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I would go back to the bastards who are making you wait for oxygen and tell them they need to write you a medical excuse from work if they will not give you the treatments you need! Maybe that will li

Just had a read through the posts, lol, lol and lol.

I'll ahve a go at pasting a pic when I'm not sat at my work desk  being 'eagle-eyed' by the managers...

Thanks for a cheery start to a dull Monday morning at work :)

Have fun guys and thank you :)

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Seriously, I really think the colder the energy drink, the better it works. Someone may be able to tell me the actual body part, but there is a nerve center just above and behind the tongue...If you swallow it a certain way, the cold goes right across it and kills the pain for a few seconds at a time. Like I said, I have no idea what that thing/body part is, but it works.

If I'm out and about, i get an iced frappe to give me brain-freeze...weird, but brain-freeze is better than the pain, not sure why it helps?

Thanks for the tips :) why does energy drink help?

Oh and look, I've fathomed out how to insert a 'quote', all by myself!! 

Note to self, must remember to spell-check now... :D

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Toni you have officially joined the image posting CB elite now!  :) ;D

This talk of the attributes of brain freeze reminds me of how some headbangers do find holding ice cubes in the mouth, pressed up against roof of mouth, to be helpful.  8-)

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Getting hit at work is the worst 

totally agree.  I  know that the sumatrip is terrible...but if you have to work...sometimes its the only way.  Instead of the spray, maybe try the pills or injections? Injections are SO expensive, but they do work much faster...Just remember to keep an eye on your time frame...5 days 5 days 5 days  HUGS sweetie...wishing you PFT!

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Seriously, I really think the colder the energy drink, the better it works. Someone may be able to tell me the actual body part, but there is a nerve center just above and behind the tongue...If you swallow it a certain way, the cold goes right across it and kills the pain for a few seconds at a time. Like I said, I have no idea what that thing/body part is, but it works.

If I'm out and about, i get an iced frappe to give me brain-freeze...weird, but brain-freeze is better than the pain, not sure why it helps?

Thanks for the tips :) why does energy drink help?

Oh and look, I've fathomed out how to insert a 'quote', all by myself!! 

Note to self, must remember to spell-check now... :D

The energy drink realy helps because of the insane amount of caffiene in them (Caffiene is a known vaso-constrictor). The Taurine helps by speeding up the digestion process and getting it to the blood faster. Then there is the cold factor. So it's really a 1-2-3 punch in a way.

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Hey thanks for that P, now I understand!!! :)

Fabac, i pay a one -off fee for my prescriptions, so i can get anything within that time-frame, NHS is great in the UK :) However, getting the injections, due to cost i imagine, is harder ... thanks for the kind wishes, same to you :)

PFDAN to you all :) x

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Wow - this has happened to me many times. Unfortunately the neurologists in Halifax NS (where I live) have no idea what to do with clusterheads and tend to treat me like I have migraines...ie. 3 tylenol, 2 ibuprofen and lots of water, or morphine, indomethacin, etc. I've never been offered oxygen. Tryptans take too long to work so they haven't really helped me at work.

Since I work in an office, I've scouted-out a few hiding places around the building. These places are safe for me in that I know no one will bother me, there aren't a lot of distracting noises, and they are cool in temperature. One hiding spot has a wall clock and the ticking soothes me while i rock. After an hour, I'm pretty much through the worst part, sometimes less, and then I head back to my desk. When returning, it's pretty clear that I've had an attack and my boss is kind and doesn't question me.

On a side note, I work very hard when I'm feeling well in order to stay ahead of schedule and show my bosses that I will get everything done. This means staying late too. When I'm in the worst of a cycle and the hits are coming 3 - 4 times a day, I must call in sick. Given this, I also hoard sick days knowing I'll need them desperately when the time comes.

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I've never been offered oxygen.
  Well, you've got to change this!  Toot sweet, as they say in Canada and Nashville.  Print these out and bring them to your doctor:

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=185035

http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=34898 About halfway down this page there's a table. Look under "attack treatment." 

Tryptans take too long to work so they haven't really helped me at work. 
  Are these oral triptans?  The injectable kind typically work pretty well.  (I see in another post you say that busting has worked well for you, so I'll mention that these triptans do interfere with busting (or seem to, anyway).

You've tried an energy shot or energy drink to quell your attacks?

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Thanks CHfather!

I don't find that shooting a red bull before the attack helps, although it helps wonders for the lingering dull face ache after the attack and will sometimes prevent the next one (within hours, during cycle).

I've probably been given injectable tryptans but cannot confirm 100%. In Canada, the standard order is toradol (NSAID) injected or through IV. It doesn't help of course. I've been to the emerg dept more times than I could count and was only given oxygen once. It was years ago and all i can remember is the concern for my skyrocketing blood pressure and the staff trying to hold me down to give me the oxygen. I pretty much threw the mask away because they were trying to keep me still and in a laying down position...which is horrible for me. I absolutely cannot lie down. I refuse to even go to the hospital now, besides, I'm sure the word lunatic is in my chart somewhere :P

Anywho, yes! Vitamin M has worked absolute miracles for me so far! I still get achy and sometimes will wake up with a K2 or 3 in the wee hours of the morning, but when that happens, I take a healthy amount of VM and am usually good for about 2 - 3 weeks.

Also, my neuro put me on elavil for a short time last year (before I tried VitM). It was absolutely horrible - the cycle I was trying to break started anew and was the worst ever. I feel like a freaking guinea pig up here....

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I don't find that shooting a red bull before the attack helps

RedBull is just about the weakest of the energy drinks/shots.  If the occasion arises again, you might try 6 Hour Power or even 5 Hour Energy (shots).  Check caffeine levels.

Just to be clear, with oxygen you can sit up and pace around (with a longer tube).  There might come a day when you want it, and if it's free through your NHS, I'd recommend persisting in getting it now.

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Monster Energy Drinks in the blue can!!! (Low Carb :)  Don't drink any the day of dosing though.  I found they kill the dose.  (most likely the high Vitamin B).

So, vitamin B isn't good if you're busting then? I've upped lots of vitamins including B's...was gonna start seeds after neuro in December (when i hopefully get my portable tank :) )

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You know, it is rather cool that we have several new Lady members. Fewer of us are willing to listen to some diploma claim migraine because we are female.  8-)

I think that we are standing up, stomping up, raising hell, to get a proper diagnoses. We are learning and using that knowledge to get proper treatment. I call that success.

Not that I wish it one anyone. I am just glad that doc's are no longer able to get away with 'You have migraines. Take this pill and go away.'

I had to drag my hubby to my second appt with the neuro to get the man to listen to me at all!!! Times, They are a Changing. ;)

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Well said spiny

It affects me in profound ways when I hear the stories of women going 20+ years being treated for migraines and told they are exaggerating their symptoms.  :-[ :-/ :'(

Edit: gotta make an emoticon that is like  [smiley=tekst-toppie.gif] only with the finger!

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Wooot Toni!  Look out we are getting dangerous! 

Hahaha Fabac - and with a 'pudding-brain' too :) Just think what I'll achieve when I get off the Meds!!  [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

You know, it is rather cool that we have several new Lady members. Fewer of us are willing to listen to some diploma claim migraine because we are female.  

I totally agree Spiny, that's all so many of us have had for far too many years...Dare we begin to hope that the 'specialists' are finally coming to their senses and beginning to understand...It can't be a coincidence that this AMAZING site is bringing such a debilitating condition to the forefront of their minds :) Massive shout-out to you all!!!

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