Yet another migraine question.
February 12, 2010 8:39 PM Subscribe
I know what is causing my migraines. I don't know how to make the condition stop.
posted by micawber to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
There was a period of time about 8 years ago where I was getting a migraine every day around 4pm. I had to hop up and leave work immediately so I wouldn't be trapped with no way to get home once I was in the thick of it. After a week of this, I started working with some naturopathic physicians and through a lot of work, we determined that the migraines were being caused by my neck and shoulders tensing up a ridiculous amount. they would relax overnight and the tension would build during the day, triggering the migraine.
This is starting to happen to me again. I believe it started when I bought a new computer bag with a different kind of strap than I am used to. I only carried the bag 2x a week but it was just ridiculously uncomfortable and caused my neck and shoulders to just tense up so they were like concrete. (I am not using that bag any more and pared down my bag drastically to try to help the tension). I visited my acupuncturist and she alleviated the condition somewhat, but then I got a horrible migraine 2 days later, so bad I had to take the next day off work. I visited my western doctor that day, who gave me a prescription for muscle relaxants and told me if they didn't help in a day or two to call the neurologist. I got a massage that night, pared down my bag, and things seemed to be okay after that.
Until today - WHAM. I had a stressful meeting at 1:30 and by 2:30 i started to feel like I was swimming through oatmeal. Luckily I had made another acupuncture appointment for after work, because I could feel my shoulders tensing up again, which helped a lot.
I don't want to go to the neurologist. My doctor didn't seem concerned about the headaches, so I don't believe this is serious. I don't want to keep taking muscle relaxants when I go to sleep. What I want to do is know who I should go see to teach me to stop making my shoulders hunch up. Private yoga lessons? Physical therapy? Massage every week? Am I not breathing enough? I am trying very hard to be very conscious of my body and to breathe and relax but it's still happening. Could it be my pillow or the way I sleep? Do I just need more exercise or something like that? I'm not as physical as I'd like to be.
Basically I have all these ideas but have no idea where to start and don't want to throw money away randomly.
My doctor is not very helpful in suggesting alternate remedies - she is open to them and doesn't frown when I mention them, but hasn't been able to help me think out of the box in terms of what would be appropriate.
I should mention that I also get slightly different migraines under other conditions (lack of sleep, aspartame, just randomly) but not with this frequency. I tried imitrex for those headaches but they didn't help AND i had side effects that were worse than the headache. I drink one cup of coffee a day, maybe a cup of tea in addition sometimes.
I wish I could remember what we did 8 years ago to make it stop but I don't. The odd thing is, I am NOT under the same kind of stress that produced them back then. Getting these now does not make any sense.
I know, YANMD. Thanks.