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    CBD Oil and Dry Needling

    I posted this as a comment to CathyA's thread about her chronic pain. I didn't want to hi-jack her thread so I am reposting here about what I am trying for my migraines. Specifically I am interested in hearing from you if you have tried CBD oil for migraines, and also dry needling for pain. I am fairly new to both and would like to hear your thoughts and experiences.

    Personally I have suffered with migraines all my life - they were much worse when I was young. The pain was more intense and vomiting a given. Now they are more tamped down pain wise, (but still painful enough!), and mostly just nausea. A few times I have gone on to the vomiting stage, but it is not a given as before. The thing that makes them so bad now that even though they are not as intense they last so much longer. Like the just stretch out and OTC meds aren't doing much. Now it has gotten to the point that the OTC pain relievers are messing up my stomach too. So this week I decided to be pro-active with this thing. I talked to others, gathered their info and of course did research online, and right now I am taking CBD oil twice a day. I also went to a physical therapist and had a session of dry needling, (same little needles as acupuncture), and will continue this 2 times a week for awhile. I felt such relief knowing at least I was trying something, not just relying on the same old OTC pain relievers that were beginning to cause a whole new pain. I am encouraged.
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    I'd love to know if the CBD helps you. So far it hasn't really done anything for me with pain. Perhaps I haven't found my sweet spot.

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    Dry needling helped my TMJ but was nothing like acupuncture and very painful. They put them deep in the muscle and hooked them up to electricity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    Dry needling helped my TMJ but was nothing like acupuncture and very painful. They put them deep in the muscle and hooked them up to electricity.
    They kind they are doing on me is just the needle insertion, no electricity.
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    Sorry for your migraines SEL. I had them throughout life (with scary visual auras). They got worse around menopause, but then went away. I've heard that people who have them their entire lives, tend to get rid of them after menopause. Are you anywhere near that time? But I also am on just a little bit of a beta blocker, which I think also helped.
    Do you not want to see a neuro doc about them or take prescription meds for them?

    I loved fiouricet, but found out it was addictive and caused rebound headaches. I was on Maxalt later. That worked, but came with it's own set of pains. Then, fortunately, I discovered if I used caffeine judiciously........only for migraines, it helped a lot. I guess I was one of the lucky ones that caffeine worked for.

    So would you consider seeing a migraine specialist or using a prescription? You have my deepest sympathy. When my kids were young, I had them often. I was afraid they'd remember me only with a blue ice bag on my head!

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    Oddly, I started having ocular migraines at menopause; I still have them occasionally. They last exactly 20 minutes. But I've only had one or two painful headaches in my life, the last one some 50 years ago, so I'm OK with a little visual disturbance now and then.

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    My co-worker's wife was a lifelong migraine sufferer who found great relief with Botox injections in her scalp area. I believe it was covered by insurance also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneV2.0 View Post
    Oddly, I started having ocular migraines at menopause; I still have them occasionally. They last exactly 20 minutes. But I've only had one or two painful headaches in my life, the last one some 50 years ago, so I'm OK with a little visual disturbance now and then.
    My male friend started having ocular migranes at “menopause” too. He had not had migrane headaches prior to this. He was around age 55 when they started.

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    I've had a few migraines in my life, but probably less than 15 total. I've determined my trigger - dehydration, lack of sleep and eating dairy. If all three conditions exist - bang! If I feel the twinges coming on, I can drink a couple glasses of water or coffee and abort. If I wake up suffering, I used to take Maxalt. Haven't filled the scrip though. I vomit every time. If I don't vomit, it's "just a headache".

    My dd has them significantly more often, and doesn't know her triggers. We once had to take her to the ER as we thought she was comatose, but it was a migraine. She shuts down completely and it's scary.

    SED, do you know your triggers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lmerullo View Post
    SED, do you know your triggers?
    Not really, but I think they are weather related. Barometric pressure changes seem to bring on mine. I live in an area that is one of the high migraine areas and our weather is ever changing it seems. This year we went from snow in April to 90 degrees practically!
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