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    Migraines and time off work.

    Does anyone know if I can get in trouble by having time off due to migraines? I am suffering chronicly with them recently and cannot bare to look at the computer screens when I get an attack. It also makes me feel physically sick aswell, and at the minute, at work when I get an attack, I tidy up the ICT classroom / my office, so as not to feel useless. Thing is I need the time off to recover but each time I leave, I have been told i should notify the headteacher, who each tine has told me off for leaving work with a "headache". What can I do in this sort of situation?

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    I would get your doctor on board. Also occupational health if that is possible.

    I have more time off than I would like but occupational health and a good doctor means I have no hassle whatsoever.

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    Well the fact that my doctor is sending me to a neurologist has put the wind up her, but I'll speak to occupational health!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Does anyone know if I can get in trouble by having time off due to migraines? I am suffering chronicly with them recently and cannot bare to look at the computer screens when I get an attack. It also makes me feel physically sick aswell, and at the minute, at work when I get an attack, I tidy up the ICT classroom / my office, so as not to feel useless. Thing is I need the time off to recover but each time I leave, I have been told i should notify the headteacher, who each tine has told me off for leaving work with a "headache". What can I do in this sort of situation?
    Sympathy to you mate. Migraines are not any fun at all. For about 3 years, I used to wake up every morning with a splitting headache. I used to have to take a high dose of Ibuprofen to take the edge of off it, but it didn't stop it. In the end, I actually started seeing a reflexologist who cured me within about 3 one hour sessions! It was neuralgic migraine, caused by stress and tension in my upper back and shoulders. I had no idea that I was 'suffering' from this until he 'taught' me to relax myself. Not a cure for everyone, but do consider relaxation techniques and perhaps meditation to just let some of the tension in your body go. It has worked wonders for me and I still make sure I 'unwind' on a regular basis. Needless to say, I only get migraines once every few months now, if that.

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    Unless they have suffered with them then it's quite hard to make people understand. I have mine [ touch wood ] under control and know my triggers - but before they were so bad a few times I ended in hospital as the pain was so bad I would bang my head against a wall or something. The best thing I have now is a drug called Naramig - may be worth mentioning that to your doc. Have you also tried beta blockers ? I've just come off my second 6 year stint on them which helped also.
    As for time off it may be worth trying to get your doc to write a letter or you supply some info regarding migrane to the head. Like you said it can take a day or two to recover - trust me I've been there.
    Now you don't know me from Adam but if you want to use me for an example then feel free to show this info to your head if it will help - I will even talk to her / him on the phone or contact them direct if you feel it will help.

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    I've suffered migraines all my life, which at times have been quite debilitating. Your school/employer has to recognise migraines as they would any other illness or affliction, so don't worry about having to take time off work. With things like crushing headaches / migraines always see your GP as soon as possible, and as Mattx has advised, try to work out what the possible triggers might be for the attacks. For me the main cause is stress, and some strong chemical smells can be a trigger too, like cleaning fluids / bleach.

    I typically would get a migraine Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, which would then last for anything up to three days. As well as the headache from hell, I would also have incredible nausea and be photosensitive, as well as even having noise and touch making the attack worse. Thankfully, I never had any visual disturbance. The pain was so bad sometimes that I'd actually punch walls in frustration because nothing would ease the pain. I used to take the off-the-shelf medication, but nothing really helped and it was a case of trying to go to sleep in a darkened room until it passed.

    After a particularly bad cluster at the start of this year my GP put me on the beta-blocker Propranalol which was brilliant as the migraines ceased completely, but I suffered chronic fatigue with them - a known side-effect - that didn't go even after three months of use. I'm now on Amitriptyline - which still leaves me tired, but no where near the crushing exhaustion I was experiencing before with the other medication. I had a migraine during the week I was switching from the one medication to the other, but since then I've been migraine free.

    It's very important that you keep going to see your GP & any specialists as there may be an underlying cause for your migraine. And don't be fobbed off by your GP either if you feel it's not being dealt with seriously - I asked to see another GP in my practice because the original one I saw was very dismissive and didn't really understand how bad migraine could actually be and how much it can affect your life.

    And don't suffer in silence - that's the mistake I made for a long time before I actually did something about it at the start of this year. My quality of life has improved tremendously and people keep telling me how much happier I seem to be now.
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    I have been on an array of medicines. 3 types of beta blockers but each made me fatigued, weak and dizzy, so they got stopped. I also have had lots of powerful painkillers which barely took an edge of them (dihydrocodiene, tramadole, and a combination of naproxen, codiene phosphate and ibuprofen), various triptans (sumatriptan, amytriptaline etc) but none have worked. My GPs have been fantastic (I see 2 at my surgery) and they have both been consulting each other an working toward helping me, to the point now they reffered me to a neurologist. I am praying he can do something, even if it is give me a medical note as to why I shouldn't work with monitors as much a they agrevate my migraines.

    On a side note, my longest migraine was 9 days, and I could only drink water in that time as everything else made me violently sick, and they frequently last 4 days or more. :-(

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    If you go off after working more than half your shift its not classed as sick.
    Since you have a doctors diagnosis and the teaching staff are not medically trained they can go whistle.

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    I use to suffer badly from Migraines. One time at work I had such a bad episode that the office manager took me to the doctors who gave me 5 days off to recover. Since then though I've started to suffer less and less. If it happens at work I go to a quiet room and shut my eyes for a while - seems to work.

    I've used Naramig before, and they did nothing for me personally. Now all my migraines come after exercise on a bright day (that's my sole trigger now it seems) - so I take a new tablet (forgot what they were called) before I exercise, which seems to control it most of the time.

    Can't beat a dark room with no noise.

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    @Hightower:

    I tried to beat a darkroom once but i couldn't find it hehe!!

    Just a Fridays humour as I too used to suffer very badly with migraines and I too found nothing beats a darkroom with covers over ones head and a good sound sleep session.

    I fully empathise with anyone who suffers from these most depressing moments, it used to effect me so badly that i used to physically stott my head of the wall to try and take the edge off (never worked but the pain from that sometimes took the pain of the migraine away).

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    I started to get them last year, randomly though i'd never really had them before. Like others, drugs did nothing, all I could do was sleep. Sleep usually too the edge off but never quite cleared it.

    I actually found, and there are some studies on it, the Caffiene alleviates the affects, especially in those people (like most of us) who are avid drinkers of coffee or coke during our daily routines.

    I now have some of the off-the-shelf painkillers with caffiene built into it, and find that the migranes never went away, but became managable enough to get out of bed. I used to take one of each; aspirin, paracetamol, and ibuprofen with caffiene, and had a can of coke (or coffee on a cold morning!) while sitting in the dark room, then would gradually work myself up and out into daylight and the waking world!

    I've been quite lucky though, longest i've had one is 2 days, and haven't ventured to the doctors about it yet, as I was getting them every few weeks for a while, and have now had 5-6 months without incident.

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    Has anyone tried/heard about the oxygen therapy trials for migrane and cluster headaches? There has been some research to suggest that raising the oxygen levels in the body can help ease the pain and frequency.

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    A headache/migraine is not like a broken leg or rash, it can't be seen by a third party. Unless someone has suffered themselves it is difficult to appreciate how painful and dibilitating it is. My many symptoms include bad headaches, maybe migraines but worst of all is Trigemnal Neuralgia. Again can't be seen but the pain means you cannot even think straight. I have an ice pack in work as that is all I found that eased the pain. A course of steriods seems to have done the trick, fingers crossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solitaire89 View Post
    Has anyone tried/heard about the oxygen therapy trials for migrane and cluster headaches? There has been some research to suggest that raising the oxygen levels in the body can help ease the pain and frequency.
    I have a CPAP machine (for my snoring) with an oxygen tank (which was recommended when I got diagnosed with migraines) for use at night when I sleep as I wake up with Migraines, it seems that sleep is my trigger! It doesnt work for me as well as I had hoped.

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    I've had migranes for about 3 years now. USed to get them in clusters and would get one every sunday and monday night, lasting upto 4 days. Absolute agony. I've tried everything, Food, exercise, sleep, stress, eye, MRI scans. The lot you name it i've done it! As a final resort after getting extreme pain in my neck I saw an ostipoath, i've finished a course of 4 sessions with her and now am seeing a sports theropist to relieve the tension in my neck and back. I sit at a PC all day and drive alot so my back is constantly hunched. I always feel guilty taking time off work but everyone seems to be understanding, at the end of the day there nothing they can do about it.

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