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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-04-2005, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Migrain Questions

I believe i remember quite a few of the members complaining about migrains a while back in a thread. Well i have a few questions, just recently i ended up at the Dr.'s for a migrain that lasted 8 days until the gave me a shot of toridol(sp?) and a sinus infection on top of that. well they sent me to the hospital to have a cat scan done on my sinuses and it came back that i have a deviated ceptum (sp?) and thickened sinus walls which is why i had such a bad sinus infection, and i have to go have more tests done to figure out why im getting migrains as bad as i am. they think its inflamed vascular blood vessles or something like that .

Now the question is they told me i might have to have surgery on my sinuses for the deviated ceptum...... has anyone had this and after surgery did it help?

also what does everyone do/take for their migrains? they put me on codiene at first but it didnt phase me in the least bit so i quit taking it and they now have me on ultram.

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Not to make you nevous or anything.... My brother went if for a headache. Found out he had two brain tumors. He's fine now. Non-cancer.
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I'm using Zomig for early symptoms of migraines. I get "classic" symptoms. From my understanding it comes in different dosages. Currently I have a supply of 5mg tablets that dissolve on the tongue. If I don't catch the migraine in time (like the night we were all in Naperville) I come home and use Relpax.
Ask your doctor about them. Might help out some. I don't have any experience with sinus problems. I have heard the operation helps out a lot.
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I have sinus problems too. My nose has never been right since I broke it playing baseball when I was 12. Before then, I used to get nose bleeds all the time. After, not one single nose bleed, but every once and a while my nose completely closes up and I can't breath out of it, and also get migranes few and far between. I just deal with it though, rather do this than bleed all over the place like before. Before, if it was too hot, my nose would bleed, too cold, it would bleed, hit anywhere in face, it would bleed. Thus, I like the changes

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I generally count the days that I don't have a migraine, it's much easier than keeping track of the ones that do. I've been in for lots of tests and different specialists, none of which have been able to figure out the cause of them. Have had them for about 7 years now. Thank God that the brain MRI came back negative for tumors (twice), so that is good, but they still can't find the cause. If I can catch them early enough, I can generally keep them in check with regular ibuprofen. If they catch hold, I normally will have to take a Fioricet, and go lay down in the bathtub (cool surface in a dark room), and wait for the nauseousness and vomiting to arrive.

Don't have the deviated septum thing, nor sinus problems, but my frined had that done last year, and other than a couple weeks of discomfort, he was happy with the result. He complained for years before that about his sinuses being clogged and other stuff.
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I just spent the weekend as an inpatient at Edward because of a migraine. I have had them since I was 14 (am now 30). They kept me in the hospital b/c my migraines have apparently changed, which they tell me is not terribly uncommon in people who have had them all their lives. They are now manifesting themselves as mini-epileptic types of seizures, complete with a speech impediment. Since my neurologist isn't planning on doing anything at this time, I have been doing some research on my own. Several sites may be of interest to you, so I'll post the links.
The best thing I can say is that you are your best advocate. Be sure to write down your questions and take them with you to your dr. visits. Also, keep a journal of when you get your migraines, their intensity (1-10), what medicines you took and their effectiveness, and anything that may have triggered the migraine. Sometimes it can be hormonally related (especially around "that time"), sometimes it can be related to something you ate or the environment you were in, and sometimes it could be sleep patterns, exercise (or lack thereof), alcohol or stress. Generally, though, the triggers are a combination of factors, and those differ for every person. Medicines also vary with each person (I'm allergic to Imitrex and can't take a whole host of other medications b/c they are ineffective or the side effects are terrible for me), so be sure to keep track of what you take and how it works for you. There are some medicines that can be given to prevent migraines (when taken on a daily basis), in addition to the ones given to deal with migraines once they begin.

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http://www.migraines.org/
http://www.jan.wvu.edu/media/Migraine.html
http://www.mayoclinic.com/invoke.cfm?id=DS00120
http://www.headaches.org/consumer/to.../migraine.html
http://www.4woman.gov/faq/migraine.htm
http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/1998/398_pain.html
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