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40 years and counting

Just read the article about acupuncture and yes, that’s one of the ways I tried too. Whereas acupuncture worked wonders for an injured arm and for tennis elbow, it didn’t do a thing for the migraines. Neither did “adjustments” by the chiropractor who was convinced he could “cure” me.

In short: it’s triptans when the migraines hit (about 2 to 3 times/week for the last 40 years) and then 3 to 4 hours on the sofa, and that’s a vast improvement over the way it used to be before triptans. Still, it plays havoc with my workday and my private life. I work from home now, a luxury not too many people can afford. I can take a Maxalt and crash when I feel the migraine coming on. My husband is very understanding although I’m sure he is plenty disappointed when I have to temporarily put life on hold. The neurologists whom we need for prescriptions for triptans, are just ever so bored by migraines because there’s nothing they can do. I go through the litany of drugs I’ve tried, botox injections, you name it, and then watch their faces go blank. Yes, I’d love to exercise more, but I cannot do it with a migraine. I have to use the migraine-free time to catch up with my work. It is a vicious circle.

There was a period of 4 years during which I was virtually migraine-free. I lived in the mountains of Central America, at 5000 feet elevation, with year-round spring temperatures and low humidity. I have no idea if it was the altitude or the temperatures that kept the migraines away, but it was awesome! When I tell neurologists about it, they look at me like I’m nuts. I live on the Gulf Coast, so here I have neither elevation nor moderate temperatures — but this is where my family and my job are, I do not have the luxury to move.

However: my wonderful nephew died 2 years ago of brain cancer. Now there’s a horrid way to go. So, I’m trying to look at my migraines as a nuisance, not a problem. Cancer is a problem. Migraines are just speed bumps.

Marty B.

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  • Sandy
    4 years ago

    Wow. Just saw ur post. I too live on gulf coast. Humidity and heat is huge trigger for me. As well as the constant Changes from cold to hot back and forth. We seem to have a lot of weather changes. I guess perfect place where warm and cold air meet

  • betsyd
    4 years ago

    I’ve been wondering how altitude and such influence migraines. I lived in central Florida(translate heat/humidity) for 21 years and NEVER had a migraine then relocated to Pa with family and almost immediatly began to have them. In the 12 years I’ve been here their frequency, duration, and intensity has been building. As the temps wildly fluctuate I’m more likely to have one. UGH!!

  • Lodalyn
    5 years ago

    I lived at a higher altitude with low humidity as well. Not 5000 feet, closer to 3000, but I feel like I had a lot less migraines living there than I have now at 800 feet with disgusting seasonal humidity. It has to play a role, and yes my neurologist brushed it off too.

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