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Quality vs Quantity

Every day migraineurs struggle with the realization that we are poisoning our bodies with chemicals meant to control our symptoms and get some relief from our chronic illness.

I have been living with migraine since my early twenties, I am now 57 and they’ve only gotten worse, to where I have daily chronic migraine.

This to me means that for part of each and every day I have a migraine of some type, sometimes silent, sometimes painful, it’s a mixed bag and I never know what I’m gonna get. I have never taken anything but my triptan (Maxalt) for an attack, so when they didn’t work I just suffered in silence. Not anymore.

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. This fall I finally asked my doctor for pain medication. She prescribed me hydrocodone. She knows I do not like taking medications, especially one this dangerous, but it was time. I am very careful and only take when I have to but I have them. I am living more of my life now instead of spending it curled up in bed with Lifetime movies.

So to those who refuse to take relief medication… I was there. It’s not worth it. I may not live as long as if I did not take this stuff but my quality of life is certainly better.

So, it’s up to you, do you want to live another 10 years feeling crappy or 5 years feeling decent. For me, I’ll take 5 decent ones.

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  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing what is working for you. And you are absolutely correct, no one wants to suffer with pain every day.

    I was just wondering about the medication you mentioned. Is Maxalt the only one, or have you tried preventive medications as well? I understand not wanting to take medications for migraine because some of us may feel we are “poisoning our bodies with chemicals.” But I’m not sure people feel the same way about diabetes or epilepsy – both of which are chronic diseases. Migraine is a neurologic genetic disease, can be episodic or chronic and needs to be managed just like diabetes or other chronic diseases.

    To do that, some people with migraine may need to take daily preventive medication, in addition to abortives like Maxalt. This is similar to someone taking epilepsy preventive medications or insulin shots.

    We have some great information on the essentials of migraine management I’d like to share with you;

    A new article about pain medications is very interesting;

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Great Rene.

    Is the neurologist a migraine specialist by any chance? Migraine specialists are experts in headache medicine who treat one disorders all day, every day – ours! Theses doctors are board certified in headache medicine by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS.) To find out what is so special about these doctors, take a look at this information; 2.

    Please keep us posted on how you make out at your doctors visit, OK?

  • Rene' author
    6 years ago

    Hi Nancy,
    Most of my migraines are weather related. I tried a preventive(Topomax)several years ago and it didn’t work for me at that time. I have an appt. with a neurologist in 2 months, we’ll see what my options are.

  • Shelly
    6 years ago

    I agree. Suffering “sucks”. Sorry to be so blunt. I tried Botox two months ago. I was extremely anxious after I did it, but I realized what if I didn’t try. It has helped until this week. I do not know if it is wearing off or if I was eating way too many trigger foods this week because of the holidays. Your article is an inspiration. On a side note, when I rated your article I meant to give it 5 * but pressed 2 &couldn’t change it. Sorry!

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