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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Reading the Fine Print

I get headaches.  Not just minor ones, but 48 hour long, sharp pain, sensitive to sound and light headaches!  Sometimes I think they are allergy related, sometimes hormonal.  I haven't had them diagnosed as migraines, but I think they probably would fit the criteria.  When I got some coupons in the mail for the new Advil Migraine, I thought I'd buy some and see if it helped.   I've always taken Advil, finding it to be the best pain reliever for me.... if I take 800 milligrams, that is.  But when I get one of these headaches, I can take that plus an Aleve and it doesn't help at all.

Well, I find the Advil Migraine at the grocery and the pharmacist happens to be there asking if I need any help.  I tell her that I'm curious about this new product and was going to look and see what was so special about it and what the ingredients were.  She was curious, too, and looked at it with me.  The ingredients was 200 mgs of ibuprofen per capsule.  That's it!  Exactly the same as regular Advil!  No caffeine (commonly added, as in Excedrin) no nothing!  And you know what?  The price was higher than regular Advil!  The only thing different was the name and color of the box.  Now, doesn't that just tick you off?  Playing on the pain of migraine sufferers in such a sneaky, greedy way.  Geesh!  So, if you hear anyone raving about the wonderful Advil Migraine medicine and how well it works, tell them that it's all in their head....literally. lol.


109 comments:

  1. Isn't that awful? We found they do the same with Tylenol Arthritis. One of our patients swears by it, but when you look at the label - it's just tylenol.

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    1. haha...maybe I should have just taken it and let my brain play a trick on me. :) Yes, that is awful. I can see them doing that with the arthritis label, too. So deceitful.

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    1. Yes! It's cruel, too, since the people buying it are looking to do something about the pain they are in. Crazy.

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    2. So, Michelle is with you tonight? Lucky lady. ha.

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  3. Major point, read the labels.
    I find that I have become a label reader.

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    1. Yep...don't trust anyone or any company. ha.

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  4. I am with Silver Fox. What a total rip off.

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  5. You have reason Betsy an not alwaya i read the fine print, you know is so special the meds world!

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    1. I don't alway read them, either. But I'm going to now! This time I was curious what made it special. I guess it was not special at all!

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    2. Betsy the terrible of course we trust in these company,all of us have to buy meds!

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    3. I know! It pays to read the labels. I've thought about trying a prescription migraine drug from my doctor but have never done it.

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    4. Betsy just know i saw a publicity of Advil in TV!

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    5. Really? I do love Advil the best, but won't be fooled by the migraine kind. What do you take for your headaches?

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    6. I take Migranol Betsy is the only med that help me, I take one normally but I dont know the name in USA, a lot of meds come from USA with different name

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    7. Is it a prescription or over-the-counter? I've never heard of it. I'll have to look it up on Google and see what it is called here.

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    8. Oh, I found it. It's a prescription nasal spray for migraines. Hmm. Do you like it?

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    9. Yes is so good, only the persons have problems with arterial pression dont have to take.

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    10. But I take the pills Betsy

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    11. I'll have to ask my doctor about it. I need to try something stronger. Thanks for telling me about it!

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    12. My mom and I take the same but of course is good you ask your doctor Betsy!

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    13. yes, next time I go, I will ask him. thanks so much, dear!

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  6. It truly pays to read the small print! It's false advertising! :-( Hope there'll be enough outrage to Advil makers to sit up and take note esp. as this is medication!

    I hope your headache goes away, Betsy! take care
    x

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    1. it really is false advertising!

      and I don't have a headache today...thank goodness!

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  7. wow, now thats down right maddening!

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    1. oooh...but look at your gorgeous photo! I love that!

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  8. funny i was just having this same conversation this week...one of the parents of one of my kids was telling me the exact same thing...ridiculous...i seriously dont know how they can get away with it...

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    1. I know! The FDA is so strict with other labels. Take juice for example. If the product isn't 100% fruit juice it must be called 'juick drink'. Wouldn't medicines be even more important? It's just crazy.

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  9. My only question is how do you read the fine print when you have a migraine? :)

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    1. haha...Oh, I didn't have a headache when I was at the store to buy it. I was trying to have a bottle handy at home for when the next one hit!

      So...are you still alive? :)

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    2. Rebecca !! happy the eyes looking ypu (lol) yes Im happy you are alive!!

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    3. Come back, Rebecca! We want to know how you are doing with all of those kids! You are the one that should have a headache! lol.

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    4. poor Rebecca! have a lot of kids now!

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    5. yes, she does! I think when things settle down into a routine, she will be back. Give her another week or two.

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    1. well, I was just guessing how long it will take their family to adjust to three more little ones. I think once she settles into a good routine, she will be back on the blogs.

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    2. I know But Im worry by her, she was so tired Before the new kids, OK hope she will be OK:)

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    3. I know. That is a big job! But it did sound like she had a friend to help her. We'll have to pray for her, too! That's a lot of little kids!

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    4. Aww, you guys are so sweet--worrying about me that way. :) I'm doing good! I am one of those weird people that thrives on a challenge. Oh, and I'm trying some new vitamins, and I don't feel as tired as I did. I have a couple of girls from our church that are helping me, and my hubby is not working a lot right now. He is pretty handy around the house, and he's good with kids. :)

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    5. Hey, Rebecca, even I've been concerned about you. Of course, if you tell anybody I said that, I'll deny it... :D

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    6. Silver, I think you goofed and let other people see your soft side. Your comment on my blog made me cry a little, but if you tell anyone that I'll deny it too. :)

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    7. My comment? Uhhh... I was... errr... misquoted. Yeah, that's it, misquoted!

      Crap.

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    8. Oh no you weren't!!!!! There's no undoing that little niceness that slipped out. :)

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    9. Rebecca ~ I'm glad you're doing alright! We've all been praying and thinking about you!

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    10. Thanks Betsy, I'm sure the prayers are what kept us going the first couple days. We had a little guy in the hospital overnight, and I felt like I couldn't be everywhere I needed to be. I keep joking that I need octopus arms. :)

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    11. haha...I always say I need to clone myself. That would be sooo helpful!

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    12. Are you getting some snow today? We got dumped on overnight. Probably a total of about 6 or 7 inches so far.

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  11. I'm pretty sure my headaches are hormonal, but then again I do get them not long after holding the phone with my shoulder and the side of my head. That makes me suspect my neck being out of whack. When I get a headache I tense up, so if I think it's going to be bad I'll take Benadryl and ibuprofen before I go to bed.

    I thought you were going to say the added ingredient was caffeine. Who needs that when I could just enjoy another cup of French Vanilla?

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    1. I get stress headaches, too. And it becomes a ficious cycle, doesn't it? You tense up from the pain and then hurt more because of the tense muscles! ha. I thought it might be caffeine, too but was hoping for something really new to try!

      My problem is that I wake up with it, have it all day, go to bed and wake up with it still there! Then by the end of the 2nd day, it finally leaves. Ugh.

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    2. My headaches are like yours, sometimes two days I think is tensional too or when Im so tired.
      Nigh Betsy, Im so tired today

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    3. True to migraine form, sometimes mine lasts a couple days, goes away for one, and then returns to cause grief on the opposite side of my head.

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    4. yep...the second day is the worse, I think...you're just so worn out from it.

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  12. Yep that is how it goes
    They hope you suffer from your woes
    And don't look at the fine print
    So they can charge you a mint
    And get more money from you
    Letting nothing but a placebo come due
    They line pockets to get it done
    So they can mae more money by the ton

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    1. LOL their stratty
      And just plain batty

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    2. they should be sent to The Nide
      as part of their punishment guide.
      ha.

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    3. I think they'd stop
      After seeing such an ugly crop

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    4. Maybe the Advil folks will come and read
      and get scared of the Nide and take heed
      that they better stop screwing with their customers
      or like the Nide they'll become disfigured.
      lol.

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    5. haha then they may chase me down
      Thinking I know how to get to Olympus town
      That would not do
      I'll send them after you..haha

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    6. Send them after me?
      No, I'll jump in my boat made of zucchini!

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    7. LOL guess I'll need some bugs to eat then
      So I can rhyme times ten..haha

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    8. with those bugs you could fly through any kind of weather
      or smash the advil exec's heads together! ha.

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    9. hahaha then they'd learn
      And take their turn
      With a big headache fit
      And make something that would get rid of it

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  13. That's really terrible!

    I'm sorry about your headaches. I do hope you can find something to help you.

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    1. it IS terrible, isn't it? So sneaky!

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  14. I'm just sorry that there wasn't a new medicine for you to try for your headaches.

    I have read that there are dietary triggers (among other things) for migraines, so the next time you get one, try to remember what you ate. Hopefully that won't be anytime soon. :)

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    1. That's a great idea, Yuji! I'll try that!

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  15. ouch, sorry about the headaches! Wish I'd have a solution for you! I'm a fixer but I can't always fix it :(

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    1. I know...I'm a fixer, too! The best thing I've found is to take a behind the counter decongestant like Mucinex D and 800 mgs of advil. If I catch it at the beginning I can sometimes make it go away. But if I wake up with it already in full force, I'm stuck for the duration. ugh.

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    2. I'm guessing when the word gets out about this, the CEO of Advil might start getting migraines. ha - not that I would wish it on him, just saying :)

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    3. haha...now that was funny!

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  16. all those different varieties make me batty! I seem to order from Drugstore.com every month as they have a big variety, detailed descriptions and I can read, then choose carefully at home. I seem to be getting what I want and not a surprise like when I shop at Walmart.

    I am so sorry about your headaches, you amaze me with all you get done and all you have on your plate.

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    1. I never go to bed with them, though, because laying down seems to make them worse! So I just work through them. I'll have to check out that online drugstore!

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  17. Headaches like that are so wearying. People need help - not deception from a drug company! Seems like you can't trust anyone. I used to get the same - much better these days; I take a drug called Pizotifen every day as a preventative - and maybe I'm just getting older!
    Thinking of you - the storms in USA sound bad. Stay safe and cosy.

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    1. thanks for giving the name of that. I'll write that one down, too! I do agree that people need help, not deception. It really does make you feel like they don't care about you and only the money.

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    2. our little village was in line for the worst of those storms, but it ended up going 30 minutes west of us. We only had a thunderstorm and high winds, thankfully!

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  18. Gotta love the internet! This is from http://www.livestrong.com/article/181345-active-ingredients-in-advil/:

    Now, on to the new OTC migraine medications. None of them is a new formulation. They are a renaming/relabeling of formulations that already existed in each company's product line. One reason for the different name and label is an FDA requirement for products that are shown to be effective for a condition other than those for which they were first submitted for approval. As more emphasis has been placed on treatment of migraine, these companies conducted clinical trials that showed their products to be effective in the treatment of migraine. Before they could state that, the results of the trials had to be submitted to the FDA and the medication approved for migraine treatment. That said, let's take a look:

    Advil Migraine
    Advil Migraine contains 200 mg of solubilized (liquid) ibuprofen. Advil Liqui-Gels contain the same ingredient in the same amount. They're a different color and shape, that's the only difference. The principle behind the solubilized form is that it should work more quickly.

    Excedrin Migraine
    Excedrin Migraine contains 250 mg of acetaminophen, 250 mg of aspirin and 65 mg of caffeine per tablet. Excedrin Extra Strength contains the same ingredients in the same amounts.

    Motrin Migraine Pain Caplets
    Motrin Migraine Pain Formula contains 200 mg of ibuprofen, the same as Motrin IB Caplets.

    Excedrin Tension Headache
    Excedrin Tension Headache formula contains 500 mg of acetaminophen and 65 mg of caffeine caplet or geltab.

    Now that you know the actual ingredients in these products you have more choices. For example, if your store is out of Advil Migraine, you can buy Advil Liqui-Gels. If their price is higher on Excedrin Migraine, buy Excedrin Extra Strength or a store brand with the same ingredients. If you're shopping and find the prices of the Migraine formulations to be higher, it's the store that's pricing them that way. The manufacturer suggest a retail price, but the stores actually determine the price at which they sell a product.

    So, all told, this looks like a multi-level rip-off! The drug companies are misleading the consumer, and the retailers are hitting the buyer in the wallet! "Buyer beware," indeed!

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    1. Wow, thanks for posting this! Very interesting. The Excedrin Extra Strength that isn't extra strength was the one that caught my eye.

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  19. Ibuprofen remains my drug of choice after many, many years. The Advil company is pretty low to profit off the migraine pain. But, I guess everyone should take the responsibility for reading the label just like you did, Betsy. Way to go! blessings ~ tanna

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    1. yes, that is my choice, too...works the best on me. The Mister prefers tylenol, which for me is like taking a placebo. ha. I remember when children's motrin came out and how much better my boys' fevers responded to it than tylenol. They must take after their mother. :)

      yep..the lesson is..don't trust the packaging...read the label!

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  20. betsy remember my dove? (lol)the little born about a week and are so nice (only two) Esperanza this is the number, she saw the first, but I cant take pictures by the moment, my camera die:( Im try to buy other new with cel is not the same you know!

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    1. Oh, how sweet! Tell Esperanza that they are twins...how appropriate! :)

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    2. Yes is true , I think never tell you but she is like you, always wanted adopt someones special pets, alld dogs we see, cats, birds, etc.etc.

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    3. If we were neighbors I would have the home full of your pets (lol) cats and Bunnies, she still want a bunny sigh!

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    4. I would love that. She and I could start an animal rescue shelter together! ha. I've been paying so much attention to all these kittens that poor Nugget needs some care. His nails need trimmed badly! I do feed him and clean his cage, at least. But he needs brushed and a pedicure. ha.

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    5. I know, we had a bunny that die times a go (Pepita) Esperanza suffer a lot when she die, she always take care, maybe I send you Esperanza to take care with you the pets some day (Lol)
      she will be ahppy there Im sure!

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    6. Oh, I'm a mess when our pets die. It's sooo sad and you feel so helpless..and responsible, too. Yes, you know I'd love to have her here. That would be so fun! I need a girl, you know. haha.

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    7. I always talk with her about your triplets and she love them! who know maybe in the future, and Im sure she will help you in home lots more than me!

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    8. haha...that's the way it always is...help more away than at home. lol. Well you know if she ever gets up here, I'd love to have her. :) You, too, for that matter. But Rebecca would probably fight with me over you. haha.

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    9. Betsy I think we talked so much about headache yesterday ...I have one, hurt!!!

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  21. I get migraines and take Imitrex when they hit...what a wonder drug. I think you should press the doctor to give this a try. Pain like this sucks
    Hugs
    SUeAnn

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    1. thanks for the tip, SueAnn...I'll write this one down, too!

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  22. I feel for you if you suffer from Migraines, which sure sounds like it to me. I used to have them often and believe me, nothing helps except a dark room and time. I used to be out of commission for 24 hours. I found (my own theory) that it was due to a hormonal imbalance and after it was adjusted i have never suffered with a migraine again. Hope you find a solution to yours! :-)

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    1. really now!,,,I want to know more about this!

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  23. Humph...that just makes me mad. Anything to make a buck, I guess.

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  24. Drug companies make me very angry...

    Our pediatrician told me recently that research shows that Mucinex isn't helpful in eliminating mucus... it's the extra water that you drink (per the instructions on the box) that helps your body eliminate the mucus.

    Just one more way that a drug company is ripping people off.

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    1. well, that is interesting. Mucinex doesn't do anything for me, but Mucinex D does. Drug companies..well, don't get me started on vaccines and autism again... grrrr...

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  25. no! no rain or snow...just wind!

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  26. Betsy, I get the same kind of headaches. Wake up with them and it takes a couple days to really get over them. Lately they have been in the front of my forehead and then go to over one eye. They are horrible. They make me anxious too and very hungry but nothing helps. I seem to get them on a Sunday of all days. I have been having them every weekend since Sept. just up until a couple weeks ago. I had bought new feather pillows and a feather comforter from Domestications and I think that might be the culprit of my having so many plus stresssss is a big factor. I wrote an email to Domestications and they suggested I try eliminating the pillows and then the comforter to see if that makes a difference. It has..I think...I had to go back to my old feather comforter that I had bought from them many years ago and don't seem to be bothered by that old thing. So I don't know what it is. thanks for the tip on the Advil Migraine.I have heard people like it...but it must be
    in their head! hahahaha.

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    1. Oh, that is too bad! It does sound like you may be allergic.

      yes, I agree that stress is a big factor. And I think it can be a ficious circle of being tense because of the pain and then the tense muscles hurt because of the way you are holding yourself from the headache. Crazy!

      anxious and hungry? Oh dear...that is not a good combination! I'd eat everything in sight~ lol.

      hope your old comforter and pillows do the trick!

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  27. WOW! Isn't that illegal? I am also a migraine sufferer and used to take prescription Imitrex, however I didn't like the way it made me feel...very lightheaded and dizzy. I do like the Excedrin Migraine though, it usually does the trick. A trip to the Chiropractor helps too.
    By the way, I love your blog!

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