I get migraines every week. Sometimes, two days a week, and sometimes several days a week. I have been to numerous Neurologists. I have tried numerous preventative medications, but nothing works. I have been going to a Homeopath, who has treated me for all kinds of things that might trigger a migraine and it has helped to eliminate some things that did trigger a migraine. I do not know what to do now. These migraines are disrupting my life, because I cannot plan anything ahead, because I do not know when I am going to get a migraine. I do not get the aura. Do you have any suggestions? Lois.
One thing to note is that a neurologist isn't necessarily a Migraine specialist, and a Migraine specialists isn't necessarily a neurologist. That said, there are excellent doctors who do specialize in treating Migraine and other headache disorders. At this point, consulting a Migraine specia...
FullQuestion: I have been suffering from chronic cluster headaches for the past 20 years since I was 25. After numerous CT's and MRI tests from more than 2 dozen internists and neurologists they seem to give up on me. I was prescribed verapamil (480 ml.) prednisone, Depakote, Topamax, Cafergot at different times.They all worked fine for a month or two, then it seems my body is becomes immune and rejects the drug. The headaches continue with a daily vengeance. Recently, I was taking Neurontin - 600 mg day which worked fine for a couple of months. As of today it seems my body is getting accustomed to it and the headaches continue. When I can no longer bear the unbearable pain, I take Maxalt which relieves it, but my prescription plan limits the amount I get every 3 months. I have no choice but to take it sparingly. I have taken Excedrin in huge amounts which is causing cyst in my liver. I am going crazy and cannot live with the daily pain. I ask my neurologist repeated...
My migraines always go in cycles, bad to not so bad, lasting months to years before changing again. Recently they are worse than they have ever been since I started having them 30 years ago. I wake up with it, am nauseous, often vomit, feel like a limp dish rag the next day and take up to 4 days to recover. My neurologist wants to do a sleep study. What will this determine? I've had 3 previous ones and they were all "inconclusive." Toni.
The most common triggers for waking with a Migraine are sleep issues:
too much sleep
too little sleep
poor quality sleep
irregular sleep schedule
There's information on this in our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep . A properly conducted sleep study would indicate the presence of any sleep disorders, and give a good sense of the quality of your sleep.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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