Hello all, I’m new here. I’m trying to get some answers. I am a 43 year old female who has suffered from tension headaches/migraines ever since I can remember. I have tried MANY different preventative meds, some of which have helped, some not. Some of the ones I remember are Topamax, Zonegran, Elavil, and Pamelor. I’m sure there’s more, but I can’t remember. My headaches are VERY affected by weather pressure and also hormones. But sometimes I just get them every day no matter what. I go through migraine phases, where I’ll have them all the time (usually in the fall and spring and sometimes summer with humidity), but winter is my best time. I have gone months with no headaches at all, then they hit again.
Well, I’m in a bad phase right now. My migraines are hitting hard and lasting for about 3-5 days. It’s awful. I was being seen at a head pain clinic last year and they had me taking Amerge twice a day for four days during my period to prevent migraines. Then taking Maxalt for migraines during the other days of the month. It was working well. I stopped going there for several reasons. Started getting treated by my GP, who will not give me the Amerge and the Maxalt. He said pick one, so I picked Maxalt because it works the best for bad migraines.
I know all about rebound headaches and I don’t think I have them, or ever have. On average, I take about 9 triptans/month for bad months, and less than that for good months. OTC meds do not work on my migraines at all, only mild tension headaches and I don’t get them all the time. I basically only use the triptans for migraines.
Well, I’ve had a migraine for the past week and it’s been Hell. It’s on one side of my head, over my right eye and all over the right side. It kinda moves around. I use ice packs which helps a little. I think I need to go on a preventative again. I was thinking about trying either Inderal or metoprolol and was wondering if anyone has had any success with them? I have read about the side effects and the only one that worries me is insomnia/nightmares. Does anyone get this?
I think perimenopause is causing a lot of my problems. Just trying to feel normal again.