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Re: loss of sight/now migraines

Jesse: I know about that "hurts so bad you just want to die"
thing...been there, felt that. Okay, now mind you, what works for me is
not medically offered advice...it's personal experience only speaking
here. The first two did come from doctors (a neurologist and a
neurosurgeon)but I'm sure they are not widely endorsed treatments:

1. Depakote...an anti-seizure medication...originally I was supposed to
take 250 mg four times a day, but it made me too sleepy but I found that
if I just took 125 or 250 mg of it when I first got a headache, my
headache went away...but it does make me sleepy...neurologist isn't sure
why it works, but says if it works then don't mess with it. She did tell
me that researchers are having some luck with treating acute migraines
with intravenous anti-seizure medications, so she thought maybe I was
onto something there.

2. Alka-seltzer in caffeinated pop with 650 mg Acetominophen (i.e.
Tylenol)--according to my neurosurgeon the carbonation of the
alka-seltzer/pop mixture instantly dissolves the two Tylenol and gets it
into your bloodstream very rapidly and the caffeine helps to constrict
the blood vessels in the brain that are dilated (which is what causes
the pounding sensation of migraines).

3. My own personal remedy, found over time: No-Doz (or any other generic
caffeine tablets)...200 mg dose with 800 mg of Ibuprofen
(Motrin)...rarely (read almost never) fails to get rid of my headaches.
You really need a strong stomach for this one...any one with any history
of ulcers should not take Motrin/Ibuprofen.

Now mind you if you are at all sensitive to caffeine, which many
migraine sufferers are, or have heart problems potentially aggravated by
caffeine (can speed up the heart rate)...then skip these suggestions.
However, caffeine withdrawal can also cause migraines, so if you do
drink caffeine, keep your consumption at a steady rate. BTW, caffeine is
found in many migraine medications, even over the counter ones, because
of the vasoconstrictive properties (keeps your blood vessels
constricted)and it is the vasodilation of the blood vessels in the brain
that causes the classic pounding-in-rhythm-to-your-heart pain that goes
with migraines).

Also, many people with migraines are very sensitive to certain
foods...especially red wines (this one is a biggie for me!!!) and hard
cheeses, chocolates, etc...certain amino acids in these foods seem to
aggravate headaches.

Also, tension headaches can lead to migraines, so don't ignore them!!!

Most important, is finding a good biofeedback tool...relaxation
exercises practiced long and hard when not having a migraine until you
can do them without even thinking about it are a tremendous help in
managing pain. Progressive muscle relaxation and polarity reversal/aura
cleansing are two I use frequently. You must have a helper to do the
polarity/aura thing, but it is easily learned.

4. In the event that none of the above work and I end up seeking medical
treatment at my physician's office or the emergency room, a non-narcotic
drug treatment is Phenergan and Vistaril, both of which sting like hell
and give me a sore butt the next day, but usually by that point I am
beyond caring about those things, I just want the pain to end.

Also, for any migraine sufferers out there who are covered under FMLA
laws at work, please be advised that migraines are a condition that
qualify you for intermittent use of FMLA with a doctor's
certification...it's bad enough having migraines without having to
suffer the misery of working with one, too.

And last but not least, working with a neurologist who specializes in
treatment of migraines is prime...they are often willing to try things
that other doctors won't.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Tue 12/09, Jesse Bell < jesserenebell@hotmail.com > wrote:
From: Jesse Bell [mailto: jesserenebell@hotmail.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2003 08:29:03 -0600
Subject: Re: [CHAT] loss of sight

Melody...what works for you? I get horrible headaches too. If they EVER
<br>legalize POT...LOL...then I won't have that problem!!! HA That was
the <br>only thing in college that got rid of my migraines. Back then, I
got them <br>so bad I wanted to just die so I wouldn't hurt anymore. I
feel for people <br>who get migraines. I got my first one at 12 years
old. Lasted for 2 days. <br>I remember being in a dark room, my mother
putting cold washrags on my <br>head...and I hurt too bad to cry. If I
scrunched up my face to cry...it <br>hurt even
worse!!!<br><br><br><br>>From: "Melody"
<mhobertm@excite.com><br>>Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>>To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>>Subject: Re: [CHAT] loss of sight<br>>Date: Tue,
9 Dec 2003 06:48:21 -0500 (EST)<br>><br>>Noreen: Oh, my dear, I
sympathize with you over your migraines...have<br>>suffered from
excruciating migraines since I was 13...been on just about<br>>every
medication known to man and tried just about every
known<br>>"cure"...got sick and tired of being a walking pharmaceutical
and have<br>>resorted to sticking with what I know works for me, rather
than the<br>>latest, greatest trend the current specialists are up to.
Sometimes the<br>>headaches are so bad, I actually hallucinate...really
freaked me out the<br>>first time it happened. Do you have a major
medical center nearby that<br>>has a specific clinic for migraine
sufferers? Often times, local MD's,<br>>with the best of intentions, are
at a loss to treat migraines<br>>effectively. I will be praying for you
that help is near at hand. :-)<br>><br>><br>><br>>Melody, IA (Z
5/4)<br>><br>>"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the
mysterious."<br>>--Albert Einstein<br>><br>> --- On Sat 12/06, <
TeichFlora@aol.com > wrote:<br>>From: [mailto:
TeichFlora@aol.com]<br>>To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>>Date: Sat, 6 Dec
2003 13:17:27 EST<br>>Subject: Re: [CHAT] loss of sight<br>><br>>In a
message dated 12/4/2003 8:29:57 AM Central Standard
Time,<br>><br>gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:<br>>Reading is s

omething so basic<br>>to my life that I fear for my sanity<br>>should I
ever lose my<br>>sight<br>This hits close to home. I've been battling
debilitating<br>>migraines this <br>summer. Debilitating to the point of
not being able<br>>to function at all, close to <br>suicidal, losing
vision, motorskills,<br>>etc. Anyway, in the process of seeing
<br>specialists, etc. to find the<br>>cause and possible cure, I had to
see an <br>opthamologist....first time<br>>EVER, since I had always had
perfect 20/20 vision. No <br>cause or cure<br>>was found for the
migraines, but an abnormality in the optic nerve<br>><br>which I was
told is the beginning stage of glaucoma....extremely<br>>rare for my
<br>age. To make a long story short, I have now glasses for<br>>reading,
glasses for <br>driving, glasses for the pc, etc. etc.
My<br>>"condition" will be monitored <br>closely from now on. After this
summer<br>>though I am just happy that I am able to see <br>at all and
function.<br>>However, it got me to thinking though....I think I
<br>would much more<br>>easily cope with the loss of hearing, or
anything else over the <br>loss<br>>of sight. Not so much for the
reading, although I love it....but there<br>><br>are alternatives, but
for the pure pleasure of seeing nature. Not to<br>>be able to <br>enjoy
a newly opened flower, or seeing the birds during<br>>migration flying
over <br>our house, or a butterfly going through the<br>>stages of it's
life. I think <br>that I would miss these things
the<br>>most.<br><br>Noreen<br>zone 9<br>Texas
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