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May 10th, 2014, 12:03 PM
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So I suffer from pretty severe chronic migraines. I was under a specialists care until I told them I was pregnant. Spoke to the dr who said my body would "fix" that while pregnant. Well, it hasn't. I know it's early but without my medicine I can be useless.

Does anyone else suffer from this and any tips besides the usual, rest, dark room and ice? Any medicine that might be safe besides Tylenol? I'm going crazy!
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May 10th, 2014, 02:01 PM
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Fix it? I've heard for most people it gets worse. I'm not trying to scare you there, but I know I get headaches in pregnancy when I usually don't outside of it.

Tylenol is pretty much it. It kind of sucks.
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May 10th, 2014, 02:55 PM
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Are you open to seeing a chiropractor? I have several friends that have been cured from their bad headaches and migraines under chiropractic care. One recently that is 4 months pregnant, her severe headaches went away after one adjustment and a 1 hour therapeutic massage on her shoulder and neck area. Good reason to get a massage!!!

I also love essential oils, might want to look into those. There are several for headaches and that are safe for pregnancy.
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May 10th, 2014, 05:47 PM
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I have heard that the chiro helps too. have also heard that if you have intense migraines before pregnancy, it goes away during pregnancy, and if you usually don't get headaches before pregnancy, you are more prone to them while pregnant. So, the hormones do the opposite. I really hope its true and they will start tapering off for you. I would just suggest sleep and cold washcloths if you have time to take a rest during the day. Hope you feel better.
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May 10th, 2014, 06:00 PM
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I don't have migraines, but I have hormonal related headaches right now something fierce, and I get headaches from allergies. They are way worse now. I have no advice, but hope ya feel better soon.
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May 11th, 2014, 09:50 AM
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Thanks everyone! I've been to the chiro . I certainly hope they subside. Only time will tell I guess!
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May 12th, 2014, 04:00 AM
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Popping in from the Nov DDC. I have had them for 24 years. I can't take anything except Excedrin outside of PG. I'm allergic to triptans (the imitrex family) and wont take the topomax (sp). I was prescribed T3 with my last PG, and fioricet with codeine for this Pg. I was only allowed so much codeine a week and I think they were being super strict with my restrictions, but I stuck with them. The T3s worked okay for me. The fiorcet with codeine did NOT help. It just made me sick (the codeine usually makes me sick, but if I have to choose 10/10 pain AND puking non stop, or one or the other... I will go with feeling sick!) Anyway. I was also prescribed phenegran to take before I take the pain medication and I found the phenegran actually helps more for my pain then the pain medication (phenegran also relieves pain, but its not a first line pain killer). If I take the phenegran fairly early in the process, like before I start puking uncontrollably, then it will make me sleep for hours, but it will over those hours get rid of my pain and nausea.

Anyway, I'm now past 13 weeks and I haven't had any bleeding in a while. I was told after 13 weeks I could take excedrin if I absolutely needed it. I'd rather take that then any of the prescription mediation. I just worry about the increased risk of bleeding... I also was averaging 1-2 migraines a week that first trimester. Since maybe 11-12 weeks I've been doing better. Not as many. I remember them being the worst the first trimester to 16ish weeks with my last two pregnancies, and I was soooo lucky, I never got them with my first three! That was the main reason I loved being pregnant with my first three. It was 9 mo of being migraine free! So, maybe once the first trimester nears and your body adjust better to the hormone shifts and your migraines will do better too. (Oh, I also found that certain foods trigger migraines for me, and not always immediately. Corn/corn syrup triggers migraines and bananas. The reaction from the bananas is usually a day or two later so it took a long time for me to learn that one!)


I also agree with seeing a chiropractor. They have helped my migraines and my OB has recommended them along with massage therapy. There's a massage parlor down the street from me that does massages for $35/hr. The chiro and the massage I have to pay out of pocket, but for me its worth it (okay, I haven't done the massage, but that's cause its not too relaxing if I have to take the kids with me, and so I never have time kid free when they are open.)


Good luck!
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May 12th, 2014, 10:25 AM
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Popping in from the Nov DDC. I have had them for 24 years. I can't take anything except Excedrin outside of PG. I'm allergic to triptans (the imitrex family) and wont take the topomax (sp). I was prescribed T3 with my last PG, and fioricet with codeine for this Pg. I was only allowed so much codeine a week and I think they were being super strict with my restrictions, but I stuck with them. The T3s worked okay for me. The fiorcet with codeine did NOT help. It just made me sick (the codeine usually makes me sick, but if I have to choose 10/10 pain AND puking non stop, or one or the other... I will go with feeling sick!) Anyway. I was also prescribed phenegran to take before I take the pain medication and I found the phenegran actually helps more for my pain then the pain medication (phenegran also relieves pain, but its not a first line pain killer). If I take the phenegran fairly early in the process, like before I start puking uncontrollably, then it will make me sleep for hours, but it will over those hours get rid of my pain and nausea.

Anyway, I'm now past 13 weeks and I haven't had any bleeding in a while. I was told after 13 weeks I could take excedrin if I absolutely needed it. I'd rather take that then any of the prescription mediation. I just worry about the increased risk of bleeding... I also was averaging 1-2 migraines a week that first trimester. Since maybe 11-12 weeks I've been doing better. Not as many. I remember them being the worst the first trimester to 16ish weeks with my last two pregnancies, and I was soooo lucky, I never got them with my first three! That was the main reason I loved being pregnant with my first three. It was 9 mo of being migraine free! So, maybe once the first trimester nears and your body adjust better to the hormone shifts and your migraines will do better too. (Oh, I also found that certain foods trigger migraines for me, and not always immediately. Corn/corn syrup triggers migraines and bananas. The reaction from the bananas is usually a day or two later so it took a long time for me to learn that one!)


I also agree with seeing a chiropractor. They have helped my migraines and my OB has recommended them along with massage therapy. There's a massage parlor down the street from me that does massages for $35/hr. The chiro and the massage I have to pay out of pocket, but for me its worth it (okay, I haven't done the massage, but that's cause its not too relaxing if I have to take the kids with me, and so I never have time kid free when they are open.)


Good luck!
Oh thank you so so much for this response! I have been having a hard time with it. I was taking propranolol for a short time before I was supposed to start Botox for them. I have tried Topamax and a million other drugs. Botox was my last resort before any type of surgery options.

I have tried the Chiro and it just makes them worse (2 differnet chiros to be sure), I continue to go through the massages which do help but are expensive. I have been on Fiorcet since my last ER visit (also allergic to triptans) but stopped once I found out I was pregnant. Thank you for an advice. I will talk to my OB when I see her!

Good luck to you as well! It is terrible to live with them!
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May 13th, 2014, 07:16 AM
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I had problems with the BP meds. I have low pressures to start with and they just got lower and didn't help. Amitriptyline helped, but I had some bad side effect from it for about 6 weeks, then I just gained a bunch of weight on it.

I actually ended up in my OBs office at like 5 weeks this PG after some bleeding. I wanted some labs drawn, but they said I had to be seen before they would order any (stupid!). When I went in the next morning I had been throwing up every 15 min for almost 24 hours. They wanted to transfer me to the hospital, but I made it clear I didn't want IV pain medication. They started an IV at the office and gave me a liter of dextrose in lactated ringers and some zofran. The zofran didn't help, but the IV solution made me feel a bit better. At least so I wasn't short of breath and having chest pain from being so dehydrated.


When I get really dehydrated from my migraines (I'm really bad, I never go in to the ER or anything, I just treat at home), I like to drink a mexican coke (made with cane sugar), and eat french fries. The sugar and the caffeine in the coke, and then the salt for the french fries to help with low BPs and low blood sugar levels. I also like popsicles. Again, a little bit of fluid at time to keep me hydrated without making me so pukey and sugar to help with the low blood sugar I get from the vomiting and not eating for days on end.


Anyway, that's just what I do. My migraines usually last for three days, and I can't always just chill in a dark room in misery for that entire duration though sometimes I just have to call in help so I can.
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