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  • Migraine!

    Does anyone know if any over the counter pain meds is okay to take with IC? I have a horrific Migraine since yesterday and need to take something for it I can't stand it anymore! I have never taken perscription pain Med for my IC or over the counter haven not needed to but this headache is horrible and I have heard some over the counter pain meds are bad for IC! Thanks

  • #2
    Are you a frequent migraine sufferer or is this something new for you? If it's new, it could be the beginning of a virus, cold, etc. I've taken Advil and Motrin, and even Aspirin. But for some, their IC symptoms might be irritated by those meds. I cannot take Tylenol because it causes a flare for me. Also, be careful of Excedrin migraine. I've had a couple migraine specialists over the years and was told by them that it is one of the worst over the counter meds to take for headaches. It contains caffeine. (make sure to read labels) To be honest with you, I used to drink a strong cup of coffee (combined with three Advil) to stave off a migraine. But now with IC I don't drink coffee and I use specific migraine meds.

    Hope you feel better!

    Diagnosed: 2011 - have had symptoms for over 20 years. Diagnoses so far: Overactive Bladder, then IC, and now Myofacial Pelvic Pain Syndrome.

    Medicines: For IC am doing PT, and will be taking Gabapentin, Ativan, Tramadol and Ambien. Ice packs and drinking vanilla shakes help. Foods that cause a flare, tomatoes, yogurt, coffee, soda, all sports drinks, and most teas. Take Verapamil, Naproxen (as needed), Omeprazole, Frova (as needed) and receive Botox shots(every three months) for migraines. For allergies I use Claritin and Flonase. (Feel free to ask me any questions about meds.)

    Other conditions: Migraines, allergies, mild IBS.

    "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:22)


    • #3
      What I've found helpful for migraine is to increase the water I drink as soon as symptoms start or a day or two before my period. The last few years I've gotten menstrual migraines - 1st & 2nd day of my period. What has really helped is using an estrogen patch the week I'm off my birth control pill. That has reduced the chance of a menstrual migraine to less than half the time and reduces severity of the migraine if I do get one.
      If a migraine starts, I put a heating pad on my back, but an ice pack on my forehead & the back of my neck, lie with the lights out, cloth over my eyes for complete darkness & no sound. I have pain medicine for my IC I use if I get a bad headache, but try not to use it unless necessary.

      I hope you find relief soon. Migraines are miserable.

      I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

      New favorite quote: "God gives us only what we can handle. Apparently God thinks I'm a bad-ass" ~Author Unknown
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      Current treatments:
      -IC diet
      -Elavil 50mg at night
      -Continuous use birth control pills (4-5 periods/year)
      -Heparin/Marcaine/Sodium Bicarb home instills at night 3-4x per week, more often if needed
      -Pyridium if needed,
      -Pain medicine at bedtime daily, as needed during the day several times per week
      -Antibiotic when doing an instillation to prevent UTI
      -Colace & SmartFiber to treat chronic constipation from meds, Fleet enema as needed
      -Dye Free Benadryl 50 mg at bedtime
      -"Your Pace Yoga: Relieving Pelvic Pain" dvd, walking, treadmill at gym
      -Managing stress= VERY important!
      -Fur therapy: Hugging the cat!