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Migraines blow
July 19, 2005
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My vision gets all goofed, then shortly therafter the pain will start. They are infrequent and they'll go away w/ painaids/ excedrine, but I hate the not being able to see clearly bit. I'm fortunate that I don't get them regularly and even when I do only 1% of them are of the debiltating pain variety. but man, they all blow.

July 19, 2005
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Glittered, I feel for you. They suck, totally. For me, it's just a matter of turning off all the lights, covering my head, and crying and breathing through them when I can. GOod luck through this one, though I must say looking at any sort of screen always makes mine worse.

July 19, 2005
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Hi GlitteredL

I had been a migraine sufferer for many years. I got cluster migrains so I could be in bed up to a week. Had to have shots, presc., the eyes in sunglasses for weeks. etc.

When I feel a migraine coming on I take 3 extra strength Excedrin and slam a cup of coffee. Usually that will stop them for me before they get very bad. I've not had the aura that way either.

And yes, they definitely blow.

July 19, 2005
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I didn't have any excedrin w/ me. But I did have some asirin and some tylenol which I chased with cocacola. it seems to have arrested the development. Hopefully it will ebb out, which it does seem to be doing.

Ever try to describe a migraine to someone who doesn't get them? I heard Greenday call it "a floating toothache of the mind" which i thought was clever. I describe to people as follows : it's like your skull is too small for your brain and it throbs as if it's going to burst. with every stroke of your heart the pain slams through your head.

geez..i'm gonna stop describing it cuz just talking about it is making me uneasy.

be well.

July 19, 2005
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My father, all three of my sisters and my husband all have migraines - my youngest sister had her first when she was 3 years old, bless her little heart, they had to do a spinal tap to make sure she was alright - I have seen many, many of them. My heart goes out to you.

You seem to have done all the right things, I hope you can lie down soon.

((((((((((glittered)))))))))))

July 19, 2005
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they totally blow.
I get them sometimes, and have confused my sinus pain ((its new)) for migraines, but the vision blurs, and the nausea and not being able to move, let alone function is terrible.
I fee lfor you!!1
(((((((((Glittered)))))))))

July 19, 2005
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Hi Glitt,

Have you tried to eye-vision test. Sometimes this thing triggers headachs. Also, beside Tylenol, foam bath, soft music, retreat, elimination of all noise.

I live in big metropolitan town as big as NY, it is VERY STRESSFUL, there are so many pscycho and PD, so I always keep Tylenol handy in my bag wherever I go.

Iced lemonade refreshes me esp on humid hot days like today, for instance.

Get well soon honey!

((((Glit))))

July 19, 2005
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Ooohh...I am a migraine victim too!!

I've been getting them for years, since I was a teenager so I have actually managed to pinpoint what brings them on.

It all starts with hunger!!! yes hunger!!! If I am hungry and I'm too busy to eat and its a hot day, I'll 100% deffo get one. If I'm hungry and I'm too busy to eat and someone with really strong perfume spends 5 minutes in my company, or I spend 5 minutes in a room with really strong air-freshener then I'll 100% get whoppers of migraines...anyone else get them this way??? I think its strange...my solution is when I am out and about I keep some bananas (apples and oranges are useless) in my bag and eat them if I feel hunger pangs, its not 100% foolproof but it has about a 90% success rate.

If I'm too late then usually by early evening I am in a dark room with a wet flannel on my head and if I even move and inch then the pain is so bad that it turns my stomach and I vomit. No over the counter pain-killers that you can get in Ireland will work (not strong enough) and I've tried some ponstan and that doesn't even work. My friend brought me some tylenol PM home from the US and they were great, but the only thing which gives any relief is stuff called Migraleve, but even that doesn't take it away completely, and I know its a whopper when I wake up next morning and its still there, my face is numb, my eyes can't focus, my neck and head throb and I am nauseous...

Oooohhh Migraines are my mortal enemy, I HATE them.

July 19, 2005
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I started getting mine as a side effect of pregnancy, I can't BELIEVE now what I thought was a migrain before them! What a wuss I was.

Mama, the coffee really works? I just take 4 ibuprofen and turn the lights off pronto. And sip lavendar tea if I can handle it.

July 19, 2005
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yeah, by true migraine standards this headache was little more than a toddler...I mean I was able to stay at work and actually do stuff, so i don't really consider it a true migraine..i think it was one I caught it time, now it's just a dull thump. I've had them before where all i could do was whimper in the dark...and God help those people who get those kind frequently..that's the worst I have ever felt..I thought my head was going to explode..everything hurt...light, noise..bleck agony. My Grandmother used to get bad ones alot and my sister still does. For me, I get the wacky vision thing first ( like a camera flash spot..i call them stars or spots) and I know it's coming. so, if I can get ahold of some excedrin (aspirin, acetominophen, and caffeine) that will do the trick usually.

thanks for the get wells. looks like they worked.

July 20, 2005
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Hi. I'm so sorry you all suffer such terrible migraines - how awful. I get long, bad thumping headaches which last for days (just recovering from a 4-day crippling one, where I couldn't sleep or eat & lost 4 lbs!) but nothing as bad as described above.

We don't have Tylenol in England - I gather it is an anagelsic - what is in it, please? Very best healing vibes to ye all.

But just a language question (from the thread title & used several times in here): What does "blow" mean? (Here "blow" is a slang name for hashish / cannabis / weed / dope /marajuana / pot etc.)

It sounds as if you mean you feel you are "blowing your brains out" perhaps? Some sort of violent image like an explosion? Does it just mean severe pain?

And here's another question. Although I've heard this one a lot (when visiting someone watching American TV - I don't watch tv at home): what does "suck" mean? It is also used on these boards a lot. I don't get why to "suck" seems to mean something bad, though I've never understood precisely what. Are they swear words? What is their derivation? What do they mean in plain English?

Cheers!

Blessings - gazelle.

July 20, 2005
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I used to have just awful headaches that felt like an ice pick was being rammed in between my eyes for days. I though surely doing just that would relieve the pain & make me feel better. No amount of medicine would totally relieve the pain... I was lucky if it made the headaches tolerable. Had these headaches weekly for about 2 yrs.

Mysterious, wonderful, benefit came from having sinus surgery though! My headaches have disappeared totally - and it has been a wonderful almost 2 months!!! Come to find out, the sinus area located behind my eyes, between the upper and lower sinus's was almost completely blocked by a cyst & polyps. The surgeon scraped out that stuff and widened my sinuses to allow more air flow thru. NO PACKING in the nose for those who wonder. It took a good 5-6 days to recover, but I feel great.

Although surgery is not the answer for everyone, I thought I'd mention it in case it may help someone out there. I never thought my headaches would be related to my nose.

July 20, 2005
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Not an American, but I think the slang term 'blow' as it is used in the thread title means the same thing as 'suck', or 'bite' - it just means that they are bad experiences that nobody enjoys, I guess.

Americans, don't all rush to correct me, now, just one will do.

And my family swears by excedrin, not Tylenol. Apparently, when migraines are still just baby migraines, they will respond to a combination of acetaminophen, aspirin and caffiene. Tylenol contains only acetaminophen, but Excedrin contains all 3.

Just a quick aside - Excedrin was not intended for migraine sufferers, but as soon as they discovered that it helped some of them, the makers quickly put the same medication in a new package and called it Excedrin Migraine! Seriously, the same ingredients as found in regular Excedrin, just a different package.

July 21, 2005
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Thanks, JW. Though I still have no idea what "suck" really means in American slang. Or why. What has sucking got to do with something being bad? And what on earth does "blow" mean & why?!

Anyway, how can one tell a migraine from a 'normal' terrible, pounding headache? I've had a really horrid one for 4 days & nights - then it went off - but is back with a vengeance. I can't eat much, & have now lost 7 lbs in about 8 days! I keep drinking water, trying to keep cool (we don't have domestic air conditioning in England)& drinking gallons of water.

I saw my bf last night after over a week & many troubles ... but was in too much pain to talk properly or put my Grand New Attempted Better-Communication Plan into action. I could hardly bear to cuddle him ... which offended him (though he has been horrid with me recently, so he shouldn't be surprised.)

I explained about my headache, & he caught me gulping water & paracetamols, crying with pain, in the night, so he believes me.

I see flashing lights in the dark, like sparks at the sides of my eyes ... but no other vision disturbances. I do feel sick from the pain. Exercising helps - when I force myself to move. But I feel queasy & fragile most of the time.

Diagnosis, please, friends???

Could it be migraine? Or psycho-somatic symptoms caused by my emotional turmoil & unhappiness & the heat?

Thanks. Blessings - gazelle.

July 21, 2005
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I am not an expert, but I did do some researc, and what you have sounds like a migraine. The flashing light,the nausea, the dificulty moving, the length of time - sounds very familiar.

Ask a pharmacist for advice on the dosages and try combining regular acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine. Just don't

July 21, 2005
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Sorry, clicked too soon. Just don't worry, a migraine has a life of its own, and it only makes it harder if you fight it. Just ride it out, and ignore everything else.

Do you have pharmacists in England, or do you call them druggists - in Jamaica that means drug dealer!

July 21, 2005
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Gazelle:

Definitely migraine if I may give my opinion. You should be able to go to the doc and get a prescription medication. Also, try the 3 X Edcedrin and coffee thing. May help, may not.

Other remedies you may try. Definitely lay in the dark. Cold compresses on the eyes and back of the head near the base. Sleep it off. (mine I always had to sleep them off) Sunglesses when you go out. There is a homeopathic mix of lavendar and ?? that you can get at healthfood stores. Also, they have headache pillows with the aroma therapies already in them.

I'm sorry. I do know your pain. It "is awful" (almost said sucks, sorry).

EF: When I was pregnant w/ my last I had really bad migraines. I lay in the bedroom w/ quilts over the windows and compresses, throwin up, etc. Had to go to the hospital I don't know how many times for the fenergin/demeral shots coz I couldn't take the prescription stuff i had. I think 2 1/2 or 3 months worth. My dad even came and sat with me one day. Made me wonder if I was dieing coz dad didn't drive 65 miles just to sit w/ you for no reason. We live in a rural area and I cannot drive so I have a script for vicodin 7/750 if a migrain comes on.

July 21, 2005
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I get migraines when my blood sugar gets low- the hunger. Or from stress. The best quickest remedy are BC powders or Goody's powders. They are crushed aspirin with caffeine, and they are pretty cheap. You have to get them right on the center of your tongue, so you don't taste the bitter aspirin, and chase it with 2 big swigs of something carbonated, to fizz it off your tongue. Because they are crushed, they work faster, and usually within 10 minutes the pain is gone between my eyes, and from the base of my skull. It sounds really ghastly, but it works!

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