Anyone else here get migraines?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Relic, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    I mean the nasty ones where your vision gets quirky, you can't stand light or loud noise and your head is pounding to the point where you feel nauseous?
    Got one now..ugh.. I've been getting them about 5/6 times a year since I was about 17.
    If so, what have you done if anything to treat/stop them?
  2. Have had a few over the years. My doctor told me at the time I had the first few that if I could anticipate them (I get 'auras' a half hour or so before I come down with one - in other words, I when I look at stuff, it's like there's a visible energy field or something an inch or two above the surface ... sounds strange, but that's how it works for me) I should stop whatever I'm doing, and immediately take a strong dose of painkiller, then try to stay in a calm place for an hour or so (difficult to do if you're at work!) If I can do it, I still get some headache, but not as bad as it'll be if I'm not proactive. I don't get them often enough to really be able to tell what trigger my migraines. If I get one and don't take the meds in time, only thing I can do is find a dark room and/or cover my eyes, lay down, and suffer until it's gone.
  3. Stigs


    Sep 29, 2007
    Richmond, Virginia
    I get the same thing, since about the same age... but I haven't figured out how to remedy them. Most of the time it ends up with a 3-4 hour nap and feeling like I've been hit by a truck afterwords.
  4. blueskid


    Sep 11, 2006
    washington, dc
    i used to get them pretty badly, but once i started taking meds for bi-polar disorder i've found that they've all but disappeared. it has something to do with the meds i take also being used for epilepsy. and my migraines used to kind of follow my cycling. i'm not completely sure how it works, nor do i care, i'm just glad to be rid of them.
  5. all the time. usually triggered by lack of food, too much sleep or too hot/humid a climate.
  6. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I used to get them about 3 times a week when I was around 21 or so. They were completely debilitating - I couldn't function at all. I used to take TONS of pain pills to make them go away, and none of them really worked well. One day I just decided to stop taking the pills, and suffer.

    Soon after I stopped taking the medication, the headaches went away for good.

    Biotech is Godzilla?
  7. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    I keep sunglasses and earplugs handy just about wherever I go. I see "auras" too, although to me it looks more like the room is getting foggy all of a sudden.

    My head rarely gets to the point where it pounds. The migraines are a symptom of something else going on with me, and I've been prescribed medication, so as soon as I start getting light-and-sound sensitive or see fogginess, I take 'em and the problem usually goes away.

    In more extreme cases I put on the glasses and 'plugs and sit in a dark room for a while. It doesn't happen near as often as it used to, thank God.
  8. buzzbass


    Apr 23, 2003
    Tenn. & NJ
    Take 3-4 excedrine, and drink a high caffiene drink. Soda, coffee, red bull....whatever. Caffiene is the key here. If that doesn't work, I'll wait an hour and take an imitrex. I've found that sinus issues or extreme neck and back tension are my triggers. Cracking my neck will sometimes go a long way to kick starting recovery. If it's a sinus issue, there's this cayenne pepper nasal spray called sinus buster, works like a champ. You need to figure out what your trigger is, and proceed from there. Like I said, I have 2. What are yours ?
  9. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    I don't get the auras, what I get is this weird effect that looks like heatwaves. You know when you look down a road during the hottest days of summer and the air looks like a pile of clear wiggling jello just above the road? That's what blocks my vision while I can still see normally from my peripheral vision..weird huh? That will last for about 30 mins, (I can set my watch to it), then it will go away leaving my vision fine, but my head pounding like I have a killer hangover.
    Sometimes it's lack of sleep, sometimes one too many beers the day before, sometimes stress...I dont think there's any one particular cause. Probably a combo deal type thing.
  10. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    Excedrin migraine, and a lot of prescription migraine medicines, have caffeine in them. I drink a lot of espresso over the course of a day, and although I never thought about it, it may be one reason I don't get them as bad as I used to.

    OTOH, when I would slam multiple Red Bulls or pop lots of Vivarin a few years back, it seemed to trigger migraines. Use with moderation, I guess?
  11. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Only when I sniff the modeling glue.
  12. I actually missed a big chunk of my senior year because of them. Failed most of my classes since the school didn't quite understand. They thought I was using "I can't" as an excuse to get out of work.

    I still get the BAD ones from time to time, thankfully my boss is very understanding.
  13. Rune Bivrin

    Rune Bivrin Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Huddinge, Sweden
    I have Hortons disease - aka cluster headaches. It's like somebody is taking my right eye lobe and putting it in a vice. This is then tightened at random intervals for 3 or for hours. This happens every other day for 1 to 2 weeks, and can then be gone for two years.

    Nobody knows exactly what triggers it, or quite what it is, but I have been prescribed with Imigrain auto injectors. Works amazingly well; even for a fully developed attack it only takes 2-3 minutes to go away. All that remains is a slightly other-worldly feeling.

    The only correlation is that it will only ever happen during summer, and when a series of attacks has started I should avoid heat. Otherwise I'm an avid sauna fan with no ill effects.

    Sometimes I get the "hot road" vision exactly like Relic, but that is never followed by anything particular.
  14. Grizzly700

    Grizzly700 Guest

    Mar 18, 2008
    Maryville, TN
    I use to get them 2-3 times a month and once had one so bad I was hospitalized. After that ordeal, I saw a nuerologist and she prescribed me a medicine called Maxalt. I havent had one take full effect ever since I have had that. Before migraines I always get a feeling that tells me I'm going to get one. When I start to feel that, I take a Maxalt, and it completely stops my migraine from coming on.

    I also haven't had one since I stopped drinking caffeine and sugar. Other thing trigger them too though, like scented candles and perfumes, hot and humid weather and too much sleep.
  15. mwm70


    Oct 27, 2004
    My symptoms exactly, followed usually by vomiting. MSG is my biggest trigger along with strong chemical odors.
  16. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    I get about one every week or two. I've been diagonsed to every end and they don't know what excatly causes them. They've had me on pills, on this on that and sometimes it'd help to a slight extent, but never "fixed" me.
    So I deal with them. If possible, I find a nice quiet place to sit, close my eyes, take deep breaths.
    If that's not an option, I do carry a bottle of asprin or whatever migraine OTC stuff is the flavor of the week, and pop some and hope for the best.:meh:
  17. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Excedrin Migraine over the counter helps mine. Also, Advil Cold & Sinus, the stuff with Pseudoephedrine you have to sign a waiver saying you won't make Meth with it.

    Sux. Some of my brothers get them too, as did my mother.

    Lots of great information on web md about them. Caffiene = medicine, keep that in mind!
  18. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    there seems to be a reoccurring theme here that caffeine can potentially help?
    I have always avoided it like the plague when I have a migraine thinking it would make it worse. Maybe I'll give it a shot.
  19. machine gewehr

    machine gewehr

    Sep 17, 2005
    I used to pass out because of the headaches,not because of migrane though.It was sinusitis,ı know it can't match the migrane though,migrane is terrible.

    One thing I can tell you is,looking at the "monitor" and posting on TB won't help you Relic.:D

  20. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    every blue moon from getting hit one too many times during a fight or sparring.. also when i'm dehydrated..