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What worked for me

I have been getting migraines since my late twenties and would average about 4-6 a month up until this summer (I am now in my mid-forties) when they more than doubled in frequency. I thought the increase was brought on by hormonal changes and was terrified I was turning chronic.

I asked my Doctor for preventative medicine, and went on Topamax for 7 weeks. After 7 weeks and no improvement, I went on Elavil (generic), and within 3 weeks, started to see improvement. It has now been almost 7 weeks and my migraine frequency is back to normal. Although I believe the Elavil is working, I also did not just let the medication be my only hope. I also began seeing an acupuncturist, started taking vitamin D drops, meditated to relaxing music, did restorative and laughter yoga, and took some time off work to recover.

Although this past summer was terrifying for me, I did learn that air travel is a trigger for me (not just hormones), and that I need to be very gentle with myself. Fortunately, I have been able to recover my equilibrium, and am optimisitic about the future.

Thank you for reading. I hope my story provides some insight or comfort to my fellow migrainers!

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Thank you for your story. It’s so encouraging to read about someone who is on the path to managing their illness. I also love that you didn’t completely rely on medication to get things under control. I always believe that the right mix of meds and alternative methods can help empower a Migraineur.

    I wish you the best!
    -Katie Moderator

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