Migraines getting worse

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hi I'm 62 and had migraine since Tuesday with the aura and gassy smells, then on Friday evening the headache started took all the medication I could because I knew it was going to be bad, couldn't sleep pain to bad I fact this was the second worse attack I've ever had since being 15 was sick lots of times in the end  at 4 am I had to call an ambulance just so they could knock me out till it went, which of course they didn't but they did bring the pain down to a manageable level. Does any one else have these worsening attacks. I thought I knew every trick in the book but now looking for some other ideas to help stop or prevent. These attacks or new drugs that are stronger

thanks Jude

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    Hi Judy  I don't think I will be of much help as I have been suffering from dizziness with a bad head but not extreme headaches like you. It's taken three years of dizzy heads BPPV.  Now my neurologist has given me Nortriptyline which I started taking last Wednesday, I am told they take time to get into you system.  After suffering with Meniers syndrome for 20 years I had begun to think it had blown out when this started but I am hoping with this tablet I will get my life back again I am 71 so do not work but have 4 grandchildren I enjoy doing things with so its fingers tossed 

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    Judy,

    I am sorry you had to suffer in pain. I have a few questions so I can better understand your situation.

    Was this headache similar to most of your previous episodes? Since you said it was one of the worst headaches of your life you just want to be sure not to miss a health emergency. I pray the ER did evaluate you for other possibilities.

    Do you have frequent migraine attacks with symptoms that require you to medicate for management? If so it may indicate that you need a preventative medication, or that the one you currently take may need reevaluation. Personally, my migraines have been out of control for at least two years. I am starting to make some progress, so if preventatives are of interest to you let me know and we can discuss further.

    What do you currently take for your intense migraines? What have you tried in the past? I have had the most success with combinations of medications, not just one therapy, but I don't want to waste your time if you've tried what I use. Do you take anything for nausea/vomiting during your attacks?

    Let's chat more! I think the answers to my questions will also help the community better help you!

    Regards,

    Jenn

    Current Therapies:

    Lamotrigine 200 mg and titrating

    Nerve block sets/trigger point injections bi-weekly

    Migranal Nasal Spray or Imitrex Injection (self administered)

    Reglan or Zofran

    Fioricet

    Magnesium Orotate 400mg

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    I've suffered with "atypical cluster-like migrains" for God knows how long now and I think I finally figured it out... after a Bible of a food diary, multiple nutritionists and headache specialists, dentists, chiropractors, massage therepists, you name it, I've done it... I take about 12 Maxalts a month and pray the rest of the month... DEHYDRATION- not just water intake but electrolyte balance.

    I went to the ER recently for chest pain and they gave me IV fluids.. incidentally my three day migraine stopped. I dring a gallon of water everyday, but I guess it's the potassium/sodium balance that matters even more. They sell potassium chloride at the grocery store, it is called "salt substitute." I also bought an iodine dropper solution that has iodine and 72 "other minerals," to keep the body happy. 

    So, things that give me headaches: certain foods (dehydration!) hot weather (dehydration!) alcohol (dehydration!) advil (dehydration, again!) stress (dehydration!) sugar (dehydration!) I finally figured it out.. anything that causes dehydration, will give me a headache. Really, you may ask? Can't hurt to try to balance those electrolytes. I do recommend asking a doctor how to do this best because it's a delicate balance. Potassium cloride can save your life or cause death. Of course, one needs sleep and nutrition, but dehydration just gets worse and worse with more and more headache pills and more and more headache stress. Are you constipated? number one cause of constipation is dehydration. Do you have dry skin patches--dehydration. are your lips dry? dehydration. stiff neck? same, same, same

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    Your telling my story. I've been suffering with this migraine for 5 days now. I usually place ice packs around my head and pray it works. At least my head is numb. But it's the symptoms that comes with the migraine, the nausea, the vomiting, vertigo and diarrhea. This is all while suffering with Fibro pain the burning sensation, pins and needles and all over pain. Peace and blessings

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