Hi! I am new to migraines.com and would love to get some advice on medications and misdiagnoses.
I am currently on my 5th or 6th migraine medication, I started with preventative pills (nortriptalyn, topamax, 1 other I can't remember the name of). When those didn't work I went on Emgality which did work for a while, reducing my monthly migraines from 13/month to 3/month. I was on this for about a year but it slowly started not working as well. I think some inconsistencies in when I was taking it each month was affecting it but I also noticed that right after I started this medication I started gaining weight. In the year that I was on it I gained 20+ pounds and when looking at forums online, saw that this was a common problem people had with Emgality. I talked to my doctor about this and we switched to Aimovig which I was on for about 3 months but was not seeing any improvement in my headaches. Since then, I've switched to Nurtec and have been on this for about 3 weeks but I still consistently have a headache almost every day so it doesn't seem to be working. Has anyone else had similar issues with these medications and does anyone have any suggestions for what has worked for them?
Also, with so many migraine medicines not working for me, I'm wondering if I'm misdiagnosed. I have some symptoms of migraines (triggers: alcohol, lack of sleep, skipping meals) and triptans always help to end the migraine. At the same time, I don't usually get Auras and other common symptoms of migraines. Has anyone else experienced a misdiagnosis? Does anyone have suggestions for what else it might be? Some suggestions I've had could be that it's tension headache or something to do with my thyroid.
Lastly, does anyone have any good suggestions for what gives them relief? I haven't found any OTC medications that help just my prescribed triptans but I do use a ThermaICE RX headache hat which has been great but would love any suggestions. Thank you in advance!