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Nearly 50 years

I had my first migraine at age 12. I will never forget it. I was picking raspberries at my great-aunt’s and stopped to read my book, “Eight is Enough.” It struck with such force that I couldn’t see and vomited. My mother thought I was being dramatic. My first aura occurred when I was in English class at age 15. I couldn’t see and thought I had a brain tumor (my aunt had brain tumors). The school nurse called my mother to take me home and I must have been seriously pale and in pain, because my mother did call the doctor who said I had a migraine and there was nothing to be done.

I have had migraines on and off throughout the years, but they became seriously bad (frequent and severe) about 20 years ago when I got married and moved to Texas. The worst one was when I was traveling for work and trying to get on a plane to go home in Minneapolis. I couldn’t get on the plane becasue I was vomiting so much. The ambulance took me to the Egan hospital, and they gave me a shot of Imitrex. It was like a miracle. I stayed the night at the hotel where I had been staying and came home the next day, still with the migraine but not as bad. I asked my doctor about Imitrex and he got me into a study where I could get the medication. I was so thankful.

Through the subsequent years, the migraines have been bad, at least 1 to 2 a week. I know stress brings them on, food diaries were no help, they are bad when I have allergies. I am so thankful for the triptans because they make the migraines tolerable, but they aren’t magic. I have a migraine as I write this, from stress I’m sure. Maybe someday there will be an understanding of these demons, but for now they continue to rule my life.

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Comments

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago

    Hi fatimasamson,

    Have you tried the Migraine.com journal? There is more to a Migraine journal than simply writing down what you had to eat. Additionally, food triggers – like other triggers – are cumulative. Think of building blocks. You can only pile them so high before they tumble down. In this case, triggers are the blocks, and you can only deal with so many of them before a Migraine results. This is why it can be devilishly difficult to figure out your triggers. There are ways though! http://bit.ly/hgE7DK

  • Teresa Drummond Cherry
    8 years ago

    I know the feeling all too well. I’m 46y/o, have suffered migraines since my early teens. ive had one the past three full days. its been a nightmare to say the least. ive eat lortab, phenergan, tylenol, hoping for relief. I woke up this morning feeling better. ive been bed ridden for the past three days, praying day and night for relief. I hate it we have to suffer this disorder.

  • Teresa Drummond Cherry
    8 years ago

    i’ll read on it becky…..just hate taking pills but when im hurtin i will!!!

  • Becky Steadman
    8 years ago

    Teresa go to the doctor and get them to perscribe you maxalt for migraines. I take the and they work wonders.

  • Teresa Drummond Cherry
    8 years ago

    not sure what it is about women and migraines except hormonal possibly? whatever it is , its pure torture!

  • Micheal Edwards
    8 years ago

    whats it about wemam and migrains . They lord is punishing you poor girls they are bad .i feel for you honey. Hope you feel better soon .you ant 46 you way to hot for 45 man oh man yous hot girl gray is lucky to have such a beautiful woman

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