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Absence [Jul. 17th, 2008|01:08 pm]
For those wondering where I've been (you were, weren't you?)  it was the !**! migraine.  This has been one of those entrained migraines...most of mine last no more than three days, but every few years weather and sinuses and something else (wish I knew what!) combine to give me a much, much longer one that sort of slops around inside my head, worse here, then worse there, then worse this other place....  This one really started last Saturday, and now it's  Thursday.  It was on one side of my head...then it was on the other side of my head...then in the middle...then back to the first side...and now seems to be easing off.   But it's not gone yet, so there's the dismal possibility that it could creep back in.

The latest Scientific American has an article on migraines.  I was unable to read it carefully in the throes of this one, as it hurt to focus on the page.    I did look to see if they listed any marvelous new treatments.  They didn't.  The only complete, instant, mid-migraine cure I've had is one I do not want to experience ever again and wish I hadn't had:  turning on the TV on the morning of 9/11 and seeing the first tower in flames and the second one being hit.   I'd rather have been sick for a week.  A month.

Anyway--right now it's better, and I'll take better over worse even while hoping for "all gone, no pain at all" to show up realsoonnow.


[User Picture]From: melissajm
2008-07-17 06:27 pm (UTC)
It sounds horrible, and I'm glad it's heading in the right direction now.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-07-18 01:42 pm (UTC)
Me, too. Woke up this morning with no headache at all!
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From: sunfell
2008-07-17 07:02 pm (UTC)
As a fellow migraineur, I empathize with you totally. The Pill I was on amplified my migraines to such a degree that I missed a day or two of work from them nearly every month, and my boss would see my 'migraine face' and tell me to go home. I also had 'silent migraines'- without pain, but with the face and the inability to put any coherent thoughts together.

One thing I used for relief (besides darkness and silence) was gel ice-packs. Icing down my head did a lot to take away the worst of the pain. Not looking at any CRT screen (LCD screens seem to be OK) also helped. But icing down my aching head was really helpful.

I hope you get to feeling better soon.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-07-18 01:45 pm (UTC)
Much, much, better this morning.

I've used icepacks, hot packs around my sinuses, and alternating hot and cold, which sometimes works. (I've even used a big bowl of ice cream, to chill the sinuses from inside...and on occasion that's worked. Just not this time.)
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From: dsgood
2008-07-17 07:28 pm (UTC)
My sympathies.

I used to get migraines as a side-effect of allergies. I don't know how common that is, but it might be worth checking out.

Turning on TV as a distraction from pain is Not Safe. I decided this when I was recovering from a root canal, and a news program had a segment on a zoo animal (tiger?) having dental work.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-07-18 01:46 pm (UTC)
Luckily, I'm not much affected by allergies. Barometric pressure, though--that definitely has an effect. My migraines are strongly weather-related and we live in an area where fronts come past, are pushed back over us, advance again...
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[User Picture]From: bagfish
2008-07-17 08:30 pm (UTC)
I get those sinus migraines too. Sometimes I'm not sure if they are one or the other so it's hard to know how to medicate them. They are really very debilitating. Hope yours improves soon.

Anyway, I thought I would say hi as I've been lurking. Found your LJ and friended you as I'm a fan of your books, but I have definitely got your journal on my friends-feed because of your ecological postings. I work for an ecological conservation organisation in the UK and I'm totally fascinated by your postings on the increase in biodiversity on your land since you started managing it for the species there.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-07-18 01:48 pm (UTC)
Then you need to quit lurking and start posting on the bio threads--I'd love to hear about your organization and what it's doing...what your focus is, what methods you use, etc. (Not that you aren't welcome to post on other threads, too, but...)
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From: amy34
2008-07-17 10:12 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I'm one of those unlucky people who gets frequent migraines (without preventatives, about 8 per month, which means spending half my life with a migraine, but my preventatives cut that rate quite a bit). Since I have a vested interest, I follow the science.

For me, 100mg Imitrex is salvation--it will cure any migraine I get; the only downside is possible rebound in a day or two, and the fact that it makes me ill for several hours after I take it (but that beats a migraine hands down). Oh yeah, and the expense--but Imitrex is supposed to go generic in 2009 (the patent expired in 2007, but the manufacturer has extended its monopoly through patent litigation).

Here are some of the more interesting things I've learned about migraines in the past few years:

1. For many people, a daily 20-minute walk reduces incidence of migraines.

2. Migraines have recently been associated with a heart defect (PFO). This may explain the link between migraine and stroke--the PFO heart defect is also associated with a higher stroke risk. See here if curious.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-07-18 01:53 pm (UTC)
OUCH. Your situation is much worse than mine. Mine were never that frequent, and the frequency has varied widely over the ~50 years that I know I've had them. At one point, I had maybe one a year for several years, then they started coming back more frequently, coinciding with a move to a part of the state where we had more sudden barometric pressure gradients.

I'd heard about the migraine/stroke statistical connection but not the specific heart defect.
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[User Picture]From: dbara
2008-07-18 02:41 am (UTC)

I know this is a bit unconventional, but have you ever tried magnet therapy? My wife gets migraines about once a month and when she feels one coming on she puts on a magnet necklace (actually quite stylish) and she says the pain goes away in a few hours. I have also used one for my back recently and this has definitley decreased my pain.

I don't necessarily support the 'science' behind it, but it does seem to work. Just a suggestion.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-07-18 01:54 pm (UTC)
No, I never had...the ordinary ones are usually manageable (if not pleasant) with simple remedies so I've not pursued anything else. Thanks for the info, though.
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[User Picture]From: greensilk
2008-07-18 06:49 am (UTC)
Try Midol, or other similar anti female cramping drug. It enlarges the veins/arteries for blood flow and decreases the pressue that migraines bring. It does not work 100% for everyone, but it can do wonders.

Good luck.
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[User Picture]From: jowake
2008-07-18 12:17 pm (UTC)
Not quite such a traumatic cure as yours, I remember going to a party in London, UK, driving through a thick fog and ending up with a humdinger of a migraine. Went to lie down in host's bedroom with the windows open. Heard a car crash, went rushing downstairs to help etc. etc. and that was the end of my migraine. Like you, I would have preferred the pain. A friend ended up with a permanent headache and used to get some relief from Botox injections. Not sure how or why. Is there anywhere in your area where they practice Bowen Therapy, that is supposed to help, the therapy has helped me greatly for other ailments, I don't have migraines much any more, seem to have grown out of them.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-07-18 01:56 pm (UTC)
Probably not available here--the nearest *any* therapy other than a drugstore is 50 miles away. But thanks for the info in this and the next post.

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[User Picture]From: jowake
2008-07-18 01:19 pm (UTC)

Bowen Therapy

This is the website for Let It Heal, which may be Canadian only, I am not sure. However, it will tell you about Bowen Therapy, and maybe you can find someone in your area who is a practitioner.

I promise you it isn't quackery, I was very sceptical at first, but I went leaning on my trusty cane to get me into their clinic. I now haven't used a cane in months, since before Christmas in fact. The biggest sceptic in the world, my husband, finally went for his back pain and has had enormous relief.
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