My Story

Last updated: March 2017

Hey everyone, I'm new to the site but I have certainly enjoyed reading all of the articles so far.

It my sound strange but I live on an l8,000 acre cattle ranch in South Central Florida that has been in my family for 3 generations. I received my law degree from the University of Florida but after a few years of really exciting civil litigation cases, being indoors, dealing with corporate clients and in court...rarely being able to get out in the fresh air...I realized that I although I was successful, I was so miserable, having terrible migraines and so stressed, I left the firm and went back to the ranch. Don't get me wrong, I loved my law practice and the attorneys I worked with, but it just was not my cup of tea. I guess the saying is true, "You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl".

I had my first migraine when I turned 24. I went through a caring family doctor, rude neurologists, everyone (including myself) thinking that I needed to "cowgirl up" and work through the pain because I love riding horses, working our cattle, but I was dying. It wasn't until I was in my 40's that I found a neurologist/psychiatrist and he combined anxiety meds along with meds for my headaches which had gotten worse due to a head injury on the ranch (caused me to have seizures). He worked with me for 4 years to get the right combination of meds and things were perfect but when he passed away, I am almost back to square one with my treatment. Doctors and their egos, I swear. Oh, they know better than my previous neurologist/psychiatrist and they won't prescribe the meds he did. Now I have developed chronic migraines and on top of that, I have "ice-pick headaches". I hope none of you ever have to experience those headaches. I take Relpax for them and Tylenol#3. The Relpax is pretty good but my system is different from most...narcotics do me very weird, the Tylenol#3 makes me jittery. I am trying to manage my chronic migraines with Topamax, Inderal, and Fioricet...meditation...and my love of training horses. I find that very relaxing and I keep busy training the horses for our ranch.

I still feel lost when it comes to my treatment by my new neurologist. He is very nice but the last time I saw him, I told him to stop being so condescending to me. I am used to dealing with strong men that deal straight and I was sick of his pussy-footing around and he might as well tell me that he is not going to do anything further to help me. I hate to have my hand patted and to be told that it will get better. I walk out of there with the beginnings of a tension headache every time.

Having these headaches for 36 years really wears on you and I truly hate the way my life has had to work around them. My mother, her sisters, and now my daughter, who just turned 24, all have migraines. My insurance will not pay for Botox so I will keep doing what I am doing but these ice-pick headaches are the worst.

It's nice to share my story with you. I hope to hear from everyone.


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