I am 35 y/o female full time military and athletic (training for a half marathon right now). I have been having migraines for 12 years (initial diagnosis). When it began it was a silent migraine, I would get an aura and the left side of my body would go numb. Over the course of a few months stroke was ruled out and I was diagnosed with a silent migraine. They have progressively gotten worse over the years to now where I have chronic migraine. I am lucky to get 5 days out of the month without some sort of pain in the head. I have tried about every preventative and prophylactic out there with no luck. The only time I didn’t have migraines were during my pregnancies, but I ended up with hormone headaches instead (not sure which was worse).
I have recently moved and have a new Dr. He reviewed my history and told me it looks like I have Hemiplegic Migraines-no family history so I am assuming it is listed as sporadic. Not something I have ever looked into because I don’t think I have weakness, although I do get full sided numbness and other sensory problems. He has also switched my meds. I was on amitriptyline (side effects were horrible- mainly weight gain and menstrual problems). He has put me on Propranolol, which I was on before with no help but I am trying anything at this point for relief. I also take Maxalt during a migraine (reduces the pain and duration about 40% of the time- better than all of the other drugs I have taken) and get Botox every 90 days. I just got the cefaly prescribed as well (haven’t received it yet). I have also receive Auricular acupuncture- doesn’t seem to help with the pain but I noticed if I get with a migraine I actually can’t feel it in the side I have the headache.
My known triggers are weather changes (NOT barometric), and certain alcohols, mainly beer (I get one at the smell of Shiner Bock- weird). Other than that I cannot figure anything else out.
For the last few months my “side effects” have been changing as well. I have started having speaking problems and memory problems. I have been extremely tired. Last week I started getting one on Monday night (Aura came Sunday through Monday). Had my apt with the Neuro on Tues and swapped meds by Friday. The headache from Monday has never left I am on day 11. 2 days ago at night I had issues swallowing solid food- almost like my throat forgot how to swallow- liquids were fine so stuck with meal replacement shakes (issue not as bad but still present). I haven’t had any breathing issues (though allergic reaction, but no other issues and it doesn’t seem swollen). I have also been getting these weird chest pains almost in the breast area but on the side-more like pressure than pain and is sporadic.
I am at my wits end. I am normally a very active person and am so tired of this. Any help or feedback would be appreciated.