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Another Who Inherited The Headache

I am 64, in my 48th year of migraines. My mother said that her father used to come in from the fields with terrible headaches and all the children had to be quiet. My son had his first migraine at 10. Mine are under rather good control now with Topamax and Imitrex. I had no migraines while pregnant.

As soon as I develop an aura I rush to take my medicine and suffer through it until it goes away, which it usually does, so I don’t miss work any longer. Once in a great while I must lie down with ice bags and try to go to sleep, which is the only way to escape the dreadful pain. For years before Imitrex the only thing I could do was go to hospital for shots of Demerol and Phenergan and then sleep it off, but there was residual pain for days. In those days I spent a lot of time on the floor in my office, having people drive me home because the pain was so severe, and spent days in bed begging people not to move me or cook (the smell would affect me) or open the blinds.)

Migraines absolutely controlled my life. I am really afraid after reading comments where people say that the Topamax and Imitrex no longer work for them – so far it has for me. But I have a wonderful neurologist who has finally helped me. greatly.

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  • CathyC
    5 years ago

    Dear Mother Earth,
    You have had such a long struggle, yet with so many kind people to help you along the way also, like bringing you home from work. What a relief and blessing your Neuro. is and the two med’s you now have. Try not to listen to all the negative. Not every medication or combo is going to work for everyone. I’m so happy for you that your life is better !

  • Lifetime_Migraine_Sufferer
    5 years ago

    Ohhhh EarthMother, your story scares me so much! I’m in my 38th year of migraines and over the last 5-7 years they have increased in frequency, duration, and intensity that now they are daily. They are relentless! I was so hoping mine would go away as I get older. I have other family members with migraines on both the maternal and paternal sides, but no one that had them as bad as mine. I guess I hit the “jack-pot” of the migraine gene pool 🙁 I too found ice out of sheer desperation when I was younger and there was nothing available other than aspirin, Tylenol and Ibuprofen. I’m sorry you’ve had to suffer so long. *hugs*

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Earth Mother,
    Thanks for sharing your story. So glad you have a neuro that you trust- that’s so important. And you are wise to take your Imitrex at the first sign of an aura. Waiting to take an abortive can only make it worse. Best Wishes to you!!

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