Waiting for a painfree day.

When I was young, I remember coming home from school and seeing my mother’s car in the driveway. I knew she was home early and I knew why. I would go inside and find her on the couch with a heating pad laying on her face. She had a migraine. But, as soon as my father got home, she was up making dinner then cleaning up. This would happen from time to time. It wasn’t until I had my first migraine at the age of 19 that I realized, SHE DID THAT IN THIS MUCH PAIN??!! That was my mother, never a complainer, she worried about everyone else. I lost her to colon cancer when I was 26 years old, she was 62.

My migraines did not seem to come that often in my early 20’s, they got worse as I reached 25 -30. They came more often and much stronger, bed ridden with the vomitting just debilitating. I had an MRI (2 actually they just did another one a few months ago), which showed nothing. Had my eyes checked, they were fine. Went to a chiropractor, my doctor at the time did not agree, but the chiropractor was sure he could get rid of the headaches. Not so much. At this point I am having headaches daily not always migraines just old fashioned headaches. Some in my forehead, or the top of my head, back of my neck. My migraines favorite spot….the right side, always.

I am now 44 years old and I can’t remember the last pain free day I had. I take Excedrin on a daily basis, have for years now, and some days I will need the Maxalt for the stronger headaches, this is to stop it from going into a Migraine. I also am taking a preventative, Topamax. Apparently not doing as well as it should. I am being treated for depression as well. I used to live in fear of getting a Migraine, now I live in fear of not having my meds to stop the pain. So many things I want to do, but do not feel well enough to do them. Waiting for a cure…waiting for a pain free day.

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