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I'm typically on some rather nasty meds under the care of my neurologist but I am off of them during pregnancy and the migraines are kicking my butt.  I wake up with one, it's there all day and I go to bed with it, it's really wearing me down.  I know and avoid my food triggers, I've had migraines since I was a young girl so this is second nature.  (I was gluten-free for many months and dairy-free for many years but this did not make a difference in the frequency or severity.)  They've been bad during my other pregnancies, other than a ~10 week reprieve during my pregnancy with DD2, but never this bad before.  My regular doc had me try a low dose of Zoloft but it caused rage issues so I discontinued it.  I've tried propanolol in the past but my blood pressure is rather low to begin with and it made me black out whenever I would stand up, plus didn't help my migraines.  

 

I'm taking a cal-mag supplement, I've tried skullcap tincture, I use cayenne to treat the really severe ones, I'm seeing my chiro today.  I just wanted to see if there were any other suggestions that I may not be thinking of.  Last ditch effort here!


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I wish I had ideas :( My migraines have stopped since becoming pregnant so I'm just cruising along in a wonderland it seems.


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I don't have experience but I know someone who was in a similar situation and she took a combination of caffeine and a painkiller I can't remember the name of.  Does caffeine normally work for you?




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I'm right there.  Migraines have been coming back full force and the only thing I can do is chug some coffee and cover my eyes with a cold towel.

 

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I wake up with one, it's there all day and I go to bed with it, it's really wearing me down. 

 

hug.gif broodymama. That sounds so difficult. I don't have any immediate suggestions but a few thoughts. Have you asked about pregnancy-safe medications that are not standard for migraines? I'm currently dealing with a different kind of issue and all of the standard medicines are things I can't take, but there is a medication that's not frequently given for my issue that works. (My doctor did have to consult with a specialist in another area because she didn't know of the medicine, but I sense she would not have thought of that if I hadn't asked.) I haven't tried a homeopath, but I have a friend that has had a lot of success with headaches after being treated by a homeopath. What about acupressure? I've had mixed results, but the combination of meeting once with someone experienced and reading some books meant that my DP and I felt confident trying it at home. At worse, it does not for me, but at best it helps. I hope you feel better soon. And congratulations on your pregnancy!


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So sorry your going through this! I suffered from migraines, like you, from when I was very young, and my pediatric neurologist had me on Inderal (non-generic of propanol) as well as Topomax, an anti-seizure med, because of the fact that I later developed complicated migraines, which have additional stroke like symptoms...

 

Luckily, and I mean very luckily, when I stopped all meds with first pregnancy, my migraines subsided.  I continue to suffer from rather intense headaches during early pregnancy until the final trimester, but not the same type of migraines...

 

For me, nitrates were a huge trigger when it came to food...Eliminating them may be an additional dietary option for you...With my first pregnancy I took tylenol nearly everyday, which luckily did not cause any issues with my DD, but with this pregnancy, from beginning to about 28 weeks, I had to make sure and stick to a very strict eating and drinking schedule to prevent headaches from starting, and this included the same amount of caffeine every morning at the same time.

 

My midwife suggested more caffeine as opposed to more tylenol, which I was able to cut back on significantly.  I know the difference between  migraines and headaches and I feel for you...hopefully you find something that helps, I know caffeine worked for me, preventing many of the headaches that could have turned into migraines...

 

Good luck and congrats on your pregnancy!


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Ouch, I hear you, too!  Same boat, different meds. :)

 

I have had great success with peppermint essential oil dabbed on my temples.  It does make your eyes water a little, but other than that, the relief is nice.  I also wash my hair in Tea Tree shampoo and conditioners, letting it sit as long as I can, and then rinsing it out.  The chill inside my scalp is very refreshing.

 

I know those are tiny things, but since you've been through this for a long time, I know you've tried just about everything. 

 

I hope you find relief soon.  *hugs*

 

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i am reading with interest as I too have had migraines since I was young.  My last pg with #5 was the absolute worst.  I had aura with visionloss/numbness/speech difficulties/confusion etc multiple times a day for the last month of my pregnancy.  It was awful and they said basically I had to live with it (while taking care of 4 kids, it was sooo hard).  I would even wake up in the middle of the night with a new aura and headache coming on.  It was just one on top of the other.  My other pgs had pretty bad migraines in the second tri but nothing like this. 
I hope to learn something new!  I am definitely trying chiro care this time to see if it prevents any and/or helps with my birth.

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I have a friend who love the peppermint essential oil for migraines. My headaches are generally cured with a chiropractic adjustment and when I couldn't see the chiro I had acupuncture done. It worked as well, though it did come back in a few days - mine are definitely structural in nature.
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I have had great success with peppermint essential oil dabbed on my temples. 

 

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I have a friend who love the peppermint essential oil for migraines.

 

This caught my eye. I haven't tried peppermint essential oil, but I have tried lotion with peppermint oil and it provided some temporary relief for me, especially after acupressure. I'm going to try to get some peppermint essential oil!


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The pregnancy safe preventatives I've tried during pregnancy didn't work for me.  Inderal had no effect and made me pass out when I stood up since my BP is usually pretty low anyway, cyproheptadine didn't work (but definitely made me eat everything in sight!  duh.gif ).  This time we tried a low dose of Zoloft but it caused severe rage issues, it was scary.   I have a prescription for Fioricet to take for my breakthrough migraines, though I try to limit it during pregnancy and to avoid rebound headaches.  This is what I take even when not pregnant, I can't take triptans because I also have complicated migraines, basilar artery migraines in my case.  My usual non-pregnant regiment is Neurontin and quarterly injections of Botox in my temples, forehead and cervical spine.  After failing many other preventatives, this is what we found that works best for me.  

 

I've been in to see my chiro last week and again today and that makes a huge difference.  Hopefully I can keep seeing her about once a week and that will keep them at bay enough to function!


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