Do you get migraines?
I had my first migraine when I was pregnant with my daughter, and since then I have had them off and on. I can go weeks (sometimes months) without having one, but when I do get a migraine, it feels like I will never get rid of it. When I take medicine for a migraine, it sometimes helps, but never gets rid of the migraine completely. And, it seems like once I get a migraine, I go through a period of time where I finally get rid of it, but a day or two later I get another. This cycle can go on for weeks, before finally stopping.
I’ve recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and told that there may be a connection between Fibromyalgia and migraines. My doctor suggested that a begin to take a medication to prevent the onset of a migraine. I was surprised to find out that the medication he recommended was an anti-convulsive (used for seizure disorders). These medications have many troubling (possible) side-effects, so I’m not sure if I’m actually going to try it.
To help me in my decision, I thought I would check out some blogs by other women, who suffer with migraines.
Somebody Heal Me
On anti-convulsive medication to treat migraines…
A review of controlled studies published in the June 2008 edition of the journal Cephalalagia supports the notion that anti-convulsants Depakote and Topamax are much more effective than placebo in preventing migraine attacks. The study also indicates that other anti-convulsants sometimes used for migraine prevention are no more effective than placebo.
The FDA is preparing to put warning labels on epilepsy drugs, including Topiramate (marketed as Topamax), Valproate (marketed as Depakote, Depakote ER, Depakene, Depacon), Pregabalin (marketed as Lyrica), and Zonisamide (marketed as Zonegran) that will notify users about the increased risk for suicidal behavior. Sales of the affected drugs, widely used for nonepilepsy problems such as migraines, topped $8 billion last year.
From the migraine girl — a great post addressing Migraines and Vacations (a blog carnival)…
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy taking vacations, but in our Migraine & headache community, it’s easy to come across many folks who see the health threats that accompany any trip out of town. Luckily for all of you reading this, we have a really helpful batch of blogs to sift through, all of which will increase your chance of having a happy, healthy vacation despite your headache disease. Some people have a very personal take on the situation, describing specific issues they’ve had preparing for and embarking upon vacations. Others give us generalized lists of things to pack and/or what to be aware of as you travel to maintain a pain-free brain. Whether or not you have a trip coming up, I believe these writers’ tips and insights will benefit you.
I found this video on migraines at My Life With Migraine…
Deborah at Weathering Migraine Storms
I have Migraine Disease – It has ripped years from my life, life with my husband and me together, from my kids lives. It’s been very disabling for me. But that’s not ALL there is to me. I am a Mom, and a wacky, fun kind of Mom. I like to play with my kids, have fun with them – sometimes at their expense. What good Mother doesn’t. I’m trying hard to live with a horrid, painful disease; and have fun while doing so. And I’m learning, probably too much about it. But along the way, I’m meeting very interesting friends. I hope you do, too. I wish you pain-free days! And happy ones as well.Debbie at Down the Rabbit HoleI have had chronic daily migraines for the past 7 years. They are a part of my life, but I don’t want a migraine to define me. That’s why my blog is about more than migraines. My hobbies are gardening, rubberstamping, scrapbooking and knitting, not necessarily in that order.
The Left Handed Rabbit — Migraine Town
rhymes with migraines — grieving my past life
Andreas Buzzing About – Horrid Day for a Migraine
I’m still not sure what I’m going to do about taking the medication used to prevent a migraine. Any advise would be welcome.
Do you suffer with migraines? Have you considered taking medication to prevent the onset of a migraine? Have you heard of a connection between Fibromyalgia and migraines?