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Old 06-30-2008, 04:13 AM   #31
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There are different kinds of migraines, and they are caused by different things. I get what my doctor said are called "Classic Migraines." I lose part of my vision, sometimes I see sparkles, once I got sick to my stomach. Then about 20 minutes after I lose part of my vision I get the headache. The doctor said the blood vessels to the eyes close up, then after about 20 minutes they open, causing the headache. He prescribed some pills, which I had to take after the headache started.

Then I started reading about it and found out that Niacin keeps the blood vessels open (also helping with cholesterol), so I tried it. I used to get a migraine every week or two. Now I get one every year or two, if that. I buy the non-flushing Niacin capsules at WalMart. They only cost a few dollars and have done wonders for me.

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Old 06-30-2008, 09:43 AM   #32
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There are different kinds of migraines, and they are caused by different things. I get what my doctor said are called "Classic Migraines." I lose part of my vision, sometimes I see sparkles, once I got sick to my stomach. Then about 20 minutes after I lose part of my vision I get the headache. The doctor said the blood vessels to the eyes close up, then after about 20 minutes they open, causing the headache. He prescribed some pills, which I had to take after the headache started.

Then I started reading about it and found out that Niacin keeps the blood vessels open (also helping with cholesterol), so I tried it. I used to get a migraine every week or two. Now I get one every year or two, if that. I buy the non-flushing Niacin capsules at WalMart. They only cost a few dollars and have done wonders for me.

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Thanks Barbara.. I might have to give that a try! At this point, I'll try just about anything.. Do you take it each day, or only when you are getting a headache/migraine?
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:19 AM   #33
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I've been experiencing classical migraine symptoms since I was 7. (That first one...I thought I was going blind, it was that scary). Headache is typically on only one side of my head, and that pain is preceeded by strange auras of light and loss of peripherial vision on the opposite side. The light show lasts about 20 minutes, starting from a flicker until it grows, almost blocking out everything in my line of sight. It ends as slowly as it builds. The pain can be bad enough to be nauseating to hardly noticable. In my case, it's entirely hormone level related. Birth control pills and pregnancy brought the headaches on almost daily. I don't take anything for them except the ocassional aleve.
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Old 06-30-2008, 12:20 PM   #34
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Then I started reading about it and found out that Niacin keeps the blood vessels open (also helping with cholesterol), so I tried it. I used to get a migraine every week or two. Now I get one every year or two, if that. I buy the non-flushing Niacin capsules at WalMart. They only cost a few dollars and have done wonders for me.

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This is really interesting, Barbara. I do get little headaches when I get overheated in the sun, but they go away quickly as soon as I cool down. Since I've started on high-dose Niacin for cholesterol, I haven't had a single one, but I hadn't put the 2 together. Thanks for this. I have a friend who suffers from headaches and I'm going to pass this on.
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It could be tension headaches. I should probably do what was suggested and start logging possible triggers that set the headaches off. But usually I get them from when I wake up, so it's not as simple as say, eating something and then I get it an hour later. It's rare that I'm already up and it comes on. I know it's not my BP. Every year when I go to the doctor it's the same: 110-114/70-74. The last time I mentioned my headaches to the doctor, he didn't really give me a succinct answer as to what could be the cause, he just prescribed me vicodin. Maybe I should see another doctor.
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Old 06-30-2008, 03:33 PM   #36
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Thanks Barbara.. I might have to give that a try! At this point, I'll try just about anything.. Do you take it each day, or only when you are getting a headache/migraine?
Every morning. You will want to try the non-flushing capsules and not just regular tablets. They weren't that big a problem, but when you first start taking the regular ones they can cause you to turn kind of red, and you might get an intense itch (especially wherever there is pressure, like elastic, or your rear if you are sitting, etc.) that will last for 5-20 minutes. Once you have taken it for a week or so, this usually stops. With the non-flushing capsules, you don't get that at all.

I did stop taking it for awhile, but then I started getting migraines again, and my cholesterol was up, so I take them every day now.

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Old 06-30-2008, 03:36 PM   #37
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...I thought I was going blind, it was that scary...
That's what I thought too! It really was scary!

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Old 06-30-2008, 08:46 PM   #38
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That's what I thought too! It really was scary!

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How old were you? I remember it like it was yesterday. I was in second grade. It was during recess. At the time I was in the parochial school, taught by nuns. I started crying and tried to explain what was happening. I got yelled at and then sent to the nurse. She yelled at me and then called my mother. By the time she got there, the lights had ended, but the headache was awful.
It wasn't until I was much older that I connected the lights with the headache and longer still before I connected it with hormonal increases.
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Ironchef, if what you have are tension headaches may I suggest you look at massage to help? I tend to clench/grind my teeth and it causes all the muscles in my neck to tighten up giving me nasty headaches. The massage (once every six weeks) is a lifesaver and has really helped the frequency. If they are migraines, well I have never had success with Imitrex, but I take Cafergot (ergotamine and caffiene) with a chaser of Maxeran (anti nauseant) and it works within the hour. The cafergot works by constricting the blood vessels that have dilated huge (which causes the blindness, pain etc). It does have the nasty side effect of making you nauseated and if gravol works for you try that with the cafergot.

Vera and Barbara, reading your posts was like reading my own life. (Wow was that a messed up sentence) Anyway...I was in grade 8 and went blind for a few minutes then the pain hit. WOW! I thought I had a brain tumour and was dying too. Also, when I was pregnant I had a migraine every week to 10 days until I was over 30 weeks. And all they let you take is Tylenol. HA! Thats like throwing tic tacs in the ocean to change its flavour. I'm down to about 1 or 2 a year now. I've discovered that commercial red wine, aspartame and most dark green veggies in larger quantities are triggers for me. I've worked around those and life is MUCH better now.
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:10 AM   #40
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How old were you?...
Fortunately I was older. I was around 25. If I had been younger I wouldn't have had the resources to investigate it and find something a lot cheaper than the medicine the doctor prescribed, and that prevented them rather than having to wait for the headache to hit. My doctor said that although they can happen at any age (he got them also), they are very common during the "child raising" years, as they are pretty stressful. You think?

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