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Waking up with a migrain for two weeks straight.
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suzmh83 posted:
I am a 29 year old female. For the last two weeks, I have been waking up with a migrain. I lost time at work, and was fired because of it. It has caused me to vomit, and be extremely sensitive to light and noise. It takes me a few hours to get rid of it - eating, taking pills (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, Excedrine Migrain, etc) and resting. I go to sleep fine, but it wakes me up - early. I havent changed my diet, Im not overly stressed (I dont think), ... I am not sure what it is being triggered by.

Any suggestions on what it is being caused by or how to prevent it from returning everyday?
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mymygraine responded:
Hi suzmh83 -

When my migraines started at age 19, they sounded just like yours. I am so sorry that you lost your job over this because migraine disease is a documented medical disease that has no cure, but with good management and care and diligent attention by you, it can be lived with, even if you have the pain disturbing your waking hours or pre-waking hours.

That said, if the firing was recent I would go to a migraine specialist neuro to see what help he/she can give you concerning this. We all have to make a living somehow. And I would talk to the HR department and a lawyer about the rules for letting go of an employee with a legitimate illness, and what can be done to remedy time off, or if you can work for home.

First start by finding a migraine specialist neurologist recommended by the National Institute of Headaches, or on this or another migraine site. Migraine.com is another good site to find a good doctor. Be prepared to drive a few hours to get to the doctor, and remember that some of these doctors will not take your insurance so put some money back to pay for the fee. You will most likely have to fill out some kind of questionnaire for the doctor, and wait up to 4 months to get an appointment.

During the wait time start making a record of everything you put in your mouth, and the time you eat it. Also note the weather (a big trigger for most migraineurs - storms), also too much work at a computer, fluorescent lights, certain foods like alcohol, coffee, chocolate, (e.g. caffeine present in Excedrin Migraine), hard, aged cheese, nightshade vegetables, etc. Stress is a big trigger but we often don't know when we are in stress or because life is just stressful and unavoidable, be prepared to take some breaks every 3 hours and just take a 5 minute break, stretch, walk around the room, and then go back to work. All this information will be helpful to your neuro when the appointment arrives. Also try to bring someone with you - husband or best friend to listen and take notes during your appointment. They will hear what the doc says more impartially than you will and it will be helpful later. I am particularly against caffeine as a drug to use for stopping migraines. It is a funny drug because it does stop the pain, but it will also create another migraine. If you are using it more that 2-3 times a week with several days in between you will be getting "rebound" migraines, or migraines caused by the medication itself. These are well known to cause continuous migraines because coffee and things like Excedrin Migraine are made mostly from caffeine. It is a double edged sword, but if you can get yourself off caffeine altogether, and any products that contain caffeine you will see some improvement and can start sorting out other triggers. Everyone is different, and you may not be as susceptible to caffeine as, say I am, but I have been at this for 44 years, and my body now is so sensitive to everything I just live with a lot of pain. These are just some suggestions to try before you get a good doc app't.

Migraines are hereditary, usually from the female side of the family, so check with your mother to see if it is in her family, and perhaps she will have some pointers for you. There are many medications out there to help you, both propylactically and for rescue when you have a really serious migraine that is going to lay you up for a few days unless you do something immediately with a stronger drug.

Let us know how you are doing, check into Migraine.com which post a lot of new about migraines and what is coming down the pipeline, as well as this site, and I hope you get this under control soon and can return to your job with better coping methods.

Best of luck!
 
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raven7235 replied to mymygraine's response:
Try juicing and cut out dairy and meats as much as possible
 
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mymygraine replied to raven7235's response:
Hi raven7235 -
Thanks for the suggestion. I don't juice because I find that I drink about 4 times the amount of the whole food when I do, so I eat an apple or an orange rather than drink 8 oz of the juice which my contain the juice from 4 oranges. And I love juice, but some of my meds keep the weight on so I am trying to be more careful since I have limited energy with all the pain.

When I stopped all caffeine, dairy was the first thing that showed up as a migraine trigger so it is interesting to me that others may have that. One of my staple foods was yogurt, and I miss it like crazy, but I don't eat what gives me pain. That is a better incentive than the risk. And I was a vegetarian up until I started having gastrointestinal problems about a year ago. I ate white rice, bananas, apples, white bread, chicken broth and chicken (no skin) for an entire year. Now I am working in some more veggies and beans and switching back to brown rice, but I still have to be careful. I think it all comes from taking so many medications over the years than my system is very sensitive.

I now am very careful when I talk to my docs, and don't just take something because they want me to. I do my own research, ask a lot of questions, and then do it if it seems like it will work.

Thant was rather a long reply to your suggestion. Thanks for chiming in and I hope you are getting a hold of your triggers.


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