Young Sufferer

Hi my name is Paige and I’m currently sixteen. I have suffered from migraines for three years now which doesn’t seem like a long time at all but I had headaches quite frequency for ten years before being diagnosed with chronic migraines.

I was diagnosed after a CT scan on my head at ten years old that reviled that I had a cerebral aneurysm which is an abnormal swelling or bulge in the wall of a blood vessel. I was put on some medications that over a period of one and a half years, it was finally gone.
At twelve, things started going down hill again but thankfully this time it wasn’t cerebral aneurysm.

At thirteen I was diagnosed with a rare type of migraines, due to the fact that I went through multiple medications and saw no results; I’m now on (daily medication) Endep 50mg which is being increased to 100mg slowly, as the 50’s aren’t giving me the results I need. I’m responding very well to this type of dosage for someone my age occurring to my specialist and they have documented how quickly I adapt to it, for other doctors to read.

My migraines come daily, they last anywhere between three hours and four months. They make me feel sick and it feels like someone is stabbing me. Most times I can barely make it out of bed to grab food and I miss a lot of school due to them.

I’m hoping the slow up in my dosage will bring me some relief. If you have any advice or support about how to make it through a bad migraine, please leave it below it would be much appreciated.

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  • MahtaMouse
    5 years ago

    Oh sweetie, I feel for you! You might try the usual… dark, quiet room with a cold pack wrapped in a cloth on your forehead… and, this really helps me when I’m in the throes of one… a heating pad on as hot as you can stand it (without burning yourself!) and wrapped around your wrists (inside wrists, especially). Has to do with cold constricting the vessels in your head and the heat diverting the blood flow by opening the vessels in your wrists. It’s the only thing that will help me relax enough to sleep it off. I hope it helps you and good luck!

  • Tammy Rome
    5 years ago

    Paige,

    Welcome to our community and thank you for sharing your story. My son has migraines, too as a result of genetics and a Traumatic Brain Injury when he was 8 years old. He is now 17 and misses a lot of school, too.

    Do you have an IEP? We finally convinced the school to grant our son an IEP based on his head injury so he could have flexible due dates because he misses class so much. If you don’t have one, you might want to talk to your parents and your school social worker about getting one set up. It can take a lot of the pressure off of you. The last thing you need in the middle of a migraine is to worry about missing a big test.

    Tammy
    Migraineur and mom to 2 migraineurs (ages 21 and 17).

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Paige,
    I don’t know any other way to say it, but this sucks. You’re young and these Migraines are interfering with your life! I have 3 things that I hope will help you in the long run.

    1. You seem to like your doctor, which is great. Is your doc a Headache Specialist? This is a neuro who only deals with headache patients. It’s so important to have a specialist. If your doc is not, here is a list of Headache Specialists: http://migraine.com/blog/how-are-migraine-specialists-different/

    2. Exercise. It seems impossible, but any kind of movement can help you get over a Migraine faster and more importantly help you feel in control. Simple movement like stretching can really help release tension. http://migraine.com/blog/crunching-my-way-to-the-zoo/

    3. Don’t spend your energy wishing you didn’t have Migraines. Spend your time learning how to live with them, managing your pain, and working on new treatments. Acceptance can take a long time, but it is very freeing.
    http://migraine.com/blog/you-have-a-friend-request/

    Let us know if you have other questions. And use our search function and visit the Forums area for other ways to learn and connect with others.
    -Katie

  • Paige author
    5 years ago

    Yes, thankfully my doctor is a headache specialist and thank you for the other advice.

  • Carolyn
    5 years ago

    Hi Paige. Please know that things can get better. Epsom salt baths are very soothing and can help when you are having an attack. Changing my diet to a low inflammatory diet was the key in stopping my headaches along with taking 400 mg of magnesium every day. Look into drinking green juices made fresh with organic vegetables or try to eat a lot of organic raw fruits and vegetables. Use caution with nightshade vegetables – which can be inflammatory for some people. They were for me. Good Luck!

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