When will i see the light at the end of the tunnel?

So let me start at the beginning… Jan 29, 1966 that is the year I was born. Almost from my earliest memories I can remember having migraines. I was a such a skinny kid, always sick. I remember my dad driving to the Dr.’s office in the middle of the night, just so I could receive an injection for pain and nausea.

Everything is a trigger for me, heat, smells, loud noises and mostly Stress. I have migraine with aura, so I can always feel when I am going to get a big one.

I actually wake up most mornings with my head hurting. Even as I type this story, my head is hurting. I have different levels, its amazing how much I can actually function with a daily headache.

When I was 5 yrs old my family and I were on vacation in California , I had a severe migraine attack. I was hospitalized for about 2 to 3 days, had every test done to my poor little body, and the diagnosis was of course: MIGRAINE.

I was then put on many different medications, caffergot, wigraine, and believe it or not the Dr. prescribed valium… to a 5 yr old. My Dad, the wise man that he was… did not follow that bit of advice.

I have been on different medications since I was 5….the only time I have taken a break from them is when I was pregnant with my kids…..

I have tried it all, medications, cranial sacral therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage ( which is probably the most useful).. I am now 45 years old, and I am ready to see the light and not have it hurt my head. The only medications that really seem to work, I can only get so many per month.. and let me tell you I have more than 9 migraines a month. It’s a daily struggle for me, just to manage my pain.

I am on the road to getting Botox injections. If that doesn’t work maybe PFO repair (yet to be determined if I have PFO). I am open to almost anything at this point.

I would love my kids to actually see their mom enjoying life, instead of me hiding out in my dark room, ice bag on my head… I would like to NOT have to go to the ER 7-8 times a year or more, for relief. I am ready, and waiting for that day when I can say I feel great. I know there’s tons and tons of people out there with migraines worse than me…But I am the only person I know who gets them as bad and frequent as me. I would love to here from others, what you do to relieve the pain, what works best for you…..

maybe we can find the light at the end of the tunnel together Laughing

karenCry

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  • Michele
    7 years ago

    Be very cautions of the Botox. I am also 45 years old, have suffered with migraines since I was 16 yrs old and diagnosed with thryoid cancer. As a last resort, I tried Botox 5 weeks ago, and the last 4 weeks have been agony. Apparently I am in the small percentage of people that botox will worsen headache symptoms in. I’ve had a never ending, unstoppable headache in my forehead region since about 5 days after the injections. Nothing I take helps for more than a couple of hours, even the pain medications. Just this morning I was treated by an ER doctor like a drug seeking junkie, and left after 3 hours with no relief and humiliated.

    I have 2 children and a full time job, that I am taking too many sick days from. My husband is supportive, but becoming frustrated with our local medical community also based on my lack of care and assistance. After a phone conversation with a neuro this afternoon, I am back to trying again a medication that didnt work for me 2 years ago. I dont know how to laugh anymore. I want my life back

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