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  • Deleted user 27 May 2010 14:21:33
    Can we get a percentage reading on how much you were paralysed, just 'a little paralysed' doesn't help me visualise what's happening.
  • Deleted user 27 May 2010 14:50:04
    meme wrote:
    Can we get a percentage reading on how much you were paralysed, just 'a little paralysed' doesn't help me visualise what's happening.

    Sort of the right side of my body feels heavier and is a bit numb. Its increasingly obvious the more tired I get, with my right side of the face tending to fall a bit like someone who has had a stroke. Its not very significant and I can forget about it until I'm tired at which point its much more so.

    So phraseology could have been better.

    Percentage wise... erm... very low...
  • StarchildHypocrethes 27 May 2010 15:04:23 33,020 posts
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    A bit like this?
  • Zerobob 27 May 2010 15:33:47 2,448 posts
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    StarchildHypocrethes wrote:
    A bit like this?

    Yeah. Migraines are funny. Yeah yeah. Well, until you get one yourself...and then you wish the world would just end.

    I luckily only get mild ones where my head hurts, my eyeballs feel like they're going to explode and I feel really queasy. Anadin Extra takes care of mine in 30 mins thankfully.

    I feel really sorry for people who get bad migraines that affect vision and movement.
  • Lukus 19 Jan 2011 22:13:26 23,328 posts
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    Bollocks, I'm getting a migraine... I'm currently getting deeper and deeper into the weird blindness phase. Reading the letters on this screen is proving troublesome. Next comes the ridiculously long lasting headache. Brilliant.

    What's the best course of action? I don't get them often enough to have a proper plan.
  • warlockuk 19 Jan 2011 22:16:23 19,498 posts
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    Dark room, cold pillow, face on pillow, knees to chest + arse in air, rocking slowly back and forth while planning to murder everyone in existence starting with yourself. Almost foetal position, in fact. Failing that, laying on whichever side you can lay on without feeling sick.

    Also Ibuprofen, failing that co-codomol.
  • localnotail 19 Jan 2011 22:24:15 23,072 posts
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    :( 1g aspirin, quiet dark room, cold eye mask / bag of (frozen) peas in a teatowel on the head. If I catch them early enough, this cuts mine down in time. Hopefully you'll get to sleep it off. Feel better soon.
  • SuperCoolEskimo 19 Jan 2011 22:32:55 11,748 posts
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    Get some Migralieve from your chemist.
  • warlockuk 19 Jan 2011 22:34:07 19,498 posts
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    ASDA's chemist sells Migraleve and also cheap no-name Co-codomol.

    Buy both, stick 'em in desk drawers and kitchen drawers then pick one depending how fancy you're feeling.
  • warlockuk 19 Jan 2011 22:34:44 19,498 posts
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    Cold pillow between the legs can also help. YMMV (Your Migraine May Vary ;))
  • InfiniteFury 19 Jan 2011 22:35:42 864 posts
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    If it happens frequently, try working through some over-the-counter medicines, Migraleve works for me and I swear to God if I'm not buried with a packet just in case I'll come back and haunt someone.

    I've got to a point now where when I wake in the morning I know instantly - subtle perceptions - whether I'll have one and be able to stave it off with Migraleve. An instinct that's born sadly of miserable experience.

    In the absence of any pills this late at night, I recommend a dark quiet room and an extended period of masturbation, it's likely the only thing that will save your sanity.
  • Lukus 19 Jan 2011 22:40:20 23,328 posts
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    Thanks chaps and chapettes. Dark room, rocking, peas, drugs, got it. Oh, and masturbation... BYEEE.
  • mrpon 19 Jan 2011 22:57:10 36,268 posts
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    I can get a dog to come round and lick your face Lukus?
  • iancognito 20 Jan 2011 08:34:46 2,476 posts
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    Migraleve works quite well for me too. For me it's obvious it's coming because I can't see properly. I take a tablet then, sit somewhere quietly for about 20 mins for the tablet to kick in and I can see again. Then try to get somewhere to sleep. Ends up not being too painful that way.
  • Dougs 20 Jan 2011 09:18:55 94,595 posts
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    Sleep and making myself sick are the only things that used to work for me. Don't really get them these days, although one was on it's way the other night so just went to bed early. Still feel a little niggle and washed out 2 days later. Horrible, horrible things and most def not to be confused with a headache.
  • RubyRed 20 Jan 2011 09:33:51 4,303 posts
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    I used to get them occasionally when I was on the Pill, and found that Motillium 10 (you can get it over the counter) would help with the nausea and it also helps to absorb painkillers into the bloodstream quicker and more effectively, so it might be worth having a packet of that for flare ups.
  • Lukus 20 Jan 2011 11:01:59 23,328 posts
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    I'm into the drill in skull headache phase now. Any posts I make today will be laced with hatred.
  • faux-C 10 Jan 2012 16:29:40 11,204 posts
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    Fellow migrainers, I usually get one every few months, maybe 5 or 6 a year, but I've had 3 in the last 2 months. Think I should do something about this?
  • L_Franko Moderator 10 Jan 2012 16:49:13 9,695 posts
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    First thing I'd do is get my eyes tested then a quick trip to the doctor for a chat.
  • jimnastics 7 Apr 2020 14:50:05 1,841 posts
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    Sorry for the necro-bump. I've come to the end of my tether with my migraine problem, I get them about once every couple of months so not as bad as others, but when I do I generally lose up to 2 days. Yesterday I could feel it coming on so started hitting the paracetamol and hydration drinks and hoping for the best, was bed ridden by 12pm and throwing up due to the pain by 4pm. They really are just fucking horrible, no throwing up during the night but constant headache and total lack of sleep. Feel abysmal today.

    I have been to the docs about it and have yearly eye tests, all is fine other than my eye-sight being a bit ropey. I am sure the migraines are linked to my eyes as the worst pain is always in the same area behind my right eye (my weaker of the two), and I started to get them just as I was prescribed glasses with my eye-sight going downhill, about 10 years ago.

    I was just wondering if anyone has any medication advice? Over the counter would be great, although I will go back to my GP if I need to get something prescribed. I see Migraleve and Motilium 10 recommended here, any others?
  • Bedders Content Editor, Gamer Network 7 Apr 2020 15:00:22 261 posts
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    I will be buried with a packet of Migraleve. Definitely give them a go. I find I'm alert enough to the very, very early signs that the preventative Pink tablets are all I need.

    There was a mad shortage for about six months last year because one of the chemicals had to be relicensed (at least this is the belief). Couldn't buy any at all forever, but they're back thank God.
  • AboutHalfaStevas 7 Apr 2020 15:08:05 2,765 posts
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    You have to be right on it with migraleve I've found. If you get them down early enough, they can certainly take the edge off and help you get through the day.
    I've also found a bottle of lucozade helps. Migraine doesn't necessarily start from the head, mine seem to come from the gut (a headache is just the final symptom). Do you get a build up of gas as an early warning?
  • Dougs 7 Apr 2020 15:29:44 94,595 posts
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    Yes, agreed - Migraleve Pink do make a difference to me. I also can't take Ibuprofen so am limited to paracetamol and codeine. Just have to ride them out - only get 4 or 5 a year so not too bad. Stress seems to be the big trigger for me. Haven't really identified others yet. Been struggling for the last 6 months with stress headaches (not migraines), usually 3 or 4 a week. Normal paracetamol usually sorts it out but would love to find a decent muscle relaxant I can take before it reaches headache territory.
  • fontgeeksogood 7 Apr 2020 15:37:01 9,960 posts
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    I never get to them in time with Migraleve. Weirdly, my other half spots incoming migraines before I do - they are a great poker player, as an aside.

    Mine are often stress induced, like Dougs. Physical or emotional stress - lifting heavy weights for too long can bring them on.

    I've only ever found a cure to be puking and (trying to) sleep until they're over. Thankfully controlling stress makes them infrequent nowadays and they're almost always over in 24 hours, some poor bastards get them monthly
  • fontgeeksogood 7 Apr 2020 15:44:25 9,960 posts
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    When they were way more frequent I went to opticians, hearing specialists and all sorts trying to 'solve' them without success. Quit caffeine, and other triggers. Reducing stress was the only thing which worked.

    What it made me appreciate was, migraines don't always involve a headache. I get quite a few which never turn into headaches / nausea - but I ALWAYS get ringing in my ears
  • AboutHalfaStevas 7 Apr 2020 15:52:31 2,765 posts
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    That's what I was saying earlier. They're not headaches at all to me. There's usually something else going on, and the headache is just one of the manifestations of symptoms. I'd also say stress itself may be a trigger for you, but also keep an eye on CHANGES in stress levels: I always used to get them just before time off or a weekend and I realised winding down too quick was a trigger also.

    Oh, while on the subject of quitting caffeine: don't.
    Going cold turkey on that can be an even larger trigger than too much. I found that out the hard way.
  • Fake_Blood 7 Apr 2020 15:54:47 10,442 posts
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    Everyone's different in terms of what works, I've had them ever since I was a kid, and there's a whole story about getting addicted to over the counter pain meds that I'm going to spare you.
    What works for me is aspirin with caffeine when I feel it's coming on. If I wait too long I have to switch to sumatriptan.
    But the real life saver for me has been Amitriptyline, which originally was made to combat a whole bunch of mental illnesses, but a side effect is it prevents migraines too. So I have to take a tiny dose every day (10mg) and the result is I don't really have migraines anymore, it's just like a headache from time to time, but none of the nausea and other stuff.

    But like I said, it's different for everyone. Besides that, no light, no noise, keep your bedroom cool, maybe have a couple gel-packs in the freezer, if you wrap them in a towel so the cold is just bearable they offer some relief too.
  • Fake_Blood 7 Apr 2020 15:57:41 10,442 posts
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    Ow and for me it has not been stress directly, rather going from stress to a relaxed state may cause it. Like say on Saturday after a stressful week.
  • fontgeeksogood 7 Apr 2020 16:00:04 9,960 posts
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    That's really interesting, that switch in stress levels. I hadn't considered that but I will going forwards. Every days a school day
  • Dougs 7 Apr 2020 16:01:23 94,595 posts
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    I had them worst as a kid from about 7-13/14. My mum took me to a quack to diagnose the trigger. Potatoes and tomatoes apparently. Proper nonsense. Like others, a vom and sleep are the only things that work.
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