What have people tried for headaches/ migraine with success ?

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Hello,

I have been suffering for a number of years with migraine/ tension headaches & tried so many medications with no relief at all.

I'm at the end of my teather & can't take anymore  [sad]

Please can you let me know if you have had any result with anything i really would appreciate any help.

Thank you

Butterfly x

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    Hi Butterfly, I'll start this discussion off because you are probably going to get similar replies. You may not get a cure from this forum but you will get support, what you will find is that most of us are long suffering migraines sufferers. Like you we have tried all different kinds of meds, some work better for some than others. The main answer is persistence, find a sympathetic doctor, make a note of the different meds and treatments that other people have tried and worked. Discuss this with your GP to see if any are suitable for. I myself after suffering for 40 years (15 really badly), have found some relief from Pizotifen which I've been taking since November. This hasn't reduced the frequency but has reduced the intensity, so they are more manageable. After seeing the neurologist on Tuesday we've agreed that this is probably the best I am going to get. I am now able to get on with life without too much pain and agony but I am still hoping that one day I might be migraine free. Good luck.
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    Have you ever tried sumatriptan or naratriptan on prescription? You can buy sumatriptan over the counter it's brand name is immigran...! Used to work for me, but can't take it now due to a possible interaction with my bipolar Meds! I take 40mg propranolol now 3x a day which reduced the frequency of attacksI strongly urge you to visit the Dr. Take care, I know how you feel. I've only recently gotten over a 4 day migraine.
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    Hi Butterfly

    As I fellow suffering, I understand your pain!

    After trying a number of medications my doctors have prescribed me Almotriptan, which I take at the onset of a migraine.  So far, this is the only medication I've had that has given me any relief.  There are some occasions when the tablet doesn't take away the migraine but it has improved my life.  I've also recently been put back on Amitriptyline, which I take every day to improve my sleep. 

    I hope you will identify something to help you soon.

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    Hi butterfly

    I have tried every medication and the one I'm on at the moment seems to be working the best. I'm on epilim 800mg seeing my neuro in 2 weeks so he might increase it. Hope this helps

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    Hello to everyone & thank you so much  for your replies. I will jot down all the names given & ask my GP. I have also been refered to the neuro so just waiting on that. It is such a daily struggle & can't wait to see them.

    Butterfly x

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    Be careful with Amitriptyline it works wonders but my blood pressure and heart rate went dangerously high on it. It did work apart from that and I was on a very low dose (20mg) I think it's just a case of finding what's best for you, unfortunately I haven't found anything yet (2.5 years on)
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    Hi Butturfly, so understand where your coming from Friday, could not take the pain and had to go A&E, the only thing that has really helped is Feverfew, reduced my migraines for 3 weeks, my system gets use to them and stops working, researching I have now ordered butturbur and will alternate every 8/9 days between the both.

    was on Naratriptan but A&E dr has given me diclofenac pottasium will let you know how I get on

    Also taking Magenesium Malate since January

    Do not give up keep trying

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    Hello Butterfly,

    I posted in another forum but I'm not positive how this website works if you would see it.  But after a long battle with migraines, I am starting to get some small relief with acupuncture - I say small because I have only had one appointment, but for me that is amazing.  I will continue with it and let you know if it rids me of them for good, but there are some amazing stories of success from this migraine doctor's patients (You can look up their stories if you're interested, (Ontario Migraine Clinic)).

    You may already know this, but there are some vitamins you can take daily to help with migraines, they seem to be keeping me functioning right now on the daily.  If you haven't tried them, or anyone else reading this would like to, they are the following (only proven to be effective at these doses):

    Riboflavin (B2) 400mg a day [this is water soluble so you cannot overdose on it]

    CoenzymeQ10 300mg a day

    Magnesium 600mg a day [I've heard magnesium be a life saver for some]

    I am not an advocate for medication anymore, considering it favours treatment of symptoms over treatment of problem, but vitamins and acupuncture so far are helpful. 

    I truly hope you find some relief, it is a consuming condition,

    F

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    Hello. I have been having continual common migraine headaches behind my left eye for several years.  Like most sufferers I have tried many preventative medications but nothing has worked.  My main triggers were alcohol and chocolate but lately there did not seem to be a specific trigger.  I read on a forum about trying a low dose dispersible aspirin as a preventative.  I now take one 75mg dispersible aspirin first thing in the morning and it has transformed my life as I have been completely migraine free for two weeks.  This doesn't sound very long but believe me it is for me as recently they were occurring daily and lasting up to 10 days before a break of a day or two and then starting again.  I can even now enjoy a drink! Hope it works for other sufferers.  
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