I'm not entirely sure this is the correct forum, so mods feel free to close or move this to the appropriate place. I get moderate to severe migraines when weather fronts come through and the temperatures change drastically and when I'm about to start or have just started my period.
I'd categorize a moderate migraine for me as having these symptoms: intense pain above my right eye that feels as though it runs straight through my skull to the base of my skull on the right side (like some jammed an icepick in my head and left it there), the muscles in my neck and right shoulder become tense and knotted, I become fairly light sensitive with my vision producing movement trails and it takes a few (micro)seconds for my brain to register what I'm looking at (and as a result I often feel somewhat nauseated from the movement).
A severe migraine has all of the above but includes tunnel vision, inability to be in any light, and vomiting.
OTC medications do absolutely nothing for me at all. I've tried Excederin, Motrin/Ibuprofen,
Tylenol, Aleve, and straight Asprin. I have been to my GP and she gave me a sample of a migraine medicae I can take at the onset of a migraine, however, it's not covered and would be out of pocket for me (running at $150 for around 7 pills). Nor can I just "sleep them away" as I wake up with the same pain I went to sleep with. Usually, I just deal with it and go about my day because there really isn't anything I can take that helps. The only thing that makes me feel better is drinking a coke (coca-cola classic only, pepsi/dr. pepper/other colas do not work) and eating a little chocolate. I realize this is probably a placebo effect, something I've conditioned myself to believe works. I don't really drink soda often (and when I do I prefer dr. pepper or cherry coke), but it's such a huge caloric hit that I'm loathe to spend those calories on something so utterly awful for me. I mean, I did. My migraine is slowly progressing in intensity so I went and got the smallest coke I could, but I'm annoyed to be drinking it, even though psychologically it helps.
So I guess my question is, is there a way I can work through the migraine without resorting to soda? Or does the soda actually do something and it's not just a mental trick? I don't get migraines too often, maybe one or two a month, sometimes none. I used the search feature and read some of the articles related to migraines, but mine are not brought on by food triggers. Avoiding foods isn't really going to help. My are environmental and hormonal. I'm also at work and not in a position to exercise - I will later. So any advice would be most appreciated.
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