Oh, Migraines. Migraine sufferers know all too well of the horrifying, incapacitating pain of a migraine. Those who've never had one are divided into two groups - those who are grateful to have never had one and those who think we're making a big deal out of not so much.
I have suffered with migraines since I was 16 - that's 17 years of migraines. My first one was after a horrible driving lesson with this jerk who made me drive endlessly back and forth over the Gold Star Bridge in Groton, CT at rush hour, into the setting sun. I got home, cried in pain, and took a 4 hour nap.
My mom took midrin, so I would sometimes take one of her pills. Much later in life, I realized that midrin gave me horrible rebound headaches - I would start by taking one every week or two, and soon it was 6 pills a day to keep away the pain. I felt uncomfortable when I didn't have enough pills, so my doctor at the time (a PA from Wake Forest, NC, whose name I still remember) gave me endless refill prescriptions for bottles of 100. Of course I realized that was really bad, so I went cold turkey and got it out of my system, and I quit caffeine (soda, at the time). As near as I can recall, I spent a few years almost entirely pain free!
Before the midrin, my boyfriend at the time's parents used fioricet, and I tried some of that. Not helpful. Also not helpful? Incompetent doctors who kept throwing high dose pain killers at me.
The pain came back at some point - I can't remember when - and I got a prescription for relpax. I was nervous about that because I'd tried imitrex before, and whenever I did, it would make my heart hurt - really. But Migraine sufferers know that sometimes, a few minutes of chest pain is better than continuing with a migraine. But relpax has been much more helpful.
I've tried non-drugs too - I've walked around with WellPatch on my head, smeared on the HeadOn (it's vegan and it works!), and used essential oil "Headache Relief" (which also works a bit). I use a contour pillow, I take generic allergy pills everyday (some of my migraines start as sinus headaches), I have a mouthpiece for sleeping in that I used to use every night. I've found that taking 4-6 spirulina pills a day can be helpful (Earthrise is the least stinky/yucky spirulina I've tried) and of course I always try to drink lots and lots of water. I've requit coffee a few times for over a week each time to see if the headaches stopped (almost 3 weeks once) like they did years ago - they didn't.
My headaches are weird. I get more on Thursdays than other days. Frequently, they just go away by 8:00pm.
The past few weeks, I've had what I'm fondly (HA) dubbing "tension-migraines" - they're a happy combo of both.
That's all for now! I'm sure I'll add more to this post later.
How do you help your pain? Suggestions helpful!
eta: Yesterday mid morning I took some liquid feverfew drops in apple juice, and not until the very end of the day did I get a very tiny ache in my head, and it was barely noticeable. Needless to say, I just took some more feverfew.