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Migraine attacks

First time on here, looking for advise, hopefully not the only person.

I have had about 9 migraines in May, I take imigran & 2 paracetamol, & it last for about 2-3 hrs, afterwards feeling tired, & worn out.

It gets me down, makes me feel like, as though u can't book to go out in case you get a migraine, they come on so quickly, I have no idea what causes them, asked the doctor as hate keep "popping pills", got told to take Migraleve Pink tablets on set & aspirin every day, I still get them, just soooo frustrating x

  1. Hi, Tracey! Welcome. Sorry you're going through this, we know how miserable and scary it is. We can't give medical advice on this site as we aren't doctors, but I do have some questions. These migraines you've had, are they the first in your life or have they come at other times as well? Do you feel like the Imigram helps at all? What about the Migraleve?

    My concern for you is that when we begin to take migraine relief medications very frequently, that in itself can start to cause migraines. Those are called rebound headaches and it's a nasty cycle to break out of. Here's an article about it: https://migraine.com/headache-types/medication-overuse-rebound

    I am assuming by the medications you've listed that you're in the UK; I know that healthcare works a bit differently there, but is there any way you might be able to see a neurologist or another doctor more familiar with migraine treatment? It's a worldwide issue that many doctors just don't know a lot about migraine -- that's not always their fault, just the reality of medical education on migraine. There are more than 100 different migraine treatments available, and not all of them are pills. So all the better if you can work with someone to help you find the right treatment plan.

    While you wait to see the doctor again, it will be helpful to try to keep track of your migraines -- when they come, what they feel like, how long they last, and so on. There can be clues to what triggers you. This article can help: https://migraine.com/blog/keeping-migraine-diary-basics

    Try not to get overwhelmed! I know it's a lot to process, and don't feel like you have to do everything perfectly. Just do the best you can and try to take good care of yourself. We'll do what we can to support you! Please keep us updated. Hugs.

    -Melissa, migraine.com team

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