Patient Comments: Migraine Headache - Effective Treatments

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

A Doctor's View on Migraine Headache Treatment

Read the Comment by Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

Migraine headache treatment includes both drug and non-drug treatments. Non-drug treatments for migraine include biofeedback, sleep, smoking cessation, application of ice, and avoidance of triggers. Several medications and supplements are available to prevent and treat migraines. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: bela18, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

Having had these awful migraine headaches since childhood I have tried a lot of things but the medication that has finally done the most for me is Zomig, which now has a generic form. Just recently I had trigger point injections and so far so good. Immediately after the injections the chronic pain in the muscles of my neck and shoulders was pretty much gone.

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Comment from: older & experienced, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 23

Now that I have reviewed the different migraines, I know that the ache in the back of my head and neck are definitely migraines. I have some which are blind spots and had them during menopause. I learned they are due to a lack of B6I also have rapid heartbeat episodes at times, cured by B6. It is important to know B6 should not be taken without the other B vitamins! It will make a need for the others giving you other problems, memory function needs niacin. B vitamins are best gotten by eating liver. It can be cooked, ground finely and mixed with other foods: cottage cheese, hamburger etc. Hope this helps others and certainly am thankful I read the article describing where migraines attack.

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Comment from: Laura C., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I have suffered from chronic daily migraines for the last 10 years. At one point, I was on six daily medications to keep them under control. I have gone through Zomig, Imitrex (pills, nasal inhaler, and shots) Axert, Amerge, and have now settled in with Maxalt (quick dissolving). The best thing I have done for treating my migraines is to have Botox injections. Since my first set of injections, I am down to only one daily medication, and my headache frequency is down an estimated 75%, even when eating "trigger" foods. I am due for another round of Botox next week, and I would love to wean off the remaining beta blocker after this set of injections, and be medicine-free, except for the injections.

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

After 20 years and what seemed like endless drug combinations, my doctor decided to try Imitrex. At first I was skeptical, at this point I had all but given up. To my surprise, it worked! It takes away all traces of the migraine with none of the side effects that I had experienced with other medications. While it is very pricey, I find that it is well worth it just to be able to have my life back. I would recommend that all migraine sufferers discuss Imitrex with their doctor.

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Comment from: ken12cher, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I have been "dealing" with Migraines for over 30 years. Originally the doctors tried to medicate me with Fiorinal and Valium which left me unable to function properly so I stopped taking them and took BC Powders, Excedrin, Tylenol, and Advil not at the same time but each helped to dull the pain so that I could go on with daily life. Over the past few years my doctors have prescribed Inderal for daily use in hopes of minimizing the pain or frequency. This did not work but did slow down by ability to think, so I weaned myself off of the Inderal. Zomig helps but causes my joints to hurt and my scalp to be sensitive for about 12 hours. Axert works pretty well. I've recently been prescribed Topamax however I had to discontinue due to excessive headaches and nausea that were a side effect. So, I guess I'll stick with Advil, Tylenol and Axert.

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Comment from: Lisam, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I am in my early 40 and I have suffered from crippling migraines since my early childhood. I have seen numerous Dr.and neurologist and have had MRI and CT scans and the only thing that is agreed is that I have had severe head trauma and that I do suffer from migraines. I have been on every thing they have put out there for migraines and we are now just on pain management which works for the most part but when the weather gets above 75 degrees it seems the migraines are more intense and more frequent which sends me to the hospital for the cocktail of toradol, phenergan, and pain medication which works like a charm. I haven't found any wonder treatment but I can't wait for the day when they can cure a headache the way they cure other things.

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