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Old 03-24-2012, 04:47 AM   #1
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Frustration - daily life impaired by recurring migraines

Hi all,
I have never posted as much on this board as I have this week, but then I have never been as hassled by migraine as I have this week. It is getting to the point where I am unable to complete a full day's work and I am reluctant to make firm plans with friends etc because I am almost certain I will have some sort of migraine episode during the day.

It all started last Sunday with what I thought was my usual monthly migraine - which usually is only the visual aura (as unpleasant and disturbing as I find this, I am aware that this is nothing compared to the full blown migraine headache incidents I have had this week!). I have had one day this week without migraine episode and I have been concerned enough to go to the optician's to get my eyes checked out.

I am trying to figure out now if I have a new trigger. The seasons are turning and I have noticed two of my attacks this week have involved changinq quality of light - one at dusk and one in the middle of the day when the sun was burning off fog.

Is there anything I can do to prevent these attacks and be able to get on with life! I rarely take off work ill and I have had to cry off on a couple of arrangements this week. I hate messing people about.

Sorry to be such a moan. I'm hoping for a migraine free Saturday and trip to the cinema later but I have already told my friend that I won't be able to make any definite decisions until closer to the time.

Thanks for your help again!

 
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:47 PM   #2
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Re: Frustration - daily life impaired by recurring migraines

Well your best bet is to start a headache diary (you can find one on the internet) and keep it for a neurologist to review. Once a neurologist has conducted any tests they deem necessary they can prescribe medications that will help stop daily headaches. Most people use topamax, I am not keppra. There are downsides to the medication but if your headaches start to interfere with your daily life the downsides may be considered less than those of the migraines.

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Old 04-26-2012, 11:12 AM   #3
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Re: Frustration - daily life impaired by recurring migraines

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Hi all,
I have never posted as much on this board as I have this week, but then I have never been as hassled by migraine as I have this week. It is getting to the point where I am unable to complete a full day's work and I am reluctant to make firm plans with friends etc because I am almost certain I will have some sort of migraine episode during the day.

It all started last Sunday with what I thought was my usual monthly migraine - which usually is only the visual aura (as unpleasant and disturbing as I find this, I am aware that this is nothing compared to the full blown migraine headache incidents I have had this week!). I have had one day this week without migraine episode and I have been concerned enough to go to the optician's to get my eyes checked out.

I am trying to figure out now if I have a new trigger. The seasons are turning and I have noticed two of my attacks this week have involved changinq quality of light - one at dusk and one in the middle of the day when the sun was burning off fog.

Is there anything I can do to prevent these attacks and be able to get on with life! I rarely take off work ill and I have had to cry off on a couple of arrangements this week. I hate messing people about.

Sorry to be such a moan. I'm hoping for a migraine free Saturday and trip to the cinema later but I have already told my friend that I won't be able to make any definite decisions until closer to the time.

Thanks for your help again!
I was having 2-3 Migraines a week before I started Topamax. Seriously debilitating migraines. After 2-1/2 yrs on Topamax I am now Migraine free and off the Topamax. I got no side effects from the Topamax except for Dry Mouth (which led to a few cavities). My neurologist said that if I could go 9-12 months without a migraine, that I could stop the Topamax. It took 2-1/2 yrs but they finally stopped altogether. Have you looked into this medication? As a helpful hint, I got my Rx's from Northwest Pharmacy in Canada (website) 1yr supply for about $125. Can't beat that with a stick.

I hope you find a solution - I know how those headaches feel. Good luck to you, friend.

 
Old 04-29-2012, 06:41 AM   #4
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Re: Frustration - daily life impaired by recurring migraines

Thanks for your reply. I now have not had one single migraine for more than a week - great! I'm now completely mystified as to what caused this episode and if it is likely to reoccur. I did find out that I have raised platelets at the minute. I'm hoping that they will return but this explains a lot of the symptoms I was having. I guess time will only tell but for now I'm glad to have some normality back!

 
Old 05-15-2012, 11:06 PM   #5
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Re: Frustration - daily life impaired by recurring migraines

They may be stress related. You may need to see a psychologist. Meditation definitely helps. You could have a new allergy. Stretching and exercise help. Changing your diet, etc. And movies in 3-d that have those red and blue glasses definitely give me a migraine.

 
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