Can you teach an old migraineur new tricks? AKA: back to vitamins!

My last appointment with my neurologist went pretty well. Of course she asked how I was tolerating the propranolol, and I told her its positive effects were more noticeable for the first few weeks and then didn’t seem to have the same preventive powers. The daily preventive treatment definitely made a positive impact on my migraine frequency, and my doctor was impressed with the results. Ordinarily, she said, she’d up the dose a little bit and see if that didn’t help me out.

But since I have been experiencing dizziness here and there, continuing on propranalol wasn’t the best choice for me, as it lowers blood pressure and can lead to dizziness and light-headedness. Dr. M. doesn’t necessarily know if my feeling faint had anything to do with the medication, but she thought it’d be safest to switch.

She mentioned a few other preventive medications we could try; even as she started the list aloud I felt weary and wary. Some of the drugs were ones I had tried with varying degrees of success; others she mentioned sounded too similar to ones that had given me awful side effects. “I think I’d like to avoid prescription medication for the time being,” I told her. She was completely open to that and proposed a plan that I’d tried before: magnesium and B2 (riboflavin) every day. I have taken both of these vitamins/minerals in combination with many other vitamins, but never simply as a duo each day.

So far, so good. Even the migraine that haunts me all during my period only broke through in a minor way for 2 (instead of 5-7) days. I’ve only had two days affected by migraine in the last few weeks. Feeling pretty upbeat about that.

Have you ever given up on a treatment option only to return to it later? Were you met with success when you gave the treatment plan a second shot years later?

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