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I am 60 and had my first migraine the day after I started my menses at age 12. Fortunately, my mother and paternal grandmother also experienced migraines so my family was well educated and sensitive to this cursed disease. Both of these women died of massive strokes, which is a very real worry of mine. After a visit to family physician, I was prescribed Midrin. My mother advised me to avoid sharing with others about my migraines, as they would not understand or have any sympathy. That advice stuck so only a few of my closest friends ever knew. I was well into my relationship with my husband before I shared my ‘secret’ malady. My very worst migraines occurred in nursing school. I often threw up before clinicals in hospital parking lots! My life changed dramatically when my neurologist tried beta blockers about 25 years ago. When Imitrex was released, I used the injections. However, as I have aged the old aura of the visual light show has changed. Now, I rapidly become extremely fatigued and can sleep for 10 or more hours. Otherwise, I am somewhat of an insomniac. I control my migraines with beta blockers, Effexor LA and Relpax. My primary trigger is weather related: low pressure systems. Living in the very Deep South is challenging!

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  • Michelle Rudder
    3 years ago

    I know about weather related triggers. I live in the eastern Caribbean so between June and December, twice a week, a tropical wave would roll through, and with every tropical wave (which is a low pressure trough), I get migraine. Uhg. Then in the dry season, I have Sahara dust to contend with. Ugh.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi 15es9ms6,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. It’s amazing how migraine stigma continues, isn’t it?

    I’m happy to hear you’ve found a combination of medications that help reduce your migraine frequency and severity.

    Fingers crossed for continued success,

  • GD
    3 years ago

    Hello. Your story sounds similar to mine. Frequency of migraines increased with age and peri then full blown menopause. I have decreased them from approximately 25 per month to 12, by wearing a low dose estrogen patch. There is increased risk of clot/stroke and I learnedvI have a genetic defect that already increased risk for both, but I must work and could not function otherwise. My gyno explains this risk is almost nonexistent with external patch as liver is not involved. I am finally able to exercise and sleep so much better with a little bioidentical estrogen in my body again.

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