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What Life? Part II

Some of you may recall the weepy, desperate story that I posted in mid-January. I received dozens and dozens of compassionate, supportive responses, each one letting me know that I wasn’t alone in this absurd quest to quiet my 15 year history with migraines. You might remember that I rattled off every attempted remedy, pinterest hack, triptyline, preventative rx, holistic approach, non western method, ice, heat, manipulation, massage, injections, prayers, crying, suicidal thoughts, careless narcotic usage because I just didn’t care anymore. I’ve tried it all. Each year the pain got worse and worse, my tolerance to meds grew higher and higher. While my friends/family’s patience with me dwindles.

What I failed to mention in my original post is that throughout all of this, my primary care physician continued to offer birth control pills as an option. I refused. The thought of adding “one more pill” to my outrageous regime of pharmaceuticals annoyed me. Not to mention what birth control pills would do to my moods and/or my body in my mid-40’s. I have a history with depression and at times it can be pretty dark. I’m terrified to monkey with anything that could trigger a downward spiral. I can somewhat recall being a little cray when I was on oral contraceptives in my 20’s. But then again, I wasn’t on any antidepressants then, so it’s hard to gauge.

Regardless, I had (another) pitiful meltdown in my doctor’s office in January, just sobbing. She just sat there, staring at me, feeling helpless. Again, suggested putting me on the pill. Out of exhaustion, I conceded. ((Sigh)) Fine. I’ll try.

That was two months ago. I’ve taken one Maxaalt since then. Maybe one or possibly 2 migraines (or just bad tension headaches) since then. Still frequent, if not daily headaches, but NOTHING like before. If my pain level was at a 7 for hmmmm, about 2 years straight, I’d say overall my average pain level has been at about a 4 for the past eight weeks. My quality of life is back and I am absolutely thrilled. I am so happy! I was at the dr this week for a upper respiratory bug that required some antibiotics. Dr asks how I’m feeling. I answered, “AWESOME!!!” Then, I realized I hadn’t given that answer in years. Here I am, sick with a sore throat and I’m telling her that I feel ‘awesome!’ 🙂 I really, really wish I would have given this a chance years ago. Never in a million years would I have guessed that hormones were the culprit. I’m so mad at myself. But so, so happy, never the less.

I never thought I would get to this place…this place where severe, chronic pain wasn’t a constant presence in my life. I’ve had a reprieve from the pain and it’s incredible. My mood is lighter, I’m happier, I’m more productive, I’m more clear headed, I’m not consumed with obtaining pain relief. I don’t feel like I constantly need it! It’s so freeing and liberating.

I just wanted to share this. As with my need to share my misery and pain a few months ago, I also felt compelled to share this encouraging story of relief as well. Maybe someone else will benefit from hormone therapy and will find relief as I did. I only wish I’d have tried it sooner.

All the best.
Hugs.

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Comments

  • missaces
    2 years ago

    lesliebe73 Can you please tell us if you used a POP or combined pill? Also, the brand name or the generic name? Can you please answer this comment so that some of us can try it as well to see if we too can experience the success you had. Thank you in advance.

  • Kayakerjo
    2 years ago

    Hip hop hooray! It’s great to here when something works! I encourage everyone to keep the hope alive and to keep trying new things!

    I’ve had my own success over the last 4 months. I tried the My Migraine Miracle diet and it’s working great for me.. stabilizing meds and sleep and all the rest have helped but giving up sugar seems to be the main thing that has worked for me. I know it sounds extreme if you are a sugar addict like me…byt you get to eat lots of fat instead (butter…yum!!). And I’ve been able to slowly add back lots of ‘trigger’ foods including cheeses, black tea, the occasional alcoholic drink, etc. It’s more than worth the trade!

    My overall health has improved. I lost some weight (unheard of for me), dropped my cholesterol numbers in a big way and overall feel so much better in addition to being die to leas than 1 migraine day per month. And the last couple have been related to ‘cheating’ in some way.

    If you are looking for the next thing to try, is check out the My Migraine Miracle book. Good luck to all!

  • Kayakerjo
    2 years ago

    Hip hip hooray! It’s great to hear when something works! I encourage everyone to keep the hope alive and to keep trying new things!

    I’ve had my own success over the last 4 months. I tried the My Migraine Miracle diet and it’s working great for me…stabilizing meds and sleep and all the rest have helped but giving up sugar seems to be the main thing that has worked for me. I know it sounds extreme if you are a sugar addict like me…but you get to eat lots of fat instead (butter…yum!!). And I’ve been able to slowly add back lots of ‘trigger’ foods including cheeses, black tea, the occasional alcoholic drink, etc. It’s more than worth the trade!

    My overall health has improved. I lost some weight (unheard of for me), dropped my cholesterol numbers in a big way and overall feel so much better in addition to being down to less than 1 migraine day per month (from 12 to 20 days per month). And the last couple of attacks have been related to ‘cheating’ in some way.

    If you are looking for the next thing to try, is check out the My Migraine Miracle book. Good luck to all!

  • kstersplit88
    2 years ago

    This story is incredible!! So very happy for you that you found something that works! The opposite happened to me as far as birth control pills go. I was taken off of them and had less frequent migraines. I do believe that mine are also hormone related. I hope you fins continued success with birth control pills. I hope there is more research into hormone related migraines in women in the future!

  • DonnaFA moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Leslieb73!

    I’m so thrilled to read this and I thank you so much for sharing this update with us. It made me tear up. We don’t say community lightly, and truly care about everyone here, so hearing that one of our little family has had significant relief is cause to celebrate.

    Hormones can definitely affect our experience of migraine. Your story is a dramatic illustration of that. I wish you days of joy and freedom! Thanks again for sharing your good news with us. -Warmly, Donna (Migraine.com team)

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