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Anyone else out there regularly suffer from migraine or tension headaches? I get both fairly often. How do you deal with it? How do you manage your kids when you are sick? Any advice would be appreciated!
 

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Hi, I am really surprised no one has responded!! I dont usually visit this forum, otherise I would have chimed in!!<br>
Yes, I am a migraine sufferer. I was getting them a ton. I can usually stop them with Advil, if I catch it in time. ut, alot of times, even though it takes care of the head pain, all the other sympotms of the miraine are there: disoriented, naseous, runny nose, realy tired, feel hung over after.<br>
I went off of wheat a couple of months ago and that has made almost all of them go away. Now, they only seem to be menstrual migraines, reducing them from once or twice(or more) a week, to once or twice a month.<br>
As far as the kids, I just pray for the end of the day and put them to bed as soon as possible, and then crash!!<br>
DI you take anything for yours? Have you found anything that offers relief?
 

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The only thing that really works for me is Tylenol with Codiene. I also have some Imitrex for those bad ones. I always get one that lasts at least a day during my period. But I usually get about 2 a month. These are smaller ones - just nausea, dizziness, etc. I have gotten some classic ones with aura and all but not for a long time.<br><br>
No kids yet - but the worst migraine I ever had with hallucinations - was while I was babysitting! Thank god we were at this little boy's house and we had a friend over. He was the sweetest boy and I knew he wouldn't do anything bad. They played together quietly in his room while I was passed out on the couch. I was in so much pain I couldn't even call his parents. And then the electric company man came to read the meter. I'm afraid to say that I let him in and lay down again. I couldn't even think about it or keep an eye on him. Luckily it only lasted about an hour and faded before his parents came home. I told them, of course, but what an experience! Thank God nothing went wrong!<br><br>
I'm lucky in that Dh will be a WAHD so if I get a headache, he'll be there for the kids (and me!). If I was a single mom, though, I'd be in trouble.
 

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I usually take vicodin or tylenol with codeine, but I am nursing right now. So, I use these sparingly! When not nursing, maxalt usually does the trick.<br><br>
My biggest problem is my babies, especially the youngest one. It usually isn't possible for my husband to take off work. I get them so frequently, it wouldn't be practical anyways, but it is really hard to suffer through it. Hard to take care of 3 kids when you can barely move!<br><br>
Anyone know any breastfeeding friendly alternatives to meds?<br><br>
PikkuMyy~ What rotten luck! Glad it didn't last too long!
 

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I thought about the possibility of expressing breastmilk while healthy, so that if I had a massive one, I could take the meds and give the baby expressed milk in a bottle while the meds worked on me. Then, as soon as I felt better and the meds were out of my system, I could go back to breastfeeding.<br><br>
I've tried a few non-medical treatments that sometimes work. One is the sweatlodge approach - with your feet! You run a few inches of hot water - as hot as you can stand it - in the tub and soak your feet in it, breathing the steam and heating up (the blood running through your feet and ankles gets warm and circulates to the rest of you). While you are doing this, someone else makes a basin/pot of cold water with ice in it and lets it get colder. When you've done the hot thing for at least 5 minutes, take your feet out and plunge them into the cold water. You'll get a shock at first but I had had a horrible migrain for several days and this cured it instantly. I was able to lay down and take a nap and when I woke up I was all better!<br><br>
Breathing in lavendar or tea tree oil<br><br>
Sniffing cayenne. I've never done Cocaine, but I have done Cayenne! They make a commercial headache remedy that uses Capsaicin - the active ingredient in Cayenne pepper. I put a tiny bit on my fingertip and sniff quickly. It doesn't always get rid of it for good but it often takes the edge off or work for a while.<br><br>
Breathing steam and then lying down wth an ice pack (similar to the foot bath principle.)<br><br>
Throwing up! Where's that smilie...here it is! :puke<br><br>
When I get migraines accompanied by nausea, I will end up vomiting 75% of the time. Sometimes I make myself throw up because then a) I am in control of when it happens, and b) I often feel MUCH better after doing so. I asked my doctor and apparently there's something chemically and also with pressure in your brain when you vomit that throws off the migraine. I once had one of these while babysitting (Can you tell I've spent years of my life babysitting?) and I went and made myself do it. I felt all better right afterwards and was able to finish the rest of the night with them just fine.<br><br>
I generally try several of these remedies before resorting to Tylenol with Codeine. I can't take Vicodin - I begin to vomit within about 15 minutes. But not in a good way like above.<br><br>
ETA - I admit that smilie was superfluous, but I'd never used it before so I figured this was the perfect opportunity...
 

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I have found one bizzaro remedy lately!! A fast food hamburger and a coke. SOmething about the combo of caffeine and protein. I have had some success with Frappuccino also, but not as much.<br>
My sis says that chewing feverfew everyday is helpful(is that the right herb?)<br>
Yes, I have found that puking helps too!<br>
Also, if I get in a warm bath and lie flat with my entire hairline submerged for about half an hour.<br>
It is soo hard to be sick when you have kids. My migraines dont incapicitate me as much as they used to, but I had really bad pregnancy sickness with my last baby, and two toddlers to care for. It was so awful.<br>
I think if I was getting them that bad, I would choose to take something strong. Weighing the benefits and the risks, it might be worth it. I mean, there is a theortical risk to your child that it may pass through to the breastmilk, but there is the real risks that occur when they have a very sick mother. Maybe pump and dump for a few hours after you take the meds, and then feed her with ebm?
 

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I do! I take rokacet which is Israeli OTC medication with paracetamol, codeine, and caffeine. It helps for the "pre-migraine" headache. If I do get a migraine I take Imitrex if I have it at the time. If not I take 2-3 rokacets and lay down in a dark room in a cool place with frozen veggies on my head.<br>
Deal with the kids? If I am alone with them (most of the time) I start out by telling them that my head hurts, that I need to lay down, that I need quiet. I sometimes end up yelling at them. When I am in that much pain I just have so little ability to cope. It really sucks some times.
 

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Since I am breastfeedin, I take a couple advils or some really strong tylenol. I still have migraines from weeks on end, but I lay down with dd when my head really hurts. I do avoid going anywhere too smelly (like a printing area), as I used to pass out really easily when I had a migraine. Smells really set that off.
 

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another migraine momma checking in. I have a huge freezer stash for the days when I have to take lotsa drugs or imitrex. I've got one now while at work. Ugh.
 

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Checkin' in. I had Reyes Syndrome as a child, was in a coma, came out of it with the biggest headache of my life & still get them weekly. I took cafforgot for a long time in the 80's but now I don't take anything but excedrin migraine & some homeopathic stuff.
 

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Another migraine mama-to-be saying hi. Untreated I get migraines and tension headaches daily, so I've rotated through some pretty nasty preventive meds trying to get a handle on them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Right now since I'm pregnant I'm on Zoloft to help prevent them, and for the really bad breakthroughs I take either Fioricet or Tylenol with codeine. I really hate having to take anything while I'm pregnant, but I have to be able to function.<br><br>
As for alternatives to meds, one thing that helps me is to take a daily magnesium supplement. I have to take quite a bit of it and it took several weeks to kick in but it does help prevent them. I can definitely tell when I forget to take it.<br><br>
I don't know how I'm going to handle them once my little one gets here. When my sleep schedule is disrupted I get one, and I know that my sleep schedule is getting ready to disappear! Before becoming pregnant I would take either Maxalt or Relpax to knock them out, but I don't know what I'll be able to take while nursing. My copy of Meds & Mother's Milk just came in, so I'll be taking a look through that and taking it to the neuro with me next time.
 

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I take Imitrex and a muscle relaxer for my migraines. Sometimes they get bad enough for 3-4 days in a row that I do end up at the ER cause I am at the point where I cant see, and puking my guts out, but that happens only every few months. I find it hard to reall cope with DS when I have one cause he is a special needs kid, and he is so hyper, and spirited that it is hard. Lately I ahve started telling him mommy dont feel good baby her head hurts and he will get the lotion and rub it on my forhead while I rest. One thing I did find that used to work was changing my eye glasses prescription frequentley, as I realized most of my migraines were being caused by or caused my prescription to change ever so slightley.
 

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Fioricet here... great stuff, if I take it as soon as I feel my migraine coming on and then lay down for an hour, I can often short-circuit the whole thing and get up migraine-free. I used to wait to see how bad it was going to be, but then by the time I took the pills I'd be barfing them up.<br><br>
I took Imitrex once, in my doctor's office, and it made my not-so-bad migraine turn into the worst one I'd ever had... they told me to come by the office sometime when I felt a migraine coming on, so poor Rain was 3 or 4 and with me, and we spent 2 hours there while they "observed". Mostly I lay there moaning and puking, and she sat and read little books or just sat, and even the sound of a page turning was like a knife in my head. It was so awful, and I felt so bad for her but I was so non-functional. Finally they called a friend and gave me a shot of demerol... never again. So, I stick with my fioricet.<br><br>
I only get migraines every month or so now. I cut out dark beer and red wine, and I try to get enough sleep at night because sleep deprivation always seems to bring them on. I got more migraines when Rain was little, proably because I slept less. She would just soldier on, get herself some cereal and watch tons of videos. We lived in an apartment complex then and sometimes I'd tell her to go to one of our neighbors' apartments and see if they could watch her, and then come back and tell me. Usually they would, if they were home, so that was nice. She had some fun evenings with the Mormon missionaries upstairs, they had the best videos.<br><br><br>
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G's mom -what a sweet son you have!<br><br>
Dar - were they Mormon videos? (The mormons have put out a lot of movies over the years.)
 

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All the ones I knew about were Disney. The family across the hall watched Jaws when she was over there with them one time though. Their kids were maybe 5 and 6, and Rain was 3. They were fine, she was scared, so she came home.<br><br>
That apartment building really was like a "village", though it was so cool. Lots of great neighbors, even though we were a very diverse group we mostly got along, except one family who lived there briefly.<br><br>
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Used to have migraines from a couple hours after waking up in the morning until I went to bed at night, every day, about 28 days out of 30. Now I have about one or maybe two a month, usually lasting a couple of hours.<br><br>
Things that helped me considerably:<br><br>
1) Acupuncture. This stopped dropped them down to once a week in about 4 visits.<br><br>
2) Hydration. So so important. The only way to get rid of ones that last for days. If you pee it right out, eat something salty too. I sometimes lick salt out of my hand because I need it so badly.<br><br>
3) STRICT avoidance of chemicals like perfume, cigarettes, solvents, pesticides, air freshener, fabric softener, etc.<br><br>
4) Eating healthy food.<br><br>
5) A good supplement regime.<br><br>
Another thing that several studies has shown to help prevent migraines is taking Co-Q10 daily. I already take it so can't tell what it's done specifically for migraines (sure helps with brain fog though).
 

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here's another migraine mama. while pregnant and nursing i became so used to not being able to take anything for my headaches that now someone has to remind me it's ok to take excedrin. i have yet to go back to a doctor for a prescription for something more potent, but i should go. before i was pregnant i was taking zomig.<br><br>
i've found now that 1) getting enough sleep, 2) exercise, and 3) caffeine keep my headaches mostly under control. if i'm getting a headache and i go for a walk or a run it usually goes away -- sometimes it makes an encore appearance though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">
 

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Wow, I didn't know this tribe was here. I've had them since puberty.<br>
I get weird visuals like spots or everything is just hazy and I get weird sense of smell and my sense of taste goes away. I only sometimes have bad pain. I didn't know until recently that it's not uncommon. They call it something I can't recall right now when you get the other stuff without the pain. I've read that magnesium and feverfew are two good suppliments to take. I did that for a while and also went off cheese which is a possible trigger. The migrains got better and I stopped the suppliments, but now the migrains are back and I haven't had any cheese, so I guess for me I should take the mag. and feverfew. Oh, and calcium. You're also supposed to take calcium. It's hard to remember all of those suppliments when you're busy. I don't know how to remind myself and I can't keep the bottles anywhere handy because my 3 yr olds are too naughty and clever. Any suggestions?
 

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The easiest thing is to get a Calcium/Magnesium supplement - helps keep them in balance and also balances out the laxative/firmative effect each one has.<br><br>
The way I remember my medications is to set either waking or going to sleep times. So I take a few pills ALWAYS in the morning when I get up and the others ALWAYS right before I sleep.
 
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