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headache remedies, when it never ends.....

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I have a history of migraines. I'm on Thopomax daily. I watch what I eat n drink. I also take magnesium n drink tons of water. Nothing is working......wondering if there is something Im missing.....I have had a nonstop headache for going on 2wks. Thanks for any help!
by on Jul. 29, 2013 at 7:35 PM
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by Silver Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 4:58 PM
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For one thing, I've always been told that anything like a headache, vomitting, etc that goes on for 2 wks to go to the dr!

That said:

One thing that helped me with migraine headaches was a cold washcloth across my eyes.  I don't know of anything that makes the pain go away except Vicadin (sp), and I felt worse taking that than I did with the headache, so.... I just suffered in as much silence as I could muster (not that everyone didn't know I had a headache, but as long as I didn't pointedly complain, my husband wouldn't try to get me to take something; he wanted to help or at least try to).

Another thing that might help is a shoulder massage.

Sometimes sex helped me get rid of one.

Most of the time, I just had to wait the two to five days until it went away.
and then clean the house like a banchee, b/c I knew I had less than 24 hours before the next one would start. :\

I hope you feel better soon, Hon!!! :)

by Bronze Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 4:59 PM
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keep a log of your headaces:

what you were doing when they started

what symptoms you had before they started

symptoms you are having with the migraine

where it hurts/what it feels like

Track everything and take it with you the next time you go to the dr. Have you tried IMITREX(sp?) this is what was perscribed to my DS for his headaches suppose to work wonders.

by Silver Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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I agree with everything this poster said; however, this part:

Quoting Saphira1207:

do you use any kind of ibuprophen or acetaminophen when the headache starts? 

struck me.  I remember that sometimes I could get rid of a migraine by taking ibuprofen and then acetaminofen alternately every 2 hours (so that you're only taking each one every 4 hours, but so that you're taking something every 2 hours).  They act differently on the circulatory system and help pain in different ways; sometimes overlapping them every 2 hours can get you relief that you can't get from only one or the other.

by Silver Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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On the food front, it might help to only eat things that grow that way.  Obviously, I'm not talking about eating raw meat, but avoiding foods that are already processed will help you avoid some of the preservatives (and MSG) that are usually a trigger for most migrain sufferers.

Quoting rHOPEb:

I have a heavy pain pill for migraines but can't take it when hubby is gone to work (he works night shift). OTC meds don't help, so I don't take them. I know Topomax is preventative, I'm also on other preventative meds for asthma (inhaler n nose spray).
I don't really snack any more n have cut out big sugars. Maybe I need to get deeper in the ingredients. I just don't have time :( ugh!!! Thanks!

Quoting Saphira1207:

imitrex nasal spray helps my son when he has a headache that won't go away with ibuprophen.

do you use any kind of ibuprophen or acetaminophen when the headache starts?  Topamax is a preventative, it won't take the headaches away after they start.  That's why it's a daily thing, like an allergy pill.  It helps prevent the issue from starting but won't keep it away entirely, that's why they make the other stuff.

I know you said you watch what you eat but maybe something got into it without your knowledge?  I know I have to be extra careful with a lot of the snacks I buy.  My son likes cheez-its but some versions have msg and some don't.  I have to check every box i put in the cart.  Same with almost anything boxed.  I don't know about you but to me it can be a real pain sometimes.

by Silver Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

My sinuses are a problem for me.  I would ALWAYS get a migraine from a sinus headache.

Quoting Bmat:

Could you have a sinus infection?

by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

I've read gluten can trigger them. 

by Amber on Jul. 30, 2013 at 5:37 PM
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I was going to suggest more water but then I re-read lol.

by Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 5:49 PM

I LOVE Topomax.  I miss it (bf'ing).

What do you take for migraines once they start?  

What have you tried with this one? 

Imitrex doesn't work for me, I take Relpax.  That stuff is awesome.  

If I can't take that then it's advil and benadryl and caffine (coke/coffee....the more the better). 

Everyone who suffers has to find what works best for them.  If you've still got it tomorrow, try the neuro again.  Two weeks is especially long for any type of migraine.  (as I'm sure you know:)  

by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Do you drink a lot of water? I don't mean 8 glasses but 8 glasses PLUS 1 for every 5 pounds overweight you are. Most people do not drink enough water. I had headaches that lasted for weeks when I was a teenager. I was dehydrated. Once I started drinking more water, they went away! Also eating fresh veggies--possibly organic since this could be caused by pesticide residue--and organic meats. I assume your doctor has run a complete blood panel on you so you know you're not low in anything (or high) but if not, have him/her do so. I knew a woman who would get what she called "screaming migraines" every month (her only relief was to scream at the top of her lungs and for just a couple of seconds, she felt no pain) ...turned out she had a slight iron deficiency--so low her doctor only mentioned it in passing. She started taking an iron pill every day and no more headaches! It can be ANYTHING so don't dismiss a slightly low/high reading without correcting it to see if it helps!

Good luck. I know how horrible they can be.

by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I was on Topomax for awhile and it made them worse for me.  When I get them now, I take 2 excedrine migraine and 2 quick release tylenol and my migraine is gone.  I try to take it when I get the aura but if I can't it will still go away.  Two weeks is a long time, have you had an MRI?

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