8 years of pain...and I'm only 18 years old..

Let's see, this all started when I was about 10, I think. Somewhere around that age. I was young, and none of my friends had experienced any type of headache or migraines, so I just felt alone. It was the worst pain I had/have ever felt. I was a little girl, and I spent most of my time laying in bed crying and throwing up because my head was hurting so bad. My pediatrician just told me to switch between tylenol and motrin...

I was never put on any sort of prescription drug until I was around 15, maybe 16. My pediatrician put me on propranolol, a betablocker. It didn't help a lot, but it was better than nothing.

FINALLY, my pediatrician referred me to a neurologist (i had been begging my parents to take me for a while, but, none of them have ever experienced the pain of a migraine, and don't realize the severity of it, so they would just put it off). I got I CATscan / x-rays, all that jazz, to make sure I didn't have cancer or a tumor. I didn't. The neurologist put me on toprimate. It had been working okay for a while, now not at all. I have had a migraine almost all summer, and haven't felt like doing anything besides going to work, and sleeping. I never even feel like eating because it just makes me sick when my head is hurting.

All I want is for the pain to STOP. :( If anyone knows of anything I could suggest or ask my neurologist about, pleease let me know. I'm starting college this year, and really wish I could go through it without constantly feeling so bad. I don't know if there's any other medicine they could try me on, but I'm up for anything. Is there any other kind of medicine or treatment? And do migraines last your whole life or eventually go away? Is my brain being damaged by this, do you think? (because whenever I'm having a migraine, it's difficult to think and I don't feel like conversing with people, working, or doing school work, apart from the pain aspect)

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