I'm guessing you posted that because of the section they have on alternatives for treatment......so the only option it gave for migraines was Triptans, which my doctor tried. If anyone else out there has any suggestions on how to deal with migraines, I would like to hear from them. I've tried accupressure, which does work about half the time (it's how I've managed to deal with the 3 migraines I've had this month!), reducing stimulation (retreating to my dark, quiet bedroom), guided imagery, relaxation CD's, etc. As I mentioned before, I've been dealing with these for about 23 years. I was really hopeful when he gave me the Imitrex and the Treximet but with the reaction I had, I don't have hope I will ever try these again. I can't begin to explain how horrible I felt and would rather deal with an excruciating headache than take either one again.
Had I found myself feeling "altered" or sedated, etc. when I took the Midrin, I would have immediately called my doctor and told him I couldn't take it. Early in recovery, I was given several different anti-depressants and quit almost immediately when they made me feel energized and "high" (Wellbutrin and Effexor). I'm very cautious when it comes to meds and almost didn't take the valium for my MRI. After lengthy conversations with my nurse support group, my Aftercare, and my LADC, I realized that motives for taking the valiums were honest ones. I have horrible claustrophia and cannot be in small spaces, let alone an MRI machine with a box over my head. I'm eternally grateful to everyone in my support groups, etc. who advised me to take the valium because once I got into the damn machine, it was horrible. I was able to stay still the 30 minutes for the procedure but was ever so thankful when it was over! (And yes, I tried to find an open air MRI to have my test; there were none at the facilities covered by my insurance). I'm not taking this thing lightly or thinking I can pop a pill to fix what ails me. When I took the dose of Midrin that I did, I had not been able to leave the dark bedroom without becoming nauseous and ended up vomiting. I hadn't been able to eat or even move with getting sick to my stomach. I had taken quite a few doses of Excedrin without any effect. I put off taking the Midrin until the pain was unbearable (and yes, I've had to reevaluate my pain scale because when I was addicted to my pain meds, everything was a 10/10 and warranted a handful of vicodin). My husband asked if I wanted to try the Midrin, I said yes and took 2 pills. My headache was down to about a 3/10 within 30-40 minutes and I was able to get up out of bed.
I understand you are trying to be helpful and working around recovering addicts and alcoholics all day long who consider themselves clean and sober when they are taking ativan, xanax, klonopin, ambien, etc., I get it. I realize how little it would take for me to return to my addiction. But I also cannot continue dealing with some of the headaches I get. If I have one that rates about a 5/10, I deal with it and go on with my day. I suffer from headaches almost daily so I'm quite used to living with a certain level of uncomfortableness. The ones that are almost unbearable take a toll on my life. I'm unable to get out of bed, sometimes for several days, have missed work on more than one occasion, and it's can be very depressing.
I am VERY open to suggestions on other ways to deal with migraines that don't involve medications. I enjoy being med free after the years of taking anti-depressants, abusing the meds for my RA, and being put on various anti-psychotics and mood stabilizers (I was dx'ed bipolar when it was really addiction....now that I've been sober, I no longer have the wild mood swings and all the issues that came with the substance abuse). I would rather not have to take any meds and don't really like having to take the propanolol but it has helped cut down on the frequency, intensity, and duration of the headaches I DO get. I've changed up my diet quite a bit to help with my RA so that is no longer a daily struggle so I know there are other ways to manage pain besides meds. I am hoping this post does not come across as nasty or defensive as that is not my intention and I know online, tone can be misconstrued (seen it happen many, many times here on allnurses.com
). I do appreciate you finding that last link for me; I have it bookmarked.