How to manage my migraine

msk_76 Community Member May 07, 2007
  • I'm living with migraine since last 20yrs.

    I am afraid of taking any medicines for migraine as i feel that all such triptans or other neurology medicnes have their side effects in long run of life and addiction.

    I manage my migraine with a pain killer(aspirin,diclofenac,paracetamol etc), if taken at a proper time i.e during intial phase of attack.

    My frequency is 2-3 low intensity attacks/month and 1 major attaack in 3-4 months where i feel helpless as no medication works.

    In my country where May-August is peak summer season and it is where my migraine frequency is increased to double and i can't perform my duties properly during this period. Please suggest how should i tackle mygrain during this period and get rid of migraine triggered with bright sunny light?

     

    I was also told by my doctor to take "Flunarin 10mg" and "Inderal 10mg" once a day and with this medication which i take occasionally for 1-2 week and then leave, i feel better but still can't afford to go outside in summers.

     

     

     

3 Comments
  • Teri Robert
    Health Guide
    May. 07, 2007

    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

    Although I do understand not wanting to take medications, I'd like to point out a few things:

    1. Triptans are not addictive. Due to the way they work, becoming addicted to them is not possible.
    2. Flunarin and Inderal are also not addictive. Most doctors will tell you that they are as safe as aspirin, diclofenac,...
      RHMLucky777
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    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

    Although I do understand not wanting to take medications, I'd like to point out a few things:

    1. Triptans are not addictive. Due to the way they work, becoming addicted to them is not possible.
    2. Flunarin and Inderal are also not addictive. Most doctors will tell you that they are as safe as aspirin, diclofenac, and paracetamol. They have been on the market many, many years without any issues related to their regular usage.
    3. Neither flunarin nor Inderal should be taken for just a couple of weeks and then discontinued without your doctor's advice. This can cause serious problems since they need to be discontinued slowly. Even though you're at low doses, please discuss this with your doctor if you haven't already.
    4. There is evidence that Migraine is a progressive brain disease. It increases the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. This makes it important to prevent as many Migraines as possible and to abort those we get as quickly as possible.
    5. If you take aspirin, diclofenac, or paracetamol -- or any combination of them -- more than 2 or 3 days a week, they can actually make things worse by causing headaches called medication overuse or rebound headaches. Here's an article on that, Medication Overuse Headache: When the Remedy Backfires

    I don't really know what to tell you about not being able to perform your duties properly. I don't know of anyone with Migraines who wants to take medications. But, Migraines aren't just bad headaches. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease, just as surely as diabetes or thyroid disease. If you had one of those diseases, would you take medications? Maybe that's something to think about.

     

    Thank you for creating a SharePost. SharePosts are a form of blogging, and there are many things you can do with them. You can share an experience, suggest something that's helped you, use SharePosts as a Migraine and headache journal, and many other things.

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    Along with your personal "My Home" page and the discussion forum, you'll find links to a great deal of helpful information on the main page of our site, MyMigraineConnection.com.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to post them to the forum or send me a message through my profile.

    Welcome again,
    Teri Robert
    MyMigraineConnection.com Lead Expert

     

    PS: If you receive this message from more than one of us, please excuse the overlap. Thanks!

    • Sarahjane
      Apr. 08, 2011

      Hi, i have been living with migraines for appx. 10 years now. my migraines has started to increase as day goes by since last year. Have seen many doctors and received medication like inderal first was 10mg then it moved on to 40mg. Now am on Flunarin for three months, just started. Working is very difficult at times when having migraines as it reduces your...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi, i have been living with migraines for appx. 10 years now. my migraines has started to increase as day goes by since last year. Have seen many doctors and received medication like inderal first was 10mg then it moved on to 40mg. Now am on Flunarin for three months, just started. Working is very difficult at times when having migraines as it reduces your concentration and you feel very tired. Have been using flunarin too short time to advise the effect as still now am having the migraines as soon as i wake up..i do not know if it may have something to do with what i eat!!!

    • sunil bansal
      Aug. 02, 2012

      Flunarine has impact on Kidney function as well. Is usage can cause groin pain and damage to large intenstine. There are other medicines for migrain treatment like Sumatripitan. Most of the doctors in USA recommend Sumatripitan for migrain. Flunarine is not approved by FDA.

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