I am new here. I am a 47 year old female.
20 years ago I stopped taking the birth control pill, because it gave me migraines. I was prescribed Maxalt before coming off the bc/pill (the link was not immediately made by the doctor)
Maxalt did relieve the pain somewhat, the pounding went away, but I remember still being in pain, albeit a more dull kind of pain. I also suffered badly from dizziness and extreme tiredness after taking the Maxalt.
20 years of just mild headeaches on, I am now 47, in peri-menopause, and the throbbing, one sided headaches are back. But are they migraines or headaches? I will describe my symptoms and hope someone with experience can help me diagnose myself.
Then pain is always one sided.
As in the past, the pain lasts 72 hours, but shifts in between from right to left, and back, at almost exact 24 hour intervals.
I feel nauseous, but still get hungry, and am able to keep my food down when I do eat.
On the side of the pain, my eye goes red and teary.
Light makes the pain worse. Noise also.
The difference with the pain from 20 years ago is that it is less severe. Sometimes going for a walk or cycle helps relieve the pain. In fact, lying down makes the pain and pounding worse.
When sitting up, I can still read, or do other things. I feel terrible, and sometimes have double vision, but still, I remember in the past all I could do was lie down in a dark room.
Hence my confusion...and I hope someone can help. I can 'function' in a way, ratrher than being bed-ridden, but the pain still ruins my life on those three days (that occur more often as time goes by)
The reason I ask is because I am quite apprehensive about taking Maxalt (or similar kind of medication) again because of the side effects, but also because I don't want to take it when 'all' I suffer from are 'plain' headaches...(so to speak)
No other pain killer relieves the pain to a significant extent btw, and because of the side-effects I often go without. But on some days, it's a real struggle (to put it mildly)