Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – Deborah

My name is Debbie and I am from Dayton, Ohio. I am 55 years old, a holistic health care practitioner, and have been living with migraine headaches for over 27 years. I have tried every recommendation that has crossed my path. I have tried acupuncture for months, massage on a weekly basis for 25 years, cranial sacral work, reiki, homeopathy, every known pharmaceutical (many with terrible side effects), hypnosis, dental work, teeth pulled, restrictive diets, multiple supplements, years of mental health counseling, and medical intuitives. Some things have really helped for a couple of weeks and then the headaches return with a vengeance. Continue Reading

Optinose Aims to Speed Up Migraine Relief

A new generation of headache treatments moving toward the market is based not on new drug formulations, but on making current drugs work faster and more effectively. Numerous presentations given at the International Headache Congress reported positive results regarding new drug delivery systems—from a sumatriptan patch being developed by NuPathe to an inhaled version of dihydroergotamine (DHE) under development by MAP Pharmaceuticals. Continue Reading


Bellergal-S is a preventive medication that contains ergotamine. The amount of ergot contained is less than medications used to abort attacks (Ercaf®, Cafergot®). When taken on a daily basis, patients should be monitored by a physician.

Side effects can include drowsiness, blurred vision, and dryness of the mouth. Bellergal-S should not be used by pregnant women or people with glaucoma, high blood pressure, coronary, liver, kidney, or circulation problems, or in those with a high temperature. Triptans or ergot-containing acute medications should not be used while taking Bellergal.

Bellergal is no longer available. Generic formulations of the same combination are available, however.


Studies have shown that verapamil may be effective in the preventive treatment of migraine and cluster headache patients.

Verapamil is a calcium blocker that may work by preventing the constriction of the blood vessels prior to the migraine attack. However, recent genetic studies have suggested that calcium channels in nerve cells may not function normally in migraine. Verapamil is commonly used for blood pressure and heart conditions. It takes at least four to six weeks for it to become effective in treating migraine. Side effects such as ankle swelling, constipation, and fatigue are common.

Indocin® – Indomethacin

Indomethacin (Indocin®) is an analgesic. It is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. These are commonly referred to as NSAIDS. Other NSAIDS are also used as analgesics. Indomethacin can be used as a pain reliever or analgesic. It can also be used as a treatment for arthritis, fever or other conditions where inflammation plays a role in creating the symptoms. Continue Reading