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By kaiya2465 Latest Activity October 13, 2011 at 8:16 am Views 3,156 Replies 27 Likes 1


I was diagnosed with migraines when I was 16, & I have been able to just cry myself to sleep with them until lately. I have used Maltax not sure if I spelled it right, Imetrex, & hydrocodone hate all of them. The Imetrex worked for awhile but now I am feeling a tightening in my throat after taking it. I don't like taking meds because of addiction in my family. What else can I do..any suggestions would be greatfully appreciated.

Thank you

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  • JKN71
    JKN71 September 26, 2012 at 12:23 am   

    I've recently come across the Bayer Migraine. They have one with just aspirin and caffeine and another with aspirin, caffeine and acetaminophen. The one with all three works the best to take the edge off; however, I find that Zomig works best for me right now. That could change, as it seems our bodies become immune to certain drugs, so we have to switch to another every year or two. It seems as if the headaches have only gotten worse as I've gotten into my 40's…I thought the were supposed to improve! Unfortunately for me, I often wake up with the migraine, and if I go to bed with one, it doesn't go away during the night.

  • Neisee
    Neisee November 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm   

    DO NOT take Imitrex again! You have developed an allergy to that medicine! The first time I tried Imitrex my throat felt like it was tightening up. We didn't really worry about it. The ER sent me home with another shot to take in an hour if the headache was not better. I had to take that shot. I ended up back in the ER with a major reaction and had to be admitted to the hospital.

  • kaiya2465
    kaiya2465 November 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm   

    I have not used Imitrex since I have just been crying myself to sleep…I don't know what else to do. I actually feel like a big baby when I end up doing that.

  • Jenxoxo
    Jenxoxo November 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm   

    Try to find the root cause of your migraines. It could be anything from food allergies to extra fluid in your spine; maybe a failing thyroid or in my case a PFO. Since you've had migraines since your youth, be sure to be tested for a PFO. Keep looking for the cause. In the mean time, set up a routine for when you get a migraine. I know who to call to take care of my children. I use a heat pad on the back and front of my head. I turn all the lights off and close the door to try and maintain silence. Then I someone get through it. Also know that you are not alone.

  • kaiya2465
    kaiya2465 November 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm   


  • Jenxoxo
    Jenxoxo November 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm   

    A PFO is a hole in your heart. 60% of migraine sufferers have a PFO and never know it unless they are tested. You can only find a PFO through a "bubble" test. It cannot be heard or seen in an echocardiogram. In my neighborhood there are five women who have migraines, all five of us were tested for the PFO and ALL five of us had the PFO. Four of us have had the closure surgery. I think you should definitely be tested. If you have a PFO, your stroke risk is very high. Do you remember Brett Michaels from Poison who had that terrible stroke last year? He had a PFO. You simply need to find a cardiologist who can give you the bubble test. It is a very simple test and the surgery is quite simple as well (sounds worse than it is). I really think you should be tested.

  • kaiya2465
    kaiya2465 November 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm   

    I had a TIA when I was 19

  • Jenxoxo
    Jenxoxo November 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm   

    Yes, I had three of them. You definitely need to get checked for a PFO. Let me know if you do and what the results are!

  • kaiya2465
    kaiya2465 November 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm   

    I see the doc next month I will ask him then. Thank you.

  • Jenxoxo
    Jenxoxo November 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm   

    This is new information, so your doctor might not know about it yet. Just FYI. See a cardiologist for a second opinion.

  • Gracemarie - 40582
    Gracemarie - 40582 September 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm   

    What does PFO mean? What is a bubble test? I have suffered from migraines for 35 years, some were menustral migraines, now it's stress, poor sleep or weather or just gee whiz.

  • CLT74
    CLT74 December 31, 2011 at 12:08 am   

    I had no idea about this PFO. Glad I read this.

  • Neisee
    Neisee November 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm   

    I wish I hadcome to this site a month ago, while I still had insurance. I am/was a medical coder and pride myself inknowing about al the new diagnoses and treatments. Afterall I have to able to code these for insurance companies to pay the hispitals. But the PFO/migraine relationship I did not know anything about. My neurologist and pain Dr. must not either, which is a very sad situation for a lot of people.

  • kaiya2465
    kaiya2465 November 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm   

    Ok, Thank you.

  • KellyAna
    KellyAna November 5, 2011 at 1:29 am   

    Try changing your menu, foods are a big trigger. I am working with a nutritionist now, i think i was poisoning myself! More fresh foods, little to no processed foods! Get good rest and drink plenty of water!

  • kaiya2465
    kaiya2465 November 5, 2011 at 6:38 am   

    I don't eat alot of processed foods & I actually eat alot more fruits & vegetables. Hardly any meats, drink water but I have to use MIO in it. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I can't afford to work with a nutritionist. Thank you

  • migraine101
    migraine101 October 30, 2011 at 9:42 pm   

    If there is a tightening in your throat stop taking it. That could lead to serious stuff! Have you tried Excedrin? I hav never tried i have just heard about it SO ASK YOUR DOCTOR FIRST!!!.

  • bleonard13
    bleonard13 October 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm   

    excedrin migraine does work really well on me if u can take a lot of caffeine at once

  • kaiya2465
    kaiya2465 October 31, 2011 at 2:12 pm   

    I am allergic to caffeine.

  • Duncan Allan
  • kaiya2465
    kaiya2465 October 27, 2011 at 6:59 am   

    Thank you, that is very interesting & I will be checking it out.

  • Duncan Allan
    Duncan Allan October 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm   

    I inhale with Friars Balsam or Olbas oil to releave the pressure pain. I also have to prop myself up as lying down makes the pain worse. Gel packs or wheat bags heated and used around the neck helps the tension in the muscles and cold compress on the eyes.

  • kaiya2465
    kaiya2465 October 27, 2011 at 6:17 am   

    Olbas oil?

  • cgtguerrero
    cgtguerrero October 24, 2011 at 10:12 pm   

    You should read the article Dr. Gary posted about meditation. What I've learn that helps me is to go to my dark bedroom and play my radio in a somewhat low volume. I lay down on my bed facing down and a pillow on my head. I just try to relax and not think about it that much. I know it's hard but you gotta try. Eventually you'll start feeling better. But dont try to get up really fast and continue with what you are doing. It'll just make it worse. Relax for about alteast an hour. I have four boys and I know it's hard if you have kids. Talk to your kids if you have any n let them know you are feeling sick n that you need some time alone. Try it, I hope this helps!!!!

  • Mama Wilk
    Mama Wilk November 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm   

    My son has suffered for years and we have tried many prescription meds. He now takes an anti nausea pill and two Excedrin Migraine pills and he has been able to sleep through most of them if he catches it early enough. Early is the key!!

  • Neisee
    Neisee November 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm   

    EARLY is the key.

  • Eisen
    Eisen November 2, 2011 at 7:57 am   

    Talk to your doctor about preventive meds.