Out of Nowhere...

It was late 2013. A completely normal day at my job. Not doing anything out of the ordinary. I felt a headache coming on. I didn't think much of it. I rarely get headaches, so I do the normal thing and take some over the counter medication and continue with my day. The hours pass but the pain does not.

My worst head pain yet

By 2:30pm, my normal quitting time, I'm experiencing the worst headache I've had in, at that time, 53 years of life. I call my wife to let her know I'm on the way home and inform her of this headache. By the time I get home, the pain is intense, a 12 on a scale of 10. Mostly on the left side. It feels like an ice pick is plunged into my ear canal. I start up the jets in the bath hot tub and let the hot water beat against my head for at least an hour. Finally, the pain begins to ease and slowly goes away. Afterwards, there's no sign of pain. I feel 100% normal, like the last 8 hours never occurred.

Discovering Nurtec for migraine relief

Fast forward 10+ years. Same scenario on a weekly basis. Two MRIs, doctors, neurologists, migraine "specialists", witchcraft, you name it. No solution. No diagnosis.

Finally, a nurse practitioner who specializes in sleep disorders gives me a sample of Nurtec. During the next onset of migraine, I try it. It was like magic. The pain stopped and I was 100% free of headache in an hour. It was a miracle. Something actually works!

To this day, no one, including myself, has been able to discover the root cause of these. All I know is Nurtec saved me!

Getting Nurtec through my insurance

United Healthcare covered the full cost. But now my employer has gone to Aetna, and I've got to convince Aetna to cover it.

These headaches can have a wide range of characteristics. They can be anywhere from 2 to 10 hours and the pain range on a scale of 10 can be 5 to 15, 15 being almost unbearable. Strange thing is that when they pass, they're gone. I'm completely normal for a week. Then, rinse and repeat.

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