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    Headaches For over 50 years
    familydogs posted:
    Hi, I have had Migraines since about 12 years old. They probably are genetic as my Mother had them and continued to have them right up until she passed away in her eighties. I have tried just about every medication that has come along for them: Excedrin Migraine(only works sometimes), the Ergotamines, Topiramate, amitriptyline, Verapamil, and Zomig(previously Imitrex). I had my neurologist take me off of Topiramate after having been on it for years as it became ineffective. I was having as many headaches on it as before I went on it. I am now trying amitriptyline for preventative care and use Zomig when I actually have a headache come on. I also go for massage, cranial sacral therapy and acupuncture. I may look into reflexology as well. I pray someday that researchers will discover how to get rid of these headaches for all of us who suffer from them.
    ellsworth52 responded:
    You and I are very similar - I am on amitriptyline also and I use Zomig as my abortive. I am also going to try a beta blocker per my doctor. Unfortunately I have acute Chronic migraine - last month I had 24! I too wish someone would discover something that would actually help us long term.
    familydogs replied to ellsworth52's response:
    Thanks for responding. I also am on a beta-blocker called Verapamil. I just started taking some Chinese herbal products called Head-Q and Ease Plus which my acupuncturist recommended. I went to the Pharmacy to have the pharmacist make sure that nothing in them conflicts with any of my regular meds. As far as he could tell, I should have no problem. He recommended I have an allergy test which is just a blood-draw with our local ENT specialist to check to see if particular foods I eat may be causing some of my problems. I may do that. I mentioned to him in our conversation that I was once on Neurontin(gabapentin) for back pain some time back and that when I was I experienced NO Migraines. He said I might consider talking to my Doctor about getting back on that if I find the Chinese herbs to be of no benefit. He said it is a "nerve" drug and the only real side effect is some drowsiness to get used to. All we can do is hope something helps us out along the way while researchers keep working on a better treatment. Have a wonderful H.A.-free day.

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