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DHE as treatment for migraine and ES

Hey everyone, I just wanted to share with you my experience with this medicine called DHE.

D.H.E. 45® (dihydroergotamine mesylate) Injection, USP is indicated for the acute treatment of migraine headaches with or without aura and the acute treatment of cluster headache

This medicine helped significantly since my ES is causing migraine type pain and pain in the eyes. DHE is prescribed for severe migraine and cluster headaches and it did help with that aspect, even though I still have a lot of other problems going on. It really helped to separate my migraine pain my ES pain to help see what was left.

This medicine is considered as potentially dangerous and it comes with a load of warnings. It gave me a lot of nausea and I was only able to take this medicine in a hospital setting. I stayed 5 days with a constant IV drip.

I figured this might help someone since ES can cause lots of migraine type pain or in my case a huge unremitting migraine. I have also read about DHE being a vasoconstrictor which might help someone with artery involvement, as well.

Hi BlueRiver,

I’m going to guess that because you have migraines & eye pain that your trigeminal nerve is irritated by your elongated styloid(s). I’ve recently been experiencing similar symptoms as a result of TMJ problems I’m having (unrelated to my former ES condition). Once you have ES surgery, you should notice great improvement with much reduced or fully eradicated pain.

Though I appreciate your information about DHE, people w/ vascular ES already have a problem w/ vasoconstriction in that the carotid artery or jugular vein or both are being compressed by an elongated styloid or calcified s-h ligament. My concern would be that further constriction could be very dangerous.

I’m glad DHE helped you. I can’t imagine having an unrelenting migraine headache. It sounds like your treatment was carried out very professionally & with good vigilance. Hopefully you won’t have to go through that again.

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Glad that you’ve found something to help you! Reducing even one ES symptom is great, helps you cope a little better with the rest…