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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Anyone know any cures for them. My fella gets very regular bad migraines and nothing seems to really work to cure them. He's on betta blockers, but they aren't really working and lives on other pain killers which he hates doing, but stll they often don't relieve him of the pain.

We can't manage to pin point what exactly is his trigger factor, although i'd probably put a lot down to stress.

Just wondering if anyone knows any better mediaction he could ask a doc to prescribe/that he could get or if there's any other possible cures/preventative methods we could take.

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    General migraine advice

    The trendy new drugs are the triptans, but not all GPs will be keen to prescribe them. If the migraines are very troublesome and his GP doesn't want to give him a triptan, he could ask for a referral to a neurologist up at the hospital.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Cheers...I'll get him to suggest that to his GP. They are very troublesome to the point where they really are effecting teh quality of his life and making him quite depressed.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    There is such a thing as the post-orgasm headache. Have you been working him hard recently? :sour:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    :lol: no he always has a headache to start with so I don't get a look in.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I suffer from really bad migraine, to a similar point as your fellas. The doctors dont know my triggers, and have basically given up. I want to see a headache specialist in the States, but I haven't got the cash at the moment unfortunately.

    I am currently on daily beta blockers, 40mg of propranolol (ring any bells?) in the morning and night. I also carry Tylex with me all the time, and if I get any of my warning symptoms, I take two immediately. They've got 500mg of paracetamol and 30mg of codiene phosphate each. At one point I had really bad auras (blurry vision, wierd noises, and smells) every day, along with the headaches, for over a week, so they put me on daily doses of tylex. I was taking 4 grams of paracetamol a day, which is your complete limit... and I hated it. Relying on anything is a bad thing, and not in my nature.

    I've tried changing my diet, removing the four C's. Chocolate, Cheese, Caffeine and Citrus. Get him to try that. Also, i quit alcohol for 4 months, and still got them, but again it is worth him trying. It also may be useful getting him to sign up at the Migraine Action Association who are really helpful.

    If you need someone to chat to about this, or if your bloke wants to know anything else, just give me a holler. I'm 23 years old, I've been through and still go through the depression phases, the thoughts of suicide because you just can't take the pain any more. I know how horrible it must be to have to watch in someone who is usually so strong as well, because my missus has to every time I have one.

    All the best
    Grepus

    If you fancy it, have a read of these two posts from my blog, for my last major attack:

    Day One
    Day Two
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Cheers for that.

    It's 10mg propranol that he's on 4 times a day. Never heard or tylex (is that prescription only?) But he does always carry paracetemol, ibuprofen and codeine on him at all times. It's bad when it's a running joke that every time he goes into a shop that sells paracetemol he buys some because thats how much he gets through. He also has been prescribed some morning sickness medicine to help elleviate the nausea when he gets that.

    He's tried changing his diet and cutting out all the things you've mentioned but thats never stopped them. He went home for a week or so not long ago and only had one or two mild attack whilst he was there, which is why we're leaning towards it being stress thats the trigger.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Stress can be a very common trigger... but not the main one in a lot of cases. Tylex is prescription only, as are the bigger propranolol tablets. Get him to a doctor, and get some of the bigger stuff for the pain relief. Those + dark room + sleep always help me.

    I have managed to use sleep to avoid the nausea now... but I used to get it very bad before.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Tylex = Kapake, generic name co-codamol. It is prescription only of course, as is propranolol at any dose in the UK.

    Tylex combines paracetamol and codeine and acts as a stronger painkiller than either one alone, although it is not specifically an anti-migraine drug.

    When a painkiller is prescribed in combination with an anti-sickness drug (e.g. metoclopramide) it is sold as something like MigraMax, also prescription only, which your boyfriend may have tried too.
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