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Migraine - please help

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addictedtofrazzles Tue 09-Aug-11 10:14:41

Am 12 weeks with dc3 and having had two weeks where my morning sickness subsided, it has come back with a vengeance. For two days I have had terrible headaches - I can't even stand up because my head throbs so hard. I haven't been able to take prenatal vits or paracetamol as they make me throw up. I don't normally get headaches so any advice as to how long they will last and what I can do to ease them would be so gratefully received please.

Emy84 Tue 09-Aug-11 13:23:03

So sorry for you. I am 15 weeks and having the same thing, saw GP yesterday who has prescribed some stronger painkillers and told me to drink plenty and rest!
Make sure you eat and drink enough low blood sugar and dehydration can cause headaches also is prob worth seeing mw or gp for advice. Cold compress may give some relief HTH

miamama09 Tue 09-Aug-11 13:33:18

I posted not so long ago on here about migraines. Mine have just started to ease off (16+3 weeks). Again, I went to GP who gave me stronger painkillers, but even those didn't help to be honest.

All the usual, drink loads of water even though you don't feel like it, fresh air when you can, make sure your blood pressure is ok next time you see MW, maybe try a magnesium supplement as this can really help certain migraine sufferers. None of the herbal/natural remedies worked for me, so it's just a waiting game for some of us. They will ease up (fingers crossed), in the meantime take a few days off to relax.

addictedtofrazzles Tue 09-Aug-11 14:52:32

Thank you ladies - so kind of you to respond. I just want to cry from feeling so awful and the fact that I am being so useless to my other children. Definitely the last pregnancy for me...!!!!

whizzyrocket Tue 09-Aug-11 16:00:21

I'm sure you're not being useless, you just feel it- kids understand not feeling well.

I've had one or two headaches/migraines in my time. Difficult if you can't keep the drugs down! I'll echo the advice about water though. You won't feel like swallowing anything but you really need to. Think about the cause of the headache as well- stress, dehydration and being bunged up are my suggestions. So relax as much as you can, drink as much as you can and if you have got a stuffy nose a hot shower can be useful as you breathe in so much steam.

It could also be that because you're being sick such a lot your blood-sugars aren't what they should be. That can give you headaches too. I didn't really have much of a problem with morning sickness but I did have a week or two where I felt queasy and didn't want to eat much- at that time I found honey helpful as I didn't want to eat but would feel so much better when my blood sugars were boosted. Just a suggestion though.

Good luck!

mopsytop Tue 09-Aug-11 16:16:48

I suffered debilitating migraines until week 16 - I am talking 6 days out of 7, spending most of my time in bed in awful pain. I went to a specialist and here is some of the advice she gave me:

Firstly, make sure you eat, even if you then vomit it up, some of it may stay down. Eating can really help. You are allowed take motillium when pregnant - I find it useful to take it immediately after I have vomited, then it has some chance of working, if I keep it down then I take painkillers around 15 minutes later. Cold compress at back of neck/on forehead can help a small bit. Cold shower may help a small bit. If you can do yoga on the days where you don't have a migraine that will help, as will meditation.

Migraines can be caused by lots of little triggers piling up and finally reaching a threshold that causes the migraine - these include food triggers (caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruit and cheese in particular so try avoiding all of those things), lack of sleep (so try going to bed an hour early on days when no migraine and you won't be in bed anyway!), stress (so try and be easy on yourself - I was stressing so much about missing work when I had all the migraines and it really really didn't help. If you have a migraine you can't do anything and it's not your fault so you just have to be kind to yourself about it.), being at a computer screen too long (so take at least a 5 minute break every 30 minutes - I was advised a 10 minute break every 30 minutes). and then obviously hormones, which when we are pregnant we can't do anything about.

Unfortunately nothing I did really helped and I just had to suffer for weeks and weeks BUT it stopped at week 16. Not entirely but more or less. I have had a couple since then but not every day like before. i still am having loads of headaches but applying all the above tips really helps - but not overnight, it takes time to apply these new habits.

Remember to eat - if you leave crackers or something by the bed - when you wake up with a headache or migraine, eat one immediately. even if you vomit it up later.

And obviously, drink loads of water, ditto even if you have to vomit it, just keep drinking.

Hope this helps and so sorry you have to suffer this. It is so awful.

MissusTulip Tue 09-Aug-11 17:04:42

Just going to say, if you are able to set it up and drag yourself along, try acupuncture? Mine have reduced since since an acupuncturist for SPD and she'll sometimes do specific points if they come back.

Mine aren't as bad as yours (any of yours sad ) but I feel wretched durign and I appreciate it's almost impossible to do anything whilst in the middle of one. Hope some of the advice helps...

Also, it's a bit of a long shot, but if you can't keep anything down, would your GP consider giving you injections of antisickness medication like intramuscular cyclizine to help get things levelled out or even some strong im painkilling injections for the worst ones? Worth asking...

neverlookback Tue 09-Aug-11 19:48:01

i suffer from awful migraines and they are mainly hormonal, stress and lack of sleep, mine did ease off around 16 weeks but im now 38 weeks and since around 36 weeks im having them sometimes daily, but theyre just mainly the eye disturbances, the pain is not as strong as they normally are, somedays i get it twice, it lasts around 30 - 45 min of really bad flashing and bllind spots, i cant drive, read, or write anything when i have it and it leaves me feeling exhaused and really sensitive to light and noise.
I did get prescribed 10mg codeine that the doc said i can carry on taking till full term and these have really helped. the only sign i sometimes have if ones coming is i need to wee loads, even more that a normal 38 week ph woman!
They are awful and i have 2 kids to look after too im not having any more babies after this, i need to get my hormones sorted out once and for all as i get them around my period too but really strong ones,.

hope they ease off soon for you x

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