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My migraine History

I am 69 and have had migraines since I was a small child. Back then they were called “bilious attacks” and no medication. As the years passed I discovered medication. I now take Zomig when the aura starts and dont have headache or vomiting but still have the “hangover”. As I am a carer for my 93 year old mother I cant be sick as she depends on me for everything. It is so hard caring for someone when you yourself are suffering. But we do it!!! After suffering weekly migraines for years I read up on triggers and realized I was eating too much yoghurt.

I stopped yoghurt and my migraines are now one a month. Here in Sydney we have had over a week of thunderstorms and I have just had a migraine where I had two consecutive auras. This has never happened before.I will discuss this with my doctor as I have always had a terrible fear that migraines will somehow affect my brain.

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  • Kippieloo
    5 years ago

    Hi Faye, I’m 66 and have had migraine since I was 13. My Dad said, when they started “Those are bilious attacks. I had them when I was your age, but you’ll outgrow them like I did.” Like you said, no medication. Aspirin made it worse. I still don’t take aspirin, preferring ibuprofen as a pain killer.
    As a long term sufferer, I’m sure that you’ve noticed that your migraines have changed over the years. I now get mine in the middle of the night. I no longer get the aura that defined them for me through my teens and twenties. They now drag out for 2-5 days between pre- and postdrome.
    I used to joke about “barometric pressure” when there was no other reason for a migraine attack, so I think it’s funny that it’s now being offered as a trigger. Only thing for me is – my brain loves the hot, humid, rainy, low pressure weather. It’s when we move from a low to a high – with clear skies and fresh, dry air that my brain rebels with a migraine.
    I raised 2 children, who learned early that sometimes Mum has to lie down in the dark. They played quietly – as I remember. They could easily have used “headache” as an excuse to take a day off school, but they never did. My Dad lived with me the last 5 years of his life, and yes, caregiving was difficult with a migraine, but he understood and I managed to give him decent care on the days when I was suffering.
    Food triggers are tricky, it seems. What bothers one, is no problem for another. Bananas are a trigger for me now, but dairy and luncheon meats have never been.
    Sorry for your suffering, but relieved that there is another migraineur, like me, who’s been around the block a few times.

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    You are so right that yogurt (and other dairy products) can be triggers. I’m so glad you figured out that this is your trigger.

    Also so many Migraineurs feel that changes in barometric pressure cause an increasein Migraines. There hasn’t been too much research to prove this, but a lot of us can almost predict a Migraine based on the weather.

    Best Wishes!
    -Katie Moderator

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