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Killing a Migraine

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8:03 pm on Mar 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Giving myself shots of Imitrex worked briefly, narcotics only dull the pain and after two days I'm really looking forward to a pain free day.

Anyone else plagued with random devastating migraines? The kind of migraines where a phone ringing in the house next door feels like tiny hammers banging away on yer noggin? How do you cope?

1:22 am on Apr 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Speaking of caffeine, the medication I take for primary migraine control has, as its major ingredient, caffeine. My neurologist has even recommened a double shot of Cuban coffee when I feel a migraine coming on as a prophylaxis of sorts. It works well for normal migraines. The real thing still requires Demerol injections in my posterior.

DG, I hope you feel better soon.

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Caffeine can be very relevant to migraines... both as a trigger and a treatment.

Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor - it causes the blood vessels in your brain to constrict.

Migraine typically involves vasodilation - the blood vessels in your brain expand, increasing blood flow to that sector putting pressure on surrounding vessels.

Caffeine withdrawal can cause migraines because blood vessels will expand as caffeine leaves your system, and this reaction can go overboard and lead into a migraine.

At the same time, if one is already in a migraine, taking caffeine can help as it will constrict the blood vessels.

Conclusion: Air and water are required to sustain life. Coffee is required to make that life livable.

1:57 am on Apr 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Forgot... in terms of food sensitivities, try researching 'amines' in relation to migraine on the net.

They're the chemical component that ties together all those 'I get mine from chocolate' or 'coffee causes them for me' things.

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Stick with the drugs, prescription of course! lol!
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Excedrin Migraine takes care of it every time! Everyone I know swears by it!

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ok.. probably not going to be the most popular idea.. but there is some corelation between taking psylocibin cubensis and cluster headaches and migraines... worked for me I haven't had either since..
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