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Okay well I have a bit of a problem. Some of you know that along with everything else I get migraines. These have landed me in the doctors office a couple of times and this Saturday my boyfriend ended up taking me to the emergency room. I feel very foolish for going there for a migraine. Granted by that time I was dehydrated and felt like my head was going to blow up and like my stomach was on an never ending roller coaster. It started Friday evening and Saturday after my boyfriend got up to go into work for a while and get his computer it was still going strong. I called the ask a nurse people and they are the ones that advised me to go to the emergency room since my doctors office was closed. I didn�t want to at that time I was still stubbornly hoping that it would go away. But by 11:00 that night I was still in bed. So my boyfriend took my to the doctor. Since 5:00 p.m. Friday up till 7:00 p.m. Saturday this what I had had, 11 Excedrin Migraine, 2 Tylenol, 2 Esgic Plus. I know that I took way too many but it hurt like hell and I really didn�t see where my choices were except to go to the emergency room and I still feel stupid. They were nice and all but I keep wondering what were they saying down the hall at the nurses station. Did you see that dump ass that came in here with a migraine. So what should I do in these situations. My primary care doctor is trying to get these under control by using migraine blockers but so far we�ve only tried one medication. Please help? When I get these migraines I also get sick to my stomach.lisa ann
 

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I am sorry to hear you had such a hard time. My motto is if the pain does not ease with the pain medication I take within an hour, I call my dotcor. His exchange will reach him, or his call partner (they all have one!) As soon as your doctor realizes the frequency and severity of your pain, things will change. The biggest secret with pain is to keep ahead of it. DO NOT let it get that bad before seeking help. The worse it is, and the longer it goes on, the harder it will be to get past. I hope this helps some honey, and hope you are doing better now.
 

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It is a shame that illnesses such as IBS and migraines have been cast into the "not-so-serious" role. This has most likely happened because unlike something as obvious as a brain tumor, modern medicine is only in the preliminary stages of diagnosis and understanding. However, outdated social attitudes should not determine what a person thinks about themselves, particularly when they are ill and need all the support they can get. There is no need to feel foolish because you sought treatment when you were sick. If the nurses were nice, it is because they are well educated as to the distress a person experiences with a severe migraine headache. You might want to try to write down some soothing, caring self-thoughts to have nearby to counter-act those negative thoughts you have about yourself when you are ill.------------------This input is provided solely for educational purposes and is not to be seen as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult a qualified professional about your personal medical needs and any questions you may have regarding this information.
 

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Lisa - just my observations from working in a hosp. (not ER, but I am in there frequently). People are in there for all sorts of reasons, but the one thing they have in common is that they all are in pain and are worried. Moms and dads with an infant who has a higher than normal temp, the pee-wee football player who took a hard hit, the gunshot victim who didn't survive. ER's run the gamut. Please don't go in there thinking that it's just a migraine. Rest assured that you will wait your turn, however. The more critical cases will go before you, but you will be seen and not laughed about at the nurse's station (although I can't guarantee that
).Here's a thought: the hosp. I work for has three satellite 24 hour care centers in various suburbs. They are like an ER. People go in there for bad colds, suspected strep, etc. Maybe you would be more comfortable somewhere like that.
 

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I take Imitrex when I get migraines. I tried Zomig, but it didn't work. So I take Imitrex now. However, if I catch a migraine early enough, 2 or 3 Excedrin Migraine will work. The key, I think, is learning your triggers and taking the med early. Once you are throwing up, it is way too late. My triggers are: stress, tension (tensing my neck and jaw), not eating. Good luck! Migraines are horrible, but you can learn to control them (like IBS). If your dr. is not responsive enough, find another one.
 
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