My Journey with Migraines

I have been a migraine sufferer since the age of 6. I am now 35 years old and this has been a long and painful journey. By the time I was 12 I was put on medication to try to control the migraines but it seemed that after a while I became immune to anything I was put on so it seemed pointless to get more medicine. Throughout high school I had some bad ones but it wasn't until I became an adult that my migraines became out of control and nothing seemed to ease the pain.

One of my biggest triggers is peanuts. If I eat even 1 peanut I will get an instant migraine. I now get about 3 migraines a week and that is no way to live. At times my migraines will last for 3-4 days and I am not even able to get out of bed. When they get that bad I end up going to the emergency room where they give me a shot of demerol or something to help me. Sometimes I will get an aura and sometimes I won't. Sometimes I will be throwing up non-stop and sometimes I won't. I have tried everything under the sun to try to control my migraines but nothing seems to work for me.

I live on a small island in SE Alaska where my options are very limited. We do not have specialists here so I end up just suffering because I am not able to go to another state to see a specialist. I would give anything to not have migraines and I would not wish them on my worst enemy. As I am writing this, I am on day 2 of a migraine. This is no way to live for anyone.

The only time I was completely migraine free was during my pregnancy with my son and thank God I didn't have any migraines because I would not have been able to take anything for them. Migraines are heredity and do run in my family. I have an aunt and a cousin that get them almost as bad as I do. My son who is almost 14 was also diagnosed with them when he was 6 years old. If I could find a way to get rid of them completely I would do it. At this point in time, I am willing to do anything to be migraine free because I am not sure how much more of these I can take.

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