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what else works with Chronic Migraines?

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I am 33 years old been dealing with chronic migraines for a while now forgot when they started. They started out as just "headaches" then i can cope and work but they became so bad i had to stop working as a c.n.a. i take excedrine migraine it does work but not always currently not seeing any dr or anything i found that dark room and quietness helps or pressure applied to the head usually a bandana wrapped around tight. Or icy hot appilied to forehead. Any ideas on what else works with chronic migraines?
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replied December 13th, 2012
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Since you have a headache almost daily, what you have is in all probability not a simple migraine but a chronic daily headache (CDH). This can be the primary type—without any cause. One simple reason for daily headaches with nausea is compression of cervical spinal nerves. Another reason is TMJ, especially if the headache starts with chewing. The third reason could be severe acidity with or without GERD. The CDH could also be secondary to trauma, raised intracranial hypertension, high blood pressure, temporal arteritis etc. Hence all these need to be ruled out. If the headache lasts for less than 4 hours then it could be a chronic cluster headache or a chronic paroxysmal hemicranias. If it lasts for more than 4 hours it could be chronic tension headache, chronic migraine or altered migraine or hemicranias continua. Indomethacin is the drug of choice in hemicranias continua. In fact the diagnosis is considered confirmed if a patient responds to Indomethacin.

If you are a female and in menopausal age group then consult a gynecologist and rule out hormone imbalance and low estrogen as the cause of your headaches. Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please discuss these possibilities with your doctor once. You may need some tests for confirmed diagnosis which may include blood tests, MRI etc.

If you are diagnosed with migraines there are many medications which can be prescribed both as preventive remedy and as treatment. Please consult a headache and migraine specialist regarding this. Hope this helps. Take care!



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replied December 30th, 2012
ty for responding. i agree i have to get further checked out to see why i am having so much migraines.
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