I feel a sense of relief to have even found such a forum! I've been suffering from hormonal migraines for over 10 years, and only in the past two years did I seek treatment with my doctor. 95% of my migraines are triggered by my periods (with on occasional one due to lack of sleep or stress). I get one a day or two before my period starts, and I get a second one as it's ending. My doctor started me with Fioricet, which worked for a few months, and then stopped working. I then switched to Imitrex, which worked for almost two years. My past few cycles have been horrendous with my migraines. I take 150mg of Imitrex, and it will make it go away if I take it right at the start of it. But then it will come back a day or so later. The same happened with Fioricet.
I would love some guidance or advice on if it's common for medications to stop working, and if anyone has had any luck with certain medications for migraines due to hormonal changes. I don't know if maybe I need a stronger dose of either Fioriciet or Imitrex, or if something else would be better.
I know this is really a question for my doctor, and I need to work on this, but I tend to be that person who will put off seeing a doctor unless I know there are better options out there for me. I end up feeling so defeated before I even make an appointment.
The only thing that is mostly a fool-proof cure for me is sleep. If I sleep for 12-14 hours during a migraine, I will usually wake up and feel 80-90% better, and it will stay away. But I just can't always do that. Right now I feel like my periods totally dominate my life because my cycle is also every 24 days, so sometimes it's three migraines a month. For those with chronic migraines, I honestly don't know how you do it. I get such horrible anxiety when I know my period is coming because I think to myself, "will my medication work this time, or will I be at work worried about how I will drive home because keeping my eyes open is incredibly painful?
Any and all advice or suggestions welcome at this point. Thanks for letting me vent 😀