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    So basically I'm doing my gcse's and im struggling to deal with my headache and migraine attacks. It's inherited and they started when i was around 11. Now that i'm doing my gcses they've gone worse and I'm strugggling to study and even do work at school. When i went to the doctors they prescribed a beta blocker pill which was such a low dosage it barely helped. I have an overdose history so doctors avoid medication even though it was a while ago. My face starts to hurt and i think their tension heachaches but i dont know what to do anymore!
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    (Original post by misspessimism)
    So basically I'm doing my gcse's and im struggling to deal with my headache and migraine attacks. It's inherited and they started when i was around 11. Now that i'm doing my gcses they've gone worse and I'm strugggling to study and even do work at school. When i went to the doctors they prescribed a beta blocker pill which was such a low dosage it barely helped. I have an overdose history so doctors avoid medication even though it was a while ago. My face starts to hurt and i think their tension heachaches but i dont know what to do anymore!
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    You need to identify your trigger factors and employ strategies to avoid them.

    https://www.migrainetrust.org/living...ice-for-teens/

    http://www.migrainebuddy.com/11-tips...ith-migraines/

    How many migraines a month do you get?

    Its going to be a combination of stress, fatigue and food.

    You need to find ways of destressing [Being on top of your studies], yoga, meditation, socialising, exercise.

    Proper sleep.

    Avoiding foods which make an attract more likely.

    If you do the above and keep a diary then you will get it under control.
    Please dont d the overdose thing, really not good for you and whatever the problems you can deal with it in other ways.
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    (Original post by misspessimism)
    So basically I'm doing my gcse's and im struggling to deal with my headache and migraine attacks. It's inherited and they started when i was around 11. Now that i'm doing my gcses they've gone worse and I'm strugggling to study and even do work at school. When i went to the doctors they prescribed a beta blocker pill which was such a low dosage it barely helped. I have an overdose history so doctors avoid medication even though it was a while ago. My face starts to hurt and i think their tension heachaches but i dont know what to do anymore!
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    Do you get a bad pain around your eyes/top of your cheeks? And does it come on in cold and windy weather? If so you could be suffering from sinus inflammtion which can be helped with a hay fever nasal spray (you can get them at supermarkets).
    Also I've heard that some foods can bring on migraines so it might be worth seeing if your's come on after eating certain foods
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    Are you eating and drinking enough and have you had your eyes tested recently?

    I've had the face pain (which has stopped thankfully) and was told it's nothing to worry about.

    You can get free apps to keep a diary to work out your triggers.
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    Have you been to the optometrist checking your focusing and near work fatigue?
    Have you done a blood test to see if you are eating well for you?
    Are you usually stressed? From your nickname I assume you are.

    All this can cause migraines, and treating the source will probably help much.
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    Dunno if this will help, but it's something that I read as a popular migraine cure so I ended up trying and it does work a lot of the time - eat something spicy. I mean uncomfortably spicy, that has your nose running. A Bombay Bad Boy Pot Noodle with all the chilli sauce in does the trick for me :lol:
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    Dunno if this will help, but it's something that I read as a popular migraine cure so I ended up trying and it does work a lot of the time - eat something spicy. I mean uncomfortably spicy, that has your nose running. A Bombay Bad Boy Pot Noodle with all the chilli sauce in does the trick for me :lol:
    Seriously?! I know I sometimes need to eat something. But I'll normally have something like toast.
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    Someones helpful foods can also be someone elses trigger factor. That said sometimes something with chilli is one of the few things i can eat.
    Obviously after it has gone, then I feel very hungry.
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    There is a myth that cheese and chocolate make migraine worse. It's because generally speaking, it's the first thing you reach for if you have a migraine. In my case, cheese spread (but only if it's made with cows milk) will give me migraine and vertigo to the point where I can't stand because I'm so dizzy.
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    I get migraines too so I feel your pain (literally!). Stress is a huge trigger and the tension in your face that comes with stress is probably either aggravating your migraines or making them worse (I can feel your stress and tension and panic through your post! Don't panic! It will all work out). My biggest advice is to learn to manage stress- allocate time to do your work and time to rest. When there are days that your migraines aren't present or aren't bad, try and engage in stress relieving activities like working out or going for a walk outdoors. Don't beat yourself up over your migraines, they are a b**** to deal with and so far I've not found any medication that truly helps either. Allow yourself time to properly rest, don't force yourself to work. Your exams are important but pushing yourself through the pain isn't going to do you any good.

    Another thing I noticed is that my migraines can be triggered by fluorescent lighting like the ones you get in school. It might be worth talking to your school about time off near exams or ways to work around it (I wore sunglasses and looked like a right plonker)

    There's so little research on migraines and they seem to be different for each individual so it's difficult to give any advice beyond find your triggers and either avoid them or minimise them
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    I have inherited migraines (from my mother) so maybe I can help?
    For me one of the biggest triggers is my eyesight, so I'd recommend getting your eyes tested if you haven't recently. SpecSavers got my last prescription wrong so I don't rate them highly. One of my eyes is long sighted while the other is short sighted, and the strain triggers migraines.
    Fluorescent lights are also a trigger. My school has them in the hall where we do exams, so you could ask for a doctor's note if your school has this too. I do exams in a separate room with other people who can't work in the hall. Tinted glasses help with this, so you could ask your optician about it.
    Stress!! I had a migraine in a history mock and got taken out of it, probably because I was stressed about it. Also when I had to fight my science teachers over which course to put me on, I had about 4 migraines over 4 days. I don't know your situation, but I find doing something productive to help with de-stressing (studying, cleaning etc).
    Walking and excersise help me with preventing migraines, especially walking. Apparently, the herb feverfew helps prevent them but I've never found any in shops.
    You could discuss medicines with your doctor if you think you're okay with them. I take 50mg sumatriptan when I have them, but it doesn't always work. I've tried codeine (only 15mg) for migraines too which sometimes works.

    You could track your migraines if you can: time, date, severity, anything else you think of. Migraines can be affected by hormonal cycles so if you have a period, you could use an app like Clue to see if they are worse/more frequent at any specific point in the cycle.
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    Seriously?! I know I sometimes need to eat something. But I'll normally have something like toast.
    Yep! It's a bit hit and miss, sometimes it does nothing and others it only seems to provide temporary relief, but about half the time once I've stopped being focused on my mouth being on fire I notice the migraine is gone and doesn't return.

    Think it might be due to the type of migraine I get, though. I think mine is due to inflammation since the stuff that helps me (such as spice, caffeine and coldness) all reduces congestion or inflammation in one way or another. That said, spicy food is thought to be a general pain reliever, so there's that.
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    (Original post by FerretPun)
    I have inherited migraines (from my mother) so maybe I can help?
    For me one of the biggest triggers is my eyesight, so I'd recommend getting your eyes tested if you haven't recently. SpecSavers got my last prescription wrong so I don't rate them highly. One of my eyes is long sighted while the other is short sighted, and the strain triggers migraines.
    Fluorescent lights are also a trigger. My school has them in the hall where we do exams, so you could ask for a doctor's note if your school has this too. I do exams in a separate room with other people who can't work in the hall. Tinted glasses help with this, so you could ask your optician about it.
    Stress!! I had a migraine in a history mock and got taken out of it, probably because I was stressed about it. Also when I had to fight my science teachers over which course to put me on, I had about 4 migraines over 4 days. I don't know your situation, but I find doing something productive to help with de-stressing (studying, cleaning etc).
    Walking and excersise help me with preventing migraines, especially walking. Apparently, the herb feverfew helps prevent them but I've never found any in shops.
    You could discuss medicines with your doctor if you think you're okay with them. I take 50mg sumatriptan when I have them, but it doesn't always work. I've tried codeine (only 15mg) for migraines too which sometimes works.

    You could track your migraines if you can: time, date, severity, anything else you think of. Migraines can be affected by hormonal cycles so if you have a period, you could use an app like Clue to see if they are worse/more frequent at any specific point in the cycle.
    Thanks for sharing. I've made a topic about it : https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5220530
    Feel free to share your experience.
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    (Original post by It's****ingWOODY)
    Dunno if this will help, but it's something that I read as a popular migraine cure so I ended up trying and it does work a lot of the time - eat something spicy. I mean uncomfortably spicy, that has your nose running. A Bombay Bad Boy Pot Noodle with all the chilli sauce in does the trick for me :lol:
    loool okay thank you
 
 
 
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