User Tag List

First 123 Last

Results 11 to 20 of 25

Thread: Migraine Help!

  1. #11
    Senior Member INTJMom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    MBTI
    INTJ
    Posts
    5,349

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by OneWithSoul View Post
    I started getting migraines with aura about 4 years ago. I have gotten about 10 total since then and they are probably the worst experiences that I have ever physically had to endure.

    It starts off with an aura, a zig zag line in my eye-sight and a loss of vision. About 30 minutes after that first sign, a head-ache will come on. An hour after the first sign of the head ache began, it is all it's full height. My eyes throb, I can't move, my head is in complete and insane pain and I am freaking out. Another 20 minutes and the nausea comes on, and after another hour, I'll throw up.

    I had one yesterday, the first in a few months. It was one of the worst ones yet, and I am fed up with these and need to do something. I can sometimes catch them- when I first see the aura, I'll take pain killers and go right to bed. Most of the time I won't be able to fall asleep as it could be the middle of the day, and I get screwed. I can stop from throwing up my hyperventilating to stop the nausea and help my system digest any waste that I would otherwise throw up. At it's worst, the pain is unbearable in my head, and I am feeling waves of nausea. I can't explain it..maybe some of you get these?

    I have narrowed down the root cause of them- exercising on an empty stomach, or exercising without a lot of sleep or food in my system. I can sometimes control them by waiting until after lunch to exercise, eating a big breakfast, and sleeping well. The only problem is that my gym period is scheduled before lunch in school, so this year has been rough.

    Now it's your turn. Have you had a migraine like this? What can I do to prevent them even better and what can I do to ease this killer pain? It's so terrible, I can't compare it to anything. I'm not in the mind to go to the docs and get work done, as it's not a severe thing. I would go to the docs to get medicine for it, though. Anyone has any experience or advice? I'm running cold here, I am at the end of my rope with these things, I can't stand them. I have had enough and I need to know if anyone has anything to share?
    I use Imitrex and Maxalt for my migraines. I've gotten them every month for 18 years, for about 3-4 days at a time. I used to manage them with antihistamines/decongestants and caffeine, but when the nausea started accompanying them, I couldn't keep stuff down.

    You REALLY need to see a doctor about these headaches. They're NOT normal. I would think if it has to do with exercise on an empty stomach that you could keep a couple of food bars in your backpack for emergencies.

    Juice is a good idea, too.

    I think the doctor should run some blood tests. It depends on your symptoms and what causes them.

  2. #12
    Senior Member bluebell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    MBTI
    INTP
    Posts
    1,478

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by OneWithSoul View Post
    Thanks for the advice. I can notice that when my blood sugar's low, I feel a little faint, I get little short spells of lightheadedness, and I can feel my feet and palm tingle a little. It's nothing bad, though, I've had it checked out.
    I think the trick is to avoid getting to that state, which is why I'm really careful about what I eat for breakfast. If the only option is something sugary for breakfast, I'm better off skipping breakfast. Sugary/high GI breakfasts really mess me up for the whole day.

    If I skip lunch or eat it too late (eg I'm caught up in a meeting), I stop feeling hungry and I get really nauseous and light headed and can't face eating anything. I have to make myself eat something despite the nausea, and I feel like total crap for the rest of the day. If I'm at work, I have to go home because I feel so blech.
    ...so much smoke pouring out of each chromosome.

  3. #13
    ish red no longer *sad* nightning's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    MBTI
    INfj
    Posts
    3,741

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by OneWithSoul View Post
    Some questions-
    What do you mean by red foods? Can you guys be specific about it?
    Well I've heard food high on tyramine can give you headaches... like some cheese, chocolate and red wine. MSG as seasoning is also bad.

    From start to finish, the whole thing only lasts about 3 hours..do you think it will go away if it's not that bad?
    migraines usually go away by themselves... but those hours are horrid to go through.

    I have a little bit of a low blood sugar problem..and like you said, eating better is probably good- any food groups to aid with low blood sugar? (NO, I'm not diabetic, it's just a minor problem)
    For quick boost of sugar, juice works well. Something like sweetened apple juice or orange juice. Liquid is quicker to absorbed... less digestion required. As to diet, just something balanced... if your liver has difficulties maintaining constant blood sugar levels, have smaller portion size but eat often.

    If I went to the docs, could I just tell him I get migraines? or would they have to run tests to prescribe a medication?
    Tell him you have periodic migraine headaches. He'll ask you for more details about them, like duration, severity of pain, whether you get auras, what sort, are there any triggers etc. Then he'll probably order up a blood test and prescribe something... more testing if necessary depending on the results.
    My stuff (design & other junk) lives here: http://nnbox.ca

  4. #14
    Habitual Fi LineStepper JocktheMotie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    8,193

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by OneWithSoul View Post

    Now it's your turn. Have you had a migraine like this? What can I do to prevent them even better and what can I do to ease this killer pain? It's so terrible, I can't compare it to anything. I'm not in the mind to go to the docs and get work done, as it's not a severe thing. I would go to the docs to get medicine for it, though. Anyone has any experience or advice? I'm running cold here, I am at the end of my rope with these things, I can't stand them. I have had enough and I need to know if anyone has anything to share?
    Yes, mine are chronic and I've had them since I was 12. The first time I got one I thought I was dying. My symptoms are exactly as you describe. My onset is stress, or exercise without being properly hydrated or nourished. I went through a period of where I would have them 3 times a week, so I had to get an MRI and physical test, and I got put on an anti-seizure medication to prevent them, which helped. The only thing I can recommend is pack some snacks for school, and drink a lot of fluids. If your teachers give you shit about eating, tell them to fuck themselves, it's only high school.

    Also, consider taking benadryl with the pain killers, it will help you fall asleep wicked fast. That's what I do. For me, the day after is almost worse. It's like I'm in a fog and my brain has short circuited.



  5. #15
    Lallygag Moderator Geoff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    MBTI
    INXP
    Posts
    5,584

    Default

    Sometimes, strong pain killers coupled with caffeine can stop an imminent migrain in its tracks. Your mileage may vary (caffeine can also make it worse...)

  6. #16
    Artisan Conquerer Halla74's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    MBTI
    ESTP
    Enneagram
    7w8 sx/so
    Socionics
    SLE
    Posts
    6,927

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by OneWithSoul View Post
    I started getting migraines with aura about 4 years ago. I have gotten about 10 total since then and they are probably the worst experiences that I have ever physically had to endure.

    It starts off with an aura, a zig zag line in my eye-sight and a loss of vision. About 30 minutes after that first sign, a head-ache will come on. An hour after the first sign of the head ache began, it is all it's full height. My eyes throb, I can't move, my head is in complete and insane pain and I am freaking out. Another 20 minutes and the nausea comes on, and after another hour, I'll throw up.

    I had one yesterday, the first in a few months. It was one of the worst ones yet, and I am fed up with these and need to do something. I can sometimes catch them- when I first see the aura, I'll take pain killers and go right to bed. Most of the time I won't be able to fall asleep as it could be the middle of the day, and I get screwed. I can stop from throwing up my hyperventilating to stop the nausea and help my system digest any waste that I would otherwise throw up. At it's worst, the pain is unbearable in my head, and I am feeling waves of nausea. I can't explain it..maybe some of you get these?

    I have narrowed down the root cause of them- exercising on an empty stomach, or exercising without a lot of sleep or food in my system. I can sometimes control them by waiting until after lunch to exercise, eating a big breakfast, and sleeping well. The only problem is that my gym period is scheduled before lunch in school, so this year has been rough.

    Now it's your turn. Have you had a migraine like this? What can I do to prevent them even better and what can I do to ease this killer pain? It's so terrible, I can't compare it to anything. I'm not in the mind to go to the docs and get work done, as it's not a severe thing. I would go to the docs to get medicine for it, though. Anyone has any experience or advice? I'm running cold here, I am at the end of my rope with these things, I can't stand them. I have had enough and I need to know if anyone has anything to share?
    OK, here's the deal from my perspective.

    I first had migraine headaches in about the 5th-6th grade. I've also had sinus headaches for that long.

    When I was a kid, I would go to the school nurse's office and she would look at me and say "You are pale white, are you OK?" and I would say "Could you please not talk so loud?" Then she would turn the lights out in her office and let me sit there in the dark until my Mom came to pick me up.

    I've been prescribed Midrin and Imitrex over the years. Sometimes taking ibuprofen + tylenol (the two DO NOT interact so you can take them 2 hours apart and be OK with no side effects, as per my MD) and even a cup of coffee (caffeine = vasodilator) helps a bit too.

    Silence and darkness are ALWAYS golden when a migraine sets in. As far as aura, I know what you mean. One of the worst triggers for me has been the smell of bananas, I have no idea why, but they send me into an infernal headache, just like Stargazer Lilies from a florist.

    Anyhow, this past September, I wound up with THE WORST headache of my life. I could not see, I could not think, the back of my head felt like it had been punded with a hammer, my sinuses were clogged yet I could not blow my nose, and my neck (left side only) was locked into constant tension. I called my HMO's after hours hotline and they referred me to "urgent care."

    I arrived and the doctor met me in the exam room with my sunglasses on, laying back on the bench, trying to listen to him without throwing up. I told him of my symptoms and he said "Son, you have a combination headache: migraine + sinus + tension (the neck pain)." He told me that I could get 3 injections to knock it all out, but I would need to be driven home. The injections were:

    (1) Deca Dron (fast acting corticosteroid)
    (2) Stadol (opiate, also used for women during childbirth, for pain)
    (3) Butalibiatal (a mild barbituate), caffeine, and acetaminophen

    They could not give me the shots until my ride home arrived. Once that happened, a nurse came in and stabbed me with the meds. Then I was ordered to sit down into a wheelchair. As I started arguing my knees gave way. I was wheeled out to the car of my friend while I was telling the nurse "Thanks alot and I hope you have a really nice evening."

    I got into my friend's car, and saw a lady and her daughter crossing in front of us (about 9:30 PM) walking into the clinic. The daughter looked at me and then immediately truned into an angel and then dissipated before my eyes into a cloud of bubbles, up toward Heaven.

    Then on the way home I stated "I am hungery, please go to Wendy's." I got a #2 combo, and when it arrived in my hands, all I could do was open the wrapper. I could not even see the burger, but I bit in and devoured it on the way home. I then was thrown into bed and did not wake until late the next morning.

    These headaches can be a BIG deal my friend. I now have a prescription for "Firoicet" which is butalibital, caffeine, and hydrocodone (Vicodin). It really kicks ass over the Midrin or the Imitrex. If I start to get a headache (migraine/sinus/tension) that does not respond to OTC meds, I take 2 of these, go nite nite, and then I am good to go.

    Figure out what works for you, avoid your known triggers, MANAGE YOUR STRESS (#1 important, IMHO) and be smart.

    I wish you the best, those headaches are the worst Bro.

    Best,

    -Alex

  7. #17
    The Black Knight Domino's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    MBTI
    eNFJ
    Enneagram
    4w3 sx/so
    Socionics
    eNFJ Ni
    Posts
    11,443

    Default

    From my own awful experiences with migraines, -- most of my trouble went away when I stopped eating chocolate (a pretty common migraine trigger). They were vicious.

    Two guys I know who've dealt with migraines since childhood recommend the herb, feverfew. Both of them took prescription migraine medications, and they say that the feverfew cut down or eliminated the headaches.

    Sometimes it can be a change in the weather, stress, a chemical reaction, hormones (example: women experience more migraines etc with cycle changes), or a food allergy.

    Ugh. Migraines. You have my sympathies.
    eNFJ 4w3 sx/so 468 tritype
    Neutral Good
    EII-Fi subtype, Ethical/Empath, Delta/Beta
    RLUEI, Choleric/Melancholic
    Inquistive/Limbic
    AIS Holland code
    Researcher: VDI-P
    Dramatic>Sensitive>Serious

  8. #18
    I'm a star. Kangirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    MBTI
    ENTJ
    Posts
    1,470

    Default

    If I went to the docs, could I just tell him I get migraines? or would they have to run tests to prescribe a medication?
    Yes. Tell him/her you get migraines with aura and discuss what possible triggers you may have noticed. I have never found a solid trigger for mine, although low-pressure weather systems sometimes seem to coincide with a migraine.

    I take Inderal/propranolol to prevent the migraines and it works very well. It's a blood pressure drug and, as I have normal blood pressure it causes me to be slightly dizzy if I stand up too quickly etc. I think the injectable drug I have is Imitrex, or a form of it, but I also have Zomig in pill form.

    Lastly, I am with Jock - try to pop a Benadryl or a travel sickness (dramamine) tab at the *first* sign of a migraine - I do this every time and they usualy knock me out pretty quickly - sleeping a migraine off is infinitely preferable to suffering through it awake.
    "Only an irrational dumbass, would burn Jews." - Jaguar

    "please give concise answers in plain English" - request from Provoker

  9. #19
    Senior Member Moiety's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    MBTI
    ISFJ
    Posts
    6,020

    Default

    Wait, I've had migraines for years now, and this is the first time I'm hearing about blood sugar.

    For me it has always been either kinda random (I can see no correlation with anything really) or triggered by stress or after heavy exercising.



    I'm glad I've had no access to guns at home, because some of those migraines....


    Curiously enough, I think I'm having less and less as time passes. I haven't had one for at least an year. Then again, every time I sense one is coming up I take some medicine.

  10. #20
    Sniffles
    Guest

    Default

    Yeah I deal with migranes all the time.

    I agree with Geoff that caffeine can really help with them. That's why it's in many migrane medicines like Excedrin. I often joke that after taking one, I don't need to drink coffee for work.

Similar Threads

  1. Help figuring out your type?
    By SolitaryWalker in forum Myers-Briggs and Jungian Cognitive Functions
    Replies: 354
    Last Post: 09-25-2012, 12:12 PM
  2. Help me type Dog the Bounty Hunter
    By cafe in forum The Fluff Zone
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 07-19-2011, 01:42 PM
  3. [MBTItm] Help Understanding my ESFX Cousin
    By Varelse in forum The SP Arthouse (ESFP, ISFP, ESTP, ISTP)
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 06-09-2007, 06:13 AM
  4. Help--How to Keep from Sleeping in Class!
    By rivercrow in forum The Bonfire
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 05-21-2007, 01:51 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO