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So Many Headaches

The first time I had a migraine headache I was in middle school and had no idea what was happening to me. All I knew is that my head hurt and I was very ill. The school called me mom and she instructed me to walk home. I’m not even sure how I got there, but I do recall throwing up along the way.

Another one didn’t hit until I was in my 20’s, but in my 30’s they began in earnest and became chronic so I was having more headache days per month than not. I have had traditional migraine, ocular migraine, and chronic migraine. It’s the chronic migraine that seriously impacts my quality of life and ability to do my job.

I’m a teacher and a single mother. It feels like I’ve tried almost everything. Drugs, preventative drugs, chiropractic care, massage, I had my PFO closed. The only thing that has given me any real relief has been the steroid/lidocaine shot my GP in San Diego used to give me. Since moving, I’ve not found another doctor who will do it. I thought I had found one, but he wanted me to try botox instead. The botox is making me feel worse 🙁

Getting very frustrated with this and my kids come back to school on Wednesday. Right now I’ll be a crap teacher to 26 4 year olds.

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  • glassmind
    5 months ago

    So sorry to hear of your frustrations. You have my empathy. I also just moved and my new doc questioned the very exsistance of my migraines and has failed to get me access to any, yes any m,edications other than an athsma inhaler (I have 7 active medications from before the move. Three for migraine.)

    Thank you for sharing your experience and both raising awareness of the frustrations of Migraine and treatments as well as building this community.

    May things improve soon for us both.


  • Crystal.Harper
    6 months ago

    First, I really want to say thank you for sharing your story. I know that’s not easy to do. I also want to say that you found an amazing community that understands exactly how you’re feeling.

    On another note, I’m a big proponent of firing your doctor if they aren’t listening to your concerns. I know how frustrating it is to see multiple doctors and take time out of your schedule to do so, but your health is worth it and nobody should have to suffer while trying to find a treatment to end their suffering.

    I’m sending warm hugs your way for a solution and better days ahead. We are always here for you

  • Allyson.Ellis moderator
    6 months ago

    Uff, I hear how much you endure living with migraine, TravelCin. It is so miserable living without a treatment plan that helps to manage your symptoms. Moving and changing doctors is always such an ordeal. I hear how frustrating it feels being forced to try Botox before going to a treatment that had been offering you some relief. You are not alone struggling being a teacher with migraine. It is especially awful when your students are too young to try to understand why you are feeling so terrible and could they please try to be quieter today. I will be thinking of you as you prepare to start the school year. Wishing you a gentle day. ~Allyson ( team)

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