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anemone

465d

wondering about sumatriptan side effects... has anyone else gotten pretty intense body aches (mine especially in arms and shoulders) along with the chest and body heaviness, throat tightness, jaw aches, nausea, and a headache that has a different character to it but feels just about as bad as before it was taken...? i'm wondering if it's related to fibro or something, or if maybe my headaches just aren't migraine and that's why it only hurts instead of helping.

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    • 55isMe

      459d

      It can cause many side effects. My old boss had really bad, life threatening reaction. Sorry, I forget the details. For me, i started imitrex back in 1993. It was only available as injectable and 1 dosage. It was nasty, but for 1 hour of severe flushing, nausea, and generally feeling like i will never take this again, i would be totally migraine free for 36 hours. After 3 years of migraine with no help, this was verywonderful. It let me get my life back. No longer was i at the mercy of the intensity of the migraine. I hour of mini-hell and i could function again ( work, drive home, take care of the kids, etc). The pills came out a couple years later. Like someone else mentioned, try at 25mg or less. You can cut them. Ive been doing it for almost 30 years. Even now, i typically only take a third (33 mg) each morning and typically migraine is a thing of the past. I get the allotted 9 pills per month and slpit in 1/3 and 1/4. As for fibro, my migraines started with the onset of cfs/fm. Recommend wgen having surgeries, make sure to take some as close to surgery as you are allowed. It helps with pain and peeventing the post surgery migraine.

    • 55isMe

      459d

      It can cause many side effects. My old boss had really bad, life threatening reaction. Sorry, I forget the details. For me, i started imitrex back in 1993. It was only available as injectable and 1 dosage. It was nasty, but for 1 hour of severe flushing, nausea, and generally feeling like i will never take this again, i would be totally migraine free for 36 hours. After 3 years of migraine with no help, this was verywonderful. It let me get my life back. No longer was i at the mercy of the intensity of the migraine. I hour of mini-hell and i could function again ( work, drive home, take care of the kids, etc). The pills came out a couple years later. Like someone else mentioned, try at 25mg or less. You can cut them. Ive been doing it for almost 30 years. Even now, i typically only take a third (33 mg) each morning and typically migraine is a thing of the past. I get the allotted 9 pills per month and slpit in 1/3 and 1/4. As for fibro, my migraines started with the onset of cfs/fm. Recommend wgen having surgeries, make sure to take some as close to surgery as you are allowed. It helps with pain and peeventing the post surgery migraine.

    • SapleMyrup

      465d

      I had these exact side effects when I started sumatriptan. I was taking 100mg at first, which turned out to be way too much. I dropped all the way to 25mg and this dose helps my migraines without the nasty side effects.

    • the.world.of.fox

      465d

      it’s been proven that the vasoconstriction you’re describing can get better after using triptans a few times, but another you could potentially try if it doesn’t is almotriptan. it generally has less side effects and your gp can prescribe it to you.

    • Beanbuns

      465d

      I’m all over this friend. So when I took it I experienced very similar feelings. DURING the drug it made me feel heavy, almost drunk. A very intense feeling and jaw pain. AFTERWARDS it actually started a sharp headache. I stopped taking it because they were sure I actually was NOT experiencing migraines. Talk to your doctor about this, but do not fret you are not alone.

      • anemone

        465d

        @Beanbuns i think that's likely my case as well. i have frequent headaches, light and sound sensitivity, dizziness, fatigue, mood swings, and other ans symptoms that COULD be consistent with migraine, but with how related fibromyalgia, cfs and migraine are i think it sounds like misdiagnosis is far too easy in my case, especially with how little was done to investigate. not to mention that i do already have a fibro dx. i have a family history of migraine, and i have had at least one before, but the one i remember had causes separate from a migraine disorder and was in middle school. there was no mri or anything, i don't feel that my symptoms match up, and i think more than anything the neurologist wants to explain the ans symptoms i'm having as anything but cfs or pots. regardless i do definitely plan to bring it up with her next time i see her, because the intense pain and other side effects i have with it are hardly tolerable, much less theraputically viable... it's been no less than 4 hours since i took it and i'm still feeling distressingly sick and achy in ways i didn't prior to taking it. i'm glad i'm not the only one experiencing this because i could find absolutely nothing on it when i searched.

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