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Old 06-04-2011, 11:46 PM   #1
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Question Worried about Sudden Change in Migraines

Hello,

I started having migraines since I was in 3rd grade. I used to get them once every few months and they have never really been related to hormones (unless I started taking BCP...then I would see an increase).

In 2006, I started getting 3-5/month. I saw a neurologist and he put me on Topamax and Corgard, which I've taken daily ever since. It reduced them to the pattern that I had before...maybe 1-2 every 4-6 months (or less).

About two weeks ago on a Saturday, I ended up having three migraines throughout the day and night. On Sunday, I had two more. Monday I had a migraine in the middle of the day...and Tuesday, I had my seventh migraine in four days. I have never had a pattern of migraines like this so I scheduled an appointment with my regular neurologist and they were able to fit me in the next day.

Unfortunately, my last minute appt was the perfect opportunity for their office to do a drug test again (they are also a pain mgmt clinic). They had just tested me for drugs the last time that I visited their office (which were all negative) and I had to pay out of pocket almost $300. I told them that I couldn't pay that amount again, so after a lot of back and forth, I had to leave without seeing the doctor.

Anyway, I saw a different neurologist based on some recommendations and he really didn't tell me anything that I didn't already know (being someone who has dealt with migraines for many years). He basically told me that I had a lot of them because 'something had changed' (sleep pattern, stress, food, chemical, etc). I asked if I should stop taking my BCP (I have been able to successfully take it once I started the Topamax and Corgard) and he said no, it was fine. I told him that I have a difficult time releasing stress and I have some anxiety. He said that anti-anxiety meds could be used, but sometimes they can do more harm than good. I told him that I have problems with insomnia, a lot of tightness in my neck, jaw pain...he didn't make any comments really. I told him that I have not had an MRI since college (at least a decade)...he said that was good.

I left frustrated because I didn't feel as if the appt with him was beneficial and I'm wondering what my next course of action should be? I have been reading the forums, researching online, and talking with anybody who might suffer from migraines and it seems that there could be a couple of options? Seek a chiropractor, a physical therapist/physician combo, yet a different neurologist, or a specialist about the potential for TMJ? How do you know which route to take?

Has anybody had a sudden change in migraines and if so, did you get any answers as to why?

I would love to hear your thoughts and/or suggestions. Thanks in advance for reading

 
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Old 06-07-2011, 06:00 PM   #2
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Re: Worried about Sudden Change in Migraines

Hi there! So sorry to hear about the increase in migraines. I actually had a change in them myself recently. I started getting a feeling at the base of my skull like something was grabbing at it and pinching it hard. I would try to tolerate it during the day, but it would gradually get worse and then turn into a migraine by the evening. After this kept happening every day, I looked around at my options and decided to see a headache specialist that does physical therapy and is similar to a chiropractor, but not actual adjustments and more of a gradual, gentler process. I figured I could always go for a first visit and see how it went to decide if I wanted to continue. I liked that they were VERY thorough and asked me many questions for a 1 1/2 hour appointment, unlike my 30 minute neurologist appointment. The difference was that the neurologist just wanted me to get an MRI to rule out anything life threatening and take medication. I really wanted to get to the root of the problem. Since they had no suspicion of anything wrong in my brain specifically, I held off on spending the $600+ on the MRI (it was quoted around $3,000 and my insurance pays for 80%).

I liked that my other doctor wanted me to help treat the migraines at the root cause. Somehow I did manage to mess up my neck, possibly while sleeping. My neck didn't feel too terrible, just occasionally sore and stiff. I had signs of disc bulges and just general overload and a lot of stress as a result. When the discs are "off" this can irritate the nerves that can cause headaches and migraines, sinus problems, TMJ symptoms, ear problems, and eye problems. My other migraines were hormone related and the pill actually helped me greatly, but these were definitely something new and related to some kind of neck injury I did without knowing it. Frequently looking down, something I do a lot at work when writing, reading, etc., can even do it over time.

For anything like that, I'd look into physical therapists or chiropractors that help with headaches and migraines. If that doesn't sound like a possibility, a new neurologist might be the best choice. I did a lot of research on which neurologist to pick, but I felt like they were just treating my symptoms and not preventing them (unless you count preventive medicine) from the root cause. I didn't get to go on Topamax since it interferes with the birth control pill, but I went on nortriptyline. I didn't really notice it helping me and it actually gave me a lot of heart palpitations. Taking half of my medication at night and half in the morning helped with the heart palpitations, but still no benefit for my migraines. It woke me up a little bit (opposite of what happens with most people), so that was the only good thing since I'm usually very tired.

It also might be good to get general blood work since some conditions can happen over time and can be related. I just got one done and am expecting the results in a few days. I read that thyroid disorders can cause them, which I had been wanting to get tested for anyway. I have some family members that see their regular physician for migraines and are very happy with that. They have worked with my younger brother with lifestyle and diet changes to help identify ways to prevent them. One other person I know strongly suggested acupuncture.

Like you said, it's VERY hard to choose what to do first. I actually prayed about it myself and just kept seeing signs about going to the one doctor, so I felt like it was the right decision for me. If it doesn't work out over time, I'll try something else. Unfortunately it's very trial and error. I hope you are able to figure out what caused this sudden change. Good luck!

 
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Hi tUrRrRa,

Thank you for the response and all of the information that you provided. I find it most helpful to hear about personal experiences from other people. I actually became interested in finding out more about the doctor/physical therapy combo when I came across your 'Headache/Migraine Relief from Neck Treatment' post. Normally when you read about migraine options you are always directed to neurologists...or possibly chiropractors. I have a co-worker who swears by chiropractors, but I am unsure about them. I have heard that they can do wonderful things, but I have also heard that the more major adjustments can also have negative effects for migraneurs.

I have always gone to neurologists and I have been to several over the years. I've been with my current (well, I'm looking for an alternative now) since 2006. He has never requested an MRI or any other type of tests. I've asked him if he felt if it was necessary and for whatever reason he said no. He immediately prescribed Topamax and Corgard and I've been on it ever since. *I only take 100mg of Topamax/day since I take BCP as well. I have heard from several sources that the efficacy of the BCP is reduced if Topamax is over 200mg/day. I'm sure it is a risk regardless of what mg you take. Anyway, if my migraine frequency got worse...he increased the dosage. If they got better...he decreased the dosage. It got to the point where he wasn't willing to try any other options, even when I asked (I pointed out interaction with the BCP a few times). When I told them about my persistent neck/shoulder pain I was immediately presented with the option for botox injections. I don't necessarily think that there is anything wrong with botox, but I wasn't asked any questions about why I thought I had pain there, how long it had been, when it occurs the most, etc. It felt as if it was a generic solution to whoever came in with neck pain. So, I started thinking that maybe my medication combo was the generic solution for migraines if the facility was that unwilling for other treatments.

When I had my 7 migraine/4 days episode...I made an appt with him out of fear, but I had a feeling that he would just increase my dosages and not give me any information. I realize that doctors are limited and cannot give instant solutions to our problems, but I think that some of them could probably dig a little more and possibly find something if they just attempted to search for it. At least an effort wouldn't be so bad.

I've found a few recommended neurologists in my state (outside of Austin) so I could see one of them...or I could go the route of the doctor/PT. The place that I found is in a nearby city and is a Headache Institute...actually it sounds very similar to the one that you went to. Would you mind telling me the state that you live in? The Institute says that they take into account, sinuses, TMJ symptoms, ear fullness, neck pain, and all of the same things that you stated...and they take a holistic approach. The only thing that caught me off guard is that the doctor is a general practitioner and I was expecting a neurologist. I have never had a GP treat me for migraines before (at least not successfully, me personally). But, after constant frustrations with multiple neurologists...I'm wondering if I just haven't seen the right one or is it time to go in a different direction?

It's very nice chatting with you about all of this. Thanks again!

 
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Re: Worried about Sudden Change in Migraines

I felt the same way about chiropractors because I know a few people who said they were in a lot of pain in new areas after adjustments! I've asked around and did get a very good reference for one that I'd be willing to try. My coworker has gone to them for a very long time and it sounds like the adjustments are very minor and nothing major at each visit. It made it sound more like my physical therapy and not the typical chiropractor visits I hear about!

I questioned the MRI when I saw that they were around $3,000 on average in my area and I'd be responsible for 20% after insurance. That was still $600, so I didn't want to pay for that if it wasn't necessary. Basically, my new doctor told me that if they are not able to figure things out through treating me, they would then definitely recommend the MRI. They don't recommend just taking medication and are big on getting to the root cause so you don't have to rely on pills. They told me I can start the physical therapy treatment since my symptoms were very similar to the hundreds of patients just like me that go to this doctor, and if still no help, then I can get the MRI. I did start to see relief though, so it was likely that the problem wasn't in my brain! If I ever do feel I need one, I would get it for sure. So many of the life-threatening conditions they are looking for would not be reoccurring though. If it was something like a ruptured aneurysm, I probably wouldn't have made it through one big attack.

Wow that sure does sound like the place I visited! I live in Texas. If it were not against the board rules, I would post the name of the place and doctors. This institute I visit has two different doctors and you visit each of them separately. One is in a temporary office in a different location due to the increase of patients and them outgrowing the office. Yes, one is a general practitioner, but I have been VERY happy with seeing her. She listens and offers a lot of great ideas and I actually look forward to my visits. She pretty much looks at EVERYTHING that can cause migraines. I just did a lot of blood work and will talk to her about it next week. She did give me prescriptions but hopes they will only be temporary. Then the physical therapist also works with that place and I see him for help. They both work together to get a good all-around treatment. I figured even if all of this didn't work, I'd still get some valuable help in the end! Something with my neck did recently happen (I just wish I knew how I hurt it), so at least I'd get that part of it taken care of! I pay a specialist copay for the physical therapy visits and a general practicioner copay for the other. Since I got PT twice a week for 6 weeks, it did add up in cost, but I've probably paid still less than the MRI would cost for over two months of MANY visits and a lot of help.

I really hope you get some relief very soon and answers to what is going on! I definitely get a lot of those other symptoms mentioned from the headache institute, and many of them have improved. It is hard to know which doctor is best to go to and I know I had to do some guess work and just try something new! The trickiest part is that after seeing one doctor, I guess we with migraines have to be prepared to possibly see more doctors if we are still struggling. Some doctors just have more ideas of what it could be, more tests and treatments to try, etc!

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Yes, I agree about the MRI...it certainly is a costly expense and I would prefer that to be a last resort as well. Especially since my previous neurologist never seemed to be concerned enough to want to request one. As far as a chiro, I would prefer to try other options first.

Well, the Headache Institute that I am referring to is in San Antonio (I believe this info is ok to post according to the forum rules). It was the closest headache/migraine specialty area to my area that I could find (and thought that I would like). There are a couple in Austin, but the reviews that I found on them aren't very positive. Plus they are facilities with just neuros and in general, seem very similar to what I have seen in the past. I am also considering a physical medicine and rehab physician at a spine clinic here, to possibly see if there is something to my neck, shoulder, and jaw pain. I guess essentially hoping that maybe they would look for similar issues as the Headache Institute, minus the sinuses and ear pain.

In the meantime, I've been looking for anything else that might help. Possibly changing my pillow to see if that will help with my neck/shoulder stiffness, seeing what vitamin supplements I could add, etc. My previous neuro always tried to get me to do yoga on a regular basis as a way to help me reduce stress so maybe that is something that I can think about. He also recommended regular massages, but...I'm no Rockefeller

That's great that you seem to be feeling better and are happy about your treatments. It makes a world of difference when you have confidence in your doctor(s).

You don't know how much I appreciate all of this information!

 
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I understand about the chiro! I'm thinking the same thing... keeping that as an option in my mind, but wanting to try other things first. I just get nervous from hearing about some negative experiences people have had.

That is the same institute I visit! I would actually suggest you keep looking into the spine clinics, because the Headache Institute is also a spine clinic. Basically, they treat people with headaches (the general physician ONLY does this) and the physical therapist also works with some other kinds of spine issues. His practice is limited to the spine though. I'd imagine the treatment would be quite similar and they could still help out with migraines and headaches, even if that isn't the name of the place. Plus, the location sounds more convenient. Since I was going pretty often, convenience is definitely helpful when you can't take time off work or other things in your life. I went twice a week at first, and the place as on my way to work. When you mentioned the sinus and ear pain, do you mean that you do have those going on, or you did not? If you do, either place should be able to help with that too, but it takes time. If not, then that's just a couple less things to worry about!

If you find a good pillow, let me know! I'm also wondering if I should get some new pillows. I've tried contoured memory foam pillows and regular ones. My doctor just said to make sure my head isn't tilted and is straight. He said sleeping on side is what works best for most of his patients. Some sleep on their back, but some actually get soreness in the back of their head from back sleeping. Stomach sleeping is the worst and he had me stop doing that immediately since I always slept on my stomach. No more stomach sleeping has been the main thing to help relieve my sinus pressure!

The general physician recommended I start taking 500 mg of magnesium each evening and 400 mg of vitamin B2. I bought the magnesium but will need to special order the B2 since I can't find it in those quantities in stores. I was concerned that the amount was so high, but I kept seeing that same dosage on various migraine prevention websites and there is no known toxic level of B2. It takes some time to see a benefit and I just started, but we'll see how it goes. I have also read about some other vitamins, but have not tried them.

The massages sound nice! Stress can definitely play a big part. Even if it wasn't the main thing causing the migraines, it can make it worse or make them occur more often. As soon as I get the OK, I am going to start doing more pilates because it really helps me relax, stay fit, and less body aches. For now, I'm doing low impact exercise like using the elliptical machine. I used to run a lot, so I had to adjust to doing something gentler. I've noticed that sometimes I feel my best all day while working out (of course not when a migraine is about to happen though!)! I told my doctor and he said sitting at a desk all day probably bothers me because of less circulation in the joint area.

Sleep plays a BIG part too! I'm supposed to talk to my doctor about it more next week. I know I don't get enough sleep and I'm sure that's holding me back some. I think I'm the type of person that needs 8-9 hours each night. I was taking medication from my neurologist that made my heart race and made it hard to fall asleep, even when I was exhausted. I sure did get cranky! I fall asleep faster now, but I am a light sleeper and never feel well rested. I feel good on the weekends when I sleep much more!

I have enjoyed chatting about everything and I hope things work out! Let me know if you find anything else that helps you in the meantime. I really hope that I'll be able to help at least one other person find some good possibilities on how to feel better from migraines.

 
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Hi there!

I would love to be able to go somewhere that treats headaches and migraines specifically, but being close to home would be great. You brought up some good points about the spine physician and the possibility of him being able to do the same treatments. It's definitely something to think about. That's really funny that we were both talking about the same Headache Institute! And no, I haven't noticed any sinus issues or ear pain.

I take at least 500mg/day of magnesium. I am only taking a B Complex now, but I need to start taking a higher dosage of the B-2 again (now that you mentioned it). That is what my neuro recommended...and it was 400mg/day. When I used to take it, I just took multiple pills to equal the 400mg because I didn't want to have to order it online.

Stress certainly plays a big part for me. My old neuro thought that my biggest problem was my inability to release my stress (from my descriptions about my personality and the tension that he always felt in my neck and shoulders). I worry and worry and all the tension and stress just keeps building up. He described my migraines as a way for my body to release all of the bad and 'reset my clock' before something worse potentially happens.

I do neck stretches while I'm at my desk at work. I need to exercise some more...I run sometimes, but with the heat lately I need to figure out an alternative. I have sleep issues too so sometimes I take melatonin (5-10mg). I would say that I get about 6-7 hours of sleep so I could probably use more. I was thinking about a contoured memory foam pillow, a tempur-pedic or something because I keep reading that many people find them beneficial...did you not like yours? I have a regular shaped latex one now and it's just doing something funky that my body is not agreeing with. I usually sleep on my side, but I'll sleep on my back on occasion. I will get that soreness in the back of my head/neck if I'm on my back and the pillow is too firm.

I am most grateful for your good thoughts and kind words. I wish the best for you as well!

 
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When you mentioned taking multiple pills to get enough B2, did you take more of the B complex or were you able to find B2 by itself? I have only checked grocery stores and need to go to a vitamin shop or specialty store, but I can't find B2 by itself. I wondered if it would be okay to take more of the B complex or if I'd get too much of other nutrients. Most of the B complexes I see have about 12-20 mg of B2, so I'd have to take MANY pills!

Stress can do such awful things to us! I do biofeedback at my appointments with the physical therapist and find that I'm usually very tense when I first start, but I am quite good at relaxing a lot. Basically, the device gives you numbers measuring your stress in the muscles it's connected to. It can range from in the hundreds down to zero. I typically level out to under 10 and my lowest at 3 within about 5 minutes. Although I can relax that much, I probably don't do so well during the day!

If you have anything going on with your neck/spine, it's probably good to not run all that often. I had to give it a 6 month break while I walk and use the elliptical machine. I haven't been outside much due to the heat. If I ever go outside for a walk, I wait until the sun is down. Usually I go to the gym so I can work out in the air condition. I'm a bit sensitive to the heat and also to cold temperatures! My joints hurt a lot at work since they keep it very cool.

I get about the same amount of sleep you do and think my body needs 8-9 hours per night since I am always so tired! I wish I were one of those people that feel great after only 5 hours. With the contoured pillow, I felt like some nights I liked it and other nights I couldn't get comfortable. I bought one that wasn't too expensive (not the Tempurpedic brand) just in case! I think it works better for sleeping on my back. Lately, my dog has taken over that pillow!

 
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The B Complex pills that I've looked at all have B-2 in dosages that are way too low. I've found that specialty stores like GNC, The Vitamin Shoppe, etc carry the higher dosages (like 100mg or so). I'd like to check out Sunflower Market and Whole Foods as well because I have found that their supplement selections are pretty large. We got the B Complex liquid that I'm currently taking from Whole Foods and the B-12 is 5,000mcg, which is higher than what you would find at your typical grocery store or chain pharmacy. Unfortunately the B-2 is only 50mg.

That biofeedback that you mentioned is very interesting. Do you have any specific techniques to help you de-stress and relax? That's also very helpful to know about not running with neck/back issues. I'll have to pass that along to my boyfriend who has been having a lot of problems with back spasms (not sure why). His office recently moved to a new building that has a gym available to employees so perhaps we could both use elliptical machines rather than running.

I am always tired as well and I can't figure it out...isn't it frustrating? I have a bit of an insomnia problem because even when I do have the opportunity to sleep in, like the weekends, I will always wake up too early (and not be able to get back to sleep). Have you tried ear plugs and/or a sleep mask to see if that might help, since you're a light sleeper? Those both help me at least sleep better through the night since I am a light sleeper as well.

You know what, you are right about the contour pillow, it is meant for back sleepers. I was just looking online and it stated that. Who knew that pillows would involve so much research...

That's funny about your dog! We rescued a dog in Feb and he kept trying to jump up on our sectional. So, I replaced the old clothes that were in his dog bed with cheapo pillows from Wal-Mart and that did the trick. He never jumped on the sofa again. These dogs and pillows...

 
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I will be sure to look at some of those stores for the vitamins! My doctor gave me a phone number for a place that she recommends buying from, but I'm curious to see if they cost a lot more. She mentioned that many vitamins are not necessarily regulated (I don't remember if it was the FDA or something else...) and could be as much as 20% off the amounts. I figure with B2, since there are no known toxic levels, I'd go for something convenient and a good price in the meantime.

Running definitely just is harder on the body! Just think about the higher impact when your feet hit the ground compared to something like the elliptical machine. All of that pounding (even with good shoes) can be tough on areas of the body that are already hurting or weakening. I'm sure it just hurts a sensitive head too! Working out is probably my #1 thing I do for stress. I listen to music and tune out my surroundings. As soon as I can do pilates again, I will definitely do it because that was the most relaxing workout, but still effective! I always felt great after just 20 minutes of a pilates dvd. It teaches you to breathe in a way to relax as well! I also just try to have more down time in general. I used to feel lazy to lay down and take a nap or watch TV, but my doctor suggested I rest more and it definitely helps. At work, sometimes just a quick coffee break or stepping outside helps. My workload has been a bit overwhelming, so I try to focus on being efficient and productive and not worry too much about the many assignments. This year I want to start painting and drawing more, which I really enjoy... it's also great for stress!

One of the best things I bought for my house was blackout drapes! I highly recommend them to anyone who wakes up too early from the light. I can sleep in, but if it's bright in the room, I will wake up even if I still need more rest. They have been wonderful! I also do have a sleep mask just in case. I realized that sleeping in a bright room was actually a migraine trigger for me!
I haven't used plugs before, but I'd consider them if there were ever too much noise. People recommend that pets not sleep in bed, but to me they are comforting to have around, even if they occasionally do interrupt my sleep. I'm glad your dog is enjoying the pillows! Mine enjoy just about anything soft and comfortable.

I finally get to hear about my blood work tomorrow at my doctor's appointment. I'm very eager to hear if I have anything that is off-balance that might contribute to migraines or tiredness. It seems liked tiredness/fatigue is one other thing that is VERY hard to figure out, just like migraines & headaches! So many things can cause it.

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Hi tUrRrRa,

It's been several days since your post...how did your blood tests go? I hope that the results were in your favor. I wanted to let you know that I just got back from CVS and I actually found some 100mg B-2 vitamins. They are the brand 'Nature's Bounty' and they were buy one, get one free if you have a CVS card...so around eight dollars and some change (excluding tax)? I need something convenient and cheap as well since I already take so many medications. If it's not cheap, I won't keep up with it.

Wow, so you paint and draw too? What are your favorite subjects/style? I was an Art major in college. I've been wanting to get back to my Art, but my procrastination gets the best of me. I'd like to get into encaustic painting and collage, but well...I just can't get myself to actually work on it for some reason :/ Not sure if my mind is too jumbled up with work, stress, etc. Even though I need the creative outlet to get my mind OFF of all of that...haha

I did some walking this past week even though I didn't feel as if it was a workout per se. At least it was something, it was relaxing, and since it was dusk and cooler, the pup got to go on the walk too. I think yoga works for me in the same way that pilates works for you. I believe that the breathing really does make a difference! I really need to do yoga again because I've been extremely stressed from work and I bring the stress home with me.

That's a good tip about the blackout drapes. We still rent so I never wanted to spend the money on them, but perhaps I should spend a bit more and get a super comfy sleep mask. I would wake up constantly if my pup slept in the bed with me, I'm just that sensitive of a sleeper. But, he usually sleeps on the floor beside me and I find that comforting.

Well, if you feel like sharing the news...please let me know what your results were

 
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Hi there! I did receive my blood work and the only defficiency was Vitamin D, so I will start taking some D supplements pretty soon. It wasn't extremely low (I can't remember the exact number), so I'm not sure if I would feel any symptoms from it or if they would be from something else. However, my doctor wants to run a couple more thyroid-related checks, so I'm doing additional blood work this weekend probably. She thinks that my fluctuations in body temperature mgiht have to do with that. Luckily I haven't had that happening as often!

Wow, thanks for letting me know about CVS having the B2 and for letting me know aobut the sale. I'll definitely check the one by my house after work today! I feel the same way about medication price. I recently switched my birth control to generic to save money (went from $38 to less than $5 per month and I don't even notice a difference with how I feel!), especially with having to add these new supplements and possibly other medication. It has been a very experience last couple of years for me (marriage, bought a house, bought a new car, and these various doctor appointments), so saving money is helpful.

Art is such a great stress reliever! I am sure I don't have nearly as much experience as you since it's just been a hobby for me, but I've mainly worked with portraits and various still life or landscapes. I've done mostly drawing but also enjoy painting. A lot of my portraits were a little more abstract or had some kind of contemporary look to them, but I really want to try to work on projects that I can hang up in my home. I have a canvas with various blended squares in warm colors that I really like and want to try creating projects in similar styles. The one project that my family really enjoyed for a gift was one of my youngest brother made with pointilism. The tiny dots made the project take forever, but they loved how it turned out! You should definitely take up art more again maybe even just some projects would be good with everything going on. Last thing you want is for it to create more stress!

That sounds great about the walking! I really like both yoga and pilates! Overall, both have that calming effect. The good thing about those blackout drapes is that they may be good for different windows due to the style. They are not fitted to the exact window, but more of the type that may hang to the side of a window and can be closed together. You would however need to buy a rod that works for your window size. When I rented in the past, I also didn't bother with curtains. One time I actually put up a black microfleece blanket and it blocks out a lot of light. It may not be the fanciest, but it worked! I gave it to a friend later and they like using it the same way.

I'll definitely let you know if I find out more about the blood work and anything that might be related to migraines. I did see that a vitamin D deficiency may be linked to migraines, but I'm not sure how low the level typically is for this to happen. I did see some studies where migraine-sufferers did have moderately low levels, more like mine.

 
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Re: Worried about Sudden Change in Migraines

I forgot to mention one last thing in my last post. A coworker mentioned to me the "McKenzie method" for neck troubles like mine. McKenzie has several books out related to this, so I may purchase one. While reading the many good reviews, I saw so many people who had migraines that improved after following the neck exercises in the book. Some of them had been going to chiropractors and physical therapists but found more relief with the book! I am very curious to see if it can help aches in the head that may be linked to the spine.

 
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Update - I was able to greatly increase the severity of my menstrual migraine I was expecting, for the first time ever! During that day, I still felt the throbbing pain and rested/slept most of the day since it was during the weekend, but it never got debilitating! As long as I rested, the discomfort was not too bad. I only took Excedrin Migraine for the pain. What I did was take muscle relaxers every 2 hours and I was pleasantly surprised that it helped! My doctor recommended I try doing this and I'll definitely continue! I could not be more thankful

 
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Re: Worried about Sudden Change in Migraines

Hi tUrRrRa! It's been awhile...sorry about that. Thank you for all of the updates. I'm glad that there were no serious issues with you. Have you been taking more Vit-D to supplement the deficiency...has it helped if you have? That's great about the muscle relaxer! It's amazing how happy we can be (yet still be in pain...just not in as much pain ). I remember that I took a muscle relaxer for many years a long time ago (amitriptyline)...I used it as a preventative. It sounds like that clinic is really helping you. I'm glad that you are finally finding some relief. Any new updates since then?

I have been out of pocket trying to figure out some solutions. I had a bad migraine a couple of weeks ago and the new abortive that I was prescribed from the newest neuro didn't work. I haven't seen anyone for my neck pain, but I had to go to the dentist for some sudden pain in my tooth last week. I told her about the neck and jaw pain that I've had for the last year and a half or so and she started feeling my jaw/neck muscles and immediately said that I'm clenching my teeth at night...and probably during the day from how tight my muscles were. She suggested a mouth guard and massage therapy (massage strikes again, haha). I've tried two otc mouth guards, but both of them are extremely uncomfortable so I might have to save up for a custom made one. But, the night or two that I did manage to sleep through the night wearing it, my jaw felt a lot less pain and I didn't have any tension headaches during the day. I don't think that it will help my migraines since I've had them for so long, but relieving any pain is a plus, I suppose.

I did stop taking one of my preventative pills about a month ago hoping that the increase in B-2 would supplement, but I don't think that it's enough since I had the migraine recently. One step at a time, I guess...

 
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