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Will this never end?

My migraines began at aged 28. I don’t quite know why they started, but I had been through a period of high stress, and was dealing with health issues as well. They continued to be annoying throughout my thirties while I was having children, but it wasn’t will i was about 40 that they started to get life style annoying. I started taking codeine and ibuprofen whenever they struck and seemed to cope with this. It wasn’t until after my youngest child died and i went back to work, that they really got under way.

Probably stress related as well as health issues. I eventually had to give up working as they were too debilitating. i was taking Maltexo and the tripans to help, but they made it ten times worse. I ended up in hospital as the pain was off the scale and they were coming two to three times a week. Once i stopped the triptans, they settled down a bit, but i still get them mid cycle, and with my period. The latter lasting for around 3 days of continual pain.

I only take codeine and ibuprofen now. I have discovered peppermint oil helps, along with ice packs to the neck and face in a dark room. I now get on average 2-3 migraines a month. I don’t eat any of the foods that I know cause them. So mine now are mainly hormonal.

I am now almost 52 so have had them for 24 years. I am so looking forward to menopause in the hopes they will go away!! 🙂 Still, I love life and there is much to be thankful for.

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Comments

  • Tracy Grant author
    5 years ago

    Thank you for replying. I am aware about the opioid problem. I try to use as little as i can. I am on a preventative, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference. I only take a small amount now and use it instead for my irregular heartbeat! Its propranalol btw. 40 mg daily. I was on 160mgs and it didn’t work. have tried others as well. I try to use the peppermint oil, and ice in combination with the meds. It all seems to help. 🙂

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Tracy,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Extreme stress such as this would definitely be a trigger. Sounds like you’ve tried a lot of different meds over the years. Decreasing from 2-3 Migraines a week to 2-3 Migraines per month is huge. I’m glad you’ve found ways to manage them. Of course I’m sure you’d rather they just go away all together! You’ve had quite an amazing journey.

    I wanted to comment on using codeine and ibuprofen when you are hit with a Migraine. I myself occasionally use Percoset when the pain is too much to bear and I just can’t get any relief. But opioids only mask the pain, they don’t prevent Migraines or help to stop our brain from firing the headaches. I’m super sensitive about when and how often I use opioids because I don’t want it to become a crutch. Too much can also cause rebound headaches. I’m sure you are responsible with your usage, I just wanted to take the opportunity for anyone reading to be careful when using these types of drugs.

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. For your sake, I hope the Migraines go away with menopause!
    -Katie

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