A day in the life of a migraine sufferer.

My mom used to have to go off into a darkened room every week and we could not make a noise and disturb her, she would be violently sick also. I was 16 and scared for her. My Aunt had the same problems too, and violent headaches.

It was not until I was in my 20’s I would get headaches, that caused no real problems two Paracetamol/Tylenol tablets and I was fine. But, when I hit 40 I began to get very violent headaches it always started with my vision going funny an aurora or flashing white light like an arc then the headaches would start, slowly at first, then light hurt my eyes, I would feel nausea. The headaches would become violent terrible, terrible pain, I could not move my head or my eyes at all I had to stay in a darkened room.

Then I would vomit quite a few times a day within an hour of the violent headaches starting! Cooking smells would make the pain worse and induce me to vomit.

I was taking Coedine and an anti-sickness tablet, but if I do not take them at the appropriate time before the migraine reaches its most violent then they have NO effect what-so-ever. And I would only vomit them up.

All I could do was lie in a dark room, no noise, no smells, no movement. I would just have to wait for it to pass which would take hours, sometimes up to 4 days to finally finish, leaving me exhausted.

They encroached on every aspect of my life, I missed out on so much, I was really resigned that this was how it was going to be for the rest of my life! But my doc gave me these tablets Pizotifen tablets that where AMAZING they gave me back control and the life I was missing out on! They work by controlling the release of serotonin in the brain, I produce too much serotonin and this triggers the migraines. Pizotifen has given me back my life! I take one each day before bed……..

I have to be careful though as Cheese, Chocolate, Orange Juice, and too much dairy all trigger my migraines. So I have to exercise moderation in these foods, but I am now Vegan don’t drink orange juice, and have a litte choccy and tiny bit of cheese every now and again.

So far so good!

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