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LostBipolar

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I have both migraines and bipolar disorder.

I had finally been sorting things out a bit this semester at University and doing much, much better. I had been looking forward to Easter to finally get a break, but I also had a lot of work to do. Party work I had to catch up on due to missed lectures because of migraines.

I havent really had any free time at all recently so I figured I might just be able to take the first week off to actually rest. But my the second week I had another migraine. One sided, cant-lift-head-off-pillow type migraine. Worst one I have had in years. So I now have 1 week left before end of easter. And I have group work which makes me nervious - and which we are now behind on because of me.

I have just been tortured for a week, only to wake up and find my holiday gone, my chance to catch up on work gone and I need to explain to my friend why we are behind on our group work. Again.

I dont really know why I bother. I can do the work but I will never be able to keep doing it. I wont hold down a job because I will rarely turn up for a month straight.

I cant stop the migraines. They hurt and then they affect other people. And then its still my fault. I think I might be depressed.
 
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I had a sudden increase in my migraines from around the beginning of last year/end of year before, to once or twice a week every week. On the advice of someone here I went to a cranial osteopath, and it was the best money I ever spent. Had a weekly appointment for 3wks, then two weekly, then once a month for a few months. Costs about £30 a pop. But from the first appointment, there was a massive improvement.
Do you know any triggers? The ones I noticed for me were alcohol, caffeine, codeine, hormones (time of the month). My dad can't eat hard cheese, dark chocolate, or drink white wine.
Hope you can get fixed soon
Xx
 
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I have a family member with migrene. He sits infront of the television/computer all day... also he is so buzy working from home, that he "forget" to eat and too much coffee....

It might be a shot in the dark...

Kenneth.
 
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I have had migraines since I was very young and I have seen so many specialists trying to find 'triggers'. My migraines mostly come in cycles, but my only identifiable triggers are bright lights and time of the month. Not computer monitors though. I have tried so many other techniques and medications. I am not unfit or unhealthy but I do cut out certain foods just in case.

I can tell you sitting in front of a computer all day is not a trigger. It is a job requirement of mine and it is the only thing I can do all day that does not trigger migraines. I can do this for months on end and not get a migraine. I think this mostly started because I missed so much school and had nothing better to do all day.

Quite often when I go out with friends I have to leave early because I have a migraine. Whenever I had a part time job or sat in a bright lecture theatre I get a migraine.

Eventually people stop asking me to go out, not because they are being mean, but because they assume I dont want to. Eventually when they ring round A B and C, I am not on the list anymore. Probably because of this it is easier to sit at home all day in front of a computer.

When I even think party I think 'bright room = pain'.

I dont really see the point of existing if I am more of a problem to people. There is no fix, the dr. admitted that and wont see me anymore. Just says some people get migraines.
 

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My mum suffers from Migraines. After many years of having at least one a week they found out that she is Lactose Intorlent and that was what was causing them.

Maybe worth checking out?

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Thanks. I dont eat any milk products at all as part of my diet. It used to be more restrictive but now I am just vegan. Hasn't made much difference though.

I am on topamax + sumatriptan injections (although they dont always work). And I have tried so many other things.

I am just feeling really really low. When I am manic I can build my self up so much and take on jobs and projects etc, and then it all just falls down. I dont see the point in being here.....
 
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I read somewhere about botox injections to treat migraine? No idea how effective it is, or if its readily available. I think it was if all the drugs fail.
Sumatriptan made my bipolar more unstable. So does lots of things though. And migraines are shite and give depression a boost.
It's all a bit shit really.
If you can get to the bottom of your migraines and find something that helps it'd be a start hopefully.
Keep on keeping on :hug:
Xx
 
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Hey,

I am on a waiting list for the botox treatment, but I have no idea how long it will take them to get back to me (it has been a few months already). I am feeling a tiny bit better. Might have an all-out holiday tonight and then work binge tomorrow onwards.

Of course I am aware may only reduce the number of attacks and will not cure them.
 
The Dragon Lady

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Hey there! Migraine's are such a horrible thing to experience. I began having migraine's when I was about 14 years old. I had a few other conditions (no psych stuff yet). I'm 36 now. I began to get the Botox injections this past year. They do definitely help. The injections don't get rid of them completely, but they really do minimize the severity and the frequency. I get the injections about every 3-4 months. I try to stretch it out to 4 months because of the cost. I'm fortunate that my insurance covers a good percentage of the cost.

And...it isn't your fault. You cannot help the way you feel, although it is difficult for other's to understand. I know what you are saying. I feel that way about a few things. People got that way with me...just assuming I'm not going to feel well enough to go out.

I hope you hear back soon! That is a long time to wait. Hopefully, if you try the Botox you will get some relief. In the meantime, I hope you have a good day/night! :hug1:
 
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I also get migraines, but only during certain times of the year. My doctor gave me a small dose of amitryptaline (Elavil) to take every night before bed. It is a great prophylaxis and very cheap. I'd also cut dairy of your diet. I did and my headaches and acne became significantly better.
 
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I have had a history of severe headaches/migraines. I just thought yeh its just how it is. It was like my head was pounding almost like someone is hitting me on the back of my head.
Every movement was like a sharp wack.
But anyway as soon as I started venlafaxine they went away just like that. I very rarely get headaches at all now. My last headache would have been months and months ago.
I used to get them on a regular basis like 3-4 times a week.
Now well yeh very rare
Apparantly people with bipolar often have a history of bad headaches very interesting
 
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Like Shelee441, my doctor has me on a simlar medication, Nortryptiline, as well as Topamax to prevent my migraines, they do a pretty goo job, except with the ones caused by my neck, or if I do eat too much say chocolate...one of my triggers, or a fruit I'm not supposed to eat, like bananas...2 bananas and I'm done...I can only get away with one every once in a blue mood....but I have had an increase in headaches recently, about the last year or so, and I'm wondering if it's associated with abilify, I've also got the restless legs, I'm actually going to talk to my doctor about getting off of it....

I have issues with my eyes as well and wear glasses....have you looked into that? Had an eye test done....always good to check everything.

I would definitely talk to your doctor about a prevention medication though....
 
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