One day at a time...
Last updated: October 2012
I had my first migraine at 23 (14 years ago), of course it being the first one I thought I had some kind of tumor and was dying. I was rushed to the ER, given a shot and passed out with in 20 minutes. I had no idea what a migraine was or how to avoid triggers, what meds to try or even to get a Dr especialy for my head.
As the years passed , I would get migraines a couple of times a year, was able to take some over the counter medicine and go to bed. I never mentioned them in Dr's visits and I never felt as if I had "a disease".. I just got headaches some times! Well that all changed drasticaly March 2010.. I had a horrible migraine that nothing was touching, had it for 3 days straight and knew I couldn't take it any longer. I went to the ER, evaluated and admitted. That day seems to be the starting point of "my hell"... since that day my migraines, my treatment and my mental health have totaly deteriated.
In the last 13 months I have probably seen 10 different Dr's, tried 7 different prevenatives and 10 different abortives. I have spent a week at a Migraine clinic, had 7 CT scans, 1 MRI and 2 surgical procedures (female) to slow this down. In the last Month the severity, length and frequency of my migraines have doubled. I have been in the hospital 2 seperate times for IV treatment and have had about 10 shots to abort migraines that I couldn't get rid of at home.
I am currently not on any prevenatives simply because we can't find anything that works and trying to give my body a rest. The only good news at this point is that I am on a waiting list for Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and I pray that they can help me. Surely I am not a lost cause and life is not meant to be wasted like this.
Do you have a migraine toolbox for when an attack hits?
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