Tips on migrines when tylenol doesn't work

Maria - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )




I had bad migrines before I got pregnant and only excedrine migrine would work but can't take that now and tylenol doesn't help at all.... any tips on what would be best to help deal with it?


Whitney - posted on 01/26/2010




Go to your doctor....I get earth shattering migraines at least once every two weeks and miss work. I told my doctor about them and he prescribed me something for it that is stronger than tylenol. I'm sorry, I don't have the bottle with me to tell you the rx name. I'll post it later. But truly, tell your doctor.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/26/2010




Caffeine usually works wonders. If you can afford it, seek out a Massage Therapist who does NMT (neuromuscular therapy). After the 1st trimester, massage is good for you. Even in the 1st trimester, NMT is going to be ok, as it's muscle specific. Basically the therapist would work the muscles of your neck and head (front and back) to release tension and ease the migraine away. If you live in Wisconsin, I may be able to refer you to one. If you have questions about it, please feel free to let me know. I am a Massage Therapist who specializes in just what you are asking about.

Elaine - posted on 01/26/2010




I asked a similar question a little while back, and the best recommendation I got was to have some caffeine. Now, if I feel the start of a headache I have a Coke and it generally takes care of it.

Erin - posted on 01/26/2010




try a heating pad on shoulders or back of neck,stay in a room all dark n quiet for atleast an hour,less stress in ur life,maybe ur having a with drawl from something can cause migraines?,try getting adjusted at the chiro it helped my hubby with his,or try going to a massage theropist that always helped me relieve tension...yes both of those r safe when ur pregnant.good luck hope this helps...


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Maria - posted on 01/27/2010




Thank you very much everyone for the advice.... I do use extra strength tylenol and it only works if I can catch the migrine early enough. I'll have to try the heating pack on my neck and shoulders or look into a massage therapist. Hopefully the next time I get one these tips will help :)

Breana - posted on 01/26/2010




My doctor said Extra Strength Tylenol. I always go for a heat pad on my neck and shoulders and a nice quiet dark room. Mine are caused from a tension headache... Find a good massage therapist seriously. You will thank us! Good Luck!

Rachelle - posted on 01/26/2010




I have always had terrible migraines. Down and out! Excedrin was my friend too. I was finally convinced to go to the chiropractor and i' m so glad I did! My migraines have all but disappeared! Not to mention I have no back pain with this pregnancy either! If you have insurance that covers that, I would highly suggest it.

Julia - posted on 01/26/2010




When I was pregnant with my second daughter and got a migraine so bad that I threw up 3 times. I called my midwife, she told me to take 2 extra strength tylenol with either a cup of coffee or a can of pop. She said preferably something heavy on the caffeine like Mountain Dew or something like that. She then told me to go into a dark room (if you have an eye mask I recommend it) with no noise and sleep. It did go away however all the next day at work I had to keep taking tylenol to be able to function....I took 1 extra strength every 4 to 6 hours. Still with using some sort of caffeine to choke it down (when I am pregnant my kids HATE pop and coffee) Hope this helps....

Jennifer - posted on 01/26/2010




i know the few times i have gotten them they told me aspirin and caffeine. i know aspirin in pregnancy is a no no, but maybe try some caffeine? it is one of th emain ingredients in migraine meds.

Amanda - posted on 01/26/2010




When I talked to my doctor I told my doctor that Tylenol doesnt help with migraines and she told me that I could even take Extra Strength Tylenol and believe it or not it actually helped me so I make sure that I carry some everywhere I go because You never know when they will come up:)

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