New Migraine pattern - Maxalt responsible?

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    I have had migraine with aura for over 30 years, only twice have I had headache with one. It is a horrible aura, numbness on whichever side it decides, eye disturbances, confusion, unable to speak properly, a terrible anxiety! Sometime lasting up to 6 hrs. Usually happens about once every 4 months. I started taking Maxalt. It does cut down all symptoms, and time to about 2 hrs. but now I'm having them one, than one exactly to the day a week later, than wait a month, another than another exactly to the day a week later like clockwork!


    Do you know how these monster know how to count to the exact day? And do you think the Maxalt might be causing this this wierd pattern? Thank-you for any help you can give me.

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    Full Answer:

    Dear Denise;


    These Migraines are being triggered by something? What are you doing differently? Eating differently? Going someplace new? Keep in mind that some triggers don't bring on a Migraine immediately. For example, a Migraine triggered by foods can occur up to 48 hours after you eat the trigger food.


    I don't see how the Maxalt could be responsible, but to explore every possibility, you could ask your doctor for a sample of a different medication to take for your next Migraine.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: May 30, 2012