My wife suffers from migraines

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She has suffered from migraines for many years, but lately she has been waking up around 2am with violent sick migraines. All I can do is get her cold wet wash cloths, ice water and ice pack. This usually only lasts a day or so, but sometimes she is so sick and cries out for God to make it go away.

What else can I do or should be doing?

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    Hi Rick

    I have been suffering for over 35 years, so know exactly where you and your wife are coming from.  I suggest you visit your GP and get her referred to a neuro surgeon asap, where he/she can diagnose her condition specifically and then either give her some prophylactics or a good pain killer i.e triptans.  There are plenty of things out there, you just have to find the one thing that suits your condition.

    Good luck

    YL

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      Thank you for your reply. She does have an appointment with a neuro, but she is waiting for confirmation from bcbs ins. You know how that goes.

       

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    thats awful...I often wake in the middle of the night with a migraine. She should def see a headache specialist - there are a few things they can try.  I'm sorry you guys are going thru this. Migraines are just the worst! Let us know what happens     Good luck and God bless
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    im sorry that your wife gets very ill with migraines i would go back to your doctors and demand that you wife goes to see a specilist about the migraines she has ive been on loads of medication for my migraines they dont work for me i demanded to see a specilist about the voilent migraines im having or there is organisations that can help to
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    Hi Rick,

    Firstly its so important to get some diagnostic tests done, by getting a referal to a Neurologist as is already suggested.  If your GP doesnt take you serious enough, find one that does and explain how your wife is suffering.

    Until your wife has had an MRI scan and analysed by the Neurologist then proper treatment cant really begin.

    To get some interim relief I suggest you ask your GP to prescribe some sumatriptan, this usually works quite well.

    Good luck and I hope your wife finds some relief soon, we have all been in that horrible place on here where we beg for some relief.

     

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    Hi, Rick. I can relate. As others have recommended have her to a neuro for testing to rule out anything more serious. MRI, MRA if necessary. Then start with her diet, removing all migraine triggers (you can find lists online). Add magnesium glycinate as most migraineurs are deficient. Hormone fluctuations are a big trigger also - I use bioidentical progesterone to stay balanced and it's working really well.

    Natural supplements containing butterbur, feverfew and vitamin B2 if she wants to avoid the drug route. This combo works really well. Lastly - stress! Is she under any chronic stress? Stress depletes serotonin levels and makes diet and protein intake even more important. Hope this is helpful. Stay in touch and hope she gets some relief. Pattie

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      Hi Pattie

      Some interesting things you've mentioned there, I didn't know about the magnesium glycinate or the bioidentical progesterone, I'll check up on that, after 35 years of headaches I still have no definite trigger.

      Always nice to read what other people do and have had success with.

      YL

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    Until you have appts, may I suggests putting head under faucet with very cold water running move head around , get neck wet also. Get both wrists wet until numb with cold all the wil rubbing them. Someone said blood is "is boiling" and I thought why not freeze the blood. At least the pain goes away faster. It comes back but it does linger for hours. Hope this helps a little

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    Yes get her to a Neurologist...they can see the migraine attacks on a brain MRI and help her relive the pain and minimize stroke risk.

    They saw the migraines on my MRI...leaves "white hyperinstensities" on the MRI image....bunch of white spots.

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