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OT: migraines and pregnancy

Hey ya'll --

I'm hoping someone here has had some experience with this and might be able to direct me towards a herb or something that might help...

My 1st migraine was just a year ago and since then I've only had a handful. Now I've experienced 2 in the past 6 days... I'm 9 weeks pregnant, and I've had to take Tylenol and drink caffeine... under normal circumstances, caffeine works wonders...but I can't drink as much as I'd like.

I'm not sure what my triggers are, but I'm going to start writing everything down in hopes of figuring it out quickly...in the mean time, does anyone know of a supplement that would be safe with pregnancy to help either before or during an episode. I get a visual aura about 20 minutes before the migraine hits.

Thanks -
Jen

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I don't know of anything, but IFYP. Sad I always got terrible ones right around 9 weeks. With my last pregnancy I asked for (and got) narcotics and phenegren from my FP doc. Seeing how I was wishing for death due to horrific levels of pain, I decided that taking a lortab to sleep it off was a reasonable option. Childbirth has got nothin' on migraines. :bigarmhug:

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Twos friend of mine swear that the chiropractor cures her migraines. They get an appointment as soon as they feel one coming on.

I also got rid of a long-time head ache from the chiropractor, but don't think it was a migraine... It's definitely worth a try, though.

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Chiro can help, if it's pressure/misalignment that is causing the migraine to flare up. If it's hormonal (as mine are during pregnancy), chiro isn't going to do anything.

There are lots of things you can do with your diet to help. This book is excellent:

Heal Your Headache by David Buchholz

My 8yo dd gets migraines, too. She was getting 2-3 a week and that has dropped to one every 6 - 10 days or so with dietary changes. Diet also got rid of the headaches she was getting every single day.

Sometimes, though, medication is the only thing that will fix a migraine once it's there (at least for me and my dd). During pregnancy I can't take my regular migraine med (Imitrex), so narcotics or suffering (and I mean Suffering) are really my only two options. After 16 hours of unbelievable pain, I went to my doc and got drugs. I felt slightly guilty about exposing my 9wo fetus to narcotics, but the stress of that extreme level of pain wasn't doing us any favors, either. The only way to get my migraines to really go away is to sleep. I can't sleep when I'm literally writhing in agony wanting to die, so I popped a pill and caught some Zs. When I woke up I felt better.

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From experience you must catch migraines the instant before they begin! By the time you get to the hospital and are treated you are lagging behind and can be miserable for days. It hurts to have your head even touch a pillow.

I hate to warn you, but menopause can be a time of horrific headaches too. In my day, no doctor (male) even made the connection.... So even early on, maybe your 40th birthday, possibly even sooner, if you have migraine problems, have your doctor consider hormonal causes. Seriously, I had 10 years of unnecessary anguish.

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I have no great words of wisdom. I got headaches (not migraines) my entire pregnancy with DS and they've already started with this one and I'm only 5 freaking weeks haha! If I feel one coming on, I just really try to keep up my water intake. I hope you find a golden ticket for them Sad :bigarmhug:

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I only ever got one migraine with my last DD and man that was awful, I ended up going to the hospital to see if they could do anything and they said it was caused by being so darn dehydrated (I had chronic morning sickness) so a little top up on fluids and it went away super fast! I think other than that I've had like 3 my whole life! they are miserable but with me were always tied to something else.

One 'theory' on migraines is that they can be caused by constricted blood vessels in the brain, and by taking three or four deep breaths into a plastic bag (no more) The carbon dioxide you breath out will cause the blood vessels to open up trying to get more oxygen. You of course NEVER want to show this to children, put the bag over your head, or take more than 3-4 breaths at a time... and it only really works at the onset of a migraine, but I've found it works like a damn in preventing severity and length! And hey, taking a few deep breaths to lesson a migraine sounds like a decent idea to me. **AGAIN DON'T FORGET NO MORE THAN 3-4 breaths then a break of real breathing*** and I'm so not responsible for any people who don't follow directions and suffocate themselves (another reason doc's don't just tell everyone to do this... stupid people will always screw it up!)

If your having chronic migraines you should see a doctor because there may be some severe underlaying issues causing it. Being overweight can cause pressure on the spine and arteries causing migraines, as well as a zillion other things such as lesions on the brain! GO get seen by a professional and don't take "its normal" for an answer because migraines are NOT normal!!!

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Thank you all so much for your thoughts... actually, I'm feeling a little guilty complaining because it seems some of you have a much worse time of it than me. With the Ty and Caf, I'm functional and it goes away after 4 or 5 hours. That said, I love the idea of the brown paper bag... I'll give it a try if there is a next time.

Like I said, I've only had a handful & my eye doctor was the one to diagnose me last year. I called my MW when it happened on Tuesday and I've got my 1st appointment this Friday...so I'll talk to them then.

I'm really afraid it's a hormonal thing...not much you can do to change that...but it could also be dehydration... it seems like whenever it happens I think I haven't had much to drink today. So hopefully...

Anyways -- thank you again...all of you. Your suggestions were/are so appreciated and you all really calmed my nerves.

Jen

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Funny you should ask this...I was just researching migraines and pregnancy last week! I found this awesome site about migraines (http://www.relieve-migraine-headache.com). They have huge amounts of information and more homeopathic remedies. Be sure to research anything before taking it while pregnant, though. One thing I read was that a low magnesium level can bring on migraines (http://www.relieve-migraine-headache.com/magnesium-migraines.html). So then I googled migraine and magnesium and found this page: http://www.easy-immune-health.com/magnesium-in-pregnancy.html

Check it out - it couldn't hurt!