Finally some relief
Last updated: March 2013
I'm 25 and have been a migraine sufferer since I was a teen. However, in the past few years they went from once every couple of months to several times a month. It severely affect my jobs and my relationships. I'd be down for 3 or more days at a time with extreme pain, neck & shoulder pain, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. After months of going to a traditional doctor, and chiropractor and trying physical therapy. I was sent to a neurologist who gave a me a cursory exam and gave me more pain pills that did nothing to relieve any of my symptoms.
After over a year of failed help I went to my new cousin-in-law's chirpractic clinc. He specialized in Neurological Chiropractic care. His care helped a great deal, but I was still suffering almost once a month. I added in some vitamins that helped a little bit more. The biggest relief though, has been going to an allergist & listening to my body.
In high school I was diagnosed with Asthma and severl food allergies and pollen allergies. However, that allergist simply gave me an inhaler and told me to take OTC allergy meds. This time I was correctly diagnosed with severe pollen allergies & Oral allergy syndrome. I now take 3 different allergy meds (I'm allergic to cats & own two that i refuse to get rid off) and have started allergy shots. I've also learned that if I'm tired I need to sleep. Listening to my body tell me that I need to relax my muscles, sleep, or exercise has made a dramatic difference.
I've found that all of these things contribute to my allergies and if one thing is triggered it will send me into a tailspin of migraine symptoms that'll leave me out of comission for days. If I start feeling my neck lock up, I go to the chiropractor. If I'm tired, I rest. If I don't take my allergy meds, my sinuses act up. It's a constant battle to remember all of these things and to remember to take time and rest. I work 40 hours a week, and go to school full time and am newly married, so it's not easy.
Fortunately my husband has learned that I need his support not his criticism when I'm dealing with migraines. It's a delicate balance, but I'm glad I've found it.
Have others downplayed your migraine pain?