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    Easy catch; Zoloft was my friend for a couple of years running!
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    Quote Originally Posted by queenb View Post
    My two cents - ask the doctor why he prescribed Zoloft for migraines! Zoloft is an antidepressant, so I don't know what's up with that at all!

    While migraines can indeed be brought on by stress (mine are at times), taking antidepressants isn't going to treat the symptoms of a migraine.

    You know, this is kind of an aside, but there seems to be a whole breed of doctor that wants to give women antidepressants no matter what their ailment is. I had some serious issues a few years back and went to two different doctors who immediately started asking leading questions that made it clear they thought I was having emotional issues. I know that some people need to be on antidepressants, but that wasn't my issue. There was something physically wrong and they were just too lazy to figure it out. They both tried to prescribe antidepressants, which I refused, and I kept looking until I did find a doctor that found out what was physically wrong. It just irritates me that a woman has a hard time finding a doctor that doesn't act like its the 1800's and she's suffering from the "vapors" every time she's sick and there's no obvious reason.
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    Giz, first, YEA! that your migraine has been gone for two days now! I am a LONG LONG time sufferer of migraines, and I KNOW how good it feels when the pain finally goes away! I am one of those rare people who don't respond to migraine medicines (Imitrex, Migranal, etc.) I have tried probably every prescription drug that is out there . . . the only thing that I have ever found to help is an over-the-counter pain reliever called Percogesic. The most helpful thing for me is knowing what my triggers are - changes in barometric pressure when a storm is coming in, red wine, strobe lights, etc, and knowing what I need to do, i.e., get in a dark room, don't lie down, take my Percogesic, and wait for it to end.

    As for the neurologist . . . I've "been there done that" without much luck. A couple of years ago I had a migraine that literally lasted nine months - no joke! They were doing every test imaginable on me, but there was nothing there - it was just a migraine that wasn't responding to anything except major shots from my doctor. You don't know how excited I was when the pain finally stopped . . . and also how terrified I was that it was going to come back like that again.

    I actually just had the weirdest migraine a couple of weeks ago . . . I got these bright zig-zag flashing lights in my right eye, and then after about five minutes, the right side of my face went numb. Freaked me out pretty good! After about 10 minutes both of those symptoms were gone, but then the headache started and I was out of commission for two days - which is pretty rare for me.

    I also echo QueenB's advice about questioning the Zoloft. I know that there are some bloodpressure meds that are very helpful with migraines, but in all of my experience I had never heard of Zoloft being used, so I went to WebMD and looked it up just to see if perhaps it listed helping with migraines as one of the "side" benefits of the drug. There was nothing there to even indicate that it would help migraines . . . . so I would definitely talk to your doctor about it!

    Lambikins, thanks for the info on FeverFew - I will definitely check it out!
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    As for the neurologist: I live in Canada and gp's have to refer you to a specialist and most gp's would rather cut off their right arm than refer you to a specialist. They much prefer to have you come in a zillion times and then possibly refer you. More money for them that way.

    Hey giz,

    What you have to do is TELL your doctor what you want. Dont ask. Once you ask, your leaving the door open for them to say no. When you TELL them that you NEED to see a specialist, they HAVE to refer you. They cant say no. You may have to be forceful, depending on your doctor, but it will happen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chrelsey View Post
    Lambikins, thanks for the info on FeverFew - I will definitely check it out!
    chrelsey: I see that you live in Texas. Feverfew is a perennial that can be grown in your garden.

    How you would take it internally is: find a 1/2 inch leaf or tear one into the correct size and place leaf on a bit of bread that you can roll into a ball. Chew the bread/leaf mixture.

    It's THAT simple. Because you have to take this as a prophylactic, you have to ingest this about 2 times per day, every day, to ward off migraines. It's just like taking a multi-vitamin: you don't take it AFTER you're sick but throughout your life for good health.
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    Woops! I just went to the cupboard to check. It's Zomig they gave me, not zoloft! I've got anti-depressants on the brain because of grumpy husband. Thanks for the recommendations, Lambikins. I'm all for trying the natural before the pharmaceutical.

    Clay, as for being assertive with the doctor: I give it a whirl occasionally, but I'm such a pushover they see straight through it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by giz View Post
    Woops! I just went to the cupboard to check. It's Zomig they gave me, not zoloft! I've got anti-depressants on the brain because of grumpy husband. Thanks for the recommendations, Lambikins. I'm all for trying the natural before the pharmaceutical.

    Clay, as for being assertive with the doctor: I give it a whirl occasionally, but I'm such a pushover they see straight through it!
    You're welcome, giz. Additionally, a friend of mine uses peppermint essential oil for her migranes. What she does is carry a small glass vial of it on her person at all times, and when she feels the slightest twinge of warning signals, she takes out the vial and SNIFFS it....that's it. Since the molecules of the essential oils carries up into your nose and mixes with the moisture in your nose, it immediately goes into your bloodstream and delivered into your brain FAST.

    She swears by it and I've seen her help friends with it when we've hung together. Although peppermint e.o. is not listed for migraines, it apparently seems to help her.

    Any good health store or Whole Foods sells marjoram and peppermint oils and the Feverfew tablets.
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    I would like to add a little anecdotal evidence to lambikins recommendations. I am a lifelong sufferer of migraines and cluster headaches. I started taking feverfew a number of years back and voila, no more migraines, though apparently nothing on earth will eliminate cluster headaches. I also eat prunes a few times a week to ensure, well you know what it ensures. I have found that...blockage can cause a migraine along with the food causes listed above. The peppermint aromatherapy also helps, and a peppermint candy or orange helps alleviate the nausea that comes with a migraine. Headaches brought on by air pressure changes can be ameliorated by a can of coke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattus View Post
    I would like to add a little anecdotal evidence to lambikins recommendations. I am a lifelong sufferer of migraines and cluster headaches. I started taking feverfew a number of years back and voila, no more migraines, though apparently nothing on earth will eliminate cluster headaches. I also eat prunes a few times a week to ensure, well you know what it ensures. I have found that...blockage can cause a migraine along with the food causes listed above. The peppermint aromatherapy also helps, and a peppermint candy or orange helps alleviate the nausea that comes with a migraine. Headaches brought on by air pressure changes can be ameliorated by a can of coke.
    Coca Cola is famous for it's use of essential oils in it's ingredients; I use Coke as a medicinal aid quite often.
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    That's really wierd about the Coke! I can't stand pop anymore (since I was a teenager and drank too much), so I don't think I'll try that one. I think my headaches usually come on because of barometric pressure. I can't really suck on mints right now (though I could try the oils) because I've got semi-permanent heartburn (and peppermint's bad for that)! I'm hoping that it's not middle age, just stress, and that it might get better in the next month or so.

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