Why do migraines return in the night?

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Why do migraines return in the night?

Post  pen on Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:47 pm

I am so sick of this. All day getting to a more comfortable place and then its bed time.
And back it comes..Why???
Doesnt anyone know?

All these clever doctors etc. Doesnt anyone know why sleeping brings it back?
Does anyone know how to break that cycle please?

I woke with a migraine on Thursday and by bedtime it was almost gone.
Friday morning by 7am it was back.
Saturday, woke in pain again, but managed without a triptan.
Went to bed last night with almost no pain at all.
Woken this morning and its back....

There has to be a reason for this.
Does anyone have any clues please,anyone cracked it??

Thanks.

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Re: Why do migraines return in the night?

Post  dcook60 on Sun Sep 05, 2010 3:44 pm

pen, for years and years, i could go to bed with no head pain, and wake with killer pain at 4 a.m. i obsessed about finding the 'why' and never did.

something to do with biorhythms or hormone cycles or??? after 41 years, i'm so used to it, that if i didn't have pain in the middle of the night, i'd think i was dead, i guess........dianne

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Re: Why do migraines return in the night?

Post  pen on Sun Sep 05, 2010 3:50 pm

I know Dianne, I have given up trying to find out why in that sense.
I just dont understand when it happens to so many of us, how no one can suss it.
I almost never get a migraine in the waking hours. 90% of them are sleepers.
And if I sleep in the daytime (seldom), it dosen't happen.

But, it doesn't happen every day.
When they start, its in the night.
They come back, overnight.
But I just went 6 days and dint once wake with a migraine...
WHERE did it go???

If I could suss that, maybe I could stop it happening.
Isnt it depressing, to go to bed feeling better and then start over the next morning Dianne.

Pen
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Re: Why do migraines return in the night?

Post  dcook60 on Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:08 pm

yep, sleeping has become traumatic, hasn't it? dr. robbins, do you have ideas about this thing which is driving some of us totally nuts? dianne

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Re: Why do migraines return in the night?

Post  pen on Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:21 pm

The very thing that is supposed to be so nice and restful and healing, has become a nightmare...
Yes Dr Robbins, what can you add?

Or Teri?

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Re: Why do migraines return in the night?

Post  mxgo on Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:04 pm

Neck and upper trap. muscles in the wrong position?

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Post  dawn.binks on Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:15 pm

apparently if you had amig in the day and took a triptan then it returned in the night its because the triptan didnt clear it up!!

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Re: Why do migraines return in the night?

Post  pen on Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:11 pm

The Triptans never clear it up Dawn. Are they supposed to??

What about the ones when I havent had a Triptan for days??

I think it is something else rather than medication.

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Re: Why do migraines return in the night?

Post  Migrainegirl on Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:35 pm

My personal theory is it has to do with the pillows. Anybody else very sensitive to the type of pillow they sleep on? Big foam ones are the worst. Feather pillows seem better at first but often turn into a hard lump by morning. Personally I cannot sleep with anything that puts pressure on the neck or I will definitely end up with a headache. The best I have found so far is by Downia and is made with 50% duck down. You can get this pillow in Australia, New Zealand and in the UK, but I could not find it in the US.

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Re: Why do migraines return in the night?

Post  dcook60 on Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:55 pm

the chiari pillow is wonderful. cheryl may know if this is still available. the inventor, unfortunately, died. mine was $60, and well worth the price.

personally, pillow types, or no pillow, made not a bit of difference in my head pain, but the soft chiari one feels really good. i do have chiari but have declined to have surgery.

since i had sinus surgery a few years ago, i've had to sleep with 2 pillows. it's certainly worth experimenting A LOT with various pillow types.

i thought i'd gone to heaven when i started sleeping on down pillows, but then realized after a short time that my head was worse because of my feather allergy. sometime you can't win. dianne

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Re: Why do migraines return in the night?

Post  Anna's Mom on Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:02 pm

The Chiari pillow:

http://www.chiaripillow.com/

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Re: Why do migraines return in the night?

Post  crt on Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:46 am

I still say it's lack of oxygen and/or you neck being kinked up or cold at night. That's why I woke up with migraines.

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Re: Why do migraines return in the night?

Post  Mule Kick on Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:58 am

Dehydration - When you are asleep, you are unable to drink water. When you are awake you can drink water. This is a very big issue for me.

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Post  dawn.binks on Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:11 am

pen, the evidence a triptan works is that you have at least a whole day of being pain free after taking them. if the pain goes then returns they havent worked or else it isnt a migriane pain. its hard to tell sometimes tho i and i know you have to get the riptan into you as soon as the pain comes and i know ive made the mistake of rushing for atriptan and found out later it was a headache but not a migraine. you know you said about what if you havent taken any meds, are you meaing if youve had a mig in the day and its gone completely then returned in the night or just ones that come in the night?

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Re: Why do migraines return in the night?

Post  joshp on Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:54 am

pen wrote:I almost never get a migraine in the waking hours. 90% of them are sleepers.

I'm the reverse. I rarely wake up with a migraine. Almost all of mine come between 10am and 3pm.

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