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jimmysdevoted
06-29-2008, 11:05
This is not relavent ot women only....
I get migraines.. awful lens piercing head banging nauseating head bangers. usually a fistfull of excedrine, aleve or a little of everything helps then a five hour nap.
I have gone SD wiht migraines and i seem to forget how bad they are at times.......
what your all thoughts on dealing with migraines.. anone have any tricks they could share........

has anyone ever experinced teh glowing orb in the eye then your eye wont work?

julie

MConnelly2
06-29-2008, 11:24
Yep. The looking through cracked glass, nausea, rather die than puke (truly, rather die), crawl in a dark place and wish to die migraines. I've presented at the emergency room twice to have them drug me into submission until it went away so I wouldn't have to shoot myself. My primary care doctor tried a couple of different meds before I found that Maxalt MLT (10mg) seems to work. Have to take it at the first sign of impending hell - for me, usually that tension in the back of my neck, right at the base of my skull, and the slight, dull, thumping headache somewhere just above my ears. Once the vision starts getting funky it's almost too late, but if I take it in time, along with a couple Motrin (NEVER Tylenol - holy smokes, NEVER take Tylenol for a migraine), usually stops it dead in its tracks within a half hour.


And if I miss it and I get hit full force - a couple Norco and a Xanax, and see you sometime tomorrow afternoon.

Rileybri
06-29-2008, 11:31
I have learned that once I start seeing halos around bright objects and "that feeling behind my eyes" I have about 30-45 minutes got get to a very quiet dark place cuz i'm in for a world of pain! I could not imagine diving with one?

harb99
06-29-2008, 11:34
once in a while my wife will get one that will last a day or two - I finally convinced her to try half of a vicodin - she was up and around in no time - probably not recommended for migraines, but it works for her

Athena2c
06-29-2008, 11:42
Yep, I get them-nasty ones. Maxalt actually made me more nauseous. I use Imitrex for mine-and a quiet, dark space. I suggest seeing a doctor and trying some medication. I never found anything over the counter that worked!

MConnelly2
06-29-2008, 11:46
I was the opposite - the Imitrex made it worse. Different Triptan type drugs work for diffferent people.

The thing to be careful with taking Vicodin for a migraine is the acetaminophen (Tylenol) - can aggravate things quite a bit. There are hydrocodone/APAP drugs out there with much lower APAP contents, and there are some with ibuprofen (which is in Advil, Motrin, et al) instead of APAP.

Rileybri
06-29-2008, 11:51
I was the opposite - the Imitrex made it worse. Different Triptan type drugs work for diffferent people.

The thing to be careful with taking Vicodin for a migraine is the acetaminophen (Tylenol) - can aggravate things quite a bit. There are hydrocodone/APAP drugs out there with much lower APAP contents, and there are some with ibuprofen (which is in Advil, Motrin, et al) instead of APAP.

Oh the horrors Imitrex caused me during my trial with it. Unfortunately none of the meds fork for me. Fortunately I only get 3 or 4 a year. Acupuncture has done wonders controlling some of the discomfort I experience but for me its night night pills and see ya in the AM!

Truered1
06-29-2008, 15:55
Pain is an understatment I had them for over a year to the point I cried every day which actually made it worse. ...........I used to get migraines to the point that I couldn't function or even move. Saw doctor after doctor and drug after drug and nothing. Then came the MRI (thought I was going to have a tumor or something), but thankfully, nothing again. The guy I was dating started bringing me on his fishing boat and that would help, so I thought it to be stress. Then we went on a cruise to relax since the doctors finally said it could be work. They got better but still came daily and got teary eyed and nauseous. Then I went to one of those nutritional seminars on the boat. Guess what ladies it was the FOOD. I am a meat an potatos girl all the way and would eat red meat anywhere from 4 - 7 days a week. I was shown the amount of testosterone placed in todays animals to make the beef the way we all like it and was horrified. After the cruise I changed my way of living for 30 days just to try it out (had to keep eating the free filets and lobster tails for the rest of the cruise........LOL). When I got home I gave up the following for 30 days, red meat, alcohol, sweets and caffine. Within 5 days NO headaches, nothing and I felt great. At the end of the 30 days I introduced alcohol, yea I needed a drink by then and I had a steak. The next day I had a slight headache. Took out the steak a week later and had a few drinks, nothing. It really was the red meat. Doctor said due to the womans natural chemistry, add in birth control or menopause perscriptions and the large amount of testosterone in the meat, it causes our bodies to fluctuate so much it causes a migrane. I have since limited my red meat and actually started eatting fish (something I never did in the past) and I am mostly headache free now. When I do get them (once in a blue moon), I take the Xanex or 800 mg Ibeprofin, the doctor subscribed to relax me and within 15 minutes they are gone. I actually feel free now.

coral cowgirl
06-29-2008, 20:46
The Imitrex, no sugar routine works for me. Used to lose about 4 days every month out of my life cause I couldn't function. And, my mom had them too...genetics I guess.

jimmysdevoted
06-30-2008, 15:11
aleve and that excedin migraine work.. but i need a dark room..
not having a doctor really makes things bad.
I never heard of maxalt though....

xanax is like taking a teaspoon of sugar does nothing.....
luckily for me they have been less and less but when they hit its bad..
glad my daughter and I are not alone in that..
j

Grizbear98
06-30-2008, 15:21
my youngest brother gets them really badly, he ends up staying in bed all day with a pillow over his face. He sometimes takes I think it's Advil migraine and it seems to work for him

emcbride81
06-30-2008, 16:32
OK...I am ready for the shots...go see a chiropractor. I know the MD's will shoot it down, but I worked at a chiropractic clinic for several years doing as a Sports Medicine Specialist, doing surgery rehab. We helped hundreds...I am not exaggerating that number....of people get rid of their headaches.
In college I spent time interning in othopedic clinics, so I have seen both sides of the coin in back/neck/migraine care and rehab and nothing was more effective than chiropractic treatments.

CamaroChick
07-01-2008, 08:51
Excedrin Migraine works for me, as long as I catch it early. Otherwise its a dark room, no movements, and hopefully the relief of sleep.

My doctor has offered to give me a daily preventative med, but I don't want to take something every day. And fortunately I don't get migraines all that often.

The doctor did warn against taking Excedrin too often - said it can cause rebound headaches, and I have seen that happen to me when I was taking it almost daily. Now I just try to let the regular headaches go with no meds, and save the Excedrin when I know a migraine is coming.

RikRaeder
07-01-2008, 08:56
It may sound corny, but the best thing for mine is biofeedback. I've heard that many are caused by a faulty regulation of blood surrounding the brain. If you notice that your fingers and toes get cold, you may have too much blood in your brain basket. If you can will the blood out of your head, you may find relief. Sounds funny, but it works for me 90% of the time if I can concentrate for about five minutes at the outset.
I did some research on Scubaboard and with DAN when I started diving, and have found that when the migrane is coupled with visual disturbances (auroral migranes or something like that) it places you at a higher risk for nasty pressure related problems. I urge those of you with such migranes to contact DAN and look into it further. It would be a bummer to not be able to dive, but I think it would be more of a bummer to be dead, paralyzed, or who knows what.

azdiver
07-01-2008, 19:43
Excedrin Migraine works for me, as long as I catch it early. Otherwise its a dark room, no movements, and hopefully the relief of sleep.

My doctor has offered to give me a daily preventative med, but I don't want to take something every day. And fortunately I don't get migraines all that often.

The doctor did warn against taking Excedrin too often - said it can cause rebound headaches, and I have seen that happen to me when I was taking it almost daily. Now I just try to let the regular headaches go with no meds, and save the Excedrin when I know a migraine is coming.

The drug you are talking about is Topomax... It was initially prescribed for epilepsy and other types of seizures but has been found to also prevent migraines... it also has a side effect.... wieght loss!!!

I started getting migraines at the age of 5.... they stopped after a few years and started back up in college. Took Imitrex for 9 years before it stopped working and then switched to Maxalt (makes me nauseous before it kicks in though). Used to get them anywhere from 4-12 times a month, sometimes as many as 3 a week and had sinus surgery a few years ago. Now I can go weeks and sometimes even more than a month without getting one.

On dive trips, I make sure to bring a few with me just in case and if I get the warning signs... pain at the back of my neck and throbbing on the side of my head I take one immediately. By the time I'm ready to start my dive I'm migraine free...

MConnelly2
07-02-2008, 20:29
Yup, that pain in the back of the neck is the "uh-oh, this is gonna be a bad one" sign. I've found a few foods (more drinks really) that seem to be trigger - like Diet or caffeine-free Pepsi, Bud Light (yeah, I know, but if it's all thats in the fridge...), and some others that I can't think of right now.

harb99
07-02-2008, 22:57
Yup, that pain in the back of the neck is the "uh-oh, this is gonna be a bad one" sign. I've found a few foods (more drinks really) that seem to be trigger - like Diet or caffeine-free Pepsi, Bud Light (yeah, I know, but if it's all thats in the fridge...), and some others that I can't think of right now.

my wife swears that red wine gives her bad headaches and not from drinking too much (that happens sometimes as well, but these are her migraines)

emcbride81
07-03-2008, 00:04
Yup, that pain in the back of the neck is the "uh-oh, this is gonna be a bad one" sign. I've found a few foods (more drinks really) that seem to be trigger - like Diet or caffeine-free Pepsi, Bud Light (yeah, I know, but if it's all thats in the fridge...), and some others that I can't think of right now.

my wife swears that red wine gives her bad headaches and not from drinking too much (that happens sometimes as well, but these are her migraines)


Red wine and chocolate are two triggers for migraines...thank God not for me!

Martin2
07-03-2008, 13:00
Red wine and chocolate are two triggers for migraines...thank God not for me!

That would suck.



It may sound corny, but the best thing for mine is biofeedback. I've heard that many are caused by a faulty regulation of blood surrounding the brain. If you notice that your fingers and toes get cold, you may have too much blood in your brain basket. If you can will the blood out of your head, you may find relief. Sounds funny, but it works for me 90% of the time if I can concentrate for about five minutes at the outset.
I did some research on Scubaboard and with DAN when I started diving, and have found that when the migrane is coupled with visual disturbances (auroral migranes or something like that) it places you at a higher risk for nasty pressure related problems. I urge those of you with such migranes to contact DAN and look into it further. It would be a bummer to not be able to dive, but I think it would be more of a bummer to be dead, paralyzed, or who knows what.

Biofeedback is surprisingly effective for many types of pain when done correctly.

Athena2c
07-03-2008, 18:25
Red wine gives me a headache, but not a migraine. I know red meat is not a trigger for me either, since I don't eat it.
For me they seem very hormone fluctuation and stress related.

DiverMom
07-03-2008, 18:56
My doctor hit on the cause by accident. My migraines were sinus/allergy related so now all I have to do is use the Flonase spray every day... I haven't had one in over a year and I was having 3-4 a week.

Ice on the neck really helps! If you can lay down, almost pack your head in ice and take a nap in a dark quiet room it helps a lot too.

When they were really bad I would just run the shower and sit in the tub letting it hit the top of my head. There was no pain while I was in the water. If I stayed long enough for the meds to work I could get out and go on with my day.

Athena2c
07-03-2008, 19:35
Yeah-my allergist hypothosized that it was my allergies too-I got tested and am allergic to all sorts of things I didn't know I was allergic to. We're still trying out allergy treatments, so it's hard to say if it really is related or not.

For me, heat worked better than ice.

MConnelly2
07-03-2008, 20:25
Red wine and red meat - seems that those are two of the most common triggers. I thank God that they aren't for me. I don't go two days without red meat, and heaven on earth for me is when by some odd, rare, happenstance, the wife and kids aren't home, the dog is calm, and I can enjoy a nice filet mignon and a bottle of Chilean Kinel, a nice BioBio Valley bottling that I had a case of. Down to one now. Need to start hunting for the next quiet night wine. And to think that little more than ten years ago, I got the same joy from loudly drinking cheap beer (in cans, no less) with as many of my loud friends as we could get together.

Good food, booze, and (occasionally) tobacco, and whatever adventure I can find on E-5 pay, are without doubt my worst vices.

MysteryGirl
07-07-2008, 11:58
once in a while my wife will get one that will last a day or two - I finally convinced her to try half of a vicodin - she was up and around in no time - probably not recommended for migraines, but it works for her

My son was getting horrendous migraines (he's my dive partner) so debilitating that he'd curl up into a fetal position in a dark and cold room. For him they start as dizziness, room spinning, and then the headache. The Dr. gave him Imitrex to take at the first sign (if it goes full blown, he gave him a barbituate) but told him to not take more than 4 doses per month. It clearly says that on the insert, because even though used by millions, there is a clearly related link to heart damage or instant death. That was enough for me to read to nix that one. My neighbor is the nurse at the local HS, and she told me that there are many kids on Imitrex and they take it very often.

I've found that Vicoprofen does the trick. It's the Ibuprofen version of Vicodin and it only comes in one strength - the equivalent of a Vicodin ES. It's 7.5 hydrocodone and 200 ibuprofen. Unfortunately, Vicoprofen is hideously expensive and our insurance has a hard formulary and of course it's not included. Don't bother with the generic (even that isn't that much less) - I've tried it and so have many and my Dr. has said that they have all agreed with me, that the generic version of this med is not at all anything like the regular and will leave you with the pain.

If Vicodin works, go for it. Just watch the acetominofen (Tylenol) level if you take 2. I think that Vicodin generic is ok, just not quite as potent. Some people can pick up on that and others don't.

Hope this helped.

waytooslow
07-07-2008, 12:12
I know this is the womens forum, but since migranes know no sex boundries - I will chime in.

I have found Axert to be effective.

I started getting the dreaded about 2 years ago. luckily - or unlucky depending on pov - I get a ophthalmic episode early, giving me plenty of time - 30 to 45 minutes to take the meds or head to a dark room.

I have not figured out my triggers. first episode was at work on computer screen. scared the hell out of me.

jimmysdevoted
07-07-2008, 21:34
I also ahve chronic shingles.. slowly encroaching on my nose...
and i found that they get aggrivated just before a migraine.. I ahve had a budding one for aboiut four days.. but it doesnt seem to want to do anything.......
I tried Axert. When i first took it it was great.. then the longer i took it the less it worked..
]i get about 9-10 migraines a year......
what really bad is when I am out doing my route and it strikes.. hubby is wonderful as he is also my supervisor and partner for this job so he just parks me in a cool place and finishes up the work..

julie

Eurodiver
07-08-2008, 06:19
I got my first migraine on my 10th birthday. Ended up in the ER with a shot. That did work so I got to drink crushed up T3's in OJ. Not a good taste that I remember. Ever since then I get them every great once in a while but when I do they are mind blowing, hold my eyes, cry like a baby, take me to the German doctor and give me the magic IV they give you and let me pass out for about 16 hours in the darkest coldest room.
They are not fun at all.
They have no idea why I get them and the doctors have no idea either. Food, smells the usual are not a trigger. Have laid through MRI and CAT scans during a full blown migraine and still no reason. I have taken all the meds and it is like after a few migraines on them I build an immmunity to.
I feel for every one that gets them.

diver 85
07-08-2008, 16:47
They are called auras....... an MRI may be needed(if possible).......

coral cowgirl
07-08-2008, 23:15
Cold, very cold, dark room and ice on face helps me too. Wonder what it is about that....dilates blood vessels maybe??

waytooslow
07-09-2008, 09:11
They are called auras....... an MRI may be needed(if possible).......


Nope, very common, unknown casue. ophthalmic episodes.

Had MRI CT and all the rest of alphabet. Nada. Only made my pocket book lighter. personally I have not had another migraine in a year.

Waterlover
07-30-2008, 08:49
Generally, I found that my migraines were caused by one of the following:

1) Dehydration - I fail to drink enough water and hydrate
2) CO2 toxicity - there's nothing you can do except wait it out
3) allergy/sinus pressure - Nasal medication and Tylenol Severe Headache/Allergy
4) Tannin reaction from wine (allergen trigger) - See #3
5) Too much beer (Dehydration and allergen trigger) - See #1 and #3
6) Boyfriend - Drink... see #4 & 5

aggie99
07-30-2008, 11:23
I have had Migraines since I was 5, my father has them so they believe it is genetic. I take currently take Imitrex but I have been spending the last 5 years trying everything to find the cause or reduce the frequency. At their worst I was having 2-3 per week. I used to take Excedrin for them which only slightly numbed the pain, so I would encase my head in ice and try and sleep it off. I switched to imitrex because of the rebound headache issue with Excedrin but now with the heart issues with Imitrex I am wondering about switching again. I have litterally almost tried everything to get rid off them. Here is the list:

1) Full head and neck MRI with dye tests to study see if the blood was flowing ok to my head. It came back normal

2)Had my heart tested for a PFO (there has been some studies relating these to migraines). A PFO is a hole between the two chambers of your heart that exists while you are developing your lungs in the womb, it is supposed to close after birth but it doesn't always. From what I have been told, (I am no doctor) it creates a bypass of the lungs for your blood. They did find a slight PFO and know I am weighing the risk/return of getting it fixed.

3)I had an Intracelluar blood test done. This test takes your blood against a whole list of common food and drugs and gives you levels of reaction. The test is called a LEAP test for anyone interested. I got a book with all the things on my "Ok" list, things I should be cautious of and things I should never eat or drink. Out of this I have been able to narrow down most of my trigger foods. The nice part is as you remove triggers it gets easier to figure out what food or drink causes a migraine.

4) I went to a chirporactor that specialized in ART (Active Release Techique, a system that works on muscle tissues as opposed to just bone alignment). I had cronic pains in my neck that seemed to cause a lot of my headaches and this did help but I was determined to find the cause as opposed to treat the symptoms.

5) I had a sleep study done because my neck pain was worst in the mornings. They found that I had mild sleep apnea and it was caused by excessive clenching of my jaw throughout the night. I had a mouthgaurd made from my dentist and it has helped a lot. The other strange thing is my neck pain is better when I don't sleep with a pillow and lay perfectly flat. My wife loves the extra pillow!

6) I am also taking a 5-HTP pill every day because there is some talk that genetic low seratonin levels are a cause of migraines. Since this true of my family and I don't eat Turkey I am taking the pill. It is all natural and I get it from Whole Foods. It seems to help but hard to tell.

I am now down to around 1-2 a month. Still not great but at least my whole life doesn't revolve around them like they used to. I do seem to get them much worse in Dallas and I am sure it is heat and allergy related.

Some of the things I have tried in the past that didn't work:

1)Tigerbalm on the neck - the pain was the same and now it stunk while I tried to sleep.

2) Pepper spray - Some police guy that trained people in how to handle attacks found that when he got sprayed with pepper spray his migraine went away. He developed this lower does nose spray but all it did was burn my nasal passages and the migraine was the same (I will never forget the pain of that headache!)

3) Topomax - I tried this at a desperate point when I reached 3 migraines per week. All it did was affect my mood and I was angry all the time so I got off it before I could really see if it would help. I never wanted to take a daily pill anyway because it went against my desire to find the cause.

4) Acupuncture - Not covered undr insurance so it got real expensive fast and couldn't really feel a huge difference for the cost. Plus his office kind of creeped me out.

I am sure there is more I have tried but those are the major one's.

One pleasure that I thought I would never have again is champagne. Champagne always game me a terrible migraine but a few weeks ago we went to a place called Brut, it is a champagne bar and is next to the Palomar Hotel in Dallas of Mockingbird. There is next to Trader Vic's and you can use the free valet there for Brut. I told the guy I wasn't going to have any champagnes due to migraines and he convinced me that he would pick a champagne that wouldn't cause one. I finally agreed and he was right. We have been a few times and he is 6 for 6 now on not causiong a migraine. Of course the champagnes seem to be more expensive varieties because it is the sugars and the poor quality that causes the headache.

So if we are ever out diving and you offer me a beer and I turn it down, this is why.

Formerly 45yroldNewbie
08-01-2008, 06:53
My wife has been getting them since our daughter was born 10 years ago. The "experts" say they are hormonal and "should" go away with menopause. (fingers crossed)! Anyway there is a group here in Chicago called "The Diamond Headache Clinic". The founder has been studying and treating migraines since the days when Cocaine was legal and widely used to treat headaches.

I had her check into their clinic for a week to break the cycle of headaches and they taught her quite a bit about how to manage.

Triggers are many but do include red wine, any kind of prepared meat like deli, sausage (nitrates), aged foods like cheese, caffiene etc. What we found out was there is a naturally occurring amino acid in food that ages called triptomene (sp?) that is a HUGE trigger.

They have her on several preventatives including Frova, Cymbalta, Atacand, and Maxalt for when all else fails.

Anyway I would reccomend Diamond Clinic for those of you with CHRONIC migraines as they may be able to help.

Knowing what my wife is going through those of you who suffer have my sympathy.

highdesert
08-02-2008, 08:34
OK...I am ready for the shots...go see a chiropractor. I know the MD's will shoot it down, but I worked at a chiropractic clinic for several years doing as a Sports Medicine Specialist, doing surgery rehab. We helped hundreds...I am not exaggerating that number....of people get rid of their headaches.
In college I spent time interning in othopedic clinics, so I have seen both sides of the coin in back/neck/migraine care and rehab and nothing was more effective than chiropractic treatments.

When my daughter gets a migraine, a trip to the chiropractor always helps. And when I got boinked in the head (helmet on) by a chairlift, the headaches were brutal until the chiro rearranged my skull in relation to my spine. I'm a true believer ...

mz kitty
11-14-2008, 19:58
I get migrains with stress, that time of the month and if I dont drink 1 cup of coffee a day. I take imitrex self injections. I have had them so bad that the right side of my face gets paralyzed. Drink water. Also, if you pinch the spot inbetween your thumb and finger, right in that meaty part, it will take away the pain until you let go again. sometimes a small break is a life saver.

James1010
11-14-2008, 20:52
I can relate I went on a couple of dives and used rented gear where I got some pounding monster headaches. To the point to where I didn't want to do the next dive on a two tank dive but I found out what the problem was. The reg I had was not giving me enough air, on the ride to the next dive site my head started to clear up so I used my Octo and I was getting more air from it and my headache went away.

James1010
11-14-2008, 20:54
If it is not from diving you might have a stigmatism in your eyes to where you get constant headaches. My wife was getting headaches a lot and it turns out it was a stigmatism.

Largo
11-14-2008, 21:41
Take 10 milligrams of Melatonin each evening, and don't eat food containing copper.

That should take care of that.

Empacher
11-14-2008, 21:57
I am glad to see that people are trying many different remedies. In my line of work, hardly an hour goes by without a migraneur coming in demanding Demerol or some other narcotic....Half the thime I suspect that their headache is just a rebound headache from all of the narcotics society has given them,...

Lulubelle
11-14-2008, 23:30
I am glad to see that people are trying many different remedies. In my line of work, hardly an hour goes by without a migraneur coming in demanding Demerol or some other narcotic....Half the thime I suspect that their headache is just a rebound headache from all of the narcotics society has given them,...

Empacher, that must be a tough call. I have landed in the ER twice after failing multiple doses of triptans, phenergan, etc. Indeed I was going to be given a narcotic or jump under a bus by that point. Generally I don't go there until I am profoundly dehydrated from the vomiting and have been in severe pain for too long.

But to your point, I once sheparded a young man into rehab. One of his strategies was to visit local ERs and fake a migraine to get his fix.

One thing I would advise, do NOT dive with a true migraine. I won't get into all of the many reasons, but you could be compromising your safety and that of your buddy. Call DAN to get more specific info.

The diagnostic workups are almost always benign, so it is wise indeed to pay attention to triggers, foods, etc. Not that you can change all triggers (some of the ladies know what I mean), but some you can.

Lastly, I have not seen anyone mention some of the natural preventive strategies. The data is fair on Magnesium, and it is pretty darn good on B2 and Butterbur (Migrasolve is one brand). You have to take these things daily for them to be helpful. I have found them to reduce the frequency and intensity of mine.

chirodoc
11-17-2008, 18:35
OK...I am ready for the shots...go see a chiropractor. I know the MD's will shoot it down, but I worked at a chiropractic clinic for several years doing as a Sports Medicine Specialist, doing surgery rehab. We helped hundreds...I am not exaggerating that number....of people get rid of their headaches.
In college I spent time interning in othopedic clinics, so I have seen both sides of the coin in back/neck/migraine care and rehab and nothing was more effective than chiropractic treatments.

When my daughter gets a migraine, a trip to the chiropractor always helps. And when I got boinked in the head (helmet on) by a chairlift, the headaches were brutal until the chiro rearranged my skull in relation to my spine. I'm a true believer ...

:smiley20:

Taigin
11-18-2008, 01:00
Off health.com

Good News: My Migraines May Be Good for My Breasts - Breast Cancer - Health.com (http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20239289,00.html)

BlowingBubbles
11-18-2008, 11:32
After reading this thread, I am so glad that I haven't suffered from traditional migraines. The only migraine episodes I have experienced (just a few times) were the type where there were black spots which appeared in my vision. No pain. Just a wierd sensation trying to see around the dots. I was told by my doctor that it is a form of migraine. If this happens, I take ibuprofen as I would for a regular headache and they spots go away.

It seems that there are a lot of different things that cause migranes so I guess it sounds like you need to find what works for you and stick to it. In the meantime, you have my sympathy. :smiley13:

neugierig
11-18-2008, 16:54
I can relate I went on a couple of dives and used rented gear where I got some pounding monster headaches. To the point to where I didn't want to do the next dive on a two tank dive but I found out what the problem was. The reg I had was not giving me enough air, on the ride to the next dive site my head started to clear up so I used my Octo and I was getting more air from it and my headache went away.

i had exactly the same thing happen last year. that was the last time i dove rented gear. bought my own reg a month after.

noaf
11-20-2008, 14:58
try advil liquid gel 4 migraine ")