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I started getting migraines 6 months after my fourth child was born. I was always prone to headaches and probably experienced a few migraines during the years I had my other children. In 8 years I have not had more than 3 weeks of no migraines. I’ve always believed in natural healing and therefore tried herbals acupuncture, homeopathy,massage, and chiropractic.

I soon realized that I needed something “serious”. I have been taking relpax for a about 10 years as an abortive. I have been on Topamax, propranolol, neurontin, atenolol, amytriptalin. At the lowest dosages, I could not tolerate the side effects. They also never worked beyond a couple months. Increasing doses just made me feel either anxious, dizzy, depressed, you name it.

I’m off everything but my trusty relpax. I take courses of dexamethasone when I need it. When I feel good, not a day goes by when I don’t feel thankful. I fully engage in life and am aware of my blessings. When I’m in bed in excruciating pain, vomiting and crying, I feel hopeless and afraid. As a super sensitive and self aware woman, I know to take care of myself, mind and body. I do. But as a super sensitive person who feels deeply, my pain is easily triggered.

I am so careful to live a trigger free life, a healthy life. I don’t know if and when I will ever to be able to put the thoughts of migraine in the background of my mind. I am more than my migraines. I am a wife, a mother, sister, daughter, friend and therapist. I’d like to fully live without being defined as a migraneaur. My next goal is to try to find a way to pay for Botox. Then I can say I’ve tried it all. Here’s to finding freedom!

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  • ocprgmr
    4 years ago

    Amylove,

    Check out the assistance that Allergan has…

    http://www.botoxchronicmigraine.com/botox-patient-savings/

    Hopefully you’ll find something that will assist you. Even if you don’t think you qualify, cal and talk to them.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    5 years ago

    Hi Amylove,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and welcome to a wonderful site full of folks who truly comprehend what migraine is.

    It is important to understand what our triggers are and it sounds like you are doing a good job trying to live a “trigger free life.” Between certain foods, fluctuating hormones and changes in the barometric pressure that’s not easy to do! I wonder however, if you’ve kept a migraine journal recently? The thing is our triggers can change over time and if you haven’t kept a journal recently, it may be a good idea to do so. With so many apps out there, it is easier then ever. Migraine.com has a Migraine Meter, I’ll share the link with you; http://migraine.com/migraine-meter/.

    Did you know there are over 100 medications that can be used for migraine prevention! As much as it feels like we have tried everything out there, it really isn’t possible. In fact it would take close to twenty five years to try them all in the correct way and at the proper dose. Here is information on migraine prevention medications; https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-management-essential-4-preventive-treatment/.

    One other thing I’d like to mention is a problem people with migraine may run into is called medication overuse headache or moh which was formerly called rebound. Moh can occur if we take migraine abortives like Relpax, and certain pain relievers, whether they are over-the-counter or prescription more than two to three days a week. And the thing is that we can end up in an endless cycle of pain that is hard to break and our migraines will be more difficult to treat. Here is information on moh; https://migraine.com/blog/help-how-can-i-not-overuse-migraine-medications/.

    I hope this information helps,

    Nancy

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