Migraine in the UK!
Hi there! I'm from the UK and it took years for my doctors and other medical professionals such as ENT specialists to diagnose migraines. I was diagnosed with wheat/gluten intolerance in the mid 1990's and since then I have become intolerant to dairy and eggs. I also have IBS, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis and a never ending list of inhalant allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. PHEW!! This is where the confusion set in regarding my migraines. The medical professionals put it down to those. I was in constant severe pain, couldn't move my head, talk, walk and even laying my head on my pillow hurt. I am also sick until my stomach is empty. I avoided going out and was constantly cancelling arrangements with friends and family. I also had to leave my job as I couldn't physically go to work. The office environment was the worst place I could be! I was finally diagnosed with severe migraines about 5 years ago now. My doctor put me on Naratriptan which does usually work if I take it within the first 30-40 mins of a migraine being triggered. My triggers are my food intolerances, inhalant allergies, MCS, loud noise, changes in weather, not eating, certain environments and who knows what else! My longest migraines was 6 days!! It took a long time for some friends to realise how ill I was and can be. I have to avoid certain places as much as possible with strong smells, chemicals, air con, etc which can be tough. I dread a migraine being triggered. On top of my migraines I have to deal with severe sinus pain, IBS and a long list of other symptoms. Unfortunately the UK is not the best to have allergies and migraines! We are lacking the specialist medical professionals and cannot get the specialist treatments needed on the NHS. I am looking at hopefully setting up my own business working from home, so I control my own environment.
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