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Smooth sailing to troubled waters.

I was first diagnosed with Migraines at the age of 19…I was met with the typical notion that it was all in my head.

My first Neurologist was a joke would not try any known migraine medications put me on Prozac and told me I was depressed. I dealt with this until the age of 24 when I got pregnant with my first child. After that the migraines went away and I was blessed to be migraine free for 10 years. Then one day I forgot who my son was, I couldn’t speak right, I loss use of the right side of my body and I was rushed to the emergency room. We found out I was suffering from a hemiplegic migraine. I guess I was living the saying go big or go home! The migraines returned full force. That was over two years ago. I have had a few more hemiplegic attacks but mostly it’s the chronic migraine that does me in. In the last 10 months I have had a total of 6 migraine free days. I am at my wits end and I struggle to get through every day.

I went into the ER on Monday night because it has been too much pain and I wanted to try magnesium to see if would help with getting rid of the migraine. I was treated like a drug seeker. I do not even take prescription pain meds because I fear having rebound headaches. The stigma attached to migraine and these doctors that are uneducated about our conditions and the different way they present in each patient are making hard for a person like me who needs real help to trust those that are supposed to help me.

I continue to have hope that the Botox injections that my Neurologist and I have started will work but I must say it is hard to have a positive attitude after 295 days of migraine…

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  • Essence 32
    6 years ago

    Ican relate to your story in so many ways.I have 5 migraine free days a month, I suffer with hemiplegic migraines, and I go to the ER maybe once a month to receive droperidol,benedryl,zofran and toritol. This is my cocktail to fight my migraies.But, it’s the chronic migraines that keep me down most. I also was thought to be depressed, but with chronic pain daily it’s enough to make anyone depressed. I have taken several treatments of botox which worked by lessening the severity of a few migraines once I receive the treatment. Then back to the regular routine of daily migraines. I can say that my faith keeps me grounded along with a understanding family who suffer with me. That is the hardest part of this illness.Sorry, lost the topic. I hope botox works for you even if you get a few days of relief it is worth it.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    6 years ago

    I’m a little shocked that, after asking for magnesium you were still treated as a drug seeker. Usually asking for mag IV is the thing that makes most doctors relax and realize that you’re not there to get high.

    Here are some articles that might be of use to you re: the Emergency Department:

    Why does the ER treat me like a drug seeker?

    Tips and Tricks for a Successful ER visit:

    Migraines from an ER doc’s perspective:

    An ER Doctor’s Perspective: Strategies for Migraine Relief:

    Migraine and the ER: A Follow-up Interview:

    Forms for the ER:

    When to go to the ER:

  • zippy36
    6 years ago

    I’m sorry to hear about your condition. I too have been treated like a drug seeker when I go to the ER. You have to realize that there are so many people trying to scam drugs at the hospitals today. It is sad and makes it harder for people there who truly need help. I try to remember this and to not take it personally. I hope you find something that helps you.

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