Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – Chris

I’ve suffered from severe Migraine headaches for well over 10 years. I have been to six different Neurologists and each one of them gave me different prevention pills to try and keep the headaches away, including Topamax, Effexor, and Verapamil, but nothing worked and I was tired of putting all that medication in my body. One day at work I was talking to a co-worker who had suffered for a long time from Migraines as well, and had come across an *all-natural juice. She had tried it, and after just a few short months was completely headache free. I was pretty hesitant at first myself, but at this point, I had suffered for so long, that I figured I had nothing to lose. This juice comes from a desert cactus in Arizona and Mexico. I started to feel a lot better after just a few days and after a month on the juice, I felt like a totally new person! It turns out that it has many more great health benefits, too! It also helps with inflammation, reduces swelling in joints and muscles, helps with allergies, reduces stress, gives you more energy, and more. Just wanted to let people know there is an all-natural alternative out there and that there is hope for us. Good luck to everyone.

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Reader’s Mail: Will These Headaches Ever Stop?

Q. I have been a migraine sufferer since my early twenties and am now in my fifties. I have been diagnosed with cluster migraines and, true to pattern, can go two to three years without migraines, except for two to three attacks per month prior to my period. Interesting though, I had no migraines during pregnancy. I am currently taking amitriplyline daily, Imitrex® as needed, and just started taking Topamax® when the headaches began their cycle again.

Are these headaches ever going to stop? Does a person outgrow them? After every cluster, I always hope it will be my last time. Continue Reading


Verapamil

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.


Calcium Channel Blockers

The calcium channel blockers are a group of medications that have been used for treating a variety of cardiovascular disorders such as high blood pressure. These medications alter the movement of calcium ions into muscle cells of blood vessels. This effect can sometimes prevent blood vessel changes, which are involved in migraine and cluster headache. Continue Reading