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Chronic migraine and bushfires.

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#1 Mum of a miracle

Posted 05 December 2019 - 03:45 PM

Any tips to survive bush fire season?

We have a couple bushfires around us and the smoke is everywhere can't step outside without it surrounding you then of course it gets inside the house.

I didn't think smoke effected me so much but this year it's really getting to me.

I've taken my medications but that's hardly doing anything as smoke is staying so migraine might be gone for a couple hours as soon as I need to go outside it's back again.
I'm on amitriptyline and zomig and taking ibupofen like they are tictaks.

Very frustrating all suggestions welcome (but please non of those put your feet and neck in water or lavender everywhere they DO NOT WORK).


#2 Mum of a miracle

Posted 06 December 2019 - 07:24 PM

Anyone at all??
Been since Monday I am bloody over them and really starting to p*ss me off :-D.

#3 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 06 December 2019 - 07:30 PM


#4 Lifesgood

Posted 06 December 2019 - 07:31 PM

Stay inside?

#5 amdirel

Posted 06 December 2019 - 07:33 PM

I have no idea, sorry. But I'm disappointed because I've been on a mission the last couple of months to fix my chronic headaches (not migraines), I've been put on amitriptyline, had it increased, started BP meds, gone to weekly physio, and I had finally started seeing great improvements.

But now the laat 2 weeks, headaches are back! The only thing I can put it down to is the smoke. Thankfully they are responding to panadol (first time that's happened in about 8 years!) but after a couple of hours when the panadol wears off they come back. I can't take nurofen either on my BP meds.
So frustrating. You have my sympathies OP.

#6 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 06 December 2019 - 07:41 PM

Revisit with your GP? Nasal spray? Mine are often triggered due to sinus issues and nasal spray helps. If you are getting irritated by smoke keeping your respiratory passages clear of smoke might help.

#7 VVV

Posted 06 December 2019 - 07:41 PM

I get chronic migraines - Imigran, Ibuprofen do nothing for me. My GP said the very best thing for migraines is 4 aspirin, and he was right in my case, only thing that stops it in it’s tracks.

#8 Mum of a miracle

Posted 06 December 2019 - 08:39 PM

Thanks everyone.

I've heard of botox but haven't seen a specialist/neurologist for it yet will definitely talk to my gp next time I guess he will ask for an MRI first and consult with that doctor to see if botox could help.

Definitely can't stay inside got to take my son to school and run errands and such.

I had nasal spray about 15 years ago it worked for awhile then it started making my migraine worse but yes my nose has been blocked  so been blowing it a heap.i don't usually get sinus migraines they are usually due to my brain abnormality but yeah I guess with the smoke and may be making my nose blocked could be.

I'll ask my gp about aspirin.

Thank you everyone.

#9 Noodlez

Posted 06 December 2019 - 08:44 PM

I feel like absolutely crap today. I woke up with a headache which two Panadol did not help and only got a bit of relief by taking another two. I often get headaches so not sure if it’s the smoke or it’s me but definitely think the smoke is not helping

#10 MakesMeHappy

Posted 06 December 2019 - 10:50 PM

Sumatriptan was a game changer for my migraines. I was prescribed it by a neurologist when I was 37 weeks pregnant and admitted to hospital for migraines.

It’s side effects make me feel a bit funny but they are a million times better than a migraine. It is not a pain killer, so no benefit as such if it is not a migraine.

My GP told me there are a couple of different ‘triptans’ that can be used for migraines.

I have suffered with migraines since I was a teenager and trialled many things. I have no idea why it was never prescribed before.

I hope you find some relief soon OP

#11 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 07 December 2019 - 09:24 PM

Zomig which OP uses is one of the triptan drugs.

Very surprised you were not given that earlier.

#12 peckingbird

Posted 08 December 2019 - 08:50 AM

Speak to your GP about Isoptin (Verapamil). My husband has a genetic brain condition that includes chronic and frequent migraines as a symptom and his neurologist prescribed verapamil as a bit of an experiment. It is a blood pressure medication but has shown in some studies to have some positive impact on migraine sufferers. He has been on it for about five years and we have certainly noticed a reduction in frequency and severity of his migraines. Just our experience though so please research/speak to your own medical professionals. Good luck.

#13 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 08 December 2019 - 09:09 AM

OP is already on a type of preventative medication.

Usually beta blockers (blood pressure medication) are an early preventive used.

#14 *Spikey*

Posted 08 December 2019 - 09:12 AM

There are proper filter masks available that prevent the tiny particles from getting through. It could be worth getting one of those, to see I found a break from the smoke helps?

#15 tintin78

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:15 AM

If you can get hold of the book Heal Your Headache by Dr David Buchholz, have a read of that and see if following the migraine diet would be of benefit.

Even if food isn’t a trigger, there are a lot of foods that are not migraine friendly. They can contribute to filling up your migraine ‘bucket’ and then when your bucket is full (adding in other triggers like smoke, stress. Hormones for eg) the migraine hits. If you can eliminate what you can food wise it will give you more room to play with so hopefully the smoke will not trigger the migraine.

I have followed this migraine diet for over 2 years now and it gave me my life back. I suffer from Vestibular Migraine and it’s virtually non-existent now.

#16 bec578

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:22 AM

Air Purifier with HEPA filter. Wear P2 masks when outside

#17 Wonderstruck

Posted 21 December 2019 - 08:29 PM

It's been terrible for me. Currently taking Maxalt as needed and still struggling some days.

Soon I'll be TTC and then I'll only be allowed Panadine Forte :(

#18 VVV

Posted 22 December 2019 - 10:51 AM

View PostWonderstruck, on 21 December 2019 - 08:29 PM, said:

It's been terrible for me. Currently taking Maxalt as needed and still struggling some days.

Soon I'll be TTC and then I'll only be allowed Panadine Forte :(

I took aspirin right through my pregnancy, maybe talk to your doctor about this.

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