And The Beat Goes On

I suffer from what I guess is labeled as “Chronic Migraine”. I do not remember exactly when they started, in my 30’s or thereabouts, I am now in my fifties. According to statistics it is supposed to be rare (5-10%) for males to suffer from migraines. Well, rare as it may be I get my migraines on a regular basis. Regular, meaning weekly. The frequency has not changed since they began. I have been to migraine clinics, read just about every medical paper on the subject and still have not been able to rid myself of this nuisance. Really that is what it is because without medication I would not be able to function.

I have narrowed it down to a few keys triggers; beer, processed food, cheap wine, very strong smells (i.e hairspray). But the most significant is change in barometric pressure.

Once I get the migraines they linger for at least 3-4 days and if it were not for my miracle drug I would most likely miss work because they are so intense.

Over the years I tried every known Migraine drug, both prescribed and not. Some 6 years ago a friend of mine at work upon learning that I suffered from migraines recommended pills that his sister took to calm her migraines. She lived in the States, I live in Canada and these drugs are not available in Canada. On her next visit to Canada she gave him a bottle which he later gave to me.

The next time I got a migraine I took one of the pills and within 10 minutes the migraine stopped. I was drained of energy but the migraine stopped.

The pills are “Excedrin“.

I normally take only one as soon as I feel the migraine coming. More often than not it will stop but if it doesn’t I’ll take a second and that usually does the trick.

There was a recall on Excedrin back in January 2013 so since then I have been taking Walgreens’ Migraine Relief with the same results.

If you haven’t tried either one of the mentioned drugs … you should, for me they are my saving grace.

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  • karen rollins
    5 years ago

    44 years suffering. I will be 48 in 2 weeks. a man just cured my migraines, NO MEDS, NO SURGERY. he changed my bite. I have a temporary orthodic. should have had 3 episodes this week…. not even ONE inkling of pressure. I get them 5-7 days each month. or should I say DID… when it is time for the temp to be removed we will determine the best way to correct my bite and my life will be migraine free. all the meds I ever tried had the same symptoms of the migraine. light and sound sensitivity, confusion, nausea and vomiting, exhaustion. I’m getting my life back. this video link here is regarding how the jaw has sooo much influence on the body. this is what made me decide to try this treatment. Just go to leadingdentist.com and it appears on the home page….. it is in the top left corner and you can click on and watch it on utube too. a guy draws caricatures thru most of it. enjoy 🙂

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Tony,
    That’s amazing! I’m so glad that you have found something that helps you. Although I can imagine how frustrating it is for you to have gone through years of trying multiple treatments only to find that this over-the-counter drug works for you. It’s intriguing how everyone’s body works differently.
    Thanks for sharing your story and best of luck to you!
    -Katie

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