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Any help with those? Mine are usually triggered due to heat/stress/lack of sleep
And it becomes too severe for me to concentrate on anything else..
any cures, remedies, precautions?

Mon. Oct 24, 12:59am

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I have them too

I'm currently struggling with the same problem. Mine have recently changed though, so I'm going through a slew of tests with my doctor to find the cause. I've read that they can be triggered my food a lot of the time. I've started to keep a journal. I log everything I ate, how I felt that day, any medicines/vitamins I took, when I went to bed, when I woke up, etc. I'm hoping I'll be able to find a pattern that way.

I've read that the main triggers for most people seem to be red wine, chocolate, caffeine, MSG, high nitrate foods (hot dogs, sausage), nuts, and smoked or pickled foods.

Monday, October 24, 2005, 6:08 AM

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Tracking helps

I have suffered from migraines since I was a child and I was diagnosed with migraines only last year but have finally gotten them under control. The biggest tip that I find contributed to helping me was tracking your foods and stresses. My doctor had me keep a "headache diary" for 6 weeks. Everything I ate, drink, felt a headache, symptoms, things I was doing, stress levels for the day, ANY & EVERYTHING I could think of. While it was a very daunting and time consuming activity my doctor was able to take it and build a medication regiment that has gotten my migraines under control. I used to get them 3 - 5 times a week and now I am getting them 3 - 5 times a year.

The best medication I am on now is Amitriptyline, which I take nightly at 30 mg doses; it helps with sleep and headaches. Since I have been on this I have barely had migraines. The other is Isometh, which I only take during a migraine occurrence but it makes me nauseous so there is anther pill for that, but it makes me dizzy and there is another pill for that, so I avoid taking it unless I absolutely cannot deal with the migraine. I would recommend talking to your doctor.

The other important aid was the food diary. Tracking what foods you ate right before you started getting symptoms will help a lot. I discovered that hot dogs & caffeine (in excess) were problematic is the amounts I was in taking. There are many websites that list foods that are triggers. You can google them.

Monday, October 24, 2005, 11:46 AM

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I also suffer from migraines-I had a major one just 5 weeks ago that lasted a full week. the doctor prescribed something (sadly, I don't remember the name) that did no good at all. The food journal is an excellent idea. I'm keeping track of what I've been eating this week as I have an appointment on Thursday with a new doctor for a physical, and I'm going to mention my migraines. My one weakness is peanut butter, but I am trying to just limit myself to a spoonful on my oatmeal in the mornings. I also know that exercise helps, but that's almost impossible when a migraine wakes me in the mornings!!!

Monday, October 24, 2005, 4:12 PM

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I had migraines for years and tried everything. I would get one and not be able to function for a few days. I would need complete quiet, sleep and darkness, sometimes I would get sick, dizzy and see double. They went away when I left my husband, imagine that. I was so stressed and miserable it was making my have migraines. I recently started getting a different kind of headache, my doc still isn't sure what they are. I have tried 4 different kinds of meds, none of which work. I have been tracking my food and everyday feelings for a while now and the only thing I can see is that I usually get them on days I eat dairy and don't get enough sleep. I will be having a scan done to make sure i'm ok. Hopefully they will just go away as well.

Monday, October 24, 2005, 4:35 PM

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You sound almost like me! I've had regular migraines (with aura) my whole life, but just recently have started getting a different kind of headache. My new ones occur every day. I am going on Friday for a full blood test and for an MRI to see if they can find the cause.

Isn't it stressful? I keep going online and getting myself all worked up over everything under the sun that I could possibly have. It's ridiculous. I hope they can just tell me what's causing it so that I can relax.

Good luck to you...I feel your pain.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005, 2:22 PM

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To the person who gets headaches like mine. I was getting them on a daily basis as well, thats strange, i'm glad theres someone out there who can relate. I no longer get them daily since I stopped dairy, but I do get them about 2x week. I take everything and then some to help, so far I have found a mix of drugs that actually helps but I would never suggest someone else try it. I take a couple of midrin when I feel it coming on with a cup of coffee, then in an hour I take 2 imitrexs, in another hour I take an 800 mg of ibuprofen with more coffee. I'm good for a couple of hours then I pop several excedrin tension headache pills, this will usually last a good while then about an hour before dinner I take 2 mor midrin and 1 immitrex. I know its an insane mix of meds but I don't care anymore, I am sick of not being able to function. I don't have any faith in the MRI I will be having. I think this is just something I will have to deal with. I have changed my whole diet, I eat healthier, exercise every day and still I get them. I hope you have some luck. I would love to hear what your doc has to say.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005, 9:59 PM

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The doctor prescribed Midrin to me during the last major migraine I had (that last a week), and it did nothing. I've actually been taking Fever Few daily-anyone have good luck with that? I used to go months without them, and now I get one at least once a week.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005, 4:18 PM

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Women with chronic migraines are often sensitive to foods that contain red food dye. You might want to be on the look out for that; it could be a trigger.
Good luck! Feel better.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005, 4:30 PM

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I get migraines early mornings and they spoil my whole day .. Basically it says good morning to me :(

Thursday, October 27, 2005, 6:29 AM

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I have gotten migraines at least 2X a week for years, 11 to be exact, I have tried everything. Nothing helped but sleep and darkness and NO noise. A new friend suggested I try acupuncture, at first I thought she must be joking, but after some time I thought hell, what harm could it do, a lot less then all the drugs I was taking. So I did some research and found a doc. At 1st I was skeptical, but after going for for 2 weeks I hadn't had a migraine. Its now been 2 years and I think in those 2 years I have only had 2 migraines. I now go every other week and find it to be a very relaxing and pleasant experience. I find myself calmer, more peaceful and centered when I leave as well. I don't think I will ever stop. Maybe it could work for others as well. You have nothing to lose.

Friday, October 28, 2005, 12:07 AM

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