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Dear Diary:

After having a very good and restful (or so I thought) night’s sleep, I suddenly open my eyes and…crap!…there it is again, that relentless pounding in my head. Not another migraine attack! I look at the clock – 6:30 am, and my mind tries to focus beyond the pain and struggle with calculating the numbers: let’s see, 90 minutes before I have to be at my job, 2 hours before the migraine meds may kick in, or 1 hour if I’m lucky. Then oh wait, do I even have 1 pill left? (insert panic here). Maybe 2 or 3 weeks ago I filled my prescription, $120 for 6 pills. It’s been a bad month. Plan B: Have I maxed out my Visa yet? I can take 2 Advil and drive to Shoppers Drug Mart – they open at 8am. I’ll be late for work.…again. Damn. Can’t call in sick, I save that option for the really bad days. I’m lucky to be on salary, so still get paid if I’m sick. But then I feel guilty. When I was younger I was paid hourly, so didn’t want to call in sick, because I wouldn’t get paid – then there was no way to afford the meds. A vicious cycle. Even now, it’s tough. I think about what I could do if I didn’t spend half my paycheck on my prescriptions. Clothes, shoes, manicures and facials, gifts for the grandkids. Sometimes I actually think I’m lucky because I’m healthy otherwise. I’m 55, and this has been my life for 40 years.

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    Dear Terry,
    Thanks for sharing your story. So many of us understand the calculations that have to happen once you know a Migraine has hit. And money and Migraines don’t mix well together, making it hard to manage the pain and the meds.

    I wanted to let you know about a website called You put in your zip code and the medication and it will tell you which pharmacies have the cheapest price. The information is not always accurate, so you may want to call ahead of time to make sure the price is consistent.

    We also have a place where coupons are listed for certain medications:

    I hope this helps even if just to save a few bucks.
    -Katie Moderator

  • slhart
    4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Sad to say I can relate.
    I hope you’re having a pain free day!!

  • RobertCan
    4 years ago

    I know that feeling all too well. Those first few moments when you’re waking up to a migraine. “Crap, there it is again” is the perfect way to describe the feeling. I fumble in the dark, looking for that rescue Imitrex that lives on my nightstand, just for moments like this. My head is pounding and I know relief is two hours away. Imitrex always takes two hours to numb my pain, and even thats not guaranteed. Well done, Terry! You summed up my morning.

    Wishing you all a pain-free day!

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