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What should be done when a chronic migraine strikes?

Asked by Tbag (2387 points ) August 12th, 2011

I’ve been suffering from headaches my whole life. I tried all types of medicines that the doctor described and no use. I know when I’m going to get a migraine usually before three hours or so and I can’t do anything about it but suffer!

The migraines have also been horrendous lately and all i have to do is just wait until its all over. I don’t know what to do anymore and it’s frustrating! Once the migraine session is over, it feels like I’m back to earth!

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Joker94's avatar

I know exactly how you feel, I get migraines periodically too. The only thing that really helps me is taking an Excedrin Migraine as soon as I see the aura. Those usually help, no other painkiller helps me anymore though. I try to lay down and get some sleep, in total darkness whenever they strike, though.

Judi's avatar

The best, instant cure I have ever found for migraines is peppermint oil on my neck and temples. It made me wonder why I was using so many medications before.

Joker94's avatar

@Judi I’m taking a mental note of that.

Judi's avatar

@Joker94 it made me pissed off that no one told me earlier. When a nautral alternative works better, why comprimise your liver??

Joker94's avatar

@Judi Seriously! But this is great news. I’m legitimately excited that I found this out. Thanks!

Judi's avatar

Just be careful not to get it to close to your eyes.

Aethelflaed's avatar

What exactly have you tried from the doctor?

I’ve found Midrin to have quite a bit of effect on lower-grade migraines. They stopped making it in the past few months, and I doubt it will come back, but in the mean time I’m trying out Prodrin, which is the same except that it switches the muscle relaxant part out for caffeine.

Fly's avatar

I get terrible migraines as well. I have taken Relpax as prescribed by my doctor, and it has been fairly successful thus far. It’s a pill that’s best to take when you first feel the inkling of a migraine coming on, and it helps to prevent the migraine from getting any worse.
However, once I already have a full-on migraine, the Relpax is mostly unhelpful. I have found OTC drugs such as Excedrin (or the store-brand version) to be quite helpful.

bkcunningham's avatar

I had terrible migraines that have become very managable with an awesome of my allergies and nasal inhalers.

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