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Which Type and How Much Magnesium for Migraine?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:45:00 +0000

Question: Hello, Teri and Dr. Watson. I've seen many online conversations about taking magnesium for migraine prevention. In those conversations, many different forms of magnesium are discussed, along with many different dosage levels. I recently discussed this with my doctor, who said it could be a good idea to take magnesium, but he had no idea which form or how much to take. Can you offer any clarification? Thank you for your expertise and...

Could I Have Developed New Migraine Triggers?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:37:00 +0000

Question: I've had migraines for around 40 years now. At first, doctors just gave me prescriptions for pain pills that I absolutely hated. My neurologist "fired" me several years ago because I questioned the pain pills, and that ended up being a good thing. My new neurologist prescribed Imitrex for me and introduced me to triggers, which nobody had ever explained before. She even suggested a special elimination diet, and that revealed that a...

Is It Safe to Quickly Stop Taking Topamax for Migraine?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:14:00 +0000

Question: This is a question that we recently encountered online. Since it's a common question, we felt it appropriate to answer it here as well.   I've been taking Topamax for migraine prevention. Started at 25 mg per day and tapered up by adding 25 mg per week until I got to 100 mg twice a day. I started having symptoms of kidney stones. The results aren't back yet, but my doctor told me to cut the Topamax dosage to 50 mg twice a day,...

Migraine Plus Other Headaches - Ice Pick Headache?

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:18:00 +0000

Question: Hello. I've had migraines without aura for over 20 years. Lately, I've been having headaches that my neurologist insists are ice pick headaches, but I'm not sure he's right. I know you can't diagnose me, but would you read my description and tell me if these sound like ice pick headaches to you? They seem to center around my left eye, the opposite side of my migraines. The pain is very sharp, and it usually lasts for 15 to 30...

Should I Try the Spring Device for Migraine If Cefaly Failed?

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:34:00 +0000

Question: I'm confused about something and hope you can help. I've been using the Cefaly and have been reading about the Spring device. Do they work the same? Should I try the Spring even if the Cefaly isn't doing me any good? Thank you, Cheryl.   Answer: Dear Cheryl;   The Cefaly and the Spring are both external devices. That's about where their similarities end. They are vastly different.   The Cefaly delivers electrical...

Why Should I Travel to a Migraine Specialist?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:54:00 +0000

Question: I've been seeing the same neurologist for my migraines for around 15 years. In that period of time, I've taken propranolol, gabapentin, amitriptyline, and venlafaxine as migraine preventives. My neurologist also did three treatments of 16 Botox injections. He now says that topirmate is the last thing left for me to try, but I'm really scared by what I've read about its side effects. I've seen Teri Robert recommend seeing a migraine...

Nearly Daily Use of Naproxen Sodium and Medication Overuse Headache?

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:38:00 +0000

Question: Will taking naproxen sodium nearly daily cause medication overuse headache? I have had two treatments with Botox, take verapamil 240 mg daily for migraine prevention, and take rizatriptan no more than twice a week. I have headache daily, with varying severity. Thank you, Debbie.   Answer: Dear Debbie;   Yes, taking naproxen sodium nearly daily can cause medication overuse headache (MOH). There is a bit of confusion about...

Top Migraine and Headache Questions for 12/30/16

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:34:00 +0000

Do you have questions about headaches or Migraines? Many of our readers do, and Dr. David Watson and Teri Robert answer some of them. Dr. Watson is a UCNS certified headache and migraine specialist, and is the director of the headache center at West Virginia University. Here are our most recent questions and answers... Are Steroids Beneficial Treatment for Migraine Cycle? Down Side? Full question and answer. Options for Hemicrania...

Why Do I Wake with a Migraine So Often?

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:30:00 +0000

Question: Hello, and thank you for your willingness to answer questions. I wake up with a migraine at least two or three days a week. Can you tell me why? Thank you so much, Angela.   Answer: Dear Angela;   The answer to your question lies in determining what's triggering your migraines. If you don't know what your migraine triggers are, working to identify them would be extremely helpful. See our video, How to Identify Migraine...

Why Care About Medication Overuse Headache with Daily Migraine?

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:49:00 +0000

Question: My migraines became chronic almost five years ago, and I have a migraine every day. Imitrex is hit or miss for me. My neurologist refuses to prescribe enough Imitrex for me to take it every day because of rebound headaches, and my family doctor refuses to prescribe anything for my migraines. He just says to talk to my neurologist. Let's get real here. Why should I care about rebound headaches since I have a migraine every day anyway?...