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A Growing Weedy Vine

My migraines started when I was about 21. I would get a pain on the left side of my head that slowly grew, until I couldn’t function. If I was at work, I usually would end up by not reaching home before I would vomit. Once home, my only remedy was to lie down and think positive thoughts. This type occurred once or twice a year.

As I got older I learned to keep my stomach calm, by a kind of meditation that I learned, but they also became more frequent, once a month. I would also get regular headaches in between. Eventually I found myself only working and dealing with the headaches.

I tried many medications but non worked. My doctor eventually put me on oxycontin and that started to give me a life. We both agreed on a maximum dosage and I’ve never asked for higher. Now I can go to most things, but I’m anxious about taking plane trips.

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  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago


    thank you for sharing your story here. It always helps patients to see what others might be doing to help them live a good productive life despite Migraine Disease.

    Oxycontin as you know can be addictive. Even worse, it can cause MOH or rebound headache which can play a part in the transformation from episodic to chronic Migraine or chronic daily headache. There are other medications that have been introduced through the years that actually treat the Migraine itself – not just the pain of the attack as the oxy is doing. Triptans are now considered a first line medicine that you might really want to look into trying if you haven’t so far. By going to the Forum section of this website you can ask questions of other patients about both of these types of treatments which might help you make a good informed decision about whether you want to try to change your treatment at this stage or not.

    Either way, I am so very glad for you that you have a doctor that agrees to treat your pain. Many patients are not so lucky and suffer a great deal as a result.

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