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I’m a 26 year old Chef. My Migraines started around the age of 17 but were only a once or twice a year occurrence. But shortly after i turned 25 they became almost incapacitating. I would suffer from up to 5 migraines a week (Sometimes 2 a day, sometimes 1 would last 2-3 days) and be too “HUNGOVER” the rest of the days to function properly.

When my headaches became more severe i was eventually able to distinguish the “AURA” that warned me one was on the way. I would struggle to ‘find words’ or muddle my words while i was speaking. Stiffness in my neck and shoulders. My left foot would sometimes drag a bit or i would stumble/bump into things.

This would then give me the chance to take a ‘migraine kit’ early and miss the pain. The Migraine kit is a pill pack that my local chemist sells, (1x muscle relaxant, 1x painkiller, 2x menograine, 1 x nausea tablet) This worked great, but made me very drowsy and was not kind to my stomach lining. Also with the frequency that i was having to take these, i was putting myself at risk of rebound headaches.

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In Feb 2011 i had a ‘Life Shattering’ Migraine. It wouldn’t break. My mother said i lay on the bathroom floor, hysterical, for 3 hours. I just wanted to die. I was afraid i wouldn’t die…

The next day, i could barely speak, i struggled to walk for days afterwards. I went to my GP and he sent me for blood tests. Tests told nothing. He suggested i go on Sebelium and Maxalt.

My experience with Sebelium is that it stopped all the “little” Migraines, the scale 1-6, but i still got the very severe ones, approx 1-2 a month. But what had also happened was that my “AURA” was gone. So i had no warning about when the Migraine would happen, which makes it almost impossible to use Maxalt, because you need to take it BEFORE it happens.

When i did take the Maxalt i found that it would knock out EVERY pain receptor in my body. So i wouln’t feel the Migraine. But i could still ‘hear’ it happening. I could still feel the throb, but without the blinding pain. I also burnt my hand badly (Chef) because of no functioning pain receptors. This wasn’t going to work.

I the went to see a Homeopath. He told me the Migraines were so severe and frequent because the acidity in my body was too high. He then told me to have Alkaline powder and Citro Soda in a little water, 3 times a day. It works just as well as the sebelium, stopping all the minor, daily Migraines. But nothing will stop the very severe ones.

I come from a family with a history of Migraine, my Grandfather, my Mother and Myself. So while it sucks having the whole hereditary thing, at least I am surrounded by people who KNOW.

I had to leave art class because a Migraine started. I was so embarrassed. I felt like i was damaged or an invalid. Most of my class mates didn’t understand why i would need someone to fetch me because i was getting a headache. But i guess they didn’t realize that within 10 min of leaving i was screaming.

I live in constant fear that one will start when i’m out in public or i’ll be caught without any medication. Stuck out in the light and noise. I have a restaurant and am self employed. I can’t take a sick day. I work through most of my Migraines. Sticking my head in a dark cupboard, just to get a break from the light and the noise before i have to go back out there and carry on. Hoping i won’t throw up or faint.

My Mother and Grandfather say that at this age for them it was also at its worst and that it will get better as i get older. I can only PRAY that’s true…

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  • Sara Borders
    8 years ago

    Loved this article and totally related. Feel your pain and wishing you better days. Always nice to know there are others out there who understand!

  • Marquita Fuchs
    8 years ago

    I feel for you. There are so many different triptans related to the maxalt. maybe try a different drug. I have used most of them , some give a little lesss drug Hangover. Ice helps. vitamin water, they do get better with age. Accupuncture helped.

  • Danielle Howell
    8 years ago

    I agree with Georgia, I have a lot of migraines, more days with migraines than without but you need to have the attitude of saying that if it comes I will cope. I know how you feel, I have had to work through migraines, it isn’t pleasant, it is one of the worst tortures, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone but if you go through life fearing a migraine is right around the corner you are missing out on al of the small pleasures. Also, the migraine medicines do have side effects like you mentioned you might want to see a neurologist and talk to him/her and see what you can find to help you. I know you are a chef are some of the smells from the food triggering your migraines, possibly the lighting?

  • Laura Cramer
    8 years ago

    good article!

  • Georgia Slesinger
    8 years ago

    Does your restaurant have flourescent lighting? Flourescent lights are a trigger for me. If you have them, maybe you could change them? I know it’s hard, never knowing when a migraine is going to hit you like a ton of bricks. Acceptance is the only thing that works for me. Fearing the onset just makes things worse. If you can get to a place where you can say, “Well, either I’ll get one or I won’t and I’ll manage either way”, it will go a long way toward helping you cope.
    Wishing you more migraine-free days!

  • Diane Miranda Weaver
    8 years ago


  • Jessica Smith
    8 years ago

    You said you saw you GP & a homeopath. What about a Neurologist? CT/MRI Possibly an EEG all seem to be in order here. There has got to be something that can help you. Don’t ive up keep looking.

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