A Sufferer Since 13

Hi. My name is Kim. I’ve suffered with migraines, since the age of 13. I was started on midrin with no relief. I’ve moved on to imitrex injections. Those lasted for awhile, but now in my 40’s they seem to have gotten out of control. I take so much medication. I’m surprised I can function on any level.

I have been very fortunate that I have 2 wonderful little boys. During my pregnancies I suffered no migraines whatsoever. The day after each of my sons birth. I had severe migraines. Life has taken a slow turn for the worse. My migraines have escalated to 3-4 days at a time with more then 15 a month. I feel so bad for my boys that they have to suffer with me. I can’t make any plans and sometimes I have to cancel. It makes me feel so useless. I have to rely on others to take care of my children. Now I’ve have Botox and take a ton more medication. I was hoping that they would get better with age but it’s only worse.

My only hope is to find support and people that understand. I really am glad I’ve found this site. Thank you.

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  • Kim author
    5 years ago

    Thank you for all your support. It makes me feel less alone. This is day 3 and I’m tired. You’ve all shown and reminded me that I’m not alone. Again thank you.

  • Marikay62
    5 years ago

    Kim, you are not alone❤️ like you I’ve had migraines all my life but it wasn’t until I hit pre-menopause about age 46 that mine started to get chronic I lost a job because I missed too many days. For that past four years I’ve been living in a hell depression chronic headaches migraines 4-5 times a week I don’t have any social life I basically live in my bed every day it’s hard to do any housework , to go grocery shopping and I felt horrible for my husband. Sometimes he understands and sometimes he gets overwhelmed because he works 50+ hours a week and then has to come home to clean.
    I’m not the person he married and I hate this life I have. Prayers that you find some sort of relief. Marikay in Ohio

  • miltmay33
    5 years ago

    kim i am very sorry about your migraines. i am 57 now and mine started to be very bad at 40 — i had headaches a lot before that but i would take tons of tylenol and control them – but at 40 they got much worse — i was working at the time and continued to work — i was in a botox trial — it worked for 6 mos. and i could not believe i had no headaches for 6 entire months — then bam they were back, then i had abdominal surgery when i was 45 and i woke up the next morning and couldn’t even get my head off the pillow and they have been very bad since then — i have the migraines about half of the month and then daily chronic headaches every other day. i too am on tons of meds. i worked for 26 years at the same job but after that surgery i had to fight to get disability because i could not work anymore. i used to lay on the floor at work on my lunch hour to try to make it through the afternoon and with the meds i am on (that do not really help) i could never work. i too feel useless. i used to have loads of friends but even the really good ones have stopped being very friendly. i plan to do something and most times i have to cancel so they get sick of that and after a while just don’t bother with you anymore because they do not understand. you look basically ok so how can you be sick like you say you are. i have no children, but i am lucky to have a very understanding husband who takes everything in stride but i know he must be sick of it as well. i am spending more time in bed than i am sitting up and i just feel like i really am not good for much of anything — my saving grace is that i do pray a lot and i am willing to keep trying all the concoctions the doctors throw at me in hopes that something will calm them down a bit. but you have come to the right place. everyone here understands and please feel free to vent — we are lucky to have a place where we can do that because not a lot of people want to listen to it. so try to keep your chin up and i am sending prayers you way. alice in new hampshire

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Sadly, we all know how it feels to have friends drift away. It’s not easy to manage the illness and to have much of a social life. All we can do is cherish those who do support us and make sure they know we appreciate it.

    I thought I’d share this past article about ways to handle our friends who just don’t get it.
    -Katie

    http://migraine.com/blog/when-migraines-endanger-our-friendships/

  • Angie
    5 years ago

    Alice I will be praying for you. I completely understand about work and good friends who really dont get it. I believe they dont intend to hurt us they just really cannot understand how it takes over your entire life. I actually hate saying the words “I have a migraine” because it feels like people just are rolling their eyes. I have been so depressed because I dont really have anybody to really talk to because Im afraid after years and years of daily headaches or migraines that everyone close to me is over it. Im glad I found this site and finally got the courage to post on here. Your husband sounds like a very caring man. I hooe i didnt ramble too much.
    Angie from GA

  • Angie
    5 years ago

    Kim thanks for sharing your story. While I read your post it was like you were describing my life. I have had migraines since i was 12 and the only time i have been close to headache free was during my 2 pregnancies. I also have 2 boys who are my world but I cant be the mom that i want to be or that they deserve. I have been out of work since Dec 9 with extreme dizziness nausea fatigue do to constant migraines. so to say i am depressed is an understatement. I am so tired of doctors medicine and tests. Thank you because I dont feel quite as lonely. I pray that you will find some relief.
    Angie

  • margaret
    5 years ago

    Hi Kim, I’m so sorry to hear about your suffering on so many levels. I understand that the pain is not just physical but also emotional when you can’t be there for your children. As a mother and a migraine survivor I pray that you find some relief and get your life back. I wish you all the best and my prayers are with you.

  • Kim author
    5 years ago

    Thank you so much for your support. As I type this I have woken up with one. One more day at a time.

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