Life changes with chronic migraines.

I had to retire from teaching Health Care at the University Level because of my migraines. I couldn't predict when I would have one, and would let people down - I hated being undependable, and I hated retiring.

I spent the next six months in bed with one almost every day. I am 66 yrs old, and have been told many times that I am too old to have migraines - thus it must be in my head. I have had them since childhood, but then only rarely. They have increased in the last 10 - 15 years.

I tried everything! I have seen over 20 neurologists, went to a clinic, still no relief. I am so excited because my insurance finally approved Botox for migraines. I am scared, and it took me a long time to finally decide to go for it.

I have 20-22/month, so basically my life sucks! My poor husband, I know how frustrated he gets with me, and not to make me feel bad, just because we make plans and then I have to cancel. The effect on family causes so much guilt. I know that Botox is not a cure for migraines, but anything that will decrease the intensity/duration/frequency is definitely worth trying. I want my life back. I was volunteering at the hospital in their Tea Room on the cash register and really enjoying it, until I had to miss a few scheduled work times, so I took a leave of absence.

I pray every night for anyone who suffers from these awful, debilitating headaches. If you are fortunate enough to only have them rarely - then take advantage of the good times, and just carry your cell phone with you incase you need assistance. I am blessed by having a primary care physician who also suffers from migraines, so he understands. Fortunately for him, he responds to triptans, usually. I have faith that God has a reason for everything that happens to us, and I sure have a list of questions to ask him if I am fortunate enough to make it to heaven. Keep the faith, keep praying, keep getting up, and doing something in the form of moving every day.

DO NOT GIVE UP! They are coming out with more things to try every day. Make a list of things that you are grateful for in your life - even if is as benign as having a pet to talk to, a roof over your head, just anything. Start with 5 and each day add 5 more. Watch funning movies, laughter increase the endorphins which decrease the pain.

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