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Return of the Migraine


I am very glad to have found this group and wanted to submit my story.

For me my story is a bit of a sad one in that I have been migraine free and they have sadly returned after a very long time.

At the age of 16 I started to get a lot of migraine headaches and at the time it was put down to the stress of exams at school. My mum found out about Feverfew and I started to take them, continuing for several years. By the time I started working at 18 I cant remember having had any days off work with Migraine, so I guess they must have stopped or not been so bad by then.

Fast forward 22 years and I get to the ripe old age of 40. Its June this year and I am about to give up a job I have done for 12 years. During my last couple of weeks I got hit at work by what appeared to be a Migraine (visual disturbance, severe upset stomach, headache and looking so pale even my plumber noticed I was ill). I put it down to an illness or one off but sadly since I have had another 3 full visual disturbance Migraines and a few will lesser symptoms.

I for one thought giving up a stressful job etc would improve my health but sadly the complete opposite was happened and I am gutted to be suffering something I havent had in so long. My confidence about driving etc has even been shaken as I am worried about going anywhere and getting stuck not able to see.

Its really nice to read others stories and I am at the moment trying to decide if I need to start back on something like Feverfew etc or hoping like mad that they stop as quickly as they started up again.

I would like to wish you all my best and thank you for reading.

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  • Marsha
    5 years ago

    I’m sorry to hear about your experience. I would strongly encourage you to get a full exam from a neurologist/migraine specialist to rule out other possible causes and to explore all treatment options currently available — such as the entire class of Triptan drugs, which can be a lifesaver. Good luck!

  • Luna
    5 years ago

    Definitely try something. Here is information on natural treatments. Hope you find something that works.

    And don’t forget lifestyle such as given in Sarah Hackley’s article
    There are many lifestyle changes we migraineurs can make to improve our quality of life and hopefully decrease – or at least more effectively manage – our symptoms:

    *Substituting one trigger food for a migraine-friendly alternative;
    *Going to sleep at the same time every night;
    *Waking up at the same time every morning;
    *Reducing or eliminating alcohol intake;
    *Reducing or eliminating caffeine intake;
    *Scheduling regular meal times; (preferably healthy foods)
    *Drinking more water;
    *Starting a daily yoga practice or taking a daily walk; and/or
    Meditating for five to ten minutes upon waking or before bed.

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