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Can anyone tell me a few names of different prescriptions for migraines. I have been on Neurontin for a long time and just recently weaned myself off because of all the side affects. I do take Midrin and it seems to help slightly, but I am trying to find something that will take the pain away without all the crazy side affects.

Thanks

Tamara

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I have been taking Topamax for about 2 months now, for PN and Migraines works good for the PN so so for the Migraines.

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Tamara,

I've had migraines for many years. There are prophylaxis drugs that you can take that prevent migraine attacks such as Topamax, beta blockers (toprol XL, Inderal etc), Elavil, SSRI's etc. Then there are the drugs that help the pain once you have a migraine or feel you are getting a migraine. There are a lot of those. Since I was diagnosed with heart disease in 2002 I can't use the drugs that constrict the blood vessels such as Midrin or any of the Triptans. That's how those drugs work they constrict the blood vessels in your head (and everywhere else for that matter) causing your migraine to stop). The triptans are drugs like Relpax, Maxalt & Imitrex, they work well for a lot of people if you can use them. Then there's the narcotic pain relievers. I've had a lot of luck with Stadol Nasal spray. One spray of that & my migraine is gone for a while. Of course, it's not gone for good but in 10 minutes it's gone for a while.

I started on Topamax in December. It has been a wonder drug for me! I was having 10-15 migraines a month and I'm now down to less than 5. You have to start on Topamax really slow & it's a really hard drug to get used to & has some bad side effects at first but they DO go away, at least they did for me. For about a week your minds kind of fuzzy & I was really forgetful but it did go away & boy was it worth it, I'm glad I stuck with it. My quality of life is much better.

If I can help any more, just ask.

Teresa

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Thanks so much for the posts. I will mention these to my neurologist. I imagine he already knows of them, its just that we haven't gotten around to trying different things yet. I just cant take the pain somedays, well most days. I actually have gottten better since my brain surgery, but now I have intracranial instability ans I think thats where the migrianes are coming from. Like I said, I was lucky if I DIDN"T have a migraine 2x a week before. They used to last for 3 and 4 days at a time, but now I get 3 or 4 a day, but only 3x or so a week. I also have several allergies to meds and chemicals, so I have to watch what I take.

Thanks again,

Tamara

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I was having migraines before my spinal fusion, for 35 years.

After the first operation they went away.

I have not had one since.

Spinal cord compression can cause almost anything.

It takes an MRI to detect the level of the problem.

sledge

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      After a PTSD/Unspecific MDD Diagnose From the VA Dr's

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       They test /screen you with phychoeducational type therapy treatment usually at first.

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      The therapy works  even if we think it don't,  I recommend Therapy for all PTSD Veterans  it could very well save your life once the correct therapy is in place and the Veteran makes all his Clinical Appointments.

      I still have Combat PTSD it probably will never be cured completely but we can learn the tools it takes to cope with this horrible diseases 

      even learning breathing techniques  Helps tremendously during a panic attact.

      I have guilt from the war in Vietnam  ( I ask my self what could I have done to make a better outcome/difference?..and also I am in what the therapist calls stuck points. working on that at present once a week for 90 minutes.  I am very fortunate to have the help the VA gives me and I am lucky I have not turned to alcohol or drugs to mask my problem.

      But I have put my family through a living hell with my angers of burst.and they all stood by me the whole time years and years of my family life was disrupted because of me and my children &spouse  never deserved it one bit.

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      3. Service connection for headaches.

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