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Has anyone managed to succesfully control their migraines?

Mrs.Z Avatar
7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Afternoon all. Sorry for the long post but just want to explain history.

OH has been suffering from migraines for years.
He very often gets minor headaches which usually go with a nap or maybe some medication.
But sometimes he gets a very severe migraine along with vomiting and they just leave him unable to do anything, it's terrible - he looks like he's dying, seriously! They come on so quickly with no warning and mean he has to miss work and forget any plans he had.
He is suffering a migraine now, the first day he was terribly ill but now - 3 days on - he is managing to function, though he still has a bad headache.

He has been to different GP's several times and has been prescribed a variety of drugs but nothing helps overall - at the moment he has co-codamol which mong him out and Migraleve.
He has been to a specialist which hasn't helped and has had an MRI an CT scan when he suffered a head injury a few months ago which showed nothing out of the ordinary.

So, what I would like to know is - has anyone managed to find a successful ong term treatment for migraine? I am not talking about lying in a dark room and stuff when he has a migraine but something which has actually prevented or made them less frequent. I would like to gather any information which OH could maybe suggest to his GP

Thanks very much
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
I know this isnt any advice or help but I would just like to sympathise with you and OH as I know how difficult these can be to deal with at times.

I hope you get some good advice xxx
banned#2
I used to get headaches in the afternoon at work... realised it was because I think I am mildly lactose intolerant and had dairy products during my lunch and the teas had built up too.

Didn't have milk towards the end of last week and haven't had a headache since.... could be worth a shot?
#3
Mignetroaines he controls them so you dont have to ;-)
http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/assets_c/2009/05/magneto1-thumb-300x380.jpg
#4
I know this isn't the miracle cure you're looking for hon, but I do get migraines too, think they accompany the usual hormones, make sure your OH is drinking plenty of water at all times and isn't allowing himself to get dehydrated x x x
#5
You have my sympathies, My OH suffers from excruciating(sp?) headaches, his is alos due to a head injury many years ago. He also can sleep for over 2 days when its a baddun

the medicines he on at the moment is called tramacet but he doesn think they are very good. The doctor he sees is trying him on different painkillers as the ones he took before co-codemine(sp) were taken off the market and he has to be careful as he takes epilepsy medication aswell so its hit and miss for him at the moment. And to top it all off he is blind in one eye and suffers from memory loss....we got the whole package here lol

My OH also has had numerous MRI and CT scans tbh nothing is going to make him get better, so he deals with it well we deal with it lol

dont let off from the docs though keep on, tell them if the stuff isnt working or not strong enough if no success seek advice elsewhere

Good luck xxx
#6
Yes my Migraines are now controlled by using the following
I take Pizotifen 0.5mg before I go to bed and Naramig 2.5mg if the signs of a Migraine start.
#7
Have a look through this thread.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/166324/migranes/

I'm sure that Skusey won't mind me saying that Pizotifen has solved his migraines.
edit - and there is Skusey!!

I tried amitriptyline but it made me completely loopy!

Good luck to your hubby - migraines are awful and come in so many forms.
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chesso
Have a look through this thread.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/166324/migranes/

I'm sure that Skusey won't mind me saying that Pizotifen has solved his migraines.
edit - and there is Skusey!!

I tried amitriptyline but it made me completely loopy!

Good luck to your hubby - migraines are awful and come in so many forms.


I knew tou wouldnt be far behind me Chesso:)
#9
Zomig 2.5mg the wife uses these as a last resort..
#10
hi my dad suffers from severe headaches he has been diagnosed with cluster headaches also known as suicide headaches,they started around the age of 48
has your oh always had the headaches or are they a new thing?
#11
i get them too, loss of vision as well, zig zag's in front of my eyes, pins & needles in my hands as well, i think mine is either down to not eating enough at the proper times or chocolate.

this might be an interesting here
#12
richp
i get them too, loss of vision as well, zig zag's in front of my eyes, pins & needles in my hands as well, i think mine is either down to not eating enough at the proper times or chocolate.

this might be an interesting here


lol@ chocolate.

yep, maybe your blood sugars x
#13
my 12 year old son sufferes from them, we have narrowed it down to excess of chocolate, stress and tiredness. We give him paracetomol and ibruprofen.....but he hasnt learnt to recognise the signs before an onset and often ends up being violently sick.
Hope your OH gets things sorted x
#14
i son suffers with migraines has done since he was 5 had all the tests and have all come back clear
he now take 2 Pizotifen 0.5mg everynight then he takes 2 paracetomol and 2 ibuprofen when he gets migraine

but of course sometimes he cant take anything when the migraine starts because he starts to vomits he normally lays down in dark room for an hour then we wake him up for his tablets then he goes back to sleep for a few hours then we wake him up so he can drink an have something to eat then allow him to sleep again my sons is eighteen now so hopefully they will ease
#15
what i do is try to avoid allergy triggers - could be dust, certain smells, stress, avoid chocolate and orange within 24 hours of each other, too much coffee, not enough rest.

i usually take a tablet or two of strong soluble (fizzy) ones. they usually work and if not, i take stronger painkillers eg ponstan x hundred mg.
#16
vinylandtrinkets
after years of trying ive finally managed to control mine with amitriptyline 25mg 2 before bed cos they make you drousy , they have helped with my back pain too as they are not used as an antidepressants anymore more like an ibuprofen which is great, i still get headaches but nothing like they were before the tablets, only downside is if i dont take them i cant sleep and then get bad headaches again

OH has tried these but was put off by the fact that they were used as anti-depressants but sound like they may be worth giving another shot. May I ask if your migraines also accompany vomiting and how long you have been taking the Amitriptyline?

bykergrove
I used to get headaches in the afternoon at work... realised it was because I think I am mildly lactose intolerant and had dairy products during my lunch and the teas had built up too.

Didn't have milk towards the end of last week and haven't had a headache since.... could be worth a shot?

OH has half-heartedly tried to give up milk but it's a very tough one for him, will have to nag him to try it properly :thumbsup:

skusey
Yes my Migraines are now controlled by using the following
I take Pizotifen 0.5mg before I go to bed and Naramig 2.5mg if the signs of a Migraine start.

Haven't heard of either of these so will look into them, thank you. May I ask if your migraines also accompanied vomiting?

esq3585
Zomig 2.5mg the wife uses these as a last resort..

Haven't heard of this either, will have a look what these are about, thank you. Does your wife also vomit with her migraines? :)

ttwcd
i son suffers with migraines has done since he was 5 had all the tests and have all come back clear
he now take 2 Pizotifen 0.5mg everynight then he takes 2 paracetomol and 2 ibuprofen when he gets migraine

but of course sometimes he cant take anything when the migraine starts because he starts to vomits he normally lays down in dark room for an hour then we wake him up for his tablets then he goes back to sleep for a few hours then we wake him up so he can drink an have something to eat then allow him to sleep again my sons is eighteen now so hopefully they will ease

Sounds similar migraines to my OH, he has also been suffering since around the age of 5 but they seem to be very bad at the moment.
As I said to Skusey, will have to look into Pizotifen as I haven't heard of them before
#17
Funny that cos not been on for few days due to headaches. Agree with what many have said about possible triggers. Certain foods, stress, dehydration (but you dont notice you are dehydrated, just that you have not been drinking as much recently). Also maybe a sugar low if been skipping meals.
Sometimes if I realise a whopper is on the way I can stop it or reduce severity by using an eye bath like optrex and stay away from television and computers, sit or lie down in a quiet area away from distractions. Worth trying cos if it takes hold it will take much longer to clear.
#18
Thank you to everyone who has replied, even if I didn't answer you directly - it's very much appreciated :)
#19
Mrs.Z
Thank you to everyone who has replied, even if I didn't answer you directly - it's very much appreciated :)


I have never been sick with a Migraine(although it makes me feel bloody sick), sometimes I dont even get a headache!!
I personally put it down to stress at work and over tiredness.
Hope you get it sorted soon, these tablets have certainly made me feel much better since my thread I posted a while back.:)
#20
lots of water and sleep help, i used to suffer from migraines very often during my teens years not as much these days but when i have one i just drink water and have a lie down :)
#21
Mrs.Z
Thank you to everyone who has replied, even if I didn't answer you directly - it's very much appreciated :)


Another thing that can set them off is if eye perscription has changed. May need to get eyes tested again.
Dont be scared to seek medical advice if every thing you/hubby does is not working anymore.
#22
My daughter was diagnosed with migraine when she was 8 years old. She would get a headache then would be violently sick and pass out. We were referred to a Neurologist who carried out tests then suggested that she take panadol tablets if it didn't feel like a 'normal' headache (she soon learnt the difference between a headache and a migraine). We were also told for her to avoid anything that contained caffeine, rich gravies and sauces, green beans, cheese and artificial colourings plus others that I can't remember. We still let her have a small amount of brown chocolate at the weekend(she can have as much white as she can eat) and avoid other trigger foods. I can honestly say that this has worked for her as she has only passed out once in the last 12 months and does not suffer as much as before as she recognises the signs that a migraine is on the way and takes a tablet and lies down for a short while - no more taking over our lives.

Hope this helps
#23
I used to get bad migraines to the point of talking like I had had a stroke, forgetting everyones names temporarily for an hour.I had a ct scan, and a lumbar puncture, nothing found so was told it was migraine.I have been told to eat something at least every 3 hours, I was given immigran tablets for each attack, I do have a friend who also had bad migraines, he was given immigran via injection so they work quicker.

Leave off chocs, red wine and dairy products. Not sure what caused mine, but I do suffer a lot from work related neck pain.

Last serious one I had, serious being when I lose memory, names etc, was about 10 yr ago.I had just had knee surgery and was in plaster cast from ankle to hip, got a migraine forgot I was in plaster and hit the floor like a sack of **** in the middle of the night trying to get to toilet to throw up lol !!

Good luck!!
#24
Hi Mrs Z,

I'd highly recommend keeping a diary for a least 4 weeks, detailing times to bed/get up, what he eats/drinks, any headaches with a little diagram of where it hurts, whether it's left, right, back or front etc. It sounds tedious but can show any patterns of headaches and point out things which can be avoided. For example, I get a migraine if my sleeping pattern is altered, especially if I have a lie in or too much sleep which is a recognised cause of migraines weirdly.

I also tried propranalol at their worst a few years ago which you take a small dose of everyday and it definitely reduced them to a point where I reduced the dosage until I came off them altogether. Also, they can be triggered by neck problems, esp if ever had whiplash - the headache can start as a tension headache and develop into a migraine - some people may disagree but it can be worth seeing a chiropractor to see if there is any relief from an 'adjustment' as this too made mine reduce.

My last point would be that if after two doses of painkillers it hasn't gone then it unlikely taking anymore painkillers will help. I learnt this to my cost a while ago when I had one for three days - I ended up in the A&E (didn't take too many, just tried different tablets every 4 hours such as ibuprofen, cocodamol, imigran the 1st day etc), and was told that the tablets were making it worse. I can't give you the scientific reasons behind it, just give you the same info I was given but it's definitely something worth bearing in mind.

He has my sympathy - they can be so debilitating and it's so difficult to keep making the same excuse to work if you get a cluster. Good Luck! Let us know how you get on x x
#25
Mrs.Z



Haven't heard of this either, will have a look what these are about, thank you. Does your wife also vomit with her migraines? :)





Yes sometimes she is sick with her migraines.
#26
p.s. never thought I'd be discussing this on here :oops: but if you are a migraine sufferer with the lovely vomiting side-effect ask your doctor about suppositories....I know that these are available for diclofenac but unsure of what else. Hey when you're in that much pain you'll try owt! lol
#27
Thanks again peoples, I am so glad I posted on here - I wasn't expecting to get so many helpful posts back!

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