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Should I suggest Sumatriptanes to my mother

Hello people!

Both me and my mom gets migraines. Usually they last 4 days without medication and come once or twice a month for both of us. Since I've started sumatripan I've been doing A LOT better. I can take them 2 hours in and I'll still get rid of it. Of course I so definitely can not operate heavy machinery after taking it, but it still stops the attack during the first day. My overall mood is much more stable, I have WAY more energy... I feel like I have my life back.

I have not told my mother this, as she would take it as a suggestion, and I don't know if she will be honest with the doctor or if she can handle it.

I also kind of doubt that she will be careful with them. Like now, she may take well above the recommended amount of painkillers for a week and claim the packet says that this is the maximum intake per day. She doesn't listen to me when I say that it's per week, even though I used to work in a pharmacy and know some things about the common (over the counter) pain killers. Just an example. Would she listen to a doctor? Would she even read the packet first? I don't know.

In Sweden, they are sold over the counter in much smaller packages, which I find super freaky given the possible side-effects (I'm in Norway by the way, but live near the border. We don't have our own community here). They are sold to people up to 65 years old.

She is 54 years old, and her cycle has gotten irregular. She also often says she has thin veins although I don't know how medically accurate that is or if she will/should mention it to her doctor. She generally has low blood pressure, but gets a bump of high blood pressure as her periods start, which is often also when her migraines usually start. (She still gets migraines the times her periods doen't come, and her blood pressure still jumps up. She gets a red area on her chest when this happens)

I really want for her to get her life back as well. She gets extreme mood swings around her migraines, and it does drain her energy, but given her age and rash handling of medication.. is it wise? I'm really split here, but then again I may be blinded by both my experience and by how close I am to my mother. What would you people do?

  1. Hi LadyMedusa,

    I'm so happy to hear you are feeling better, that is great news! And I'll keep my fingers crossed you continue to feel better.

    It would be wonderful if your mother felt better and I understand wanting to help her. However, I'm not sure what the best approach would be. You may want to seek out guidance from your doctor on how to handle this. If you see a counselor, this too would be a good topic for discussion.

    Hopefully others will be along shortly to share their experiences with you.


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