The Moment You Think It’s Over

Living With Chronic Migraine


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Everyday I wake up hoping that I won’t have a sudden migraine that day. It can wake me up from my peaceful slumber and drag me into the depths of excruciating pain, the kind of pain that only a rice bag, trip to the ER for a shot in the butt waiting for an hour to see if I’m going to involuntarily give the floor or trash can my tummy contents, & then a day of being knocked out.

It feels like my head is in my a vice, my tummy hurts, I can barely keep my eyes open, & every little sound makes me want to rip my ears off. I’ve tried everything imaginable and nothing helps but a nifty trip to the ER. When yo work 55+ hours a week there really isn’t a lot of time to be spending 6 hours in the ER at night then make it to work. The days I have to suffer through are like a nightmare & nobody understands.

If you have chronic migraines how do you deal with them?

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29 Responses to The Moment You Think It’s Over

  1. I’ve had these kinds of migraines since I was six, and recently two things have helped me. One is getting off birth control. Obviously this is not a good option for everyone. The second is a combination of a newish version of imitrex and zofran that my doc prescribed. They both dissolve on your tongue (tastes like mint) so there’s no chance of throwing them back up and not working. Also the zofran (an nausea med) doesn’t make you sleepy like the others. Definitely talk it over with your doctor though, because migraines are different for everybody!
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    • Leslie says:

      My dr gave me Imetrex too, there are huge! Hah, I have to fight to get them down. If I do end up getting sick I just ride it out because I don’t want to risk it. It says not to take more than 2 in 24hrs. I might ask about the nausea med. I’ve recently over the last few months sout help for this. Thanks so much!

    • OH MY GOSH ME TOO! How weird is that? Did you find a pattern to it? My trigger was caffeine. Once I quit, I was immediately better. I still get a stray migraine here and there, but they are mostly gone.
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  2. I am so sorry! I don’t get migraines, but during certain times of my cycle I will sometimes get a really bad headache, sometimes to the point I get sick to my stomach! Ugh! I am hoping you will get some relief soon!
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    • Leslie says:

      Aww, thanks love! I just take it 1 day at a time. That is when they are the worst for me. I’ll have one 4 days out of 7. I’m so tired of it ruining my plans.

  3. I used to get severe migraines when I was on birth control. Usually they happened whenever I drank coffee and they would be so bad that I would see pulsing colors. Anyway, I’d pick a dark place and curl up there for a while. If that didn’t work, it usually lead to nausea and throwing up from it. Once that happened, I usually was so exhausted that I’d pass up and wake up mostly normal again. Mostly.
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  4. Also, I hope you find a solution soon, if there is one. No one should have to live through a workday like that.
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    • Leslie says:

      I’ve found that pork is a trigger but nothing else seems to do it other than stress of course. When I lay down and lock myself in my bedroom with everyone gone, blankets over the windows, & all lights off I take an Imetrex and sleep for hours & hours, most of the time when I wake up I’ll be fine.

      There are times it’ll start & hurt for a few hours then stop. It’s so weird. My scans are fine & everything. My doctor said there’s a 50/50 chance Botox may work, which my insurance doesn’t cover. Ha, I’m in NC so there isn’t a lot of Botox around here.

      I’m glad your are gone! That’s hreat, I wouldn’t wish these on anyone.

      • Have you been to Cary lately? I’m sure there’s Botox there somewhere. Ha! I live in N. Raleigh and haven’t seen much of it around here.

        Pork? I wonder if it’s sodium related. My sister’s are triggered by extreme weather change and she also gets laid out for several hours. Crazy how they haven’t come up with a cure, yet. :/
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        • Leslie says:

          It could be sodium related, I don’t eat a lot of salt though. Ha! I didn’t know your in NC too. What a small world. I hope your sisters aren’t bad anymore since she knows. Poor thing. I’ve got a super bad headache today but I’m here at work, struggling through. I hope you have a great day.

  5. Courtney says:

    I’m really good at getting aches but definitely not migraines. I had a bout with them during my second trimester, it was terrible. So sorry you have to deal with that all the time. The pits.
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  6. I am so sorry! Migraines are the worst type of pain. It’s been awhile, but I used to get really bad ones. For me, part of the problem was my back. I went to the chiropractor on a regular basis, and that helped a lot.
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    • Leslie says:

      Hmmmm. I wonder if there is something I can do to see what’s causing them. It can’t be any worse! I’ve had one for 2 days straight but I just suck it up & come to work. I took an Imetrex but it’s not helped so far, so I’m going home to lay down for the night. Thank you for the suggestion too.

    • Lizzie Lau says:

      The chiropractor put an end to mine – and trust me I am knocking on wood as I type this! I was having constant migraines and anxiety, and actually went to the chiro about the anxiety. Look for a Gonstead practitioner. I’ve been seeing chiropractors since I was a teen for scoliosis, but this was the first time I’ve seen one trained in Gonstead methods and it seems to have made an immense difference.
      Good luck. #sitsblogging
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  7. Dee says:

    So sorry to hear you’re dealing with this! I get stress headaches sometimes, but I only had a migrane once, and it was awful, so I really feel for you. I drink a ton of coffee, so that may keep the aches away. I did have to laugh at the Barbie picture. 🙂 Hugs!
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  8. Rebecca Ellis says:

    I used to get migraines quite frequently throughout high school, heck it got to the point I puked on my brand new school shoes, my mother was not impressed to say the least!

    I spent more time in the doctors and off school because of these, and it was always around times I was stressed so say Exams, or a bit of a dispute between friendship groups… because I’m quite anxious this meant my mum rushing to collect me and sending me straight to bed! I used a migraine cool strip every time and found it worked wonders! even if it made my body feel like it was disconnected at times, It was always better to be sick straight away, rather than suffer..

    I’m definitely glad to see the back of those days, I find walking and drinking plenty of water helps keep them at bay in-fact I can’t recall the last time I even had one 🙂 x

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  9. Alexandra says:

    I take Imigran and Rizatriptan wafers and am prescribed stematil for sickness, dizziness and nausea. I’m so sorry for you- migraine are the worst. Stress, dark chocolate, alcohol (especially wine), lack of sleep, overtiredness, very close stormy weather, being too hot, very strong smells etc are all triggers fir me. *hugs* X
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  10. Ugh! I suffer from these too, My cycle is my trigger. I guess it’s the hormones. I finally gave up and got something doctor prescribed. It’s been better.
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  11. I use to suffer really bad from migraines. They started when I was 19 yrs. old and I could never pinpoint the cause of them. One time I attended an event with a holistic guy and he said to me “fix the relationship with your mother and the migraines will go away.” I heard him but at the time I didn’t pay much attention to it. I suffered for years and years and like you there were times I had to go to Urgent Care to get shots to make me feel better. In 2013 I went through counseling for 3 months to deal with issues from my past and I started to notice that the migraines became more and more infrequent. Today I don’t have them and I praise God because again they were really bad. I know everyone’s situation is different, but for me I had to heal from my past because those issues were holding me back and causing me mental stress. I am so glad that I don’t have to take medication anymore. I hope you can figure out why you’re getting them and can get some relief but I understand your pain. Best wishes! #Sitgirls

  12. I’m so sorry you are going through this. I have had migraines for many years, and at one point was diagnosed with “Chronic Daily Migraine syndrome. (Some lifestyle changes and following the diet suggested in “Heal Your Headache, by David Buchholz helped break that cycle). One thing I found that usually gets rid of a migraine for me in usually less than 4 hours (way better than the 36 hours I used to suffer!) is prescription frovatriptan. It is a slower-acting than some of the other triptans, and the only one I can tolerate – but it has been very helpful and gave me my life back! Good luck.
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  13. I also suffer from migraines. I’ve been on various RX medications but nothing really helped. Now, I just treat them with Excedrin Migraine and a glass of Diet Pepsi, and of course a dark room!
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  14. Heather says:

    I am so sorry. I used to get them with my cycle, but it is less now. I’ve learnt I can’t sit in hot sun or eat too much chocolate. But mine were not that bad, yours sound terrible.
    Here in SA there is a Headache clinic where this guy actually operates to close veins near your ear (I can’t remember the details) but it might be worth consulting some kind of headache specialist.
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  15. They are the worst! I’ve had them since my teens and they became worse when I went on birth control in my 20s. Then I had a stroke, which the doctors believe was caused from birth control + migraines, so be careful.
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  16. Amber says:

    Ouch, I’m so sorry you have to deal with this. I get headaches too, but nothing like this.
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  17. Nicole says:

    As someone who suffers from migraines does it bother you when people refer to a headache as a migraine? I have several people in my life who throw the word migraine around and it offends me for people who truly have to deal with migraines.

    Imitrex has been a lifesaver for me. I take it as soon as I feel one of those bad boys coming on and it usually takes care of my issue. I’ve heard that juicing can help with migraines but I can’t speak from experience on that.
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    • Leslie says:

      Yes!! So many people like my brother for instance are just like “it’s just a headache, suck it up”! I love Imetrex too, I take 1 at the first sign & it usually works.

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