What do you do when you are at the end of your ability to take anymore?
Although I’ve had migraines since age 14, and I am 73 now, I’ve had Chronic Daily Migraines since 2013. (not the first time they’ve been Daily in my lifetime, but the worst.) I consider myself very well informed, under excellent medical care with excellent docs, I’ve even undergone DHE in-hospital therapy for 5 days that unfortunately didn’t work. I am religious about avoiding medication overuse, which means I spend 3-4 days a week in a LOT of pain. Although I haven’t made the round of phone calls lately, I doubt I have any ER or other facilities near me where they treat status migraines properly. Naturally, I have other health conditions. I spend much of my life with my Theraspecs in front of a TV located a proper distance away from me, or in a dark room trying to sleep through a few hours. When I can take Rizatriptan for 3 days, it usually works, so I can have some normal time, but I’m constantly exhausted because I’m in postdrome or exhausted from fibromyalgia of simply fighting pain. I have a hobby with a group of gals who meet every Saturday that I can rarely meet with, but it’s great when I can do that. However, as much as I try to be positive, because I know I must try to get through this somehow, (I do take anti-depressants – a life-long issue that runs through my family), I keep hoping that “in your 70’s this should have begun to get better. I try not to let the thoughts that creep into my head when I lay down with my eye mask on: is this what the rest of my life is going to be? Are there others of you out there like me? How do you keep on going? I feel like I’m plugging along just for the other people in my life – my life is so full of pain and “lost days” that it’s getting to become a question I never wanted to ask myself. And yes, I do see a psychiatrist.