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Chronic Migraines Forever

I’ve had migraines since I was 16 that developed into chronic migraines (20-28 per month) in my forties – I am 67 years old now. I have tried everything except Botox, which I chose not to try. I am side-effect sensitive, so even the medications that helped my migraines some were not worth it because of the side effects. I have taken Imitrex as my abortive forever – up to 18 pills per month (which is all I’m allowed with my insurance). No preventatives have helped. Topamax was the last one I tried – it did reduce the number of migraines I had every month, but I couldn’t eat because of extreme nausea and vomiting daily.

CGRP injections

My physician asked if I wanted to give Aimovig a try. I researched it and patient reviews and decided to give it a try. I was apprehensive about the side effects but hopeful it might work. I had my first injection two and a half weeks ago. I had no reactions to the injection. I continued to have migraines for ten days straight, then one-day migraine free, next day migraine, for 7
more days. 13 Migraines in 17 days – normal for me.

Triptan tablet

But, when my last migraine came on, I took Imitrex and was migraine-free in 45 minutes, instead of taking 2-4 hours to abate. I wonder if it is the Aimovig.

After only two and a half weeks, I’m not sure if the Aimovig will work for me, but I am willing to continue taking it for the three months the doctor recommended. He said it will either work or it will not, by then. I am hopeful that I will. I’ll keep you updated.

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Comments

  • ShirleyEH author
    3 months ago

    There are a few notable changes in my normal migraine life, since starting Aimovig one month ago. I didn’t expect to experience any results until the end of my three-month regiment.

    I am still having migraines, but only every OTHER day. This is still too many migraines but obviously much better than having one almost every day in a month.

    Like clockwork, when I have one migraine, I will have another for at least three more days. My worst episodes have been 10 days in a row. Rarely do I have “reprieve” days. This is my normal migraine life.

    Surprisingly, during this past two and a half weeks, I have not had any extended migraine runs. Instead, I will have a migraine on one day and then a “reprieve” day. This is so weird for me; I honestly don’t know what to do with this one abnormal day. I am cautiously trying to enjoy the migraine-free days, while fearing my normal migraine life will return anytime.

    Though these are minor changes, they are significant to me. I am hopeful Aimovig will continue to make changes in my migraine life.

  • Allyson.Ellis moderator
    3 months ago

    Fingers crossed for you, ShirleyEH! I hope the Aimovig will offer you some much needed relief for your symptoms. I hear how much you struggle living without a preventative treatment for migraine. We will look forward to hearing back from you about how things progress! Wishing you a gentle day. ~Allyson (Migraine.com team)

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