22 years of migraines

I have been having migraines since I was 6 years old. My father has them and so does my brother. And I have never heard of anyone having them as bad as we do. It will start out as a visual disturbance, like holographic in a kaleidoscope. I won’t be able to read or see what I’m doing. This can last the entire length of the migraine. Then I’ll start to have tingling in one of my hands, and after several minutes it will be completely numb. The numbness will travel the length of my arm and end up at my face, making my mouth and throat numb. Often my entire face will be numb and tingling. Sometimes it ends up affecting the other arm and hand. Usually when the numbness starts, so does the crazy speech. I’ll sound like I’m drunk and it will even sound strange in my head. That’s when the nausea and head pain really start. I have thrown up so much that my nose has started to bleed. These migraines have lasted up to 48 hours, but usually no more than 12 hours here lately. I usually lie on the bathroom floor in the dark, hanging over the edge of the tub.

I’ve been on Imitrex, and it only made them worse. Now I take Treximet, but I can only get samples since I don’t have insurance and it’s very expensive. The Treximet does seem to work, but not entirely. I would love to have a life without migraines. I wouldn’t be afraid to go on trips and I wouldn’t have to leave work when they come on. I’m a nurse, I’m not allowed to be sick.

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  • Bridget Eileen Therese Estes
    7 years ago

    I have had the same vision (like tunnel vision with a crystal kaleidoscope surrounding the center instead of blackness) and traveling numbness issues, once as a child, and once after giving birth and losing a lot of blood. The second time, the anemia was diagnosed and the symptoms disappeared after a blood transfusion. My iron levels are normally higher than average, but with the bloodloss they were just on the wrong side of anemic.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago

    Courtney, Treximet has been helpful to many patients I’ve spoken with. Until you can get some kind of insurance coverage, have you discussed generic Imitrex and adding naproxen to it in hopes it will work to help you as the Treximet has? Treximet is a combination of those two drugs… You should also know that Migraine.com has a great section here full of awesome coupons for Migraine medications http://bit.ly/gqp7HJ.

  • Lesle Ninedorf
    8 years ago

    I have had migraines for 17 years! I am the fifth generation of having them in my family. My son who is 23 also has migraines. I probably get the worse of my family. I’ve tried many of the drugs out there and been to migraine specialists too. I’ve also been told can’t do anything for you. I continued to find a doc who would work with me and try just about anything I suggested. I’ve been on FMLA for my migraines too. UP to a year ago I had them also daily and most days I just couldn’t wait until 5pm to go home and sleep. I ws in the ER almost twice a month and missed many days of work because of my migraines. I found relief from Dr Reed in Dallas Texas with his new procedure! StimPath Migraine Treatment works for the chronic migraine patient who has at least 15 migraines a month. My life is very different now.

  • lln001
    8 years ago

    Lesle Ninedorf · Executive Admin Assistant at River Crest Country Club
    I have had migraines for 17 years! I am the fifth generation of having them in my family. My son who is 23 also has migraines. I probably get the worse of my family. I’ve tried many of the drugs out there and been to migraine specialists too. I’ve also been told can’t do anything for you. I continued to find a doc who would work with me and try just about anything I suggested. I’ve been on FMLA for my migraines too. UP to a year ago I had them also daily and most days I just couldn’t wait until 5pm to go home and sleep. I ws in the ER almost twice a month and missed many days of work because of my migraines. I found relief from Dr Reed in Dallas Texas with his new procedure! StimPath Migraine Treatment works for the chronic migraine patient who has at least 15 migraines a month. My life is very different now.

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