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My Lifelong Struggle With Migraines

I had my first migraine when I was 11 years old. I will be 51 this year and as I went into my 40’s they became worse than ever. I have tried just about every new medicine that is in the Triptan family; such as Imitrex, Maxalt, Zomig, Relpax, Amerge and others, I could go on and on. My migraines are in my right eye, (behind the right eye) they never changed. My symptoms never changed, sensitive to light, sound, throbbing /sharp pain, nausea/vomiting, etc. My right hand, actually my four fingers get ice cold. There are certain odors, several foods that are triggers. The weather, barometric pressure is a big one.

My children are all adults now and I gotta tell you, I think back to all of their school activities, extracurricular activities and I only maybe missed 2% of all three of them combined. Now, most days are such a struggle. I thank God, he got me through my children’s early years. My oldest son, who is now 28, when he was 16, he did a research paper on Migraines because of me and because of him. Both of my sons have experienced migraines, thankfully my daughter has not. I do not want my children to live a life that I have too. My family has had to deal with such frustration because they don’t know what to do to make it better. My husband certainly has gone way beyond the meaning of “in health and sickness”.

I have DAILY CHRONIC MIGRAINES and I am currently going through the Botox treatments, they have cut down the “severe” migraines from 4 – 6 a month to 1 or 2 a month. I haven’t been hospitalized in 13 months. Now, this may not seem like an improvement to some people, but to me ~ it is. The botox treatment is 31 injections into her forehead, temples (both sides), the back of your skull, the base of your skull and the top of your shoulders. This is not a FUN process, however the outcome has been a decrease, which anyone who is a migraine sufferer can understand why they will take what they can get.

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  • Pamela
    5 years ago

    I understand & do have my compassion truly!
    Do you have concerns about future side affects of Botox that might be known yet?
    And wow it is amazing how people can see & know your story but never put together how many ways we are suffering.
    It is terribly hurtful & cruel how people can be or and that don’t even realize it.

  • Patricia Aldridge author
    5 years ago

    Hi Pamela,
    Thanks for your input, I appreciate it. To answer your questions, yes I do have concerns about future side effects of the botox. I also have the same concerns about any other medications as well. I have always tried to come up with alternative methods that don’t involve meds., such as; massage therapy. I try to go every other week for massage therapy. My insurance doesn’t cover it and I’m fine with that, because it does help. I hold so much stress in my neck and shoulders and my therapist works on the lumps that are there. It is just so frustrating because by the time I go back the lumps are back. It’s a work in progress. I posted this on my Facebook page a few days ago ~ “Don’t Judge My Path, If You Haven’t Walked My Journey.”

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