Patient Comments: Migraine - Treatment

What kind of treatment do you get for your migraines? Does it help?

A Doctor's View on Migraine Headache Treatment

Read the Comment by Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

Migraine headache treatment includes both drug and non-drug treatments. Non-drug treatments for migraine include biofeedback, sleep, smoking cessation, application of ice, and avoidance of triggers. Several medications and supplements are available to prevent and treat migraines. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Loes, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 25

After years and years of suffering migraines, almost weekly and taking sumatriptan and Voltaren (not always successful), I have found the cause and consequently the solution to my problem. After a stay in hospital during which I developed a bowel problem, I was prescribed Laxsol and other laxatives to regulate my bowel movement. Result? The migraines have disappeared 95%. What a relief! Maybe a tip for other migraine sufferers.

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Comment from: bela18, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

Having had these awful migraine headaches since childhood I have tried a lot of things but the medication that has finally done the most for me is Zomig, which now has a generic form. Just recently I had trigger point injections and so far so good. Immediately after the injections the chronic pain in the muscles of my neck and shoulders was pretty much gone.

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Comment from: M, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I had migraines from age 18 to 26, they seemed to correlate with my college years and smoking cigarettes. I would get them seasonally spring, fall winter. The only drug that every helped and took them away within a day was Furanol. I don"t even know if they have it anymore but worth a try.

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Comment from: older & experienced, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 23

Now that I have reviewed the different migraines, I know that the ache in the back of my head and neck are definitely migraines. I have some which are blind spots and had them during menopause. I learned they are due to a lack of B6I also have rapid heartbeat episodes at times, cured by B6. It is important to know B6 should not be taken without the other B vitamins! It will make a need for the others giving you other problems, memory function needs niacin. B vitamins are best gotten by eating liver. It can be cooked, ground finely and mixed with other foods: cottage cheese, hamburger etc. Hope this helps others and certainly am thankful I read the article describing where migraines attack.

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Comment from: Joan, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 13

Imitrex only worked a few times. Zomig is my go-to medication. If I take it when I begin to have symptoms (any noise is too much) then I take a 30-minute rest and the headache is gone.

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Comment from: ducf, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I use divalproex sodium extended release (Depakote ER) every morning for prevention and Butalbital/apap/caffeine 50/32 for breakthrough headaches. They both work really well.

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Comment from: Lindalou40, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 15

Starting in 1982 I suffered for years with migraine headaches with auras, the non-relenting nausea, sensitivity to light and flashing lights during my first pregnancy. With medication not an option during those long nine months. After delivery my doctor put me on Effexor XR (extended relief). No more pain or nausea. However, the auras continued which I could deal with better than the awful pain. Then one month the auras stopped. I'm now living with better attitude! Good Luck to all I've been there!

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Comment from: Laura C., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I have suffered from chronic daily migraines for the last 10 years. At one point, I was on six daily medications to keep them under control. I have gone through Zomig, Imitrex (pills, nasal inhaler, and shots) Axert, Amerge, and have now settled in with Maxalt (quick dissolving). The best thing I have done for treating my migraines is to have Botox injections. Since my first set of injections, I am down to only one daily medication, and my headache frequency is down an estimated 75%, even when eating "trigger" foods. I am due for another round of Botox next week, and I would love to wean off the remaining beta blocker after this set of injections, and be medicine-free, except for the injections.

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