Yesterday, I Had a Migraine
Migraines Can Take Over Your Life
I have suffered from migraines since I was about 12 years old. I am fortunate enough that they are always a month or so apart rather than every day but still there effect can be profound.
Sometimes a day or so before it comes on, things smell funny. Sometimes I have an aura and I think it is my eyesight acting up. It's like having a slight wet fog on your glasses. I don't realize it is an aura till my head begins to hurt.
Then it starts to ache in my forehead and it seems like am probably having a regular everyday run of the mill headache, so I pop a few acetaminophen(Tylenol). It's easier on my stomach then ibuprofen(Motrin).
3 or 4 hours later I realize that I am not having a regular headache because the acetaminophen has had no effect whatsoever. Then I am in offensive mode because my migraines can last days. Excruciating days. Now, I am afraid.
So I pop a prescription strength 800mg ibuprofen and I take a triptan nasal spray called Zomig Intranasal and I try as hard as a possibly can to will sleep on. Maybe if I sleep it will be gone when I wake up. Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn't.
When I wake up and it is gone, I feel relieved but apprehensive. I am afraid it will come back.
But sometimes I wake and it is still there, pounding even harder. My head feels funny when I get up like I have a hangover. No one around me understands this pain, they think I have a headache but it is so much worse.
I hate standing up because I want to vomit. Any sudden movement reverberates through my skull as if I was punched in the head. If it sounds dramatic, I assure you it is very much like I describe. Once a day passes with no relief, I begin to feel desperation. What are my choices?Sometimes I have to go to the ER and it makes me feel guilty, like why can't I deal with headache?
Sometimes I am take a tricyclic antidepressant called Elavil when the pain is unbearable.
It reminds me that I can't stand a lot of doctors though having gone through various trial and error treatments for these migraines. Don't get me wrong some are great and thank god for the willingness of all of them to do what they do. Sometimes I just don't get them though.
Many doctors prescribe, no pun intended, to these notions that things must be done as it is written. The Elavil makes me really tired, like comatose tired. So I only take it when nothing else works and I do not take it every day but some young blond haired doctor who is like the same age as me with stinky shoes tried to tell me I need to take it every day to be effective. Why? The way I take it works for me.
My regular doctor was sick. I wish I never met this covering doctor. I was seeing him for a follow up on pneumonia and he is talking to me about stuff that is irrelevant.
Why would I change what works to fit into your preceptions of correctness??
It is like kicking me when I am down to hear him say I am wrong, it cannot be true that it works this way for me. I was happy with the results of this treatment and he is trying to take it away even if he thinks he is helping. He is trying to tell me what is working isn't working. When I ask him he if he ever has migraines he says no. I don't want to argue with him further, its tiring and I am sick of these headaches evading my life.
I am not taking an antidepressant that makes me comatose every day when the way I take it works just fine.
Before I leave the office he tries to convince me I should switch my asthma medicine. This medicine that has been the only asthma medicine that has improved my breathing. He suggests we switch it to a cheaper different medication, after all it is less expensive. I want to cry because I am so frustrated with this doctor. He said my pneumonia was fine. A sick visit turned into taking my chart apart piece by piece. I am sorry my medicine is too expensive but it helps me breathe.
There is no end to the frustration with these headaches.
I am really sick of the migraines and I do not like any of the medications I have to take to combat them. I have small children and when I am trying to deal with one of these monster headaches, I am not the same me. I hate that I do not feel like myself.
Do you have migraines? What do you do for treatment? What have you experienced? Do you feel alone sometimes?
I am told that oxygen helps so it is worth trying to take really deep breaths to help also if you have to go to the ER to break the cycle sometimes it can help if they have you breath in oxygen. This has worked for me a couple of times.Have you ever tried this method? Do you have a treatment that works for you?
Note: I have to say of course since I do not take the medication the prescribed way, I do not recommend you do the same. If you have migraines you probably know by now that treatment is never once size fits all. I do not recommend any of my treatments for you, except for trying the deep breathing. :)