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Migraine in my Head

I am 71 years old. I have had migraines since I was 10. They stopped when I was 59 only to start back up this year. I can remember laying in bed with a belt wrapped around my head and me pulling it until I could no longer make it tighter. Someone told me you could not feel two pains at one time. Guess what? They lied. I have Polymyositis and have been on steroids for over 30 years. I found that when I was on high doses of Medrol (the steroid I am on) I did not have migraines. So one of my doctors told me to up my steroids when I felt a migraine coming on. It worked great, but if you know anything about steroids you know that is not a good thing to do. Imitrex injections worked great for me . The neurologist tells me now that at my age they are bad for my heart. So what’s a girl to do? My heart goes out to all of you who are just starting your journey with the Migraine Demon. With all my soul I would like to see someone come up with a cure for migraines. Not being able to use Imitrex I opted the other night to up my steroids and that worked great. I wish it was a safe alternative, but I know it is not. Until the neurologist comes up with something for me to try I guess I will just lay in bed and get the belt back out or take my chances and use my stash of Imitrex until I run out. The poor neurologist every time he suggest something I tell him I have tried that in my younger days. I guess I will just start all over again and go through all the standard drugs they put you through. I know I can’t use Botox because Polymyositis is a connective tissue disease of the muscles.

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  • Not-Again
    2 years ago

    I have had migraines since I was 12. I am now 50. My migraines have changed many times over the years and it feels like I am constantly adjusting treatment options to see what will work for me. Have you considered getting a second opinion or consulting with a cardiologist to confirm the abortive medications are truly not good for your particular heart?

    I know it is another type of pain to get yet another referral, make another appointment, deal with the insurance, get the appointment, make it to the appointment, tell your story yet again on the off-chance some new information would be provided.

    I’m with you in wishing there was a cure and until there is one, I wish you the best of grace, mercy, and inspiration to find something better.

  • Iodine371 author
    2 years ago

    I have an appointment with the cardiologist for next month. And thank you for the kind reply to my post.

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