What the author wrote sounds so much like my life. I got my first migraine at 15. At that time though they only came once a year to every six months. By the time I was 18 they were becoming more and more frequent. When I hit my 20’s I started suffering from Chronic Migraine.
I’m now 34 and have been living with chronic daily headaches and intermittent migraines (with a host of symptoms), for more than 11 years. I wake up with a headache, go about my day (if at all possible with a headache), go to bed with a headache and then the cycle starts again the next day. I am ALWAYS in pain. I NEVER get any relief and I suffer AT LEAST one migraine per week – migraines with severe to excruciating headache and silent migraines. I spend 80% of my life at home, in the dark and in bed :(.
We’re not sure if I’m in a perpetual cycle of migraine or if they are intermittent as one doctor described them.
Since I never have any relief, my husband and I – and my parents before that – haven’t been able to decipher my triggers other than sunlight, changes in barometric pressure and not eating on time.
As you can imagine, my circumstances are very frustrating and depressing. I’ve become a completely different person. I’m now terribly self-conscious. I’m becoming more and more reclusive and I’m becoming a germaphobe – which is ironic because I can barely do chores lol :).
Over the years I have had MRIs, Angiograms, CAT Scans, seen a number of neurologists, chiropractors, ear, nose and throat specialists and the list goes on, all to no avail. In fact, a few of my migraine episodes were so severe that I had to go to the hospital. Whatever they gave me on those occasions put me to sleep, but when I woke up the pulsing migraine headache was gone, but the regular headache was still there. I jokingly call my daily headache, “the Energizer Bunny,” because “it just keeps going and going and going …” :).
“Anyhoo” I feel like I’m rambling now. If you got this far thanks for sticking with me :). I hope one day to write an article stating what I did to beat this vicious disease. Until then I will continue searching for and placing the pieces of my migraine puzzle.