Heather's Migraine Story

I have had headaches most of my life (like most people) I always thought I was having sinus headaches because it kinda started in my cheekbones and forehead. I would take some decongestant and some Excedrin and forget about it.

Sometimes I thought it was caffeine withdrawal or needing a cigarette but never thought it could be a migraine. I don't feel like I have typical migraines. I occasionally get the "aura" symptoms but most of the time it just feels like I have a vice on my head though I do get very light and sound sensitive. Sometimes I feel like I'm just blowing it out of proportion.

Mine did not get so bad till after I had my daughter at age 26, I'm now 37. Occasionally they would get bad enough to send me to bed but I really didn't think too much about it. After I had my son 6 years ago they were getting worse. 1 out of every 10 headaches the Excedrin didn't work and I was in major pain. It hurt so bad I would end up in bed, curled in a ball sobbing with the pain.

Finally a few years ago they were getting so bad and frequent that I went to the doctor. She sent me on to a neurologist and the fun began. We started the medicine game. I don't know how many he put me on but I saw him for almost a year. None of the meds worked and some gave me really bad or weird side effects. He finally recommended that I get Botox injections. I read up on it and decided I really didn't want someone sticking needles into my skull plus the only place he would send me was a 2 hour drive away.

So now a year later I have come to the point that I can't stand them anymore. I was taking Imitrex but it started giving me chest pain and I didn't want that so back to the doctor I go. I hope that this one will find something that will work so keep your fingers crossed for me.

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