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Q: dhe infusion

Hello, My daughter has been dealing with chronic migraine headaches for almost a year now.  We have tried every medication, now the doctor is recommending a dhe infusion and I am having trouble finding information on the internet do you have a website that could give me more info.

 

Thanks Kim

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
12/16/08 10:51am

Hi Kim,

 

I'm sorry to hear your daughter is suffering so. You can find plenty of information on various treatments for Migraine disease to discuss with your daughters doctor right right here on our site. Let me see if I can help you there.

 

First, I know it may feel as if your daughter has tried every Migraine medication available, but there are so many more options that

can be used for Migraine and headache prevention that it's literally impossible. There are over 100 medications to try! Don't lose hope yet. Take a look at this article: Migraine Preventive Medications - Too Many Options To Give Up!

 

When Migraines don't respond to treatment, they're termed intractable. In such cases, there are several medications that can be administered through IV infusion to get the cycle broken. You can find more information in IV Treatment of Refractory Migraine. DHE is one such medication on this list.

 

 

Good luck

Nancy

 

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aldalto2, Community Member
3/23/09 4:42pm

As the lady above wrote, it is very frustrating and it may seem like you've tried everything, but one year isn't long enough to try even most things available.  There are also treatments other than just medication.  I have tried most meds that I can try (allergic to a lot of meds and struggling for 10 years), so I have gone down other avenues. 

 

Botox injections, chiropractor, physical therapy, acupuncture?  They all worked on some scale for me.

 

Diet changes to control possible triggers such as peanuts, pork, onion, hard cheeses, citrus, peas, leavened breads/crackers, etc?

 

It may be too early for this kind of diagnosis, but there is a huge correlation (70%) between untreated/unsuccessfully treated migraine and depression.  Has she been evaluated for depression?  If depression (resulting from migraine) is treated and gets better, often so do your migraines.

 

Other than the traditional abortive meds, injections such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to control irritation that can happen with periods of sustained migraine?  Sometimes that's all that keeps me from going to the hospital--of course, they're intramuscular so not as easy to administer as an Imitrex injection.

 

 

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