A Funny Migraine Story

I have had migraines for 50 years. About 7 years ago, my preventatives stopped working. Since that time, I have been to numerous doctors and have tried numerous preventatives. I’ve had very limited success.

One of my “kids” told me that I should try medical marijuana. I am old and very straight-laced, but nothing else worked. So I tried it in pill form with as little of the chemical that makes you high as possible. Had a migraine, took my medical marijuana. It didn’t do a thing. It’s like I took nothing. So my son said I should have taken more than one pill. And I told him, it didn’t do anything, why bother. So when I had another migraine a few days later, I took my triptan. But when my head hurt the day after the migraine, I took two medical marijuana pills. Still no pain relief.

The next day I got a call from a clinic where I was trying to get into a study for an infusion from Teva. So far, they had been having very good luck in preventing migraines. They asked me if I could come in the next day for the study. I should be prepared for being there all day. I was thrilled. I had been waiting months for this study to open up to me.

I went in and filled out 20 pages of paperwork. Then, they had me pee in a cup. And I waited for the next step. The receptionist quietly called me to the window. “I am sorry,” she said. “You have an illicit drug in your system. You can no longer be in the study.”

After explaining what had happened, she laughed and told me to come back in two weeks and no more pot! A day before the appointment, they called saying the criteria to be in the study changed and I no longer was eligible. You see what happens when you use pot!

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  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi there LindaG!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to share this story with us! How terribly frustrating to learn that you could no longer participate in the trial. If it helps at all and to maybe eases the sting 🙂 (although they may have shared this with you already) or you may very well know this…meeting the inclusion criteria is extremely difficult. Maybe it was almost a blessing in disguise? You possibly could have moved forward (if you had not done the medical marijuana), dedicated more time and energy and only THEN learned that the criteria had changed. Nonetheless…we sure know that for many and sure maybe like yourself, being accepted into a clinical trial may be your last hope and it is so discouraging to learn you were not accepted.

    In case you are interested and if you have not done so already, you can register via this link in order to receive information on upcoming trials.

    Thanks again for sharing this with the community and I sure hope that down the road you fit the inclusion criteria for a future trial.
    Take care!
    Joanna (Migraine.com Team)

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