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My Journey on the Migraine Roller Coaster

I am a 31-year old female who has been dealing with migraines for approximately six years now. There is a long line of migraine sufferers in my family stemming from my mother’s side. My grandmother and just about all of my mother’s siblings have suffered with migraines. Unfortunately, I have inherited the disease and have also been diagnosed with menstrual migraines. Thankfully for my mother, she no longer has to deal with migraines, after she entered menopause they have ceased to exist in her life and I am hoping for the same outcome.  My neurologist believes that may just be the case for me as well, and let me say, my migraines will not be missed.

I am part of the migraine with aura sufferers. I remember the first time I suffered a migraine with an aura, and may I add it was a scary experience at first. One morning after taking a shower, out of nowhere, I lost my vision on the left side of my peripheral view. Thankfully, my boyfriend was home at the time and was there to comfort me. I feel very lucky that I have a partner that is very understanding of this disease, as some people just don’t seem to get where we are coming from and the pain that we deal with.

About 15 minutes later the aura was gone. As soon as I experienced my first aura I went on my search for a neurologist and I came across the best neurologist I could’ve ever asked for. I am truly blessed to have found Dr. Horstmyer. My doctor and I have tried many preventative medications and while my migraines aren’t as severe as before, we have yet to come across a treatment that works for me, at least the way we both would want it to work. We have a goal set on the most two or three migraines a month.

Recently I began thinking a lot about whether I would want to continue to take prescription medication since I have not had a baby yet and would not want to risk anything happening to my child should I become pregnant while on these medication, some of them may cause birth defects as most of you may know. So I made the decision to go the natural way. I was taking 500mg of Depakote extended release for six months at bed time and have now been weaned off of the medication, my last dose was this past weekend on Saturday (Yay!).

Before the Depakote I had tried a number of medications, so many that I can’t remember all of the names of the medicines. I have begun taking a daily multivitamin, the herbal supplement feverfew (one tablet daily) along with eating very healthy and trying to exercise even though it is difficult to go to the gym when you aren’t feeling well.  While it is still too early to say that the new course of action is working I have hopes that going the natural way will make things much better and I will keep you all updated after my next visit to my neurologist in three months.

I decided to title this story “My Journey on the Migraine Roller Coaster” because that pretty much explains how I feel. I have good days and I have not so good days, it’s an up and down kind of thing. One minute I feel great, like I’m on top of the world and the next minute I feel horrible, like I am down in the dumps. I must say that through it all I choose to remain positive. No matter how hard this journey may get, I refuse to let the migraines get the best of me. I have faith and hope that things will continue to get better and I will get through it one day at a time.

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  • PaulaJan
    5 years ago

    You hit the nail on the head when you compared your migraine experience to a roller coaster ride. I, too, can be feeling fairly well (although NEVER pain FREE), and the next minute having excruciating pain. I admire your dedication to the natural solutions for migraine treatment and I hope you can manage your migraines that way. There are no set protocols for migraine treatment and we each have to learn to manage our conditions. Wish you the best!!

  • MARTICA author
    5 years ago

    Dear Paula. The journey after getting off of the medication has been a little rough because things don’t work right away but definitely staying positive. Are you on any kind of treatment? I truly hope and pray that you find something that will help with your migraines. I know what it’s like being in pain for days on end.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi Martica,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. You’ve used a good analogy, migraine CAN be like a roller coaster, and sometimes its difficult to stay positive.

    It’s good to hear you are no longer taking Depakote. There seems to be a significant risk for women of child bearing age. Here is a direct quote from a HON code verified site; “Valproate (generic form)should not be administered to a woman of childbearing potential unless the drug is essential to the management of her medical condition. This is especially important when valproate use is considered for a condition not usually associated with permanent injury or death (e.g., migraine).”

    There are many “natural” supplements that can be used for migraine prevention. A quick word on supplements – they are considered to be drugs and can interact with other medications you take. You may want to take a minute to read this information. Care needs to be used with feverfew because it can cause miscarriage. Here is this information;

    Please keep us posted on how you are doing, OK?

  • MARTICA author
    6 years ago

    Hi Nancy. I am glad I was able to share my story. Yes, I did read that it may cause miscarriage and will definitely discuss that with my neurologist at my next visit. I also started taking magnesium today will be taking 1000mg in total, 500mg in the morning and 500mg at night as well as B2. My neurologist told me to take 200mg of the B2 in the morning and 200mg at night as well as calcium since calcium promotes good nerve function. I have decided to stop the multivitamin because my plan is too continue on a healthy eating habit and wouldn’t want to overdue the vitamin/mineral intake. I will keep you posted on the progress. Looking forward to reading other’s stories as well as sharing more of mine.

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