It’s in the Air

My migraines started in my early teens; short bursts of pain on the right side of my head that caused me to seek shelter in darkened silent rooms, with my head covered up.

Today, nearly 40 years later, I still suffer from migraines, but I have narrowed down most of the triggers, and one is so uncontrollable for me, I can’t help avoid it. There is not a single thing I can do but try to prevent its hold over me: If the weather goes from nice to stormy with a High pressure system to a Low Pressure system, I know for a fact I am going to be in the midst of a migraine.

I try to cut them off, but not always successfully. I suffer more during the months of March through July, without fail. If its going to rain, I can tell up to 48 hours BEFORE it does. The worse the migraine, the worse the storm is going to be. Friends ask me the weather because it is so predictable. I use to take a medication called Maxalt when a migraine would start. For me, it would stop a migraine in ten minutes flat, but my insurance company decided they didn’t want to pay for it for more than 4 pills a month.

My family doctor and I each wrote letters to beg them not to put a restriction on it because it was the only med that worked. They denied it totally at that point. So now I am on Frova, and it helps, but does not end it, I have to supplement it with Excedrin Migraine, and then I am down for up to 2 days at a time.

Another trigger is florescent colored clothing. Reds, Yellows, and Pinks are the worst. Witin five minutes of looking at the color for a second will send me into a migraine that could last for days. I had to ask work to order me regular, non-florescent colored post notes.

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