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Aimovig: Is It My Happy Ending For Migraines?

Once upon a time, I believed in fairy tales and happy endings were just a chapter away. In the first grade, I knew rainbow unicorns would rescue me from math and Harrison Ford as Han Solo would find me in this galaxy. As I grew up, my beliefs grew with me. My confidence in math unicorns fell by the wayside, yet meeting Harrison Ford remained a hope. Then, migraines took over my head, and my faith in happy endings ended.

Initially, I was hopeful natural remedies would help my migraines

When my migraines first began, I was sure my fairy tale ending was just around the corner. I held fast to the idea that a new treatment would be the one that worked. When diet changes, yoga, natural hormone replacement therapy, acupuncture, praying to math unicorns, and a slew of other ministrations didn’t do the trick, I sought professional medical help.

Then I tried one migraine medication after another

Each new medication my doctor suggested carried with it the potential of a new life and the promise of my legendary happy ending. This pill or that procedure would take me down a yellow brick road of salvation where my head would stop deep-frying itself, and I could finally live my fullest life with my family.

Longing for a pain-free life

My long list of non-working potions began to resemble my Christmas list—from my entire life. With my migraines taking over, I tried to find the fairy tale qualities in the now: the joy of my young son’s laugh, my husband’s silly jokes, or the butterfly that mesmerized us all. It would have to be enough, but I still secretly dreamt of a pain-free life.

Still, I was hesitant to try yet another new migraine treatment

“There’s a new medicine coming…” my doctor said.

He described how it worked, and I half-listened. It was so taxing to try new medications. Not only did new pills/tonics make me nervous, but I never knew how my body was going to react. I’d always been sensitive to even the most benign of over-the-counter medications. Would I break out in large purple spots or simply see them on everyone’s face? Still, I was willing to try.

Slowly but surely, Aimovig was a game-changer

I started taking the Aimovig injection as soon as it was released. In the beginning, I experienced no side-effects and also no change in my migraines. My migraines stayed daily. Then after three months, I realized I’d gone a full day without a migraine, and that day slipped into another one, and then another. I checked my hope at the door, and simply waited to see what would happen. After six months, my migraines became weekly, and for me this was a game-changer.

A year later, I’m still happier in my fairy tale dream

I’ve been using Aimovig for almost a year now, and in conjunction with other preventative medications I’m on, my migraines have stayed at their weekly pattern. I’ve gone from a daily agony to a weekly pain, which is without a doubt easier to manage. So while my fairy tale dream isn’t perfect, this part of my migraine path certainly feels happier, but an ending it is not…and I still haven’t met Harrison Ford.

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Comments

  • Macbeck
    1 week ago

    I’m also hopeful with Aimovig. The first 1 1/2 months actually came with an increase in painful migraines – the ones for which I’ve taken Botox injections for many years. But because of remarks from my support group on a social site it wasn’t really a surprise, as a couple members had a similar response. Also similar was the fact that around the middle of the 2nd month I started noticing a decrease in headache days. The 3rd injection came with a near complete relief of pain.
    That’s my Aimovig story so far…

  • Tonilyn Hornung author
    1 week ago

    Hello! I’m so sorry to learn that for your first month or so on Aimovig you experienced an increase in your migraines, but so very pleased to know now that in your third month you’ve felt such a marked decrease! Thank you for sharing your story! All the Best!

  • mrst53
    2 weeks ago

    I tried Emaglity first and saw no difference in my headaches. I was switched to Amovig and now 3 months into it, I don’t know if it is helping, as I am also going to PT for my neck and head. My migraines have decreased. I am continuing with the Amovig, and the PT as less headaches are feeling great!

  • Tonilyn Hornung author
    1 week ago

    Hey there! I second April and am happy to hear you’re finding some relief! Best to you! 🙂

  • April.Sluder moderator
    2 weeks ago

    I’m so happy you are getting some relief @mrst53! Wishing you lots of pain-free days! April – Migraine.com Team

  • Ginalcb
    2 weeks ago

    I too have been on Aimovig for 1 year and have seen an incredible reduction of my migraines. The amount has decreased as well as the intensity. Also fortunate to have no side effects. I have been on the one year free trial which is almost up. My insurance will not cover the cost and it’s $659.00!
    Who is able to afford that??? Not me so I’m concerned as what I’m going to do when the free trial is up in January. Anybody else having same issue with this injection or any of the others? Very sad to finally have something that works and cost as much as a car payment!

  • Tonilyn Hornung author
    2 weeks ago

    Hi there! I’m so happy to hear that Aimovig has helped you! Although, I’m certainly no insurance expert I can tell you my personal experience in that my neurologist had to contact my insurance company once my trial had ended and that allowed my insurance to cover this medication. Perhaps if you talk to your doctor there can be a solution reached. Also, on the FB thread for this article there was a comment in which someone posted that they resigned up for The Bridge Program (I believe) and that worked for her. Hope that helps!

  • lindaann
    2 weeks ago

    I started Aimovig almost a year ago. It helped and reduced my migraines in half. After about 7 months I decided to try going off my other preventative, Topomax. Over the last few months of being off it, my migraines are slowly escalating back to where they were before. Is this from going off Topomax, I hate to go back on that drug as it fogged my brain! Could Aimovig just stop working like that? Confused, any opinions out there.

  • onthemove1971
    2 weeks ago

    Have you tried magnesium (glycinate- is just one type). I am using it 3x daily and Feverfew. My migraines are almost gone. I was taking to many Triptans so I stopped cold turkey. That was over 6 weeks ago and now I might get 1-2 small amount which I take alleve. For this has changed my life, I was having daily migraines in the past. It is amazing to be pain free.

  • Tonilyn Hornung author
    2 weeks ago

    Hello! I’m so happy to hear that your migraines were reduced once going on Aimovig! I’m also on the combination of Aimovig and Topomax and going off Topomax is an option my neurologist and I are discussing. I always suggest consulting a doctor to let them know what the experience has been to help provide answers. Best to you!

  • AdultOnsetM
    2 weeks ago

    I started Emgality 6 months ago and I am so thankful for the relief. I experienced decades of getting, having or recovering from migraines about one-third of the time. At first I thought I might be able to drink socially but even a small amount of alcohol still starts a headache. Otherwise my head is clear and happy. I do have a side effect of the itchy rash at the injection site which has escalated since I started, now it lasts a week. The good news is I have much more time in my life now, for work, family, exercise and playtime. I wonder how life and career might have been different migraine-free but glad to have this interval of relief.

  • Tonilyn Hornung author
    2 weeks ago

    Hi there! I love reading sentences like, “The good news is I have much more time in my life now, for work, family, exercise and playtime.” When I read those statements from other people who experience migraines, I feel so much happiness for them because I totally get it! Best to you! 🙂

  • ChronicMigraineinMD
    2 weeks ago

    I tried Aimovig 70mg in March. First two weeks were great. 90% reduction in migraines. Weeks three through four were worse than before with almost daily migraines. Took second dose and noticed hair thinning, significant reduction in ability to feel higher then normal environmental temperatures, and continued migraines. Researched the hair thinning issue and found multiple threads of individuals experiencing not only hair thinning, but major hair loss! Some reported almost going bald! I reported my hair loss to the FDA and have not heard a thing from them or the manufacturer. And last time I checked, hair loss was not a listed symptom. This should be a class action lawsuit as there is no way that the manufacturer did not see this happening during testing or after initial release. I will never go near Aimovig or any of the other similar drugs again.

  • Tonilyn Hornung author
    2 weeks ago

    Hello! I’m so very to sorry to hear about the side-effects you experienced with Aimovig! Not only that, but also, “Weeks three through four were worse than before with almost daily migraines.” I’m so very sorry for worsening of your migraine pain. Thank you for sharing your experience, and I do hope you find some relief. Best to you.

  • kath19
    2 weeks ago

    Four months of aimovig did not work for me, nor did a couple of years of Botox. I will ask my neurologist about Ajovy. What has worked for severity is Cefaly, which I started using in June. Twenty intense minutes a day of a TENS unit adhered to the forehead has helped. It is not covered by insurance and needs a prescription… but I do get to look like Wonder Woman each day : )

  • Tonilyn Hornung author
    2 weeks ago

    I love your sense of humor when you said you, “…get to look like Wonder Woman each day.” 😉 She is pretty cool. I’m sorry to hear that Aimovig didn’t work for you. If you scroll down in the comment section here several people have mentioned that they’ve had some success with Ajovy when Aimovig didn’t provide them with the results they’d hoped for. Best to you! 🙂

  • Nancy163
    2 weeks ago

    I started with Emgality and I have not had much of a change long term. I am at minimum very discouraged because at age 52 and with suffering through about 4 or 5 migraine days or more every week, I was hoping for some serious relief. The first month after my initial double dose, I did have fewer migraines, maybe one less a week. After that, I did notice a few days in a row that I did not have a migraine, which for me was huge. Unfortunately, I then noticed I was back to my original 5 migraines a week AND, my abortive meds were not nearly as effective. To top it all off, I gained about 10 pounds after the 4th month. I stuck it out for a total of 6 months and after tracking my pain levels and effective abortive meds, I decided to stop Emgality. I am currently about 13 pounds heavier than I have ever been in my entire life with no change whatsoever in my eating, exercise or diet pattern. I am fully confident the weight gain is a side effect from Emgality, which if it was effective at reducing my pain, I would gladly accept.

  • tedone
    2 weeks ago

    I too had an eleven pound weight gain while on Emgality!! I had been reading on others with this side effect, so I was extra careful of my diet and even amped up my exercise routine! I am off of it now. I don’t want to add obesity to my list of problems!

  • Tonilyn Hornung author
    2 weeks ago

    Hello Nancy163, Thanks for taking the time to read and then share your story. I completely understand suffering through migraine pain at that level and hoping for some serious relief. Please keep me updated on your progress and I hope you find some relief soon. Best to you.

  • Shani
    2 weeks ago

    Aimovig has been my fairytale ending! While Botox had gotten me down to just 3 migraine days a month, I still held out hope for something even better. But in order to try Aimovig, I had to give up Botox (insurance would cover only one). So I took the risk, dropping Botox for Aimovig, and I’ve been migraine free (!!) for over a year now! Best invention ever, at least for me.

  • Tonilyn Hornung author
    2 weeks ago

    Wow! Thank you for sharing that Aimovig has been your happy ending! I love hearing hopeful stories here and please continue to share your progress! Thanks again! 🙂

  • dalindra
    2 weeks ago

    I tried Aimovig with less than stellar results. I just started Emgality which works a bit differently. I haven’t had any side effects in the first 2 weeks and when I have gotten migraine, my other onset meds have worked right away instead of just giving some relief. I’m on Medicate, though, and so I don’t qualify for the discount programs so the copay is horrendous.

  • Tonilyn Hornung author
    2 weeks ago

    Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I’m sorry to hear that Aimovig didn’t offer the relief for which you were hoping, but so glad that you’ve moved on to other treatment options that work better. Best to you!

  • MimClaude
    2 weeks ago

    Thank you for sharing! Your aimovig story is my story and it makes me cry. I never imagined a life without pain. The first thirty days migraine free were surreal and every day after, I counted and continue to count my blessings. The first day I had a normal cold and no chronic migraine joining it/ I was in shock… A perfect Thanksgiving- They aren’t all migraine-free, but I am so grateful for each pain free day.

  • Tonilyn Hornung author
    2 weeks ago

    Hello! I can completely relate to getting a cold and not having an immediate migraine to accompany it! I, too, never imagined a day without lugging through the heavy pain of a migraine. I’m happy to hear your experiencing more of those pain free days! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • dleedthe1
    2 weeks ago

    Aimovig did nothing for me so I went on Ajovy and a miracle happened! I have not had more than a 2-3 nuisance headaches in 8+ months. I then got daring and tried an alcoholic beverage which had been my #1 trigger. Nothing – no headache. I’m now enjoying a glass or 2/3 most nights of the week. An absolute miracle!! If Aimovig doesn’t work try Ajovy which is it’s sister drug. After 40+ years I’ve found relief!

  • Tonilyn Hornung author
    2 weeks ago

    Hi there! Thanks so much for sharing your story, and I’m so thrilled to hear you’re having such a good experience on Ajovy! Here’s to some more headache and migraine-free days! Best to you!

  • kath19
    2 weeks ago

    Congrats on your improvement! Thanks. I will ask my neurologist about Ajovy.

  • bfordy14
    3 weeks ago

    Thank you for sharing just did my first injection last night and was wondering how long it might be to see a change.
    This was very reassuring.

  • Tonilyn Hornung author
    3 weeks ago

    Hi there! I’m so happy to hear your found my article helpful, and please keep me posted as to your progress! All the best to you. 🙂

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