Male with migraines
I was so sick with vomiting, my 15 year old daughter wanted to call 911. I settled down with that after taking Compazine to calm the vomiting. I fell asleep for 14 hours following awakening to the feeling of being hangover. It’s the only way I can explain it. Dizzy, upset stomach and light and sound sensitive were loud. Even the air conditioner. It took three days to recover, 72 hours only then did I feel somewhat normal.
I have recognized some of my triggers, artificial sweeteners, bright sun and grape fruit juice to name a few. I kept a journal and still there is no pattern or cycle of migraines. I can only say, I would rather have a route canal instead of a migraine. And it’s not even close.
I know three other people who suffer with migraines; they are all female, including my neurologist. She definitely understands what I am going through. Family members do not always understand. They do not understand how debilitating they are. I have missed holidays, parties and wedding due to migraine. I have sympathy for people who suffer from pain. It crushes you at times. Along with migraines, I have chronic pain from injuries I suffered through work and the accident. The stigma that comes along with pain medicine, opiates used to treat the pain, led me to seek other avenue to pain management. Suboxone is a drug prescribed and approved for the treatment of opiate addiction. It contains buprenorphine, which not only helped with my pain but also eased the migraines.
I am a single father of two young kids, doing the best I can with what has been dealt to me. I can’t physically do the things I was able to do before disability but I am trying not to be optimistic about the future. Depression sets in at times but I have learned to ask for help. Whether I ‘d be around the house or with kids. I have built a support network to cope with it. I attend a pain group with other people who suffer from pain and understand. Doctors who understand and are patient. But the most important part of my on going struggle, has been my faith, in god and his spirit. He provide healing and inspiration.
100DollarHeadache, Richmond, Rhode Island