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I wish

This damn headache I've had for the past 10 days goes away soon.

it comes in varying stages of "OW"

NOTHING HELPS!

I've tried every brand of pill. From Tylenol, to Excedrin migraine, tension headache, ibuprofen, aspirin, Aleve, ALL OF THEM.

Nothing works. It goes down to a small annoyance right between my eyes if I sleep in a very dark room with the ice mask on.

I get up, it's okay for an hour... five minutes online and I can no longer see straight and have to go lie back down.

I want this to go away, and I don't know what's causing it.

I can't eat right, I can't even see straight it's all blurry.

I've never suffered from migraines and I REALLY do not want to start now.

Any suggestions for getting migraines to go away apart from the obvious, I already know about, dark room, cool packs, etc...
Those help, but I gotta be able to FUNCTION beyond the 800 naps I'm taking daily.

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irishangels
Aug. 19th, 2003 12:08 am (UTC)
Sorry you still don't feel well :( I can't really think of anything that you haven't listed already. Um, have you tried just plain old antihistamine....benedryl. Sometimes when I have a headache from hell and nothing else works, I take it...sleep and wake groggy but usually pain free. That and a nice scalp massage.

Hope you wake up sans headache!


~Min
fablespinner
Aug. 20th, 2003 05:59 pm (UTC)
I take tons of anti allergy stuff every day, I doubt it's my allergies.

But it's worth a shot I suppose.
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fablespinner
Aug. 20th, 2003 06:00 pm (UTC)
Nearly 2 weeks now... today it's migrated to the back of my neck rather that just between my eyes (It's still there too).

Shoot me.

krimstorm
Aug. 19th, 2003 04:49 am (UTC)
My Father always suggested for me to take a cocktail of some of the listed pain meds above. I think his prefered was 3 tylenol and 2 advil at the same time or another mix of said meds with the same ratio *2 tylenol and 1 advil or 4 tylenol and 3 advil, ect...*. It's always worked for me, I'd be careful of the higher ratios though, the first one is the one I was always told to take... If it doesn't go away soon with whaterever meds you decided to take next, I would suggest seeing a doctor because something may not be right with you, I'd have the eyes checked first... I hope it gets better before you'd have to do anything like that though...

Krim
fablespinner
Aug. 20th, 2003 06:04 pm (UTC)
I tired cocktails too. Nada

GOnna try the holistic methods listed here, see if they help.

Thanks though!

xoxox
caerfree
Aug. 19th, 2003 09:20 am (UTC)
It could be yeast. That's what happened to my friend anyway. Once she got the sugar and breads out of her diet, her headaches got less. You may go to the natural food store close by and get a "Candida cleanse" of some sort. All women have it. IF there's a lot of sugar in our diets it can cause major problems... even if you don't get yeast infections.

My two cents anyway. Cleanse your liver and such. Go on a juice fast. Just give your body a break from the poisons.
fablespinner
Aug. 20th, 2003 06:06 pm (UTC)
Well there's NOT a lot of sugar in my diet.

I'm diabetic so I really have to watch the sugar.

I can't drink juice because of that.

><

Gonna try cutting out the milk and tea for a bit, see if that helps.

jo_mako
Aug. 19th, 2003 09:55 am (UTC)
I have been thinking about this...you say the comp just drives it into over gear? Have you turned down the brightness on your screen?

Light of anykind can kill my eyes and cause agonizing pain. It sounds like you might be developing what I've lived with for 2/3 of my life...hyper sensitivity to light.

If all else fails, I might suggest (and no I'm not smoking crack right now) getting lavender, the actual plant. I prefer the English lavender because it's not as ponging as the french stuff. and sniffing a small bouquet of that. the scent helps me when all else fails sometimes.
fablespinner
Aug. 20th, 2003 06:07 pm (UTC)
I've turned the brightness WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY down.

It's all shades of dull gray currently until this headache passes.

beechan2
Aug. 19th, 2003 12:07 pm (UTC)
Migraines.. ugh... Xx;;...
The normal pain killers don't work on mine either. Only a things work, I find:

1) Visiting a chiropractor **if you can find one that does pressure point chiropractic, that's even better. Mine just happens to be into yoga and karma and natural healing of all sorts, so he always has like scented candles burning that help the patient to relax, and natural sounds or soft classical music playing.**

2) green tea, to help you relax **has anti-oxidants**

3) NO CAFFEINE! NONE!

4) Tylenol with CODEINE. It will make you sleepy, BUT the codeine helps your muscles relax and loosen your blood vessels, because when you get a migraine, your blood vessels constrict. You need that blood flow.
The tylenol will help with the pain then.

5) I also find that the scent of lemongrass also helps a lot. But if you do get it, get the oil and dab it on your temples. Don't get lemongrass scented candles. The smoke from the flame can sometimes make the migraine worse.

**hugs**

Also, when you do nap, fold up a pillow in half and put it under your neck. That might help some too.

Best of luck to ya, D. I know the pain of super migraines, so I understand the pain you're going through.

**hugs again**

~~Bee-chan
fablespinner
Aug. 20th, 2003 06:09 pm (UTC)
No insurance = No visits to doctors unless I am in fear of DEATH currently.

I'd rather smell feet too than smell lemongrass. ~_^

So gonna try some of the holistic methods mentioned about tea and lactose being cut out of my diet.

I'll see if that helps
bonesy
Aug. 19th, 2003 12:32 pm (UTC)
Migraine...
I've suffered form chronic migraines my entire life, and like you said, nothing...absolutely nothing makes it go away. The only thing that ever worked for me was taking at least a day off of work, which for me meant staying away from my computer, take two asprin, lie down, get comfy, pull out the ice mask, and sleep for twenty four hours. Just completely veg out for the day. Don't go near bright lights, sych as the computer monitor until it stops because it's almost garunteed to make your head hurt again. Also, just on a last minute note, how big is Visalia now? The last time I saw it I was five, and it was still pretty small.
fablespinner
Aug. 20th, 2003 06:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Migraine...
Visalia is a PIT of NOTHINGNESS

*sigh*

Lack of civilization bites.

I'm sure nothing has changed since you left.
etcetera_cat
Aug. 19th, 2003 03:08 pm (UTC)
Aching heads...
Unfortunately you sound as if you're in the middle of a photo-sensitive migraine... from experience, they're no fun.. photosensitivity in general is a big pile of suck... If you absolutely have to use a computer then turn the brightness down as far as you can, or wear a pair of sunglasses to look at the screen. If you don't have to use a comp, then leave well alone for at least 24 hours...
Painkiller wise, have you tried codiene, or a codiene/(something else, usually paracetamol) combination? If you're doctor's nice, you could see if they will prescribe you with a coupla doses of "Dicolvol" (dicolfenac sodium) which is what I take to tone down my migraines... if you don't normally get them, diclovol'll pretty much kick your pain receptors into touch.
Preventative, kinda-holistic wise... No caffiene of any kind! It's a vaso-constrictor and vaso-constriction is what causes head pain, caffiene also heightens your awareness of pain in general.
If possible, cut out dairy and yeast for a few days as well... it sounds harsh but lactose and Candida spp. can aggravate neuralgia conditions.
Also avoid citrus fruits such as oranges, limes, grapefruit, lemons, like the plague, as the fruit acids also increase sensitivity to pain.
Darkness is good, but if you do need some light, then try to make it red-filtered, as red light is the least straining on the eyes and optic nerves. Lightwise, halogen white-lights are the absolute worse...
Headache wise... it sounds like you either have a migraine or a cluster headache...
Migraine: the pain feel like a vice around your head, contracting inwards, and can also become concetrated in one particular area. Nausea and lack of balance are also migraine symptoms, and are a recognised part of a 'migraine aura'. Migraine auras can manifest as: visual/audio disturbances (such as an inability to focus, persistent 'black spots' in your vision) sudden photo- or audio-sensitivity, lack of co-ordination and balance, extreme and persistant nausea, loss of appetite, change in bowel movements...the list goes on... Generally, the more aura you get, the worse the migraine is going to be (unfortunately, and I seem to go for the full spectrum auras lol).
CLuster Headache: Most people don;t know the difference, but a cluster headache is where the pain radiates from one specific area in your head, and it usually ranges from a sharp to a dull ache. Stress causes cluster headaches, like migraines, and cluster headaches can also cause altered photo-sensitivity, particularly if the pain is centred round your visual cortex (that's located at the back of your head). Holistic- type things are the same for cluster headaches as migraines...
Seriously mate, I'd go bug a doctor as anything head-related that lasts more than 3 days need seeing to (even if it's just to eliminate the shadowy-scary diagnoses of causes) plus your doctor will be able to prescribe NSAIDs that are a lot stronger than what you get over-the-counter.
~etcetera-cat
Hope this extended 'migraine-suffering-medical-based-person' rant helps some...
fablespinner
Aug. 19th, 2003 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Aching heads...
YOu just described what I've been suffering to a TEE!

*prints this page*

I have been drinking TONS of Iced Tea, Diet Soda, and taking Excedrin I'm so Hyped on Caffiene it's not funny. I will cut it out.

Along with the Dairy *cries* I also drink Milk like it's going out of style, eat cottage Cheese and crackers for brekkers, and well pretty much snack on cheddar cubes.

I've just been compounding a problem it looks like. I will try this.

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU
etcetera_cat
Aug. 20th, 2003 01:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Aching heads...
:D You're welcome! I get migraines of the very nasty variety at regular intervals, so you have my most decided sympathies!
As for excluding dairy, I did a total exclusion for about 3 months, which meant that I couldn't evwen touch things with whey powder and so on in (I ate vegetables. And apples. And that was it depressingly) but you can probably get away with trying it for a week or so of total exlcusion of obvious dairy-containing things, then gradually re-introduce things one at a time... also try skimmed or semi-skimmed milk as it's lower in fat, which can aggravate already annoyed guts (or my guts at any time lol).
As for the cheddar chesse... do you ship for the extra mature stuff or the mild stuff? If you really are craving cheddar, then go for the mild stuff (for all that it tastes like yellow plastic) as it's a tad more hypo-allergenic... or you could try vegan cheese, as that is gaurenteed to never have been near a cow in it's life!
Right... scary little lecture over *laughs*
~etcetera-cat
Oh! Also! *just remembered* As well as the whole red-light thing, if you want light bright enough to work by, then I suggest investing in a daylight simulation bulb, as they are sooo much nicer than the usual xenon/inert-gases lightbulbs...
Ok... rant really over now lol

fablespinner
Aug. 20th, 2003 06:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Aching heads...
Cheese = Nothing less then Tillamook's Medium

Mild is plasic crap, UNLESS you get the fresh cheddar curds from the dairy. *Eyes glaze*
Oh those are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good.

KEEP the Vegan crap. I like ms. bessy in my cheese thanks.

THey can eat all the tofu they want to... more power to them. I want meat occasionally and I want cheese and milk.

Especially the dairy products, Ice cream, milk, cheese, yogurt, etc....

and I have a lamp beside me, its florescant and behind my head, mild light, not a problem there in this office for several low wattage bulbs. We have an overhead, a desk lamp on mom's desk, and a lamp up on the book case too.

^_^

no problem there.
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chancellor_wu
Aug. 19th, 2003 08:59 pm (UTC)
So much good advice and so many caring people. It warms the very cockles of my heart.

I do hope you get to feeling better. Your head is too pretty to hurt.

My aunt used to have migranes. She swears by taking milk thistle, I think is what she said. I could be wrong, but I think that's it.

I'll send up a prayer for you!
fablespinner
Aug. 20th, 2003 06:11 pm (UTC)
milk thistle?

I've never even HEARD of that.

O_O

Where the hell would I get that?

LOL
chancellor_wu
Aug. 20th, 2003 09:32 pm (UTC)
Any good herb store should have it. It's good for other things as well.
My grandmother, mother and sister are all fans of herbal medicine.
I have a few friends though that are fans of just one herb ~_^
chancellor_wu
Aug. 21st, 2003 03:15 pm (UTC)
STOP the presses!

LIke the one poster said above feverfew is what helps my aunt's headaches. She has really bad ones at times and it's the only thing that helps.

She takes milk thistle for some liver pains she has. I had to make sure. Taking it wouldn't kill you or anything but if you did want to try it, it would just be a waste unless you have liver problems.

Sorry 'bout that.
mockingbirdq
Aug. 20th, 2003 02:58 pm (UTC)
more suggestions...
For future reference, here's a few other things that have helped me in the past...

-My doctor recommended I take an herb called Feverfew at least twice a day, even when not having headaches. It seemed to cut down the number/intensity of the headaches.

-Try soaking just your feet in really hot water, as hot as you can stand it without scalding yourself. The theory is that all the blood pounding in your skull rushes to your feet. I like to put a little lavender oil in the water as well...

-I took a prescription muscle relaxer call Skelaxin when they were really bad. It really helps although it can only be taken at night and it can become addictive.

-One interesting note: I suffered from migraines that became progressively worse for nearly 4 years, and went through three doctors before finding one who isolated the cause. Mine happens to be birth control pills - I've tried every known "family" of the pill and ALL of them cause migraines for me.
fablespinner
Aug. 20th, 2003 03:05 pm (UTC)
Re: more suggestions...
I don't take BC pills.

1.) they don't work for me
2.) because I can't have kids anyway
3.) wouldn't need them even if 1 and 2 didn't exist. Need to have sex occasionally to worry about pregnancy.

~_^

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