Almost 39 Years and Going Strong...
Last updated: March 2023
I had my first migraine in 4th grade. My mom recognized it pretty quickly because she suffered from them, as well. They weren't too bad until high school but still only a few a month. In college they became pretty bad, but I just did what I could, ignored the pain, and went about my life. This was '82-'86, and there was nowhere to really turn - neuroligists either HAD to fix you or they lost interest in you.
How were my attacks as an adult?
They were pretty good during the next 10-15 years, and then they started becoming very bad and very often, almost daily. I had a great, exciting job that kept my mind off of them, and that helped, but I switched careers and became a social worker, which was very stressful. In 2007, I moved from my hometown of Chicago to southwest Florida which started my chronic migraines.
How do I treat my migraine?
I have been taking Botox for a little over a year, Topamax for almost 10, and I am trying to get off of Inderal because I have no energy on it.
I have lots of emergency meds, Imitrex, Maxalt-mlt, Ketorolac, prednisone, promethazine, and flexerril. I still have migraines about 10-15 times a month, but an Imitrex usually gets rid of them for the day. Too bad I can't take one every day.
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