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Migraine “lifer”

The pain began with puberty and has continued to plague me my whole life long. I sit here, hurting again, with the inability to eat anything in 24hrs yet again because of severe nausea, waiting on my emory nurse practitioner to web email me back on what to do. I’m barely holding down water.

Topomax and Maxalt barely do anything, nothing else seems to work yet because of all the abuse from strangers in the Georgia and surrounding states, no pain meds are hardly given out. So I just have to ride out the pain.

Yesterday I had to go home early from work again because of the pain and stress causing me to “black out” again. The doctors lable that as “idiopathic vasovagal syncope”. I’ll be lucky if I’m not fired now.

Really, having migraines isn’t my fault. I try my best but I can’t afford much because I’m not rich nor powerful or have the resources other people do.

So I lose… and I hurt… and hurt and hurt….

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    I’m really sorry to hear how much you are suffering. On the job aspect, there are federal laws in place that can help you protect your job. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires employers to keep your job for you if you are sick for up to 12 weeks in a one year period. You may or may not get paid during this time-that depends on how much paid leave you get. And you don’t have to be sick for 12 consecutive weeks, it can be cumulative during the year. Here’s more info on FMLA:

    I’m so sorry to hear that you are in so much pain and not being given access to medication that could help you. What kind of doctor are you seeing currently? Is it a general practioner? Have you seen a neurologist? They are more familiar with the different types of preventative medications as well as potential pain relievers that are commonly given to Migraine patients. Fioricet is a drug that can help with pain and Ondansetron is an anti-nausea med. Ask your doctor if these are right for you. But definitely try to find a neurologist if you are not currently seeing one for your headaches.
    -Katie Moderator

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