had a headache until I got it. I get migraines on and off. I am on Topomax for the fibro which has had it under control until the last two and half weeks and it has started flaring some. I have had a migraine steady for eight days now. I have taken Excedrin Migraine which usually takes the edge off, but to no effect this go around. It is to the point that that it makes me so nauseated that I can't eat. It hurts so bad I could not sleep last night? Called the doctors office all they suggested was try the Excedrin Migraine again since I have not taken any in four days. Any suggestions?

    God Bless You All!! :)
  2. karynwolfe

    karynwolfe New Member

    I'm thinking it's very unlikely that a migraine would last that long, and that it might be something else, honestly...

    If I don't catch mine in time it lasts about 5 days, but 8 days and still continuing? That's extreme and not common. :( But if it is a migraine, the pills probably won't work at this point; the small intestine will have a very difficult time even absorbing the medication. If it is severe you shoudl go to the ER and they can give you a shot; migraine can be very serious and a risk factor for stroke.
  3. jole

    jole Member

    I also get migraines. Have tried all the prescription drugs, and none of them help. Most of them cause severe heart palpitations. Like you, the one that did me the most good was Excedrin Migraine.

    HOWEVER, if taken very often, any med even EM will cause what's known as "rebound headaches", and they won't stop without getting completely off the medications for at least a week or two. I found this out the hard way, after having one for nearly two weeks straight, with just short gaps of no pain in between.

    The Excedrin Migraine caused me to have nausea and stomach pain because I was using too much. Please be careful with it. I still use it on occasion, but only a couple times a month now. Still have the headaches, but they've gone from being true migraines to being more tension-type headaches (nearly as bad, but different). More from the muscles now.

    Best of luck to you, and I hope your doc can find something to help you. I know of nothing as bad as a true, hard migraine! .......Jole
  4. coolma

    coolma New Member

    we get all kinds of head aches. Some are caused from the neck muscles going into spasm and you will feel pain up the back of your head. Some trigger point release will help ease these kind of headaches. Alot of head pain comes from the discs in the neck and radiate up the head. Massage really helps. Also, a Dr. Ho applied on your neck (it is a little tens machine which you can apply to yourself in lieu of a massage therapist for home treatment...I wouldn't live without one!) and, a pain killer if need be but don't let a headache go as long as you have...
    There is a migraine medication (prescription) called Imitrex which stops my real migraines within an hour or so. You know a real migraine because you will get spots, or blurred vision, dizziness, nausea and no other medication will stop it.
    If you leave a bad migraine too long you run the cof a stroke, so it is really important to stop the headache.
    Sometimes a trip to emergency will get you a Demerol shot or something to ease the migraine.

    Some headaches are caused by barometric pressure changes. But it still needs to be managed. We are alot more sensitive to weather change than normal.
    There are rebound headaches which come from the long term use of meds. Alot of meds will rebound on you if you use them regularily. Try 1/2 dose if you get a rebound headache. This works on some meds.
    Knowing how to label the headache and treat it accordingly helps alot. There are migraine specialists which can give you injections and special meds for true migraines. Perhaps you need to be referred to one. I have experienced them all and have different treatments for different kinds of headaches. IN any case, good luck!
  5. bobbycat

    bobbycat New Member

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  7. kch64

    kch64 New Member

    Hi. I know this is an older post, but wanted to share. My ex-husband had constant headache. He went through a battery of tests by a neurologist. They diagnosed him with migraine. The headache can range in severity, but he always has a headache. He's on Neurontin and it helps take the edge off.
  8. serenityskyline

    serenityskyline New Member

    Thank you for the post. Sometimes people forget about the older posts, when someone newer might have good information to add to them. I am still having them everyday. So I appreciate the information.

    God Bless!!
  9. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I saw on TV that this can help all kinds of headaches, including migraines. Cool the head and warm the hands. Warming the hands draws bloodflow away from the head and helps to ease the pain. You can hold your hands over the burner on the range or toaster or you can buy electric mitts, which also help arthritis in the hands.

    Some people have learned to visualize their hands over a fire and this also draws bloodflow to the hands. The mind is a powerful pain killer if one can learn to harness its power.

    For my headaches, I take Excedrin and use my nasal spray, in addition to the cool head/warm hands therapy.

    Good luck.

    Love, Mikie
  10. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    I'm so sorry you suffer from such severe headaches. They are THE worst! Despite taking Topamax (for Fibro) I was still getting terrible headaches. When they got to day 3 or 4, I had to see the Dr. to "break" it. The Dr. would give me a shot of Demerol. That's the only thing that helped at that point.

    I know that Klonapin when I feel a headache coming on. When I told my Dr. he said it makes perfect sense as it relaxes all of the blood vessels.

    My Mom has recently been getting horrific headaches and was prescribed Medrin (?). She take the minute she feels a headache and it stops it in its tracks.

    Hope you can find something to give you some relief!
  11. Chelz

    Chelz New Member

    I get the migrains too, as a matter of fact, for some strange reason I remember my last one occured on October 19th and lasted until the 22nd, when it finally went away. I was miserable, truly, so I can only image yours lasting this long is so awful.

    Many years ago, I had a migrain that was so severe, my dad had to take me to the ER. It started in the morning, by 11:00 at night, I felt like I couldn't even walk, my whole head was hurting so bad, my poor dad had to walk me into the ER like I was crippled or something.

    Anyway, the only way for it to go away was for the ER docs to put me on an IV drip. I still to this day do not know what type of medication they gave me, but it worked wonders. I was on that drip for about 45 minutes, I think, it was a long time ago.

    They suggested I see a neurologist. He put me on Elavil, which I had to eventually get off of because it only helped with the migrains slightly, but I gained 40 pounds while taking it, so I got off of it.

    The only thing that helps me now is prevention. I take CoQ10 200 milligrams a day, which I have heard many times if you take CoQ10 continuously, it will cut down on migraine pain dramatically, it did do that. I only get migrains now about once every 2 months, whereas before it was almost every week I would have one.

    Another thing that helps is taking magnesium which I take 500 milligrams a day along with the CoQ10, cutting out caffeine, no wine, and believe it or not......cutting down on sugar.

    All these things combined nearly halted my migrain misery, but I have to follow all these steps too. It's so not easy having fibro and migrains, but really the two can go hand in hand for many fibro people and honestly, I do not do well on almost any kind of prescription drug whether it is for prevention or to treat the migrain, I am just way too medication sensitive, but the CoQ10 has absolutely no side effects and also helps with energy, not a lot, but it does help.

    So, just a few helpful hints for you. As far as actually having the headache, I know, it can still be awful for me too and I just take about 4 liquid Advils if one is coming on, but again, the best thing is prevention. I am afraid to stop my regimen (CoQ10 is expensive) because if I stop I am so afraid the headaches will come back and I will wind up in the ER if they get too bad that the Advil will not help, then I will have to get another IV drip, and I don't want to do that.

    I have no idea how I put up with these awful migrains every week before I found this regimen to help me. I just had a migrain for October so I'm good for another 2 months maybe, and belive me, that is progress for me. They are horrible. Good luck to you, Hugs, Chelz.