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malkaesther From: malkaesther Date: December 8th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have plenty of food, honest, really, really, really.

On, the migraine front, I've found a product that is helping me a lot. Its a nasal spray called sinus buster (sinusbuster.com), their headache forumla. I've just broken my excedrin "addiction" using it and have had some luck getting it to stop a migraine if I use it right when I first feel it coming on - and if I have a "break" in the migraine using it again to keep it from coming back. It stings a bit the first couple times but then you get used to it. No I don't work for them I'm just having for the first time in 3 years days without migraines and am really excited.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 8th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
The problem for me is two fold: First, I would rather put up with a migraine than use a nasal spray. I would, frankly, rather put up with gall bladder surgery, kidney stones, migraines, and broken limbs than use a nasal spray. I hate them. Even if I know they are fabulous.

Second, capsaicin tends to give me really horrifying migraines. I'm not surprised, however, that this works. In fact, Seth told me recently about some clinical trials going on with capsaicin nasal sprays and migraines. (Also one with botox injections, and one which I recently considered participating in with closing a PFO in migraine patients' hearts). It makes sense, really.. if the capsaicin opens up your blood vessels and improves blood flow in the brain, and keeps the blood vessels from clamping down, migraines would likely be reduced. It's a great theory and I have no doubt it works for a lot of people.

(I just saw on their website that they acknowledge that Capsaicin and Peppermint can actually bring on headaches in a small percentage of people... Peppermint is another headache trigger for me... they say that it should be short lived and go away after a few days, but I remain dubious)
malkaesther From: malkaesther Date: December 8th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
It took me 3 years of having daily migraines that were becoming more and more debilitating for me to consider this so I totally understand. And if stuff in it brings on your headaches then I'd stay away to be on the safe side.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 12th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh heavens, the combination of peppermint and chocolate is deadly for me. For some reason it's much worse than either of them alone. Same goes for chocolate/peanut butter combinations.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 8th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't mean for my original comment to sound adversarial, but I think it might have sounded that way. I've had migraines since I was a toddler and they suck. I know that some things work for some people and some things work for other people, and I'm not saying it doesn't work. I have no doubt that it works.

There are plenty of things which help reduce the number and severity of migraines I get each month. Depakote, for example, did wonders. But I gained about 60 pounds over the years that I took it, and I haven't been able to take it for the better part of four years, because I've been trying to get pregnant, and Depakote = Evil in early pregnancy.

I knew when I decided I wanted to get pregnant that I was resigning myself to not having migraine relief until after I had kids (I just kinda figured that after four years of it, I'd have a kid or three by now). So that's where I am now.
malkaesther From: malkaesther Date: December 8th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did not think your post sounded adversarial at all. May your migraines disappear and you find relief.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 8th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I honestly am not sure what I'd do without migraines. Besides rejoice, of course.

Shortly before you started reading my journal, I had a couple posts about a migraine clinical trial I was considering participating in. Here's the first one, since you may be interested in the background:

I have decided not to participate in the trial, but it doesn't matter anyway... I'm finishing up a month-long headache diary via palm pilot to qualify for the study (I figured it couldn't hurt to finish the qualifying month, even if I ended up not doing the study)... but I'm 98% percent certain all my worrying about whether to do the study was for nothing... because I'm not going to qualify. I simply get too many migraines.
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