I live with (hormonal) migraines for over 30 years now. Menopause has aggravated the situation (it seems that not a certain level of a hormone is the trigger but the change in levels which of cause occurs more often now). Last year I was 5 times in hospital, as I was in danger of choking from the severe incotrollable vomiting.
What finally alleviated my situation is: I found a specialist (sorry I can't help you with that, as I live in Germany), where I could learn to influence the diameter of my brain blood vessels (you normally cannot do that yourself, but you can learn it with the help of an electrode and a computer screen where you can see a red circle going from wide to narrow,"Vasokonstriktionstraining" or "Biofeedback"). This helps me to influence the extent of the pain, it does not prevent the attacks from starting and it does not make them shorter, but it helps me to take less medication (which sometimes helps, at other times it is as if they had forgotton the substance in the pill as it does not help at all and in other cases, it helps some hours later when I had already given up hope). It seems that if I can keep the pain level lower, I sometimes can get away without the vomiting and the diarrhoe.
And what also helps is not only a coldpack in the neck, but an cotton sock filled with lemon slices.
Try it - try everything and find something that helps you! My prayers for all suffering from that plague.
- 4/1/2013 10:30:17 AM