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Old 10-28-2014, 11:18 PM   #1
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I have awful migraines that sometimes go on for days. They are so strong all my teeth hurt and i throw up a lot. I also feel very weak and can't sleep. I am taking topiramate to treat it and i'm having less episodes but when i do get one, it is so painful i usually just do whatever i can to feel more comfortable. I'll stop exercising and eat anything i feel will stay in my stomach. After the crisis sometimes it takes me one or two days to stop feeling depressed and exhausted and it's hard to get back to my usual healthy routine. Do you have any advice on how to deal with this?

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Old 10-29-2014, 11:45 AM   #2
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Marina Brasil I'm so sorry about your migraines. I feel your pain. I used to get a migraine every week that would put me out for 2 whole days. I became depressed as well because I couldn't live that way, I felt that I couldn't do anything ever, I spent all my time either having a migraine, or recovering from one. It sucks. I was on a preventative pill for a while (forgot the name) and Relpax (helped a lot if I took it when I felt the migraine coming on). Honestly, what helped me the most was finding ways to remove stress from my life (not an easy thing to do, that's for sure). Now I only get one very rarely (under lots of stress). Mine start at the bottom of my neck, so I always have an ice pack in the freezer to use, and these "migraine cools" I buy at CVS (cold patches) that I keep in my purse at all times. If I'm out and about and I feel it, I'll stick one on the back of my neck and keep going, it helps relax my muscles and usually stops it from starting. Unfortunately if I miss that window when the stress is coming on, there's no way to stop it, I just have to knock myself out somehow in a dark room until it goes away. I've also found that making sure that I'm hydrated helps, as well as knowing my triggers (foods, stress, neck pain, etc). Red wine is a HUGE trigger for me, I avoid it like the plague now. For some reason white wine is fine, red is killer, I'll have a migraine by the end of the night. So I guess my advice isn't all that super, but everyone's migraine triggers are different.

So basically, know your triggers, and take little steps to help prevent the migraines from ever happening. When they do, unfortunately coping mode starts. But if you kind find a system for calming yourself, whether it's deep breathing, doing some stretches (works for me, I do neck stretches in the shower and let the hot water run over my neck and shoulders, then ice on it when I get out, helps me a LOT) or lighting a calming scented candle, you can teach your body how to calm back down. Or, maybe you need to talk to your doctor about a different medicine, and other advice regarding prevention.

Good luck! i hope you find a way to make the awful migraines go away.

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Old 10-31-2014, 01:00 PM   #3
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I also suffer from migraines, recently started using topiramate (and propranolol) to treat them.

My advice, based on what you've described, is not to stress about missing the exercise and be gentle with yourself during your recovery phases. But keep healthy food around for when you are ready to eat so that you're not grabbing junk in your recovery moments. It's hard, I know.

It's very difficult to work on weight loss and exercise goals when dealing with chronic migraines, so give yourself credit for trying and doing the best you can!
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Old 11-24-2014, 06:19 AM   #4
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If you are looking for a meds, you can take a look at something I wrote several years ago, prior to my migraine research :

Pain relievers are the most effective if are taken as soon as migraine attack begins. Also, after taking a pain reliever a sufferer should rest or sleep in a dark room. Here is the list of most commonly used pain relievers for treatment of migraine:

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol can help with mild to moderate migraines. These medications should not be used frequently and for extended period of time to avoid ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding and rebound headaches.

Triptans are specifically designed for treatment of migraine. Triptans like sumatriptan, rizatriptan, naratriptan, zolmitriptan and almotriptan help to reduce pain, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. People who have had stroke or heart attack should not take triptans. Side effects include dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

Ergotamine is not as effective as triptans but can help patients who experience pain for more than 48 hours. Dihydroergotamine is more effective and causes less adverse effects comparing to ergotamine.
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