Dieting with Obstacles - ? Migraines ?

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08-07-2008, 02:09 PM
anyone get Migraines? i get Chronic Migraines maybe Once or Twice a week most of the time... :( i have tried almost Every Single Medication available to try to help and NOTHING helped me until i tried PAXIL CR... does anyone else take this? and if so, how does it affect your Weight Loss? ANYONE ELSE THAT GETS MIGRAINES - CAN YOU TELL ME HOW YOURS AFFECT YOU? AND WHAT YOU DO FOR THEM? AND IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS LOSING WEIGHT BECAUSE OF YOUR MEDICATIONS? Thanks! :hug:

08-07-2008, 04:56 PM
Hi LIZ . . . :wel3fc:

I'm a migraineur and have been since sometime in my twenties . . . none of the meds have ever done anything for my migraines so I cannot directly relate. I do know that drugs in the same or similar class as Paxil can slow down weight loss a little -- I take Fluoxetine (Prozac) for other reasons. BUT . . . for me the thing that makes weight loss the hardest has little to do with migraines and everything to do with the fact that I'm a Type II Diabetic and almost every medication for that problem is notorious for causing weight gain. :mad:

When I get a migraine I just have to have as much quiet and darkness as possible -- I usually go to bed and pray for sleep until it runs its course. I often get an aura before the headache and if I can lie down while the lights are flashing (sort of an aurora borealis effect), I can often beat the headache. My worst ones are the ones I wake up with. :mad:

One slightly encouraging note -- don't know where you are in the race to Menopause, but that (once finally completed) did help to cut the prevalence of my headaches quite a bit. Retirement helped too, so there was definitely some stress at play as well as just the overactivity of the temporal lobes. My worst remaining trigger is drastic and/or rapid changes in atmospheric pressure (upward or downward). Wine and certain foods will still bring one on, but at least I can avoid those.

Good Luck to you . . . :hug:

08-07-2008, 05:22 PM
Hi MEOWEE! :hug: thanks for the advice! and YES im in that stage right before menopause... :( im 48 right now and i started having these darn migraines in 2003 right before my 43rd birthday... thats right when my periods started to become infrequent and the migraines hit! my Dr's all said that it was hormones and that my peri menopause could last anywhere from 5 to 15yrs and that just blew me away! but i guess all of us women have to go thru it so ill try to stay happy, lose weight and weight for my Post Menopausal days to come! ;) hopefully THAT will take me back to a Somewhat NORMAL state again :) Ha Ha!

08-07-2008, 05:27 PM
Keep up the good attitude, Chickie -- that will help -- and do stay in touch. the support around here is phenomenal. :yes:

08-11-2008, 10:20 PM
I've had migraines since my teens - mine have lessened since my dx with hashimoto's thyroiditis and on medication but I will still get them. No rx really helps for me either so I try to avoid them as well as I can with the proper rest, sleep, diet, avoiding triggers, etc.

08-11-2008, 11:10 PM
I had migraines for many years. I took Topamax as perscribed by my neurologist. It is a medication but in lower dosages it is used to treat migraines that occur over long periods of time. I had no idea what my triggers were but once I took the medication the migraines stopped about a week or two later. Since then, I rarely get migraines and I am not taking the medication anymore. You should also look at your diet, your surroundings and your sleep habits.

08-11-2008, 11:26 PM
I have had migraines since I was 18. Staying in a dark room and moving as little as possible helps,

08-12-2008, 01:41 AM
I had menstrual-related migraines in my teens. They went away in my early 20's and they came back again (not just menstrual-related anymore) in my mid/late 20's.
I currently take propranolol which is a beta-blocker/blood pressure lowering medicine that helps with headache prevention. My blood pressure has always been pretty low, so it sometimes gets really low after taking the med. I need to make sure I don't exercise within a couple hours of taking it, or I tend to get really dizzy.
When I get the migraines, I'm pretty much laid-up (dark room, etc. as others mentioned), so when I have them, I don't exercise on that day & often on the day after because I'm really tired as they go away and I'm also concerned about it coming back if I over-exert.
I imagine they will get better as I lose weight and become more fit & healthy--I sure hope so!

08-25-2008, 09:20 PM
I've had migraines since I started menses when I was 12 years old. About 8 years ago I finally had a dr believe me when I told them I have 3-4 migraines a week. They kept trying to tell me they were just headaches...really?!? because "normal" headaches don't require me to lay in bed without any sound or light nor would I vomit my head off. I am now, and have been for 8 years, on regular medication, Propranolol (blood pressure med) and Amitriptyline (antidepressent) combo and I rarely have migraines anymore. Going from 3-4 per week to 1 every 6-7 months was like a miracle! I know you are thinking blood pressure medicine?!? No, I've never had blood pressure issues but this keeps the blood vessels dilated in the head (they think headaches/migraines are caused by the constriction of blood vessels). But if I get a break-through migraine I just take an aspirin and ibuprofen with caffeine and its usually gone in 30 minutes or less. I'm not telling you that you should try this, I'm just telling my trick to get rid of migraines.

08-25-2008, 09:22 PM
Oh, btw, before I got the combination of medication my previous doctors had all the blood work done, MRI, CT Scans, everything and it was all "normal".

08-25-2008, 11:28 PM
I've had them ever since the day (Nov 28th, 1999) that my epilepsy hit me. Though apparently they may be cluster headaches (also known as "suicide headaches") instead. I'm on Lamictal for my seizures but was told it can help with migraines too (and bi-polar also). I still get them, and they don't seem to be tied to anything. I don't get headaches...calling them that simply due to the lack of a clear diagnosis as to whether I'm lucky and just have migraines vs. clusters...quite as often as I did before going on Lamictal, but when I get them...nothing helps. I overdose on Ibuprofen (you can take 4 instead of the 2...I've had MULTIPLE doctors tell me to do that), take Vicadin, have coffee...nothing touches it I just have to deal with it till it goes away.

08-26-2008, 08:51 AM
Oh, btw, before I got the combination of medication my previous doctors had all the blood work done, MRI, CT Scans, everything and it was all "normal".

i had all of that stuff done too... it was really weird because before Feb 2003 i had never even had a regular headache before... then all of a sudden at 43yrs old i thought i had a Brain Tumor... i didnt know what that pain in my head was... i had all the blood work done... the CT Scans... the MRI's... and like you they said i am NORMAL! How Can I Be Normal And Be In Such Pain?!?!? that used to really piss me off!!! and OMG! Talk About Medication! ive taken almost Every Single Prescription Medication you can think of thats been tried for Migraines and NOTHING has really worked so far... BUT... i do use my Imitrex WHEN IT HAPPENS and SOMETIMES it may work... and i also take Vicodin to help me relax and maybe sleep... i have found that my DH's Rx for Naproxen 500mgs works better than anything else ive taken such as Tylenol, Excedrin, Motrin, etc......... i guess its just meant to be for ME anyways... hopefully i will be Out Of Perimenopause soon and just go into Menopause and stop having my periods altogether! maybe that will help my Migraines slow down... because Once or Twice a Week is driving me NUTTZ!!! Thank God i Have FMLA at my Job! if not i would be on Disability or something! :(

08-26-2008, 11:53 AM
My brother and I both suffer from migrains too. Ours are barometric pressure related, and are usually the worst in the winter. The only thing I've found that helps me and my brother is a herbal medication called Feverfew. Here's a link to some information

It hasn't affected my weightloss in any way and it's the only thing that has made my life berable.

08-26-2008, 12:08 PM
I was getting about 11 migraines a month.... lasting anywhere from a day to two to three depending..... I started on indural at a low dose as beta blockers are shown to reduce migraines in lower doses.... an off label use....

Now I get barely one migraine ever few months and when I do I take Relpax immediately....

Triggers.... not sure.... I have allergies.... and we think that my assortment of allergies doesn't help...flourescent lights are a problem.... bright lights like the sun in my eyes....

For me drugs like advil, aleve, motrin naproxin etc don't even touch them....

but the headaches or meds haven't affected my wieght at all....


08-26-2008, 01:20 PM
The only thing I've found that helps me and my brother is a herbal medication called Feverfew. Here's a link to some information

Thank you for mentioning that...I totally forgot about it. I was planning on getting some a while back because I know it is good with fevers and is really supposed to be one of the best things for migraines...but I forgot when I was told mine might be cluster headaches (most likely won't touch them).

Fatter Fitter
08-26-2008, 02:20 PM
This summer, I used to get horrible migraines - sometimes I felt so dizzy I could collapse. And walking felt like my brain was slushing around in my skull - I literally had to hold my head in place when I walked because it hurt so much. What I noticed is that I drank a lot of soda, which I normally don't do and I've read that aspartame (which I have a sensitivity to) causes migraines. I haven't drunk pop regularly for the past 2 or so weeks (maybe like 1 bottle per week) and the migraines are pretty much gone.

So I'd recommend cutting out pop and see what happens.

Fun Size
10-03-2008, 11:50 AM
I have tons of experience with this topic.
I think if migraines are causing you a lot of problems, it is probably best to try Topamax with caution. I say with caution, because Topamax does have side effects. For me, the worst was memory problems. So, I think it is best to take the smallest dosage possible. Most folks probably (probably is the key word) would not have too much difficulty with really, really small dosages of the this medication. One could always do other things to make it work a little better. There are certain vitamins and supplements known to help. Butterbur and Feverfew for example are well known to help prevent migraines. The B vitamins. CoQ1- and Calcium Magnesium are also very good.
I would talk with the Dr. about taking a small amount of Topamax (25 mg or 50 mgs...something like this))
Perhaps go to the health food store and see what you might find. See if they have Butterbur and/or Feverfew. Perhaps take a small amount of these products.
Check out CoQ10, Magnesium, Calcium and a B50 tablet. Make sure you are at least getting the daily minimum requirements here.
Watch your diet...see if certain foods are triggers for you. Alcohol, diet soda, some cheeses, too much chocolate, ripe bananas...these all can be big problems.
I do hope you feel better soon.
I know how awful migraines can be.

10-06-2008, 03:11 AM
Here's my two cents....have suffered migraines since about age 9, and the only thing that ever stopped the migraines in their tracks was when I started taking Doxepin every nite. Started about 8 years ago, and have been migraine free for about 5 years (except for stress headache). It is an antidepressant I think so no clue why it works but omg it saved me.

10-19-2008, 09:04 PM
Another migraineur here; they started really bad (to the ER 4-5 times per month) when I was about 37, hardly any before that. I was treated by a neurologist at a migraine clinic. (FYI, I was told that when anti-depressants work, it's because they change the chemical balance in the brain; some old-fashioned antihistamines, the make-you-drowsy kind, also do that). None of the meds worked for me. By chance, I went to a chiro for something else, and I have only had two ER-migraines in the 10 years since (both times related to changes in the barometer). I still get milder ones that put me out of commission for a week, but at least without the vomiting, blinding pain, etc.

I also have a friend who stopped drinking caffeine; although not a direct trigger, she got rid of hormonal migraines. It seems unless you're lucky there's a lot of trial and error involved.

Oh that mine should also diminish or disappear with menopause (I'm 47 and crossing my fingers!)

Good luck!

12-27-2008, 01:01 AM
HI. This is my first post but I wanted to see how other people were doing. I am looking at trying medifast. I haven't found anything on the web that says medifast will aggravate migraines, as of yet. I have used weight watchers in the past but its time for something new.

I have also had migraines since I was 9, and took til 21 to be diagnosed. I am currently taking topamax, toprol, and zoloft to control them with (as my Dr. likes to say ) "a touch of Reglan" that was just added. The only thing that takes away the migraine is Axert, a triptan, nothing else works for me. The Reglan really does make the Axert work faster, which is nice.

I'm hoping if I get my weight under control I can start pursuing naturopathic remedies and get rid of the drugs. We'll see how it goes.

01-03-2009, 10:41 PM
I get them occassionally but Im not on any medications. I find it helps when I eat something before they get too bad but I often wake up with them and then its too late to eat to prevent. I usually just lay down in a dark room, though sometimes that does no goodsince the pillow feels like a rock and just makes it worse.

01-03-2009, 10:50 PM
i'm not a regular supscriber to this group..however i use to be regular to migranes (several times a week)...i highly recommend being evaluted by a dr and a chriopracter both. I found that my C2 (the part of the neck that comes out of the skull) was shifted to the right. I rarely have migranes when i get regularlly adjusted (i have only gotten two migranes since starting my chiro visits 8 months ago). In fact, one time i got a bad migrane (and was way over due for an adjustment), i went to the chiro that day, got adjusted and the migrane went away. Many mingraines are due to malaligned spines. And trust me..i've always been leary of Chiros...but now i swear by them. find a good one that does the proper x-rays (one view that is especially important is a front view of the lower head but your mouth has to be open to properly view c2). I also think its important to get off all the caffine and artificial sweetners...i swear the artificial sweetners aren't good for you...but that's just my 2 cents.

The reason i recommend a dr visit is because migraines can be hidden issues. I have a friend who's mom suffered severly from migraines (would be down for a few days) and the dr never recommended an MRI (this was about 12 yrs ago when mri's weren't as popular)...she died of a brain anurism. So i do think if you have serious could be food/dietary supplements but it could also be something more important.

Msfs-that sounds pretty serious all the drugs you are on for migraines. Have you had an MRI...if so..then i highly recommend visiting a chiropracter. Even if you've had them since a young age of 9...there coudl be a reason..the chiro i go to does children..they find that many falls/injuries kids have can cause misalignment of the spine. My spine issues were secondary to several falls of horses as a young child. I really think you need to serious look into a chiro. That sounds serious to be on all that med and nothing is really stopping your migraines. I only say this because i really think medicine is a bandage to migraines...i think many general practitioners overlook serious things with just meds...and trust me..i'm a medical professional that uses meds all the time..but if that much meds aren't working on your migraines...i think there's more going one.

01-08-2009, 02:22 PM
i've been a migraine sufferer for years. at one point, i was getting them 3-4 times a week. i tried all the prescriptions and nothing really seemed to help. i finally settled on excedrin migraine and it seemed to dull the pain long enough to get through the day. i finally got fed up and went to an acupuncturist. after the first session, my migraines pretty much went away. now, i get them about 2-3/month. when i do get them, the acupuncturist recommended a "cocktail" of pills: excedrin migraine, coq 10, vitamin b complex, and magnesium. surprisingly, it works like a charm.

08-07-2009, 12:00 AM
I've been getting migraines for about five years now, I was diagnosed with epilepsy around that time at the time I started to have seizures the doctors thought that the migraines were like the seizures being blocked by my meds and then causing the migraine. I haven't taken my medication in about eight months because of side effects and less occurrences of seizures, but the migraines seem to get worse with time. Luckily I only seem to have them around my menstrual cycle, this is also the case with the seizures, also over-the-counter medications seem to help 75% of the time, but it still is pretty rough.

08-08-2009, 01:02 PM
I've had migraines since i was a teen-ager. i now take topamax and magnesium supplements and they help tremendously as well as nortriptyline to help me sleep and help control pain. i still get some migraines - weather and menstrual related - but they are much milder than before.

sure, i get side effects from the topamax - trouble recalling words, especially, some stinging sensations in my feet sometimes, and it does tend to make a person irritable too - but i have trouble thinking when I have full-blown migraines and am prickly to begin with anyway so I guess I'd rather have the drug side effects than deal with the pain of migraines all the time.

08-16-2009, 08:22 PM
I take Relpax, which really helps once a migraine hits (it certainly doesn't lessen the frequency, though). I also took topamax, which seemed to work well at first, but later had little effect, so I went off of it. I have also heard that extended birth control can help for people who have hormonally related migraines, too.

Good luck!



08-18-2009, 10:40 AM
I have also heard that extended birth control can help for people who have hormonally related migraines, too.

Birth control actually causes me to get migraines. Iíve been on the pill pretty much continually from the age of 15 and have been suffering migraine's every since. I was put on lots of different medication, told to cut out dairy, not to expose myself to harsh lighting or sudden heat changes... all sorts of things. Nobody ever related birth control and my migraines together until I got pregnant and they stopped. Of course it may differ depending on the person, but it worked for me... now I only take the occasional paracetamol for a tension headache.