Migraine For The Past Five Months. Really struggling!

I’m a healthy 27 year old who has been experiencing migraines since January 2018. Initially they were every day but for past three months or so, they’ve been twice a week on average.

I get the visual disturbances (which I call fuzzies) followed by a painful throbbing in the head. I’ve been under the care of my GP for these migraines, however the best he can do is give me beta blockers (I take four a day) and sumatriptan. However, I feel that these are no longer helping.

In February, I was rushed into hospital with loss of speech and consciousness due to a painful migraine. I was that out of it, that I opened the car door when my husband was driving at 60mph! I was in the Resus Dept for five hours and was given a brain scan and lumbar puncture. My husband was really upset bless him. All came back clear thank goodness.

I’ve got a seven month old little boy and I’m finding it really hard to look after him when I have these attacks. My husband works and can’t keep taking time off work. Our parents are close but also work.

Is there anything else I can do to stop these migraines from coming back? It’s really getting me down.

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  • a1sweetd
    9 months ago

    I tried several different drugs since the beginning of the year but nothing really worked for me. I was getting the migraines too often for the Imitrex to work the way it was suppose to, each time I took it it was less effective. The preventive ones just didn’t work at all. In the meantime I had heard of the daith piercing to prevent migraines so I looked into it and talk to people that knew others that had it done and said it worked for them. Last Friday I went and had it done and I swear it prevented one from coming on yesterday cause I got my usual tightness in the neck and a slight pain the the side of my head but that was it, after about 6 hours the tightness disappeared and no migraine. Maybe you want to look into it and ask around. The guy that did my piercings said he had done 500 of them last year and it worked for most people.

  • SkiingIsBelieving
    10 months ago

    You definitely need a migraine specialist. GPs just don’t know enough about the disorder. Not even a neurologist, but one that focuses on migraine. Apparently most neurologists only get about 1/2 day of training on migraine in school, so it’s imperative you find someone who is an expert.

    I also agree with the poster below who recommends a functional medicine (wholistic) practioner. My migraine team includes a ANP who specializes in migraine; an acupuncturist; and a naturopath who helps support my other treatments with herbal, food, lifestyle and wholistic suggestions.

    Good luck! Don’t despair. There is a lot you can try, you just need a good guide. I recommend here: https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/find-a-doctortreatment/

  • Shobi
    10 months ago

    I still struggle with migraines, but I have found several things that help some… posted on my blog here: https://peanutfreemigrainemom.wordpress.com

  • 1q8q8dt
    10 months ago

    Go see a functional practitioner immediately. They will get to the bottom of the “whys.” As stated in the previous posts, it could be allergies, hormones, etc., or it could be that you’ve become intolerant to a food, like gluten. I went down a rabbit hole when I suddenly started having frequent migraines, 12 – 15 monthly. By the time I figured it out I had begun experiencing MOH headaches, which only clouded the issue. Mine turned out to be a combination of factors, food intolerances caused by leaky gut, hormones changes due to menopause, and Lyme disease that reared its opportunistic ugly head. I wish I had found a good functional medicine doctor from the beginning. Would have saved me a lot of headaches….literally! Good luck!

  • AquaSue
    10 months ago

    I had a very similar experience when I turned 25. Turns out it was the year all my allergies and triggers changed and my migraines were out of control. You should really seek help from a neurologist. There are a lot of medicines, pharmaceutical as well as homeopathic, that can help you, but you need that professional to help you figure out which one is best for you. Start with a migraine journal. Basically record everything you eat and activities you do and record whether or not you have a migraine and how the migraine effected you. That way, you can present it to the doctor and they can start helping you right away. This website is the most comprehensive I have found about migraines. It offers a lot of good info. Good luck.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    10 months ago

    Hi stephckj,

    I’m sorry to hear about the increase in migraine attack frequency, I know how frustrating and depressing it is. Having a baby makes things more difficult for sure! I’m happy to hear you have a supportive network.

    It’s not uncommon to see an uptick in migraine attack frequency after childbirth. Fluctuating hormones can play havoc with migraine attacks. Let me share our information on migraine and childbirth with you here; https://migraine.com/living-with-migraine/migraine-during-pregnancy-after-childbirth/.

    It also may be time to seek out the help from a doctor who is more knowledgeable about migraine disease. These articles have more information on these doctors; http://migraine.com/blog/how-are-migraine-specialists-different/ and https://migraine.com/blog/really-find-headache-specialist.

    It may be worthwhile to keep a detailed migraine diary for a few months to determine what your migraine triggers and/or patterns are. This information may be helpful; https://migraine.com/blog/keeping-migraine-diary-basics/.

    I hope this helps,
    Nancy

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