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Dr. Mark, Neurologist (MD)
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I've had migraines for about 18 years. Over the last year or

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I've had migraines for about 18 years. Over the last year or so they have become daily. I am looking for alternative medicines or a dr that can help me and not treat me like I'm seeking pain meds
JA: Is the headache episodic or daily? And what about nausea?
Customer: Daily Nausea comes and goes
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I had post partum cardiomyopathy in Dec 2010. My cardiologist says it is fixed now.
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 12 days ago.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 12 days ago.

I am sorry you have had migraines for so long

you may benefit from trying acupuncture or botox injections for your migraines which could help decrease your headaches

you should see an allergy doctor and get skin allergy testing and keep a food log to see what foods and exposures are triggering your migraines

you may benefit from regular exercise which could help you sleep better which can help decrease headaches.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
I've tried botox and it didn't help. I have figured out what foods trigger my migraines (msg, aspartame, peanuts) and avoid them. I fractured my ankle about 3 months ago and my exercise options are limited, for the time being. I have tried magnesium and riboflavin. I have done nerve blocks and steroid injections with little to no relief. Are there any other options that I can try?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 12 days ago.

have you tried acupuncture?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
along with seeing a chiropractor and physical therapy.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 12 days ago.

for women, estrogen can affect migraines very often

have you tried going on a birth control pill, low dose estrogen birth control?

this could help level out your hormones and decrease your migraines as well.