Menstrual Migraine Filter
April 22, 2011 10:32 PM Subscribe
I've had brain surgery that involved cutting out a quarter-size hole in my skull and peeling back the dura-matter and layers of other tissues, drilling through bones connected to my ear, then putting everything back with a titanium plate. The surgeon forgot to order pain meds. and I was in misery for two hours before the first shot. This was NOTHING compared to the migraine I barely endured two days ago. Had we a gun in the house I would most certainly not be here.
posted by Mertonian to Health & Fitness (33 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The worst of it lasted about eight hours with no sleep for relief because everywhere I placed my head was where the pick-axe like stabbing planted itself. (I can’t lie on the other side because pressure there triggers the condition I had brain surgery for). So I had to prop myself up on the couch, praying for death. The nausea was terrible, too, and I wasn’t able to throw-up for relief because they no longer make epicac (sp?) and I haven’t figured out the finger down-the-throat technique. I’ve learned a lot from other post re migraine, and I thought I’d plumb the knowledge-base for anything new. The only brief respites were when I managed to meditate/pray to a place deep inside, which does suggest spiritual implications I will not ignore. Here is what else I've tried and a few questions.
Imitres works in the months when I can feel my period coming and take it early and long enough. Increasingly, though, my period surprises with migraine as the first sign. I’m no longer regular and probably entering perimenopause.
What’s going on when the stabbing sensation moves to wherever my head touches something, even a pillow? I fell and hurt my head a few months ago and the migraines are definitely worse since, though they were headed that way anyway. We did not do any scans of my head because I’ve already had multiple CTs and an MRI wasn’t offered. I can’t have one now for insurance reasons. Anyway, has anyone had any luck with diet or supplements? What about the continuous pill? Is it worth the side effects of that? Other posts suggest induced vomiting, which I’m willing to try. I live in fear of another like the last one, or worse.