Patient Comments: Migraine Headache - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your migraine headache?

Comment from: liltiny, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

I've had migraines since early childhood. I take Topamax, but it really doesn't seem to help. If the weather changes, I am in bed for two or three days. Light and sound bother me. I get sick to my stomach and dizzy, and my hands start tingling. I have had an MRI and CT scan, which don't reveal anything.

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Comment from: severepain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I have always felt almost immediate relief with the administration of Fioricet (ibuprofen.) I swear by it.

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Comment from: critical.bill, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 12

I've been getting migraines off and on for about 15 years and as you have probably heard before they were really bad. They would come and go over the course of 2 years. I would get them almost daily 20-15 Advil per day, blew an entire settlement to try and find the cause and 26mg Imitrex per day, that stuff is great, anyway my doctor prescribed me amitriptyline 10mg 1 per night before I go to bed, now remember I was very skeptical because I had done everything for treatment for 10+ years that either didn't work or was too expensive. That's my story I haven't had a migraine for over 4 years. I hope this story can help.

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Published: July 31

I used to suffer about 30 excruciating migraines a month. I was placed on Inderal and Topamax. I now suffer about 12 to18 per month. When the actual migraine hits, I usually take two Midrin and lie down in a dark room. If that doesn't work, I take one more Midrin and drink a Mountain Dew and continue to lie down. Usually that works. While in bed, I try to think of something soothing and relaxing that takes my mind away from the pain. About 50% of the time this works. I also take Zofran for nausea.

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Published: July 30

I suffered from Cluster headaches excruciating pain everyday. I had 3 small arteries cauterized which took 20 minutes and that has put an end to my migraines which I suffered with for over 10 years. I am no longer on pain killers, or anti-depressants etc. I now have a wonderful quality of life and feel wonderful. Lots of energy and very motivated.

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Published: July 24

I have had migraines of differing severity for 15 years. Recently, I was put on Nortriptyline (tricyclic antidepressant) and it is working better than anything previously. I take 20mg every night at bedtime and I take Midrin whenever I get a headache. Also, I lay down if possible with a cold pack across my forehead and eyes.

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Published: July 01

I take two extra-strength Excedrins at the onset of a headache/migraine. If that doesn't work, within 15 to 20 minutes I take Axert. If I have no relief after two hours, I take another Axert and then more Excederin. Four hours later, I can usually function again until the next time the weather changes. I find that if I take a really deep breath and hold it, the sharp pain will go away and I'll get relief until I exhale. I'll also pinch the pressure point between the thumb and index finger, this will take the pain go away for a few minutes at a time. Hot/Cold rags on the head help a little bit too.

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Comment from: Cyma Rauf, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I've been experiencing migraine headaches for five years. I tried almost every kind of medication. I also underwent bio feedback and used homeopathic medicines. Miraculously, the only thing that worked for me after years of pain and constant suffering was acupuncture. I recommended it to a friend of mine who also suffers from chronic migraines. It also worked with her, although not as much as it did for me. I go for acupuncture at least once a year, and whenever I get an attack now, it is controlled. I only take over-the-counter Motrin now, and I don't have to rely on the drugs that made me drowsy, moody, and more miserable.

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