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    Re: Migraines

    I know it's an old thread, but I've found one thing that will prevent my migraines. They are triggered by weather patterns, though sinus headaches have been ruled out. Anyway, I take a prescription nasal spray called Dymista a day or two before the weather moves in and it usually prevents the headache. It will sometimes stop them if I'm just starting to feel the pressure of onset, but usually once the headache is rolling I just have to ride it out.

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    I have really bad migraines at times and I have sinus infections as well. So I know the difference between each other. I have a neurologist for my seizures and he gives me torodol (in shot form, though you can get it in pills) for my migraines. It works really well. Because I have migraines and headaches, I keep my room dark all the time and when I go out I wear sunglasses all the time unless it is rainy.
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    I had migraines from the time I was twelve until a few years ago. My wife and I were coming home from a night out and I had to pull over to let her drive. When I got home I headed for my Imitrex and before I took it I was reminded that I was a Reiki master and I had no need of migraines. I invited Reiki energy to get rid of the migraine andwithin seconds it was gone. I haven't had one since. I don't know why I had never thought to use Reiki before, perhaps I was not ready to accept it. When I think of the times that I came close to suicide because of the pain and suffering of migraines I can only thank the love of and for my family for being alive now.

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    Re: Migraines

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    Yes, under certain circumstances placebos can be quite effective.
    Quote Originally Posted by DavidMcCann View Post
    Homeopathic remedies are not placebos. If they were, then conventional doctors would be curing migraines with placebos instead of just offering symptom relief.
    It may not even matter...


    My husband read about a study that indicated that just knowing that the placebo effect can heal, does heal.

    http://www.theguardian.com/science/2...ents-sham-drug

    ...these findings suggest that rather than mere positive thinking, there may be significant benefit to the very performance of medical ritual.

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    Re: Migraines

    My sinuses also go crazy when the weather changes, which doesn't help.

    When I get migraines, sometimes applying heat to my head (forehead is where I get the pain) can help ease it a it.
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    Re: Migraines

    Quote Originally Posted by habbalah View Post
    My sinuses also go crazy when the weather changes, which doesn't help.

    When I get migraines, sometimes applying heat to my head (forehead is where I get the pain) can help ease it a it.
    I truly sympathize - I used to get migraines from really bad sinus headaches due to - well let me say that I havent had the problem since the doc took a drill to my sinuses and widened them massively. My allergies have calmed down too. Basically my sinuses were so narrow it was killing me slowly.

    See an ENT specialist if you can and are having bad sinus problems. they really can help

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    I have had migraines since ... well, I remember describing a headache to a family member when I was 6 and she identified it as a migraine ... and I remember thinking then that I had always had it ... which from the perspective of a six-year-old with terrible memory probably means since I was four or five ...

    Point being, a lot of migraines, all over my brain, and some of them were triggered, as proven by the fact that I got rid of some of them. For instance, getting away from the heat, humidity and air pressure of the coast did wonders, as did my anxiety meds and later my seizure meds. The rest are just what I call one of the family curses, migraines with no discernible cause. Most of high school I was living through willpower and painkillers, switching between ibuprofen and paracetamol so I didn't build up too much of a tolerance to either. Lucky, lucky men in my family get triggered migraines, though. One of my brothers just has to avoid chocolate ... I don't know whether to call him lucky or unlucky for that.

    But yeah. Only way to avoid those untriggered migraines, for me, is to notice the pressure of a migraine building, and blitz it with codeine. If I catch it early enough, a half dose works. If I don't ... darkness, water, and an alarm to remind me when to take the next half dose, or full dose if I decided to wait rather than noting how long between half doses.

    Of course, then there's the fact that I can't always do that, because I don't want to get addicted to painkillers and my migraines are frequent enough that I could very easily, so then I just hide from the light, try to sleep through it, and grumble about pain vs boredom when I can't, since I find boredom painful, and then having nothing to focus on but the pain is worse, so I have to put up with the then lesser pain of doing something that I need to see ...


    Sorry about the rambling. Didn't catch this one early enough, waiting for the codeine to kick in.

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    Re: Migraines

    Painkillers won't touch mine at all, and I read or was told because I'm on meds for depression (SSRIs) I cannot take migraine medication - so once it starts I just have to ride it out for 24-48 hours.

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    Re: Migraines

    Imitrex is a migraine specific medication. It is not a narcotic or even a pain killer but it attacks the root physical cause of migraines. There are other similar meds now but when I was first introduced to Imitrex it was administered by injection. I learned to give myself the injections so I could use it when I needed it and not have to go into the doctors to have them do it. My children, who inherited migraines, use that family of meds. They get rid of the migraine with the only side effect being tired and/or sleepy. As I understand it they use that family of meds to diagnose migraine headaches. If it doesn't work then it isn't a migraine.

    No pain killers ever touched the pain of my migraines either. I even had morphine injected in the emergency room back in the day and it had no effect on the pain at all.

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