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europa.xavier

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so, i have been this awful migraine attack for almost a week now, and as the months have gone on they've gotten worse and more intense. its to the point that im in so much pain, i'll get incredibly nauseous or disoriented, and it's very dangerous sometimes. i take over the counter excedrin, sometimes up to 2,000 mg for one dose, and it doesnt help much. im not on some blood pressure medication thats supposed to help, but i want faster relief. any tips or tricks?

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    • Lefthandedartist

      400d

      I've suffered from migraines since the 2nd grade. Mine is related to my vision, but is also triggered by dehydration and the weather along with junk food. The best advice my neurologist ever gave me is to STOP taking excedrin. Better yet if you can cut caffeine out of your life completely. Caffeine is an addictive chemical and withdrawal manifests as migraines. When you take excedrin for a migraine, you give yourself caffeine too. If you rely on excedrin for migraine management you can, in a way, become addicted to it and unconsciously end up taking it preventatively before you even have a migraine, or end up getting a migraine because your body is missing the caffeine. The first thing my neurologist did was put me on steroids for a week and tell me to cut all caffeine out of my life for a month. Then i could slowly reintegrate coffee but never go back to daily coffee. And never take excedrin again. As for medications, propranolol made me feel awful when i tried to come off of it. I was in debilitating pain for weeks when i came off of it. The weird drug that works for me is called cyproheptadine. Its normally a children's allergy med but it works as a daily migraine prevention med. Rizatriptan is an amazing pain reliever though it was a weird temporary burning side effect. I also tried a seizure med that started with a t, dont remember the name, but it did help- though it gave me panic attacks. The best help for me is ibuprofen and accupressure. The pressure point in your palms, sinuses, and temples work wonders

    • Lefthandedartist

      400d

      I've suffered from migraines since the 2nd grade. Mine is related to my vision, but is also triggered by dehydration and the weather along with junk food. The best advice my neurologist ever gave me is to STOP taking excedrin. Better yet if you can cut caffeine out of your life completely. Caffeine is an addictive chemical and withdrawal manifests as migraines. When you take excedrin for a migraine, you give yourself caffeine too. If you rely on excedrin for migraine management you can, in a way, become addicted to it and unconsciously end up taking it preventatively before you even have a migraine, or end up getting a migraine because your body is missing the caffeine. The first thing my neurologist did was put me on steroids for a week and tell me to cut all caffeine out of my life for a month. Then i could slowly reintegrate coffee but never go back to daily coffee. And never take excedrin again. As for medications, propranolol made me feel awful when i tried to come off of it. I was in debilitating pain for weeks when i came off of it. The weird drug that works for me is called cyproheptadine. Its normally a children's allergy med but it works as a daily migraine prevention med. Rizatriptan is an amazing pain reliever though it was a weird temporary burning side effect. I also tried a seizure med that started with a t, dont remember the name, but it did help- though it gave me panic attacks. The best help for me is ibuprofen and accupressure. The pressure point in your palms, sinuses, and temples work wonders

    • howell

      403d

      i am so so sorry you're going through this. for the nausea, the best things that have helped me is drinking peppermint tea, or smelling peppermint/spearmint oil. it can also help kick your brain out of that disoriented state. if cold or heat helps your head, using a cold or warm wet washcloth can help soothe it for a bit. if you haven't already, call your neurologist's office and see if there is a cancellation list they can put you on. maybe someone will cancel and you can get in sooner! you're going to make it, just take it slow and don't push yourself if you don't need to. feel free to talk to me anytime! I understand how isolating this can be ❤

    • Fantasyland

      406d

      Your GP should be able to prescribe a preventative which will help. One of them is propranolol which is probably what you're thinking of, there's lots you can try. You also want to get migraine medication prescribed, something like sumatripran, again there's loads you can try if that doesn't work but that's usually the first one. Whilst you're waiting dissolvable asprin in full fat coke can help. The emergency department can also give you a 'migraine cocktail'

      • europa.xavier

        405d

        @Fantasyland i did in fact get prescribed propranolol, but i cant afford the ER/Urgent care for anything like that

        • Fantasyland

          404d

          @europa.xavier that's fair, can you get a GP appointment to request sumatripran? Sorry I'm in the UK so don't have so much awareness of how it works for you guys!

    • RileyCaige

      409d

      Depending on where you live, most Urgent Cares can give you a shot that will relieve the migraine.

      • europa.xavier

        405d

        @RileyCaige i cant do shots, i have a chronic fesr of needles

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Some tips for dealing with migraines include going into a dark room, using earbuds to drown out noise or listening to soft noises or meditation podcasts to help relax. You can also try an ice hat for relief. However, it's important to consult your doctor for proper treatment and medication adjustments if your current methods are not providing relief.

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