Migraines no more?

I’m 22 years old and I’ve been experiencing migraines between 5 and 12 times per month since I was about 17/18. Unfortunately, they run in my family, on both sides, so I was basically doomed.

After several migraines, I realized that they weren’t just headaches, so I went to the doctor and asked for a prescription because I knew from my mother’s experience, that it could take forever for them to actually prescribe it to you, so I started asking right away when I knew there was an issue. I had been on birth control pills since I was 16 because I had severe cramping (so bad that I would vomit), excessive bleeding, and a very irregular cycle. The pills really helped for a few years, but I’ve come to believe that they are what caused the hormonal migraines.

The first doctor prescribed massage therapy, but that was only great for the regular tension headaches, and sometimes I would leave that place with a migraine anyways. I also had a bit of acupuncture, which felt great, but didn’t help with the headaches. The second doctor prescribed magnesium. I didn’t see any change while taking the magnesium so I stopped taking it after a few months. Eventually, I was prescribed zolmitriptan which was amazing. Though it doesn’t prevent the migraines, it stops it dead in its tracks. At any point during the migraine, it didn’t have to be the beginning or early onset, I could take one 2.5mg tablet and the migraine would be gone after 1-3 hours, depending on severity. Side effects that I had included nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and excessive aches and pains-like my whole body was sore and sensitive. Either way though, the side effects were better than having the migraine.

I went to another doctor for a prescription refill and she suggested that I might have estrogen withdrawal and that’s why sometimes my migraines would occur just before I started my cycle, after I stopped taking the pill. She told me to consistently take the pill, for 3 months without a break for my cycle, and then after the 3 months, stop for a week, then start up again. The point was to still have migraines, just fewer. This didn’t work and gave me terrible side effects. Since then, my mother has recently seen a natural allergist who was able to reintroduce different frequencies of, well everything, into her body, such as weather patterns, foods, hormones, etc. She has not yet had a migraine for over a year. I have recently tried the same thing. I required 4 visits and the migraines have so far severely lessened. I’m also thinking about trying a different birth control pill or other method because that could potentially be the last straw that my body is hanging onto, even though my cells don’t want to accept it. In the next few weeks, I’ll be able to find out for sure whether my migraines have lessened or disappeared. But even 1 migraine per month, compared to the 12 I sometimes had before, is something I’ll gladly accept!

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