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    Molly Harrison

    About 2 years ago, at a work happy hour, I noticed spots in my vision. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but after calling my mom she said shes heard of that happening with migraines. My mom, aunt, and brother have suffered with migraines for years. Shortly after the splotchy vision started, the headache set in. This has now happened a handful of times in the past couple years. When I went to the neurologist they said it was my IUD, but when I followed up with my Gyno he explained that my IUD doesnt have estrogen in it and typically estrogen is what is tied to migraines. So, I left my IUD in. My migraines are 100% triggered by stress and anxiety. Has anyone ever taken a daily anti-anxiety medication that has helped to prevent migraines? In general, I lead a pretty healthy lifestyle. I exercise, eat healthy, and try not to stress too much but when I do I tend to be punished with a bad migraine that starts with splotchy vision. Imitrex helps, but I’m looking for prevention. Please share what has worked for you!

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      Courtney

      I’ve suffered with migraines as well since I was about 7 years old. They are a constant struggle but the preventive regimen I’ve been on for the last few years has really kept them under control quite well.
      Hope this can be of some assistance!
      Preventive medications: Emgality injection once a month, Inderal 2x day (I also had tried Botox for a year, while it did help some the Emgality ended up working better for me personally)
      Medications during migraine episodes: sumatriptan injections for very bad episodes, rizatriptan dissolvable pill for mild, zofran for nausea related symptoms… if a migraine is very bad I also usually take Benadryl with torodol my doctor has prescribed to me. I’ve landed in the ER many times with bad migraines and they usually give a “cocktail” as they like to call it lol it usually includes IV Benadryl, IV toradol, zofran or reglan so my doctor tries to help me have those things available at home to avoid trips to the ER.

      While all the medications usually work for me when I have a migraine episode my doctor has also advised to not take too much of them (ie several days in a row) because they can cause “rebound headaches”. So it’s definitely a balance and I’m usually in contact with my doc if I have recurring episodes. Would def recommend getting a good neruologist!

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      Micky BacchusMKB
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      Hi Molly! Did you know that 85% of migraine sufferers are women?? Unfortunate really lol, but I get them as well. I realized much of understanding how best to treat my migraines was trial-and-error. I’ve tried topiramate, triptans (like imitrex), propanolol and many more. About 6 years in, I am finally on a regulated regimen that helps me. I receive botox injections every three months (sounds crazy but it works) and I have just begun using the new autoinjector Aimovig. Both are preventative and greatly improved my quality of life! Happy to answer any questions you may have.

      Listing below some suggestions:

      Natural Supplements you can take for prevention: Magnesium, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), and Coenzyme Q10.
      Life Style Changes: Drink A LOT of water, eat every 4-6 hours, and make sure you’re getting a full 8 hours or close to. Cutting-out triggers (like caffeine or high sugars) is hard, but worth it in the long run.

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