Chronic intractable Migraine

I have been having Migraines for the majority of my life. I am a 56 year old female. I have tried so many treatments with no avail!! Once I started certain treatments they worked then they stopped. I had my own business which was successful until I was no longer available for the needs I gave, I was not dependable anymore. I was grateful that my clients were understanding, bc they draw me first hand from suffering. I worked as long as I was no longer being able to get out of bed and be committed to them. I am on disability which I hate, I would give anything to be working and to be among other workers, and my clients that became like families to me. I also hate that I can no longer exercise without some type of pain!! Meditation helps and I am going to try a new Christanity 12 step program for support. Thanks for listening, I need to feel comfortable to share my experience since I get into a deep dark depression and get isolated. I feel that others can relate so I am not alone on this journey, God Bless to all!!

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  • smilysuz author
    2 years ago

    Thanks for replying, I do not feel so isolated and I feel like I have been validated bc you understand!! Just read a post about dopamine, while in the mist of a Migraine actually decreases the amount that is being produced which also contributes to the sensory center. Plus it really plays a big roll of Isolation etc.

  • pigen51
    2 years ago

    56 year old male here, and you of course not alone. And I suspect that depression and migraine are old friends, since so many of us tend to have both of them. I don’t know if it is a chicken and egg thing, but there are many medications that doctors prescribe that are often used for the treatment for both conditions. I also am on disability. I worked from the time I was 11 years old for other people, either mowing lawns, or babysitting, etc. I like to say that I have been an adult since I was 15, as I have been pretty much self sufficient since then thanks to good parents who taught me well. I worked for 35 years in a steel foundry, making steel for people to melt and pour into molds to make things. I lost that job due to my migraines. I worked a couple of other jobs, and was able to find a part time job as a maintenance man in a trailer park for 2 years until I got on disability. Don’t feel bad about the disability part of your life. You do what you must do to get by. In my case, I have shown that I am not one to try to avoid working, but I am simply not able to work any more due to chronic near daily migraines. I am also a Christian, and I wish you well in your search for help in the program you have found. For many, God can be a blessing and the only one who helps make sense out of a crazy situation. This is also a place where people will always give you support. Best of luck, and never give up.

  • Migraineroes
    2 years ago

    Hi smilysuz,
    You’re not alone in the migraine world, we all suffer too. I too have tried many treatments for years. Then I began researching with the guidance of my doctor. I began having chronic migraines in the thirties. Alternating medications was how my process began. Eventually, I realized that my magnesium levels were really low. I began supplementing and slowing increased. The book The Migraine Cure was also a good guidance book to take along to my endocrinologist as he guided me in the direction discussed.
    I’m now in my late fifties and after restoring many of the depleted elements in my body I have learned a daily and weekly regimen that works for me. During a bad month I would have a 2-3 day migraine and have 4 to 6 attacks. It didn’t leave very many days left to function during a month. Some of the key ingredients I take daily are Match Green Tea, turmeric tea, wheatgrass, kava kava root as they all have very important properties to keep the swelling down and keep my brain nourished as best as I can. If you’re interested in reading more see my story “Managing Life with Migraines” it was posted back at the end of March. I also practice Meditation to help me focus and keep my clarity. Each type of migraine is different. The common part we have is the suffering and frustration on how if effects our daily life. Don’t give up reaching out? ~ Cynthia

  • smilysuz author
    2 years ago

    How do I get access “Managing life withMigraines? Also the holistic ways have never helped me

  • DonnaFA moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi smilysuz,

    We’re so glad that you reached out! You are certainly not alone. There is always someone here or on our Facebook page when you need to chat.

    You don’t ever have to be afraid to share anything here, there is always someone who understands. And we’ll always be here to listen. -Warmly, Donna (Migraine.com team)

  • smilysuz author
    2 years ago

    I am very depressed right now, beyond wanting to talk about anything right now. I feel so tired of talking about these migraines and I am at a point that I have such a negative addituted which is uncommon for me that I just cannot bring myself out of my depression right now for some reason? I really appreciate your time and concern about me

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    2 years ago

    Of course…that is what we are here for! 🙂 Our migraine.com team and the entire community is behind you & understands what you are going through. Know this is always a safe space to share & express these feelings. One of our contributor’s writes in an article a time when she was in a very difficult and depressed state. While her experience may be much more severe, nonetheless, I thought I’d share her article in case you may be able to relate to some of what she describes – https://migraine.com/blog/breaking-through-the-darkness/.

    Again, always feel free to reach out for support.
    Wishing you a gentle night.
    -Joanna (Migraine.com Team)

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