I have unfortunately suffered from migraines for most of my life. A migraine is not simply a “sore head”. Nothing irks me more than someone with a run-of-the-mill headache saying they have a migraine. The pain of a migraine is debilitating and at times completely unbearable. There have been times I have been hugging the toilet bowl, vomiting uncontrollably (glamorous, right?) and thought it would be better to die than be in the pain I have been in with a migraine.
So why have I chosen to write about this subject?
I feel that migraines are not taken seriously enough and they are very misunderstood. Migraine is a neurological disease and amazingly, nobody knows what causes them. As yet, there isn’t a cure for migraines and everybody reacts differently to medications. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. Subsequently what works for your own body, may work for some time before suddenly ceasing to work. This then leaves you with a series of horrific migraines until the next suitable medication is found.
Not only do I suffer from migraines, but after seeing a neurologist a couple of years ago I was also diagnosed with chronic daily headaches. This means that I have a headache from the moment I wake to the moment I go to sleep. The severity of these headaches varies, and certain things make the headaches worse. This is something that I never make a big deal of, but it is something that seriously affects the quality of my life. I realise this makes me sound like a proper drama queen, and I am not looking for sympathy. I simply want to raise awareness.
Throughout my life I have been on and off different medications, both preventative and relief. These have had varying success, and some of these medications are not even specifically for migraines or headaches – for example beta-blockers, anti-depressants and epilepsy medication. These medications usually work to start with, but then my body becomes “immune” to them.
So where do I turn to next?
I have three options I have been seriously contemplating recently to try to combat the frequency and/or severity of my migraines: acupuncture, Botox or a conch piercing.
None of these options are particularly appealing to me, as I am terrified of needles. However, I feel I need to try at least one of them. Over the past week I have had three severe migraines and it’s really made me think that if my doctor isn’t going to do anything else to try to help, then I need to. I will keep you all updated on which of these I choose to opt for…
Have any of you suffered from migraines? Or had any successful relief?