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Oh if only I had family history to work with!

I must start with my grateful thanks to everyone else who posts here and on other boards, groups and websites/blogs with regards to migraines- it does wonders for my attitude toward this disease and dealing with my own struggles with migraines.

To start, I can remember I’ve always had headaches. My worst ever headache I ended up in Urgent Care and they gave me Imitrex– I was in my early 20s and I thought I was going to die- and that was after the Imitrex! Note to self- triptans not so cool! In my mid 20s I was finally diagnosed with migraine, surprisingly enough I started getting more and more migraines as I worked my way in and up in my company (stress? you bet!). Medications upon medications, doctors, more doctors, depression, crying, more headaches (mainly from the crying), finally! a neurologist who was willing to try anything to find me some relief! He tried combos of meds, abortives, had an ER plan, and determined he was at his end- he couldn’t figure out what to do next but refer me to a new clinic that had a Headache Clinic of its own.

So now here I am, new Neurologist, attending Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Pain Psychology, talking to gynecologists for hormone balancing, making diet changes and attempting to lose weight. I get Botox. I have DHE injections for abortives and Ketoralac for rescue, a slew of vitamins and supplements and preventatives I take daily- I take more pills than my grandfather did when he was 80, and I’m 29! And worst of all, because my mom was adopted and my dad took off, there’s absolutely no history to work with, so the only thing we know for sure is that there is no brain tumor because I had a MRI.

I treat this like I’m a recovering addict- day by day, minute by minute. It hurts less to laugh than it does to cry, and I’m less tense when I’m positive than when I’m negative, so I’m learning to focus on relaxing and releasing tension and frustration. So if you drive past me and I’m freaking out- that’s just me releasing tension! Worry not! I’m just trying to avoid another migraine!

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  • Maureen Baxter Douglas
    8 years ago

    I too don’t have medical history….my mother committed suicide when I was 11 months and my dad died when I was 15.

  • Genie Skinner
    8 years ago

    I love your sense of humor! If you suffer from migraines, the only way to cope is to have a positive attitude that is for sure. I took Imitrex for the first time a few days ago. How I have gotten to 20 years of migraines and this was my first Imitrex experience, I don’t know. However, I didn’t like it! It did knock out my migraine (thank goodness) but I was left feeling like things were crawling all over me, a general sense of unwell.. burning, tingling, and dizzy. It was not a great feeling. I think when I take it again, I will make sure I am also taking something that will put me to sleep so I don’t know that I feel creepy.

  • Robin Melton
    8 years ago

    I hear ya sweetie…. when we feel good, the anxiety of not wanting to get a headache overwhelms us and 9 times out of 10 we end up with a migraine……

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago

    Mandy, I hate that you have to deal with Migraines, but definitely love your attitude 🙂 Like you, I had to learn early on that attitude is a choice, and I needed to choose a good one – each and every day. Sometimes things get overwhelming and I feel like I’m going to crawl out of my skin, but for me that usually ends up actually a prodrome symptom. Working with that helps me to treat early and sometimes I can keep things toned down enough that I feel relatively normal! Yes, there is hope 🙂 Where there is hope, there is also the need for lots of patience. Hang on to patience… it’s the key to finding good management!

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