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Old 28th November 2012, 01:52 PM   #11
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I suffered for decades with migranes, from a child, usually one every two or so months. I could always detect a migrane versus a regular headache. The pain always starts behind my left eye, getting progressively worse, then I would see "lights" Then nausea. What helped me was (after hurling) sitting / lying down in the shower and alternating from cold to hot water from the shower for as long as it takes to get some relief which was usually after ~ 30 to 45 minutes. Then lie down in a dark, quiet room and be still. That could be for up to 18 or so hours. My longest migrane was for 2-1/2 days. I had a prescription the name of which I cannot remember but it did not help. I found that sometimes if I took 4 x 500 milligram Tylenol as soon as I felt it coming on it and lying down in the dark it would sometimes go away, not often but sometimes. I still remember one Christmas eve praying to god to let me die because of the pain (now I am glad he ignored me).

Now I am 50 and have not had a migrane for around 4 years. Once or twice I felt one starting but it went away before developing so maybe with age they go away?
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Old 28th November 2012, 02:28 PM   #12
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See diet and migraine - I can't vouch for it, but chocolate is definitely a trigger for me and strong cheese makes my head feel funny.

See Tyramine and Theobromine too.
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Old 28th November 2012, 02:39 PM   #13
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After a bit of a google it appears caffeine can be beneficial or detrimental depending on the individual. Although in most cases it is beneficial, in my case it is beneficial.
One of the strongest headache remedy available over the counter here contains 3 active ingredients: Aspirin, paracetamol and caffeine.

Chocolate and cheese are common migraine triggers.
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Old 28th November 2012, 03:11 PM   #14
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After suffering migraines my whole life, I've found that (don't laugh) Goody's headache powder works the best. To prevent a headache after drinking, take one powder with a tall glass of cold water before you go to bed. If you wake up with a headache take one powder every two hours or so and lie down in a comfortable bed in a cool dark room with a wet wash rag folded over your forehead. I know that this dosage exceeds the recommended, but it takes at least four to knock the headache out. After five or six hours you should feel nauseous and after throwing up you should start to feel better.

Hope this helps,

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Old 28th November 2012, 03:22 PM   #15
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If you really need to break an attack, talk to your MD about Imitrex. It's strong stuff, but for some folks it can be very effective.
I tried Imitrex for a migraine and it made it so bad I wanted to die right then. Worst headache experience in my life.

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Old 28th November 2012, 03:26 PM   #16
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Old 28th November 2012, 04:36 PM   #17
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Funny, just yesterday a headache knocked me down. Had to lie in bed in darkness for a couple of hours. I started thinking how funny life is: when your mind doesn't work nothing works. It's such a horrible experience. I have a headache every couple of years and every time it happens I wish I hadn't been born. I pinpointed the location of the pain: it was in the back of one of my eyeballs, in the left side of the brain, the other side felt OK but that was no consolation.

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Old 28th November 2012, 05:11 PM   #18
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Ive had classic migraine all my life (since I was 17 Im now 73). Found diet ie chocolate,
cheese, red wine, bright lights could be triggers but not always. Luckily with classic
migraine I get a warning with an aura (visual disturbance). If I take 2 x Paracetomol/
Codeine 15mg I dont get the awful sickness and headache that I get without but I still felt awful for one or two days. However as Ive got older the frequecy was increasing from one every three months to one every month approx.

As this was getting very wearing I consulted the London Migraine Clinic. At first I didnt have much success as they seemed to have a new reason for migraine each time I went. The conversation went along the lines of "Recent research shows that this treatment helps 60% of migraneurs". However I always seemed to be in the other 40% !

However last time the consultant said that sticky platelets in the blood could be the cause of aura type migraines and recommended Clopidogrel a medicine that is used for
heart trouble. By chance Ive been prescribed this for a mild heart problem and lo and
behold Ive not had a migraine since.

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Old 28th November 2012, 05:34 PM   #19
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A quick google shows that Clopidogrel does the same thing as low-dose (75mg) aspirin.

The side effects seem a bit drastic (from wiki):
Serious adverse drug reactions associated with clopidogrel therapy include:
Severe neutropenia (low white blood cells) (Incidence: 1/2,000)
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) (Incidence: 4/1,000,000 patients treated)[17][18]
Hemorrhage - The annual incidence of hemorrhage may be increased by the co-administration of aspirin.[19]
Gastrointestinal hemorrhage (Incidence: 2.0% annually)
Cerebral Hemorrhage (Incidence: 0.1 to 0.4% annually)
Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is discouraged in those taking clopidogrel due to increased risk of digestive tract hemorrhage
Bleeding in the post operative period. This is especially a problem for patients after heart surgery where Clopidogrel is associated with a more than double the take back for bleeding rate, as well as other complicatons. The take back for bleeding occurs when there is chest tube clogging in the setting of on going bleeding in early post operative period. Often, if chest tube clogging can be avoided, and the chest tubes drain, the patient can be given platelets until the platelet defect is corrected and the bleeding ceases. But if the bleeding continues, and the chest tubes occlude, then the patient will become hemodynamically unstable and may require an emergency take back to the operating room. This impacts outcomes and costs of care.[citation needed]
Most studies researching clopidogrel do not compare patients on clopidogrel to patients taking placebo, rather clopidogrel use is compared to aspirin use. Thus attributing side effects directly to clopidogrel is difficult. Other side effects may include:
Other gastrointestinal side effects
Upper GI discomfort (27% vs 29% in patients taking aspirin alone)
Gastric or duodenal ulcer, gastritis
Diarrhea (4.5% of patients in the CAPRIE trial)[20]
Rash (6% overall, 0.33% severe)[21]
Respiratory (infrequent)
Upper respiratory infections, rhinitis, shortness of breath, cough
chest pain
edema (generalized swelling)
Thrombocytopenia (reduction of platelets, 0.2% severe cases as compared to 0.1% under aspirin)
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Old 28th November 2012, 05:36 PM   #20
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Caffeine and pills with aspirin helps, 2-4 weeks before it starts. I drink more coffee, take more pills. I don't know if it helps or just prolongs waiting. And last 3 times it happened during fool moon and when weather changes. Either coincidence, or weather triggers it. I was reading a lot, of course, and tried to eliminate possible known triggers. But still... Can't eliminate weather changes.
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