9/10/07 #9 - Triggers are heat, sunlight, bright lights. What more can I do?

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    Hello, I have had migraines for 20 years I am a 41 year old female. My triggers are heat and sunlight and bright lights. I use very dark sunglasses. They only help 50% of the time. Right now I am on Neurontin 1800mg in the am and Inderal LA 160mg in the am. When I get a headache I take Relpax 40mg. The problem is I am taking a lot of Relpax everyday or every other day. My insurance only pays for 6 and my doctor also gives me samples. I want to know what else I can take or do? My life has become absolutely miserable. I stay in the house a lot, because of the sun. Thank you Brandi.

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    Dear Brandi;

     

    It's especially rough when your triggers are environmental triggers that are so difficult to control. Still, with the right preventive regimen, you should be able to greatly reduce the frequency and severity of your Migraines, even with your triggers. If you've given your current preventives a fair trial of a few months, try talking with your doctor about trying different preventives. If your doctor doesn't have ideas of what to try next, it's time to consult a Migraine specialist. There's a link to our directory of recommended specialists below.

     

    Another issue that you should be aware of is the possibility of medication overuse headache, aka rebound, if you use triptans such as Relpax more than two or three days a week. See Medication Overuse Headache: When the Remedy Backfires for more information.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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Published On: September 09, 2007