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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
I suffer from severe migranes although not so much with bad headaches but being unable to see! My vision gets so blurred and I also lose my feeling in my arms and struggle to talk properly. Does anybody else suffer with these symptoms? If so, what medication do you take as mine isn't working
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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#1
Yuck, that sounds awful. :-(

Whilst I didn't get those symptoms, I used to suffer from severe migraines. The only thing that ever seemed to help was feverfew tablets.

I take it you have talked this over with your GP as IIRC there are now a few more recent medications available speciically for migraine treatment?
#2
i suffer with them though with the headache side and blurred vision, though the vision doesnt sound nowhere nearly as bad a yours, only thing that works for me is lying down in a cool dark room for couple of hours, unfortunately it doesnt matter\ what meds i try nothing seems to work. what do you use then?
#3
i suffer with them though with the headache side and blurred vision, though the vision doesnt sound nowhere nearly as bad a yours, only thing that works for me is lying down in a cool dark room for couple of hours, unfortunately it doesnt matter\ what meds i try nothing seems to work. what do you use then?

I use Naramig tablets, ok if you catch it quick enough.
#4
my girlfriend takes migrelief (or something to that effect) and it really helps her.
#5
How long have you got?
Have you identified triggers that you can avoid?
Get your doctor to go through the doctor's 'manual' - Mimms is it called with you. Have you tried - tablets for lowering blood pressure (like atenolol), some types of anti-depressants, altering your sleep pattern, taking magnesium?
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#6
Once the visual auras have started, there's nothing much to be done as you know, except you could try the oral wafers, Maxalt, that contain rizatriptan, which are very effective at stopping the migraine. A friend found them brilliant. They always cause drowsiness but actually knock me out and they leave me even more post - migraine depressed than usual and don't stop the next day's migraine.
I take paramax in the morning when I suspect a migraine because it helps with the nausea.
I know quite a few sufferers that have found the treatment that works for them, so keep trying.
#7
How long have i got? don't think its that serious!
Trouble is that it can come on anytime and that causes me to worry about it, especially when i am driving in my job as i know i will be completely useless if it comes on. All i can do is sleep to get rid of it-nothing else. I am off sick today as i cant see properly-have got doctors appointment today
#8
Forget to say - yes, I get the same symptoms as you - like having a stroke, at least that's how it seems to me. I agree - the headaches are not the bad thing, it's the loss of vision - those sickening swirling mini-rainbows, the inablity to talk, the loss of balance and so on. Almost as bad is the post-migraine exhaustion and depression. You will have figured that I haven't found a cure for myself, although maybe the 18 months of acupuncture I tried a few years helped at the time. I am trying progesterone now but obviously that it only relevant if you are female!!! No joy anyway!
#9
Ask you doctor to make an appointment with a specialist as they can give you better treatment and perhaps find the trigger for your migraines. :)
#10
skusey
How long have i got? don't think its that serious!
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Trouble is that it can come on anytime and that causes me to worry about it, especially when i am driving in my job as i know i will be completely useless if it comes on. All i can do is sleep to get rid of it-nothing else. I am off sick today as i cant see properly-have got doctors appointment today


Yes, sounds just the same as me. If you try the Maxalt, you have about half an hour or so before they make you too tired.
I know that driving is out of the question when you have a migraine and once in a while have driven myself back from work - bad idea.
I find that I pretty much know now if a migraine is coming on when I wake up in the morning. The time I've thought 'Oh, it'll be OK', I've got the migraine and caused a whole lot of palaver. Best to take the time off straight away.
Have you had a look at:
http://www.migraine.org.uk/
#11
Hi there

I fully empathise with you having suffered with severe migraines since i was 14.

A few years back i was referred to a specialist as I was missing so much time off work with the symptoms and it was really getting me down. The specialist gave me an action plan for pevention of migraines rather than reactive medication.

Like other people have said.. sometimes if you catch them early enough things such as maxalt melt or narimig can help but i found these to be a bit hit and miss. In addition, i also find the 4head stick and the migracool patches to offer some relief but again dont offer a cure.

Because of the serverity, I have since been prescribed preventative medictaion in the form of proprananol (beta blocker). These have to be taken every day and i take 80mg a day at the moment and the aim is that they act as a preventative for migraines. So far i have been on this medication since january and touch wood i have had no migraines. I would normally have at least one every 3 weeks and definately another with every period.

I have been advised that if a migraine does break through that there is scope to up the dosage up to a max of 500mg a day.

The specialist advised that this should be very effective in the prevention of migraines and so I would suggest that perhaps you talk to yoru doctor and see if its something that you could try too. I have to admit that over the years doctors havent been particularly helpful for me and it was only after spending a great deal of money seeing a specialist that i felt i actually got anywhere.

Good luck!
#12
yes i will do that, many thanks to you all for your suggestions x
#13
same as above proprananol , but see your gp , what works for one may not work for another.
#14
another thing which is worthwhile doing is keeping a food diary for a number of weeks.. a bit of a bind but woth doing. This would need to be quite in depth though so it details ingredients of what you are eating and drinking rather than just thinking about things as a meal analyse them right down and then you can have a look for common triggers.
#15
Hi
This might sound like AA but I used to suffer from migrane which resulted in being violently sick before I was better but I don't now.:w00t:

I trained myself to recognise the onset of symptoms which in my case was a very slight pain in my left eye, Usually (without knowing I did it) I shook my head and the symptom disappeared but then a few hours later came back and then it was too late to stop it and I had a full blown migrane, sickness etc. Now when I feel the 'slight pain' (and I mean slight), I take 2 x anadin xtra and at first I still developed a headache but....... NO MIGRANE! Now I don't even develop the headache and the symptons have reduced from maybe 6-7 per year to one every other year.

This worked for me and I hope it might help you as I know how bad they can be (My doctor used to call out and give me morphine injections when they we really bad)
#16
I was diagnosed with "Complicated MIgraine" and my symptoms sound very similar to yours, my vision goes blurry, I can't speak, I know what I want to say but the words won't come out, I have floaters in front of my eyes.

I take Midrid and they really help me although don't clear it completely I can function after a while
#17
I suffer from really violent migranes, the hurt so much u just want to curl up in a ball and cry yourself to sleep type lol.

Only thing that works for me is co-drydramol (spelling ??) its a really strong pain killer only available by prescribtion from your GP. Works really fast and clears my migrane up in about 30 mins. It is too strong for some people from what i read though.
#18
My daughter who is only 11 gets them bad. She was only just 10 when she first had one. We were in the hairdressers having her hair cut and it came on sudden. I had to leave on foot with one half cut and the other had to be left. She got home and i rang the doctors (but as usual they said bring her down... yeah right...) as she was screaming holding (crushing) her head. She needed to be in the dark with no noise at all. She was eventually sick and then slept it off. I was really frightened but after having a few we now know what to do. She was given some daily preventative medicine from our doctor but i won't give it to her as the bad side effect is an average 2 stone in weight gain. She now takes migraleave and they seem to work if we catch it early enough. She is always weak for two days after these attacks. When i hear people saying they have a migraine and then continue to walk about It really annoys me as true migraines are disabling to most people.
#19
marshallka
My daughter who is only 11 gets them bad. She was only just 10 when she first had one.


Poor things must of been frightened to death, both of you.
#20
My doctor has a theory that many migraines are caused by a vitamin B deficiency and since I've been taking a vitamin B complex tablet daily I haven't had one migraine! It's worth a try but make sure the vitamin B tablets you take are good quality, apparantly some of the cheap ones can't be absorbed. When I was getting migraines, the best thing I could find was Syndol as long as I took them as soon as I got the first symptoms. Good luck.
#21
The keeping a food diary advice is great advice. It will be a lot of work,but will really help. Surprized no one mentioned drinking water. Personally if I have been drinking a lot of tea and coffee and no or little water for a few days,I always always get a headache. Occasionally I get the holding head,can't move your shoulders,dark room,God please help me headaches,but drinking water always helps...eventually. Tiger balm or kwan loong on the back of the neck,temples also helps :)
#22
nightswimmer
Yuck, that sounds awful. :-(

Whilst I didn't get those symptoms, I used to suffer from severe migraines. The only thing that ever seemed to help was feverfew tablets.

I take it you have talked this over with your GP as IIRC there are now a few more recent medications available speciically for migraine treatment?


I wouldn't say yuck... Everyone has their problems you shouldn't say yuck because some people may be offended.
Oh WOW!!! That felt good lol! :thumbsup:
#23
badmanmeow
I wouldn't say yuck... Everyone has their problems you shouldn't say yuck because some people may be offended.


Sorry, you've lost me, I'm not quite sure why anyone would be offended? :thinking:

Oh WOW!!! That felt good lol! :thumbsup:


Well, in that case I'm ummm...glad? :?
#24
chesso
Forget to say - yes, I get the same symptoms as you - like having a stroke, at least that's how it seems to me. I agree - the headaches are not the bad thing, it's the loss of vision - those sickening swirling mini-rainbows, the inablity to talk, the loss of balance and so on. Almost as bad is the post-migraine exhaustion and depression. You will have figured that I haven't found a cure for myself, although maybe the 18 months of acupuncture I tried a few years helped at the time. I am trying progesterone now but obviously that it only relevant if you are female!!! No joy anyway!


Sounds like you get them the exact same way I do, it's the auras I hate the most...the actual headache is just like a mild annoyance, it's all the other symptoms that get me! Last time I had a really bad one a few months ago, it was 9 days from it starting until I felt 100% again. Like you, I have found nothing to help...laying in a cool, dark, quiet room for some times days on end is all I can do.

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