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    Migraine Meds Wearing off
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    batfungus posted:
    I too found many of the mainstream meds have worn off, usually within a month after beginning them. Many of them are ergot based and are just variations of one another.

    What I found within the last year are two things:

    1) Topiramate is a godsend. It acts as a cushion to most of my migraine triggers with the exception of ingestables (ie sulfites in foods). I can now withstand flashing lights, perfume, diesel to a greater degree than I use to.

    2) Tylenol 3. It has a little opiate in it, but I find I use less of it, usually starting with half tablets.

    As someone who has migraines twice a week these two things have really made my life more tolerable. It use to be that any store with a perfume counter meant even walking in front of it was an instant migraine unless I held my breath. Now I can walk in the store and it feels like there's a fine pin wiggling back and forth inside my brain until I walk out of the store and then no migraine.

    Finally, identifying your triggers and reading EVERY label. White tortillas and soda crackers 75% of the time now have sulfites in them. If it has tartaric acid (cream of tartar) it has sulfites. Dough enhancer in hot dog buns and white breads has tartaric acid. I have seen cinnamon sugar listed as cinnamon, cocoa, sugar on ingredient labels so chocolate is a known trigger. Molasses contains sulfites so all brown sugar except C&H is contains sulfites. America seems to want to preserve everything in sulfites including powdered ginger. I buy my powdered ginger at Asian grocery stores because it doesn't have sulfites, and mix my own pumpkin pie spice. Artificial sweeteners cause migraines. I've seen sugary cereals with the first ingredient as sugar and the 5th or 6th ingredient as Nutrasweet.

    You have to know whats in your food. Period.
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