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Side effects of migrane medication - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   How can i helpyou
User :   I have been suffeeing from headache for last 7 years
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I have consulted with my family doctor and came to know that I have migraine
User :   after going through all the symptoms of common headache I feel mu symptoms are common in migraine and cluster headache
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Any medications that your are on for it now?
User :   3 years back I consulted with one doctor n I wa given sodium valporate
User :   after taking for 3 months I have noticed some side effects like hair loss and even bear loss and then I stopped
User :   some time I have a special feeling, I tend to lose balnace during walk, things around me start spinning
User :   i feel as if ai drunked
User :   sorry for the typo
User :   I feel as if i am drunked
User :   i have dropping eyes
User :   swet comes out
Doctor :   Few adverse effects of sodium valproate are
Doctor :   Abdominal cramps, anorexia, diarrhoea, hair loss, indigestion, nausea and vomiting; tremor; unusual weight loss or gain.
Doctor :   Do you have the habit of consuming Alcohol?
User :   I have stopped from this completely from this year
Doctor :   Behavioural/mood fluctuations are also seen with the medicine
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Since it could prove hazardous
User :   previously i used to smoke a lot but now rarely
User :   from past 2 weeks completely stopped
Doctor :   What is the strength that you take of sodium valproate..
User :   if i go out one a sunny day it is obvious for me to have headahe
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i forgot, probably 20
User :   i was suppose to take 1 tab a day
Doctor :   Triggering factors are.
Doctor :   # Anxiety
# Stress
# Lack of food or sleep
# Exposure to light
User :   thats correct, i cannot go to cinema to watch a movie, cannot take strees at work place,
User :   long rides and long drives are another triggereing factor for me
Doctor :   There are other Prophylactic medicines like Propranolol which come with less side effects
User :   ok
Doctor :   They yield good results how ever you could have a talk with the physician you are consulting on this regard
User :   ok
Doctor :   The dosage needs to be monitored in that case..
Doctor :   Did you have any trouble during your log in?
User :   I am sorry, could you please elaborate?
Doctor :   Propranolol dose needs monitoring since its an anti hypertensive too so.
Doctor :   It is used in case of migraine only to avoid the attack
User :   Okay
User :   another information i think i need to provide
I feel different different kinds of headache, sometimes throbbing at the back of the right eye, sometimes needling in the entire head, some times hitting at the temples
Doctor :   It probably could be a vascular headache..with the symptoms that you have mentioned..
User :   all the time sleeping is the only remidy that I find.
Doctor :   throbbing, hitting at the temples, go more in favour of it..
Doctor :   Yes be it nay kind of headache sleep is the best way to get relieved
User :   to my knowledge, migraine and cluster headache are tow types of vascular headahce, am i correct?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   that you have
Doctor :   prior to the onset ofthe headache
User :   I also need to mention that i have dust allergy, sinusitis and often have running nose
Doctor :   Like any symptoms that would tell you if you are going to have a head hache
Doctor :   Sure we will get to that too..
User :   no nothing like that, I come to know earlier that i will have a headache when I watch movie in the afternoon or evening,
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   These are a few things that you could try during the headache..
User :   okay
Doctor :   Juice of ripe grapes serves as an excellent remedy for treating the problem of migraine.
Doctor :   Consume it in small quantityt several times in a day.
User :   okay
Doctor :   Niacin vitamin works wonders in overcoming migraine headache.
Doctor :   Rich sources of this vitamin are yeast, tomatoes, green veggies, nuts, liver and fish.
User :   okay
User :   do I need to avoid red meat, cheese etc
Doctor :   Now about your dust allergies and sinusitis..
Doctor :   Yes Cheese would trigger the attack
User :   any other milk products?
Doctor :   Red meat not well documented..
Doctor :   Foods that may trigger migraines include, but are not limited to, cheese, alcohol, MSG (monosodium glutamate), nuts, beans, caffeine, chocolate, onions and others.
Doctor :   Vegetable juices have proved to be beneficial in curing migraine.
User :   okay
Doctor :   Pls fill this form and tell me when done..
User :   done
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   since when are you having dust allergy
Doctor :   and sinusitis
User :   sinusitis was my first problem, noticed this when I was in school, dust allergy came to notice only 4 years back
Doctor :   Any surgery that was performed for Sinusitis..
User :   No nothing like that.
Doctor :   How often do you suffer from it and which seasons are more likely..
User :   for dust allergy I was using Fluticasone propionate ( nasal spray)
Doctor :   Ok..
User :   sinusitis have reduces and do not remember it last occurence
User :   dust allergy: when I clean my room, go out on bike without helmet
Doctor :   Have you identified the dust that causes this allergy; cause avoiding it is the only way..
Doctor :   That you can prevent it
User :   not particularly, as I said cleaning house and roaming outside in the streets are found to be affecting me
Doctor :   Ok..You could use a face mask in such situations which will help you..
Doctor :   Keep your nose covered with a cloth otherwise..
User :   I have started to form that habbit
Doctor :   Ok.. it will take some time but will help you
Doctor :   Leaving rugs and blankets in direct sunlight for three hours will kill mites (but sunlight will not remove the allergen)
Doctor :   Regular washing of clothes and bedding
User :   Doctor is it possible to meet you personally, need to discuss regarding taking of Propranolol medicine,doses, it side affects (if any)?
Doctor :   WE can arrange an appointment for you with the best doctors near you place if you wish so, since we do not run a clinic
User :   okay
Doctor :   Its only an online consultation
Doctor :   and medical advice that we provide..
User :   but depending upon the loaction only i can make a comitment
Doctor :   Pls confirm these
User :   okay, i understand that
User :   thats correct!
Doctor :   Sure it will be the closest to your area of interest.
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User :   is it possible to send an email of the script of the chat session?
User :   okay
User :   thank you
Doctor :   You can save the script on your side and later take a copy..
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