Hey guys, sorry if I sound like a noob when it comes to this, but I've only been experiencing migraines as of this year, since about February. I'm yet too tell my doctor, as I keep thinking that they are circumstantial and will never come back. Unfortunately I am wrong, and I'm getting one about once a week-fortnight. Sometimes they can last 3 hours, I've had some that last up too 12. I'm currently in the middle of a long haul one now, and I've tried everything on the list. Dark room, ice compressions, heat pack to the back of the neck, valium, loads of water. I'm in so much pain I can't stop it and it's making me ill which in turn is causing more pressure in my head. I'd be grateful for any help or suggestions. I'd give anything for it too just leave!
I plan on seeing my doctor on Monday as it is my little boys birthday weekend, and I can't bring myself to cancel on him too in a doctor's waiting room instead.
My migraine story: I’ve started experiencing migraines about a year ago. They have progressively gotten worse and are happening more frequently. Originally, they were tied to my menstrual cycle and were like clockwork. My doctor gave me birth control, which seemed to cause them to go haywire, more intense and randomly. The birth control has helped tremendously with my severe PMS symptoms so I don’t know if I should stop taking it. I recently got a prescription for Rizatriptan, but it makes my chest hurt and I generally feel funny, so I want to avoid taking it unless I really need it. Anyways, can anyone answer a few questions? They’re questions that google couldn’t readily answer for me. Thanks for your help.
If I took a Naproxan first, can you take a triptan if it doesn’t work? Is there a point where it’s too late to take migraine medicine?
If I want to go back off birth control, in your opinion would it make the migraines worse?
Does anyone ever get non-migraine throbbing in the same area their migraines affect? If I get stressed out, I get intense pain similar to my migraines, but if I can calm down the pain goes away immediately.
14 years of fighting with the pain and guilt. Calling in sick for being me, bailing on friends and fam. What if I just walk to the bridge... will it end? 8 days of vomiting and pain. I am at my end, and my doctor wont see me till 330 tomorrow, and I called Monday. Why cant I just ' check out'? Would the rocks hurt any more than this? Sorry guys, maybe first and last post. I hope they find a cure for you
I was recently diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines. I also have a neurological abnormality? (I had a difficult time understanding my doctor - I was in a lot of pain and she had a very thick accent). My neurologist prescribed Nortriptyline. I think my migraines and symptoms are linked to anxiety. My hands go numb when I get anxious.
Also went through a bunch of bloodwork and a stroke test... waiting on the results.
Has anyone here had experience with Nortriptyline?
Hey guys, this might be a long post but i will do my best to describe my current situation as efficiently as possible...
So, my names Jessy, im 24 and ive been suffering from headaches for about 5-6 years. It started out as a once in a while situation, which didnt really affect my daily life much, i could still go to school and function properly. Fast forward a couple years, for the last 4 years i'd say they've become chronic daily headaches. I wake up in the morning with a headache, go to sleep with a headache. The severity really changes out throughout the day without any notice, like ocean waves, but i dont remember a single day in the past years that i havent had a headache, even for a few moments, its always there. I cant sleep well anymore, and even when i do my sleep quality feels so bad, im so tired i could stay in bed for 2 days straight, my motivation for anything in life has just vanished, i dont really enjoy anything anymore and i dont look forward to anything, every day is just miserable. I also suffer with back problems, and possibly digestion problems as of 2019 (I get stomach aches when i eat most of the time). I still live at with my parents, sadly, and its taken them years to start believing my situation and start taking me seriously, which was a hard situation to deal with in itself..
I tried going to college, plenty and different jobs, and in the long runs its just impossible, i force myself everyday to go and end up burning out after a few weeks or months. Ive seen dozens of specialists, had tons of scans, MRI's and my doctor says everything looks normal. I really think my family doctor is terrible and doesnt understand the severity of my situation but theres no much i can do about it. Im very limited in the choices i can make because money is an issue, since working is very hard. Here are the specialists and the tricks ive tried to help solve my headaches, to no avail;
Family doctor (which sucks) - She's tried giving me alot of meds, like sleeping pills, anti-depressants, muscle relaxants, anti-migraines, and has sent me to many specialists, which has given 0 results. Sleeping pills dont work, even if i take 5x the dose, same for anti-depressants (i dont think im depressed, but the after 3 years i clearly dont feel great), muscle relants didnt seem to work either, even if i took 4x the max dose, and anti-depressants either. Passed a few bloodtests, which all returned good, same with blood pressure. She says that im technically in perfect condition and that she doesnt really know what to do anymore and asks me what i want instead.
Neurologist - Kept telling me she was certain i was just stressed and depressed, which caused my headaches, so she prescribed me 3 months of anti-depressants, which did NOT work. Went back after 3 months and she kept telling me she was certain it was my problem, so she prescribed me the same pills with 2x the dosage. Ditched her after that point.
Physiotherapist - Gave me some shock treatments, warm towels, some painful massages, and a couple stretches for the neck and back, which didnt do anything.
Chiropractor - Went to see 2 different chiropractors, about 3-4 times each. Cracked my backed, neck, 1 of them used a vibrating tool for my spine (i have bad back pain, lower, middle and upper). The other did the same but was more physical, with massages and pressure points. Did not do anything different.
Osteopath - Saw her 3 times. Said my skull bones werent moving at all, so she massaged the inside of my mouth? (very weird). She also held constant pressure at the base of my neck, which during the 2nd visit released something (i felt like a big blood rush to my face, like taking off a tight rubber-band and letting the blood flow), but it didnt produce any results besides that. I'd say the headaches were even worse the week after the 2nd treatment.
Otorhinolaryngologist (ORL) - I had a problem breathing at night without my head being elevated, so i had a nose surgery to fix a deviated septum. Definitely helped with breathing, but didnt solve my initial problem, headaches.
Allergies - Checked if maybe allergies were causing this, but nothing.
Dentist - Had alot of dental work done (i didnt floss much as a kid), so alot of teeth were affected, but not terribly. Also had my 2 bottom wisdom teeth pulled out (they were growing sideways into my bottom teeth) which was probably the most painful thing i've ever felt, but it didnt help with headaches.
Sleep apnea - Tried the machine twice but the results were inconclusive because i cant sleep to provide enough data. Doctor said i didnt have any symptoms that could lead to sleep apnea.
Podiatrist - I always felt like my walk was awkward, so i had a check to see if my maybe a feet problem was causing poor posture, which could cause a body inbalance, which could lead to headaches. I have a condition known as High Arched Feet, and i need to buy feet orthosis, but she didnt really think it could cause chronic daily headaches. Anyways, they are way too expensive i couldnt afford them (800$). I think this might be a big factor to my knee and back pain when standing or sitting for an hour or 2.
TMJ - Chewing gum and singing produce more pressure and i have the left side my jaw clicking, so i had a scan for that as well. Turns out i have a subluxation of my left joint, but my family doctor couldnt tell me if it was important or not. Still waiting on information about that.
MRI and cerebral scan - returned normale, nothing unusual. Was done about 3-4 years ago.
Scans from neck all the way down to the hips - Family doctor said nothing was wrong, chiropractor said i had upper spine arthrosis, but nothing crazy, a couple of crooked ribs and hip, did a bunch of cracks, didnt help back pain, didnt help posture, and didnt do anything but make my wallet emptier.
MRI and shoulder scan - One of my shoulders is painful and has reduced flexibility and really bad cracking when moving, so i had a scan for that this week (july 16th), still waiting on results. Maybe it could cause my neck muscles to be tense and cause headaches, will keep it updated.
Food wise, i dont think i have the best diet, but definitely not terrible either. Having a really poor sleep really messes up with my routine ( i dont have any), so having a strict diet is really hard. I dont drink ANY soda, barely any juice, mostly water and i try to stay as hydrated as possible. I try not to eat after waking up anymore because i get stomach aches. Sometimes i think im hungry because i havent ate for a whole day but realize i wasnt and feel really bad, and sometimes i always feel hungry, even after eating.
Exercise - I cant exercise or do anything physical or stressful because i get worse headache symptons. I tried playing hockey and going to the gym on several occasions, and after 10-15 minutes i lose all my breathe and feel extremely fatigued, my breathing also becomes raspy like i had a pneumonia for a few hours after. I used to be very active as a kid, played hockey and soccer for over 10 years, played drums too, was very active in school.
General information on my headaches - I highly doubt they are migraines, because i dont suffer from any symptoms migraines usually produce, like aura's, light sensitivity, etc. The only symptom i have is throbbing. When lying down, all i can hear and feel is my heartbeat through my skull, limbs, etc. It generally feels like a tight rubber band is squeezing my head to the point where it wants to burst, pain around the temples, behind the eyes, mostly in my forehead and back of skull around the neck. Usually affects both sides equally but sometimes i get an occasional instant worse headache on 1 side, like a shock for a brief moment, sometimes a few minutes. I feel tension and pressure all around my face, in the cheeks, behind my eyes, temples, neck, all the way down to my teeth. I feel myself trying to squeeze my teeth together to try and lessen the pressure. I always have red dots around my eyes like busted blood vessels, probably from the pressure.
So in short, i've seen pretty much every specialist i can afford and they all tell me the same thing - you are healthy. I have lost all my motivation to get help, or actually any motivation at all, i dont have any goals anymore, every day feels like a chore and i find myself hopeing everyday ends quickly. I feel like a zombie, no energy whatsoever, and sleeping doesnt seem to help with that. I wake up alot and tend to have a very light sleep. I feel like im always alert to my surroundings. I dont recall remembering any dreams in the past 5-6 years. It takes alot of effort to get out of bed and start my day, and after having a big day it feels like it takes a week to recover. I dont have any money to afford anything too expensive, and besides i dont know what to do anymore. At this point i'd rather find out i have terminal brain cancer then live on like this never finding out my problem, i dont think i can go on much longer, i am physically and psychologically dead.
Any help would be very appreciated.. I've never posted to reddit before but im out of options. If anyone wants to message or talk to me personally outside of Reddit, my discord user is Oto#4667 or feel free to leave a message in my discord channel https://discord.gg/M2Td9vj
About one week into take topiramate and tonight I started experiencing full face numbness and tingling. It’s been four hours since this started and I have been unable to smile propely or feel my face when I touch or pinch it. I’m afraid to continue using it since my migraines can be managed with caffeine, water, and other maybe a diet change/more exercise. My head feels pretty uncomfortable right now, and I don’t feel the medicine is worth it since I still have a migraine (not an intense one) but I’m already experiencing side effects. :( If struggles with migraines that went away after a couple of months when I was 16. I’m hoping they subside when my environment changes next month.
If anyone has any experiences with this medication or with the keto diet for migraines please comment.
I’ll even take types on how to naturally fight off migraines, but I can’t deal with this my face feels horrible (numb,nothing,tingling) right now.
When I take sumatriptan for a migraine it always makes me sleepy. That’s great because sleeping often helps relieve the migraine, but the doctors keep saying it “shouldn’t” make me tired. I’ve tried other triptans, injections and nasal sprays. They all make me sleepy. When I wake up I feel high as a kite like I’ve taken a narcotic even though I’ve just taken my sumatriptan. I can never take medicine and then work through the residual headache. Has anyone else had a similar side effect and if so has something else worked for you?
Hey all! Thought I’d ask a question on here and get some feedback, I know you guys aren’t doctors, but I don’t want to go to my GP over a sinus headache.
In the summer I get these really terrible sinus headaches. My whole face hurts, especially my jaw, and light and sound really hurt and make me quite nauseous. They happen quite frequently, usually when it’s very humid or it’s going to rain, at least once a week.
I have had migraines before so I do know what that feels like but I’m not sure if these are just less severe ones. I end up laying in bed putting pressure on my eyes or with a cold towel across them in a lot of pain, and They typically radiate from one side of my head down my neck into my shoulder. The side switches though, so it’s not a tumor or anything. I also notice that a lot of the pressure radiates from my nose, I often relent to my boyfriend that breaking my nose at that moment would probably feel so good lol
So anyway, does this just seem like frequent sinus pain or maybe something more? Also can migraines be brought on by sinus pressure?
So I'm very sensitive to migraine medications that work with serotonin like triptans and the like. I have had mild serotonin syndrome twice. I, also, cannot have NSAIDS because I have had Gastric Bypass. The only pain medication my doctor has given me is Tylenol 3. Tylenol 3 will take the edge for about an hour and then the pain is back full force, so I really have nothing to treat my migraines. I have tried the Tylenol 3 and 1/2 caffeine pill which works better but still burns my stomach and is contraindicated to the gastric bypass.
Are there any other medications out there that you have tried that don't fit in these categories, that I might be able to ask my doctor about? and don't say Fioricet, my doctor refuses to prescribe it.