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I've suffered from headaches and migraines


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outofideas

I've been dealing with headaches and migraines since I was a teenager. I've had MRI's done and all that comes back are inflamed blood vessels And from my understanding that's what headaches are. And then back in October I fell down my deck and have been in pain ever since. I had an X-ray done and nothing was broken but my doctor wouldn't approve a MRI. Most likely because of insurance reasons. 

What kinds of things do fellow headache and migraine sufferers do to keep flair ups limited and what kinds of medications have worked best for you?

thanks for reading :)

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Propanel seems to work for a family member and one other friend swears by them.

Both get bad migraines or cluster headaches but if they use one pill a day it seems to alleviate them,so they naybe the answer to your problem @outofideas?.

Peace 

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I suffer from migraines regularly and headaches daily. I got a Traumatic Brain Injury while in the service but the VA isn't much help. None of the Triptan meds work for me. The only thing that has worked the past 8 years is Fiorcet and it has begun to stop being effective. Any recommendations!

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Fiorcet w/ codeine has worked well for my migraines. 

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8 hours ago, Louis76 said:

Fiorcet w/ codeine has worked well for my migraines. 

Didn't know there was a Fiorcet w codeine. I'll have to ask my VA doctor next time I see her. Perhaps that'll help cause I've been on regular Fiorcet for 7-8 years since my fall in the Army. Thanks Louis76

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On 2/3/2017 at 0:36 PM, Mrider said:

Didn't know there was a Fiorcet w codeine. I'll have to ask my VA doctor next time I see her. Perhaps that'll help cause I've been on regular Fiorcet for 7-8 years since my fall in the Army. Thanks Louis76

My doc prescribed me the Fioricet w/codeine and it works great when you have a bad migraine or cluster headache! I tried everything and this med has worked wonders so far! Good Luck! 

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2 hours ago, Louis76 said:

My doc prescribed me the Fioricet w/codeine and it works great when you have a bad migraine or cluster headache! I tried everything and this med has worked wonders so far! Good Luck! 

Thanks again Louis. Can't wait to see my doc at the VA again to ask about the med. you've been a great help friend!

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?  There's 2 generic brands that my pharmacy carries. For some reason the old generic formalation is cheaper with my insurance?

New formulation : (less Tylenol)

butalbital 50 mg, acetaminophen 300 mg, caffeine 40 mg, and codeine phosphate 30 mg.

old formulation : (still in production)

butalibal 50mg ,[acetaminophen 325mg], caffeine 40mg, and codeine phosphate 30mg.

 

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I see one of my VA docs on Thursday I'm gonna ask him about it thank you so much sir!

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I have also found butalbital a miracle solution to the most devastating headaches.  I have not had it in several years now.   I was thinking about this subject today, as I have had a migraine going on 5 day today : (    

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I wish I knew where you were finding these drs - severe migraines for 10+ years and my PCP won't do anything but refer me out and the neurologist I went to won't prescribe pain meds. It's been a struggle to say the least..

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5 hours ago, Slegna Owt said:

I wish I knew where you were finding these drs - severe migraines for 10+ years and my PCP won't do anything but refer me out and the neurologist I went to won't prescribe pain meds. It's been a struggle to say the least..

My neurologist just put me on a low dose of Depakote. Which helps as a maintenance headache/migraine medication. You have to take it daily but it keeps them from coming as frequently. It's definitely been helping.

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22 hours ago, US Army Veteran said:

My neurologist just put me on a low dose of Depakote. Which helps as a maintenance headache/migraine medication. You have to take it daily but it keeps them from coming as frequently. It's definitely been helping.

My neurologist won't prescribe anything but nasal sprays and antidepressants - all doctors in my area don't care if you are in legit pain. I'm probably going to end up driving over 2 hours to see a decent doctor.. but hoping it's worth it.

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On 4/12/2017 at 10:10 PM, Slegna Owt said:

My neurologist won't prescribe anything but nasal sprays and antidepressants - all doctors in my area don't care if you are in legit pain. I'm probably going to end up driving over 2 hours to see a decent doctor.. but hoping it's worth it.

Good luck. Hope you get the help you deserve.

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I know this isn't pill related but look into getting your daith pierced. It's amazing for migraines and anxiety. Google it. I took my 16 year old, who we almost lost to depression/anxiety/suicide to get hers pierced and I got mine done as well, since I hold headaches for days and have anxiety as well. Once it heals for a few days, it's seriously a miracle. I'm very serious. No joke. Look it up and go to a clean tattoo shop that does piercings. My only advice, follow the aftercare instructions to the T, because it will hurt as it heals, but infections are no fun to get rid of. All about the acupressure sites in the ears.  I enjoy my meds but for those of you really suffering...it's incredible. 

As for my baby, 2 years of treatment facilities who wanted to just stabilize her and get her out, 5 months in a residential treatment facility (finally) that the insurance company wouldn't help with (bc she hadn't "attempted enough times") and $66,000 later (and losing a lot of material things)...we didn't lose her. She's thriving, getting ready for college and is loving life. Never give up. 

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