Cluster, doctors and meds

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Posted by Susan F ( on September 02, 2000 at 10:32:18:

In Reply to: I am sorry if i sound like an idiot!! posted by Susan on September 01, 2000 at 23:45:41:

Susan, I felt the same way initially. It took me two years to find a reliable doctor - a neurologist - who is an angel.

I took Imitrex for several years until it stopped working. I now use depakote, verapamil and prozac every day as a preventative which lowers my incidence to monthly instead of daily. If I do have one, I take Zomig, which may take up to half an hour to work, but there is no "bounce-back" like there was with the Imitrex (migraines would go away but the next day would bounce back again because the solution was temporary). In addition, I have home injections of DHE if it get really bad -- which it hasn't in nearly a year.

One other piece of info: my neurologist found out that one cause of my clusters was a change in barometric pressure - so anytime the weather changes or I'm in an airplane, I'm susceptible. I find it helps, particularly on the airplane, at the very first sign (eye watering), I take a Zomig and slam it down with a full bottle of water. Then rest for half an hour. Usually works great.

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