In my life I've maybe gotten 10 migraines but to anyone who's had one knows the extreme pain that comes along with them. Over the last 4 years I've had maybe 6, including 2 in the last month, all of them occurring after playing hockey. But often I play hockey 2-3 times a week and I don't always get a migraine, just on occassion. Now my problem is I certainly don't want to give up hockey but will not keep enduring this pain.
I've tried various migraine drugs with none making the slightest bit of difference so this leads me to believe my hopes lie in preventing them. I would think knowing when I get the migraines will make it a little bit easier. I've always tried to keep my routine before hockey the same, so by chance if I do get one I can easily adjust.
As I understand it low levels of serotonin and norepinephrine are the cause of migraine and there are many factors that can affect these levels. Originally I realized benadryl was the culprit as pseudoephedrine will lower serotonin and NE, when my allergies would act up I would pop some before a game. This worked well and I went almost a year without a headache, but within the last month I have gotten two migraines and I have never gotten two so close together.
So I come to the board as I'm out of ideas, I'm wondering if S.S.R.I's would be helpful in my migraine prevention along with possibly tryptophan/5htp. Also Cafergot is prescribed for migraines, it's a combination of ergotamine and caffeine, but due to it being a vasoconstrictor I'm not sure it would be a good idea to take before a hockey game.