MIGRAINES FOR OVER 60 YEARS

Thank you for allowing me to share my information. I am new to this web site and am grateful for others sharing their experience.

I began having severe headaches when I was only 4 years old and they were sure I had a brain tumor. Not sure how much was known then about migraines. I have had them off and on all my life with most related to the weather, smells, sunlight and exertion. I missed a lot of school and work over the many years but they would subside sometimes for months with only a few moderate headaches which tend to run in my family.

They actually got better for about 4-5 years ?? and I thought “Finally, they are gone now that I am much older.” Well, that was wrong. They started back with a ferocious attack this year off and on (mostly on) and for the past 2 months have been the worst I have ever experienced with piercing one sided occasional 5-10 second sharp stabbing pains that almost brought me to my knees. I was home bound for almost 6 weeks just trying to deal with the pain. I did get Imitrex which was a Godsend for me but I was very cautious about taking it since I have coronary artery disease, b/p issues and some irregular heart beats. This is a no no for people with these issues I learned, even though it was given to me, because I was desperate with the pain. I am still dealing with some headaches every single day and have been for about 2-3 months now, I believe I am getting used to the daily pain and seem to be able to endure it if it stays at a #5 (I rate my pain) It does not seem to have a rhyme or reason now… These headaches come on with a very sore and tight neck and I was told I have some irregular (abnormal) vessels in my head which I was probably born with. Tests showed this.

It is all very difficult to really diagnose or treat because many meds cause me problems. I am debating about the daith piercing but not sure this is the answer for me. I understand infection can be a possibility and with my fibromyalgia also, I am sure the pain is powerful. I am praying for the answer. I would appreciate any thoughts or ideas as to your experience.

Thank you for allowing me to share my story and be a part of this website.

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  • Tamara
    2 years ago

    I feel you …… I’m getting use to have to deal with daily migraines at the 5/10 level too, it’s not fun because of the exhaustion it comes with that just gets worse. I’m down to part time, need 10 hours sleep at night plus a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon just to be able to wash dishes/eat etc.

    You could try to find an acupuncture person (can’t spell … migraine coming lol) near you that does ear acupuncture. It is very tiny, thin needles (talking like 3-4mm long) that are placed in the ear and then stickies are put over them so they don’t fall out. They are placed in a few different spots depending on your overall health but one is where the daieth pricing goes – a way to test to see how it works for you before committing to some painful like the daith psiercing. Unfortunately for me it did nothing but may help a lot for you.

  • Buni author
    2 years ago

    Thank you so much for your suggestions. There are times we all feel alone with the unexpected pain cycles and having to “drop out” of life, and it is very difficult to find a DR that will really take the time to talk with you, listen, review your history and issues and work with you on a solution, especially if you have difficulty taking many medications.

    Thank you again for commenting and sharing. I will look into the acupuncture and wish only “better days” for you. God bless…. Buni

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