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The Greatest Time Thief

On April 9, 2000 I was the victim of a pedestrian/car accident. My car slid off the road into a field when it hit black ice during the last snowstorm of that season. I got out of the car in the field to walk home and ironically, even though it was after midnight, another car hit the same black ice on this remote rural highway and the young driver saw me in her headlights and hit me from behind. I woke up after being knocked out face down in the mud. I suffered sixteen stitches to my face, a broken nose and a fractured right femur.

That was the beginning of my migraines and intermittent back pain. I have tried many OTC and prescription meds. I am currently using Amerge and today had the generic form Naratriptan filled for the fist time for only $10 for 9 tablets. I also bought Claritin D generic from Walmart and am feeling some relief from the pain. Allergies trigger my migraines, stress, some foods, MSG, lack of sleep and barametric changes to name a few. I am not on an maintance drugs at the time being but have used beta blockers and Topomax (which almost killed me with the side effects).

After ten years of working full time and attending school 1/2 time during these migraines I will be receiving my Bachlor’s degree in Speech Communications and Media Studies tomorrow. Any victory with constant migraines is one to brag about and today, I will share my happiness that in spite of this debilitating disease, I have reached this goal with more to come…. best wishes to all of you who also suffer…

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Comments

  • Mawaal Ali
    8 years ago

    Hi janellegregory
    Congrats for your graduation

    why do not you try wet cupping it decreased rate of attacks by more than 50% for me

  • Mawaal Ali
    8 years ago

    .I am sorry for you. I hope wet cupping will help you but you should make sure it will work for you. it is well practiced in my country and in many other countries in the middl eeast. For me it helped my and it helped me to decrease rate and severeness of migraine attacks but for one of my friend it helped him well, he completely recovered.Wet cupping is a type of alternative medicine. It is a way of extracting blood from your body in some way and in a specified time.

  • Julie Layton
    8 years ago

    What is wet cupping? I am in desperate need of relief. I was diagnosed in March with breast cancer and since January of this yr., my migraines have escalated causing vertigo, seizures and pain that is beyond anything I have experienced with my migraines in 32 yrs. My neck is currently locked from the pain and I am working with a chiropractor to get it moving again and stop my neck muscles from spasming, which further exacerbates my migraines. This is a vicious cycle!

  • Missy Morris
    8 years ago

    I’m glad you wrote this, I have the same type of triggers, and will have to check out the medicines you wrote about. Congrats on your degree! 🙂

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago

    Hi janellegregory

    Congratulations on your recent graduation, as well as finding and dealing with so many triggers. I’m so sorry to hear when a Migraineur has had an accident trigger their attacks. I’m very glad you survived such an ordeal though.

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