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    Default Is anyone else here a migraine sufferer?

    I've been a migraine sufferer for about 27 years and I'm 11 weeks pregnant with my first. I've basically got through the first trimester with no morning sickness or migraines and thought I was home free.

    I think it's starting though. I just have this threatening pain behind my eyes for the last three days and that panicky feeling I get when it's starting.

    My OB has no to imigran (the only thing that definitely works - although Mothersafe said it was ok). He said yes to panadol, panadeine and mersyndol which are like tic tacs to me.

    My migraines can last up to 5 days. Is there anyone here who gets migraines and knows if there's a system to this? I was told it might happen at the beginning of the 2nd trimester but not told how long it might last.

    Any advice would be great. I just can't lose my job right now , my boss is part of the 'migraines are just a bad headache brigade'.

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    I use to get migraines until I started taking calcium, magnesium, vitamin D3 and omega 3. Migraine sufferers are often deficent in those.

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    My doctor said Imigran was okay in pregnancy. I only had to take it a couple of times, though. My migraines stopped during pregnancy until I tried to cut out coffee. Apparently my daily coffee keeps my migraines away. Have you changed anything in your lifestyle that may have triggered your migraines?

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    I get them, too. Mine are a type called "Ocular" migraine, where I will see flashing/zig-zagging lights or sparks and after it builds up in about 10 minutes I'm pretty much blind for half an hour, then in bed with nausea, exhaustion and headache. It's awful and definitely triggered by hormones. I had one right at the very start of my pregnancy and had them often after the birth of DS. They knock me about for days, but luckily I have only had about 3 so far during this pregnancy.
    My warning sign is the first flash of light before my eyes, it starts off like the way your eyes get after a camera flash or staring into the sun.. I just hop into bed take some panadol with Codeine and wait for it to pass. Being very tired, stressed and emotional brings them on as well, so pregnancy and straight after birth are bad times for them.
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    I use to get migraines...I started going to a chiropractor and I haven't had one since.

    I started in November and went 3 times a week. By January I was down to once a week and now I only go every 3 weeks. It has completely changed my life.

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    Thanks for the responses. Mine are genetic and seem to be triggered by hormones. I don't get an aura or blindness like you do BMJ, but I get vomiting, pain and hallucinations. The blindness must be terrifying!

    The only change I've had other than the pregnancy is I've been using cocoa butter. Maybe the smell of that stuff is contributing to it. Seems like a long shot.

    Surprised to hear that Imigran may be ok! It's like that pill packet is burning a hole in my handbag. I just know that one of those will make this go away and I can just get on with my life. Haven't taken one since we started TTC back in January. Maybe I'll talk to my OB again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elleandsam View Post
    I use to get migraines until I started taking calcium, magnesium, vitamin D3 and omega 3. Migraine sufferers are often deficent in those.

    Interesting! I know I get deficient in these. As well as iron. Currently taking them all for pregnancy and definitely have far less migraines than my other two pregnancies where I was crippled by them!

    Also, my nuro specialist I was going to suggested I become a regular coffee drinker. Do you drink coffee? I have to have 2 a day to keep my migraines away. It is not about withdrawal at all, as I wasn't a coffee drinker before. Apparently there is a big link with what caffeine does to your blood vessels and a theory of how it works to open your vessels more. Makes sense as I thought my migraines were to do with being pregnant and breastfeeding at first, but for me I go off coffee while pregnant, and find it hard to drink at these times and I also quit for health reasons while pregnant and breastfeeding, but it was horrible with my migraines!! This pregnancy (#3) I have been told by the ob and the nuro that 2 cups a day is fine, especially if it prevents a migraine. So I have kept that up. I have only had a migraine when I have really been put off by the thought of coffee and told myself it would be ok not to drink it for a while. While drinking it every day, I only ever get the aura. So my eye will be sore, I might get a tic, and I will have a bad headache with some sparkle, but it is no where close to a bad migraine.

    When I get the aura I have to drink another two cups of coffee and take panadol quickly, and try to sleep with an eye mask. This will usually make it stay as just a headache for a few days. If I can't do the above, I get a migraine.

    Good luck with finding a solution for you!

    edited... I mean constricts vessels not opens them
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    Ask your pharmacist about immigran in pregnancy. They can check what category it is.

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    TinyLittleTootsies - I've just cut out coffee, I'm now caffeine free.

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    I am also usually an imigran user but am 31 weeks pregnant and thank gd haven't needed it.

    Maxalon and panediene have helped. I did go through a patch of panediene forte and maxalon.

    Some things that have helped is staying well hydrated all the time. Also wear good polarised glasses whenever u r in the car or outside, no matter how sunny as there is always glare!

    Also I use fess sinus spray and otrivine nasal spray to clear sinuses and when I feel head sore.

    Oh and polaramine is safe in pregnancy too and helps with migraine pain too.


 

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