36 years of migraine and it is getting worse
Last updated: October 2014
My first childhood memory is of pain a dark room and feeling sick, I must have been 3 or 4 then. Since then it is a constant companion, as a teen I've been adicted to aspirin and starting in the twenties I suffered under daily headaches 7 days a week 52 weeks a year going to bed in pain getting up in pain for nearly 12 years taking daily max medications sometimes 3 or 4 different one just to be able to perform. I am 40 now and in the last 8 years it got better a attack every couple of months who would last a week, I could live with that. Last year November I started getting migraine attacks weekly with just a day inbetween to recover, my toes on the right side did get numb my finger on the right side where on pins and needles and burning sensation in my right arm. It keeped going like that for a view weeks when suddenly the right side on my face went numb to and my husband took me to the A+E all they said was its connected to my migraine. I started at the same time to get dizzy just for short periods. At the beginning of January I had a week of cluster headaches, no medication seems to help I've been put on Propronalol Triptans and Co-codamol. After the Cluster headaches stopped I started feeling dizzy 24/7 since then there is no day passing by without me feeling dizzy my head spinning some days so bad that I am feeling seriously sick can hardly walk, cant read or watch TV do literally anything.
On other days i am spinning but at least i am able to walk or do a tiny bit of house work. Even with suffering on migraine all my life i used to be a very active person working 6 days go jogging, hill climbing, hiking and swimming. Used to love working in my garden, do some decorating andloved reading books up to 5 a week. Since January i am signed off sick, have not been able to do any work in my garden or any of my outdoor activities. Hardly able to read a book and the only reason i am able to tell my story today is i am having a bit a better day but will have to pay the next 3 days for spending that much time writing on the pc. The only time i am fairly dizzyfree is when i have a headache attack once or twice a month what usually lasts 3-12 days. All medication tried so far is making me fat (15 kg with no chocolate, cheese, processed meat and all the other food triggers since february) swollen limbs nightmares and depression. So nothing works so far i am do to a nother trial with a new medication, my expectations are low, my trust in the doctors are low to. We will see but i know one thing living the rest of my life like this is no option not for me.
Do you have a migraine toolbox for when an attack hits?
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