Quote from hurricanekat
I have migraines and I really try to minimize them and their effects. I get quite angry when someone says "have you tried Excedrin Migraine?" Yea - if that crap worked it wouldn't be a migraine. Today I even had AIWS along with my beloved migraine. Trying to get your hand to your mouth when your arm feels like spaghetti is interesting. So is trying to read the bottle to make sure you are taking the right med when you can't see. People who don't have migraines but think they do should be issued one. I wish there was a way to induce it so people could actually experience them. Mine aren't usually just a migraine either - its usually prodrome, migraine and post-crap too. If you can walk or form complete sentences - it isn't a migraine.
I agree that "migraine" is being overused by people without that dx. But I disagree with the fact that excedrin won't work if it's a migraine. If
I can take it at the super-early stage of my migraine, like when my head is just barely beginning to feel "wrong", and before
I develop nausea or photophobia, then it will generally work... but we're talking like a 30 minute window to take it if I'm lucky... and if anything is distracting me from those early symptoms, then I'm screwed.
Also, my I had to take dh to the ER for what I was pretty sure was a migraine, but urgent care declared he was too old to be a new-onset migraineur (46 y.o.). ER doc initially agreed, and they sent him for scans to r/o a brain tumor or other scary "space occupying lesions"... and when that came back fine, a different ER doc (shift had changed) theorized that dh had indeed had migraines before, but that he was one of the lucky few who had relatively mild ones, and that Excedrin actually took care of them.... but unfortunately his luck ran out as he got older, and he finally had a doozy.
The doc tested this theory by giving him a "migraine cocktail" of dexamethasone, imitrex, zofran, and Benadryl (still not sure why that was in there- the Nurse didn't know either, just that it's part of the cocktail- she thought prob. to help patients sleep....) and within 30 minutes, my husband was tad drowsy from the Benadryl, but every one of the severe migraine symptoms was gone, and didn't come back.
When we walked in, my-tough-as-nails, healthy-as-a-horse dh literally had tears in his eyes, and when we left, he was his normal, laid-back, happy self.
The Neurologist dh followed-up with later said that he agreed with ERdoc#2's theory/explanation.
So all that to say that Excedrin can work (although neuro gave dh alternate dosing recommendations from what is on the bottle).
As for not being able to walk or talk if you have a migraine: I can power-through for quite a while sometimes, if I have to
-- but there is a price to pay if I do that... it becomes exponentially harder to get rid of my migraine, if I don't treat it aggressively sooner, rather than later.
And dh certainly functioned with his for years before he had his bad one.
So, I know first hand that it can be possible to have a migraine that doesn't put you down for the count from the get-go. Of course, the longer it goes on, the harder I'm gonna fall when I finally do go down.