Who kicked my head in?

 Hello dear reader,

Welcome to anyone who’s reading for the first time, who’s here again and many thanks to those who’ve become followers. If you have a blog, then I’ve probably popped over and had a look and signed up to keep in touch. Thanks especially to those of you who contact me personally be email, it’s always a pleasure.

Well, a migraine descended on my head on Saturday night and I was tucked up with dihydrocodeine by seven O clock and out for the count. I was awake here and there, just enough to take more pain killers every four hours and the chuffin’ thing managed to go away yesterday afternoon. I don’t think I’ve ever been so sick and thrown up that much since I was pregnant!

It’s scared me to the point that I’m going back to my GP as the pain is unbearable, not to mention the inability to stand, hold anything, drink, sit up and every time it happens, I think I’m having a stroke as I can’t speak. The side effects of the meds are extreme too and have left me with third degree stomach upsets, yellow eyes and joint pain that requires a whole different type of pain killer! I may not get these very often but they are getting a whole lot worse.

I have a good GP practise but I need this looking into and will ask what can be done! Any advice? Anyone with crippling migraines? What treatment is out there? Also, I have a digestive disorder that’s aggravated by anti-inflammatories (I can’t take ibrufen or anything similar) so the migraine meds seem to get me through the head pain but leave be in agony everywhere else.

So fellow bloggies, any ideas? I know my medical practise, unless you go in there forewarned and forearmed, you’ll just leave with a polite fuck off and don’t cost us money we don’t have and the cheapest generic medication they can prescribe. But, go in there with a request and they back down and oblige.

I’m sure someone has some advice. The GP will see me at the end of surgery tonight (or sooner if they call and can fit me it) so any advice will be helpful.

Love Froogs

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36 thoughts on “Who kicked my head in?

  1. I can't offer any advice but as a fellow sufferer I can totally understand your pain. I take Naramig for mine. They knock me out and leave me with a hungover feeling but they do shift the buggers.

    Good luck at the docs and hope you get some answers 🙂

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  2. I feel for you. Your pic is sooooo descriptive.

    I don't suffer from migraines but know many who do so am always trying to send useful links.

    I haven't had to look anything up in awhile but I'd read that there is laser therapy for migraines and that this therapy has been available in Europe for a lot longer than NA. You could ask a chiropractor or a GP about cold laser treatment.

    Also this information might be useful
    http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/416382_5

    Best of luck!

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  3. Hi Froogs, sorry if you receive this message twice but my PC crashed just as I was posting the first time around! As a fellow migraine sufferer since the age of 7, I know just what you're going through and I really, really feel for you. The pain, dizziness and disorientation, nausea and sickness, flashing lights, vision abnormalities and trouble communicating, the list goes on and on but most people (especially employers) seem to think 'what's the big deal, it's just a headache?'. I have a few suggestions for your GP visit which I hope might be able to help. Have you tried the preventative tablets before to try to stop them occuring in the first place? You take them daily and there are quite a few you can try. If your GP hasn't suggested them before, they can be quite successful although it sometimes takes a while to find the right one. Also, do your attacks tend to be hormone related? If so, there are tablets you can take ( I'm so sorry but I can never remember the names)just at the relevant times of the month to try and ward off any attacks. I've also been given an injection pen before to use as soon as an attack starts. This way the drug you take to control the symptoms enters the bloodstream and gets to work that much quicker than a conventional tablet.
    Also, I would definitely ask to be referred to your local Migraine Clinic or the hospital unit/consultant that is responsible for migraines. My GP had never mentioned this option to me but after joining the Migraine Trust (a great source of info and advice) I read about the clinics in one of their newsletters. I mentioned it to my GP on my next visit and she referred me to my local hospital straight away and they were very helpful and had lots of other options to try which my GP may not have known about. The unit had been there all along but I just never knew about it.
    Most importantly though I would say from experience to really stress all the different symptoms you have and how it is really affecting daily life. As soon as I mentioned the 'stroke' symptoms it really seemed to spur my GP on. They are not 'classic' migraine symptoms and fall into the more rare forms of migraine category and I think this made her realise she needed to do more.
    I'm so sorry for rattling on but I really hope you can get relief from this horrible condition soon. My thoughts are with you!
    Best wishes
    Diane x

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  4. Wish I could help, migraines are an absolute so and so. My son had something like them when he was taking his exams years ago, ended up at hospital for a CT scan as he went nearly blind (for a few hours) and was left with slight tremors in his hands which he still has. No cause was found. Although our GP's are very good, I almost have to bully my way past locum's. Hope you get help.

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  5. I am so sorry to hear that you are ill with this. Migraines are utterly horrible. I get a headache sometimes that feels as if someone is bring into my eyes with a drill but luckily not too often. Lying in the dark is the only thing that helps.

    Thank you, by the way, you and several other inspiring women have given me the push to start my own blog on here. I have blogged elsewhere for years but am increasingly drawn to Blogger!

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  6. My husband used to get really migraines. It was discovered that he had extremely high blood pressure when he had a serious nosebleed in the middle of the night, which wouldn't stop. I sent for ambulance and he went to casualty. After the tablets for that they reduced a bit.

    He tends to get them on a Sunday (unless he's going to a car show or something he wants to do). Apparently theres something like 'weekend syndrome' for people who work long hours during the week, it might be caused from stress or whatever. He's struggling with business at the moment so with him I really wonder if it's in his mind that he can't afford to take a day off but if he's ill he can't work, if you see what I mean. That's different for you but it might just be the culmination of all week.

    At one time K used to take these different coloured tablets to take before a migraine. I can't remember whether they worked or not.

    Is it possible you may be able to get acupuncture on the NHS? I actually paid for it for a trapped nerve as locum just gave me anti inflammatories, had to really as I was in agony.

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  7. I was cured by a mix of osteopathy & acupuncture. I don't want to bore you with the debilitating pain I suffered and no drugs worked.

    I decided to eat certain foods which helped slightly but I wouldn't say that there is cure or relief in this. Exercised more, more walking, swimming, yoga type stuff but there are only so many hours in the day!

    So I decided to see a homoeopath and yes it did work and worked well but my homoeopath stopped being one and I've never seen another one.

    I was already aware that posture could be a contributing factor so I had plenty of back aliments to boot so found a great osteopath who uses acupuncture too and I only see him 4 times a year and all is well.

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  8. I get migraines but fortunately I do know what triggers them – a food intolerance.

    Painkillers only mask the pain which is a relief but they don't tackle the underlying cause.

    Common triggers are a food intolerance, light sensitivity, eye problems, stress, posture and something in the environment that you might be exposed to.

    It can sometimes be hard to track down a cause. I'm set off by onion but it can depend on how processed the onion is. A small amount of onion powder might not affect me at all whereas raw onion is pretty lethal. For that reason it was hard to work out what the cause was. I also have a friend who can't touch raw strawberries but is fine with things like jam. This can make it difficult to track down the cause. Also, an intolerance isn't the same as an allergy so might not show up on an allergy test!

    Someone has mentioned blood pressure and it is worth having it checked and monitored.

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  9. That's sound very scary…
    I don't suffer of migraine myself but I have heard that they sometimes can be related to things they put in food mixes, such as MSG, food colourings and various preservatives.
    I know that you have an healthy diet, but maybe you could look on some of the packages you use and see if there is any of this things in it.
    Bon courage !

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  10. Sumatriptin is your answer. It works by relaxing the constriction in the blood vessel that is causing the migraine. The tablets weren't cheap, last time I costed them, but they work wonders.

    Glad to see you back blogging.

    – Pam

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  11. PS: Forgot to add – my sister is a chronic migraine sufferer. If you are too, then you might find one “cure” she was given helpful. The migraine specialist prescribed a dental plate/brace* to change the shape of the roof of her mouth. Aparently, by changing the stress there, it relieves pressure on blood vessels that can trigger migraine. It worked to a degree.

    – Pam

    * Sorry, can't remember the correct term.

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  12. Oh darling I do feel for you. I have migraine but it doesn't interfere with my life too much but was severely under-diagnosed. My daughter was so sick all her life. Sick to the point of suffering malnutrition. After five years a paediatrician diagnosed her and Periactin was prescribed. It is cheap and effective for her.

    I don't know what is available where you live. But push on and I hope you find something and soon.

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  13. My daughter has crippling migraines and has taken about everything for them. Her doctor is suggesting acupuncture, and as much as she hates needles, she's considering it. Hope you feel better.

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  14. Sadly you do have to be very assertive with the medics at a time you feel most vulnerable. I have hemiplegic migraines (the type which gives stroke like symptoms) and one did actually cause a small stroke.
    This is rare thank goodness but I can no longer teach and life is very very different. So put yer foot down with a firm hand – lol – and demand a consultant appointment.
    L.x.

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  15. My husband has suffered with migraines for years and is currently taking medication each day to prevent them. It works 99% of the time. The migraines seem to be less severe the 1% of the time it doesn't work.

    This next advice probably falls in the category of hot peppers. I have told several people, but so far none have tried it. There is some medical evidence that the “brain freeze” brought on by eating ice cream too fast can stop a migraine. It is still not proved, but the theory is that the “freeze” short-circuits the migraine. It is worth a try…and certainly more pleasant than some of the other home remedies out there!

    Good luck at the GP!

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  16. My husband, best friend and neighbour all suffer from migraines and all manage them differently – my neighbour who I guess the most proactive in seeking referrals to specialists has found better blockers and a particular type of anti-depressant (not at the same time)helps but I'm afraid nothing without side effects of their own.
    Syndol and Solperdine are also favourites of all 3 taken as soon as you get the first signs.

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  17. I feel for you – I have crippling migraines too.
    Are you on any preventative medicine? My Doc started me on propranalol, a beta blocker, which didn't really help, so now I'm trying varying doses of amytripyline, which have helped a little.
    Most of my worst migraines are pre-menstrual ones & I can increase my dose of amytriptyline just before I'm due. I also take naproxen at this time, which probably wouldn't suit you as it's an anti-inflammatory.
    I take sumatriptan as a painkiller, which i find knocks me out, but works.
    My Doc also recommended this website for advice http://www.migraineclinic.org.uk/
    there's some good stuff on there & advice about keeping a diary etc.
    I hope you get some relief soon x

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  18. I've had a migraine for 2 weeks now and when I find a solution I'm going to share it with the world. My GP has offered my sumatriptan injections (no thanks) and once this set of migraines has gone I'll be off for an ECG before contemplating preventatives.

    You need to ask for gut resistance tablets to take with the anti-inflamatories. Will help a little.

    Otherwise its to bed and try to sleep through it. Horrible aren't they? I'm going to be starting a food diary to reassess my triggers, its going to be a long process but finding the triggers are the best way to treat migraines that I've found so far. Stay hydrated, flat coke is good for the upset stomach.

    Love & Light

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  19. Frooogs – without wishing to sound alarmist, I would press for a full investigation. It could very well be migraine which in turn could be allergy/hormone driven. But as another commentter said – it could be ortho-dental or postural. You need to speak to a specialist/be referred to a clinic. A GP is fine for general issues but you need specialist help. I have the hormonal sort – in fact I was getting all the visual disturbance and sickness without the headache at one point. I can't have the anti-inflams either but they can/should be able to help you with the nausea. I think there's probably a familial thing too as my Dad suffered with migraine too.

    Hope you get a result!

    Lots of good info here
    http://www.migrainetrust.org

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  20. Checked with daughter's partner
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    He got Sumatriptan at first, but that didn't help, then Migraleve and one other one name forge
    otten, and these strips to dissolve on the tongue to stop the nausea called Maxalt Melt.
    hope you find something that works
    blessings x

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  21. I have a husband and two kids that suffer from migraines. Theirs are caused by dehydration. It is very insidious as it isn't like they aren't drinking things. I think theirs' has to do with electrolytes. If they drink those power drinks and catch it early they can avoid the migraine. Also Excedrine Migraine helps. It has caffeine and aspirin though. It could be something in packaged food mixes too.
    I will pray that they find your trigger very soon and these will end. Hang in there.

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  22. I take Topiramate daily after CT scans and MRI, being mis-diagnosed with epilepsy and migralepsy and finally I see a fabulous neurologist who treats me with this one tiny tablet a day.
    I still get what I call mini-migraines as they are SO manageable – from the stroke-like symptoms and debilitating condition to now a blinding headache and nausea which can last for up to six hours, but then passes, and that-is-all. I get these “normal” migraines now between four and six weeks apart, take pain meds, go to bed and lay flat. When I wake I feel hungover for a few hours.
    Nothing like the death-agony I was suffering up to three times a month for days at a time.
    Topiramate.

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  23. *comes out of lurkvill* i havn't read other replies but in my former life i was a pharm tech, very often a low dose of beta blockers was given to counteract migrains and taken daily, or amitryptiline an old antidepressent (that isn't used as one hardly) that was found to help with migrains. More recently a close friend who was like you was prescribed them and she has gone from having 2 migrains a week to one every 7 weeks or so. I take it you have tried Sumatrapine?

    I know how debilatating migrains can be, hope you get it sorted soon!
    *slopes back to lurkville*
    Sharron x

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  24. Hi froogs. Sorry to hear about migraines – evil buggers. I used to get them quite frequently – my GP prescribed sumpatriptan I think it was – you're meant to take one immediately you feel a migraine coming on (works best for people who have 'aura' – weird pre-migraine thing where you sight goes funny). Sadly they didn't work for me! I was referred to my local hospital to see a consultant – who suggested if migraines frequent enough, there is profilactic/preventative medication which can be taken. I didn't go down that route as shortly after my migraines became less frequent and I didn't fancy taking drugs 'all the time', as it were, but I work with someone who used to get migraines weekly or fortnightly and says the preventative drug has changed her life!
    I know what you mean about GPs- sometimes you have to fight for your 'rights'.
    Something which is often suggested is keeping a headache or migraine diary, to spot patters e.g. hormone-related, or food triggers. you say yours aren't very often so that might not be any good.
    Before you go the preventative drug route, it might be worth trying sumatriptan – that way you take it only when you have a migraine.
    best of luck – migraines are evil buggers.

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  25. I used to have migraines. I only get them maybe once a year now. We have black out curtains and blinds (double up I say), as the pain from light is too much from me.

    I used to have them monthly. So at first they said it was hormones. Then they put me on the pill. I still got them, then I had the food diaries. And it would seem that dairy has it in for me. As does chocolate and even the smallest amount of alcohol. But strangely tea and coffee is ok?

    2 episodes where I went blind and emergency trips to casualty ended up seeing the eye doctor and then a neurologist, it seems that I can control it by diet.

    My sister and brother still have attacks. They were seperately told only light coloured liquads. Since my brother has given up dairy also he says he is better. they are both addicted to cheese…

    Self medicating here, as soon as the twinkle lights appear as a halo around stuff, I take 3 solphadeine (Dissolvable) and 1 ibruprofen. And before anyone says anything, it works for me. It is either that or hit myself in the head with a hammer.

    Write down all your symptoms. Even down to your arm aches, or you have a twinge in your leg. Ask for a referal. and keep a food diary. How you felt when you woke up and how much fluid you drank. write it all down.

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  26. Co-Codemol works for me. I have the blurred vision, zig-zaggy lights type and find if I take 2 tablets straightaway, it rarely develops into a full blown migraine. Although I might have a dull headache and sicky feeling for the next 24 hours or so, I don't usually feel the need to take more than 2 tablets and therefore suffer no irritation. Also I think it's worth keeping a journal and then you might be able to indentify any outside influences which may be contributing. I finally identified that stress caused mine and still try to deal with stressful situations in a different manner rather than be at their mercy.

    Jak x

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  27. Yes, it's really debiliating, I used to be suffer migraines and remember just how awful it could feel, sometimes suicidal even.
    Strange to say, they went away when I reached 30, dunno why, no treatment, so maybe it's an age thing?

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  28. Froogs – I've never found any medication which has helped.

    The biggest help for me is going to sleep as soon as possible, as soon as I get the migraine 'aura' starting up. Obviously, that's not always possible if you're at work, or out and about.

    I went to a chiropractor for a few sessions when I was getting hideous migraines once a month. This helped a little. What helped more (and is a cheaper option!!) was doing regular stretches for my back and neck.

    I don't think posture was my trigger but it did help reduce the frequency of migraines.

    Most pain medication isn't really specific to the underlying causes of migraines. In one of my papers at university we looked at a study on a particular molecule involved in inflammation in migraines. Clinical trials to treat for this are currently underway. Fingers crossed it comes to something, eh?

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  29. I had unbelievable migraines back from when I hit twelve years old. Didn't know what they were then. I was at public school as a boarder and I got a glass of milk and an aspirin to cope with them.

    They stopped at some point in my teens and then started again when I was eighteen. My doctor gave me something fairly mild, which didn't work, and then said he couldn't give me anything stronger.

    I was physically sick and felt ill for three days each time. Unable to work.

    Then I got pregnant and they stopped completely from 1982 until 1996 when I moved to Cornwall. In December that year they started again – worse than ever. I spoke to the girl in the local shop who took Sanomigran which worked wonders for her I saw my new doctor in Cornwall and mentioned it to him. He had already been out to me at night and administered morphine. He gave me Sanomigran. I had to break the original tablets into four as they were so strong they knocked me out. Gradually I built up to one tablet and the doctor increased them to three times that dose eventually. I stayed on them, with no migraines ever, until I moved to France in 2006 when I decided to try without them.

    I have still not had another migraine. I cannot praise Sanomigran enough. They have given me my life back.

    I hope you find something to sort you out – they are dreadful things, migraines.

    Sandra

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