Saturday, October 25, 2014
I have been pretty busy lately so I can't really use my migraines as 100% of the reason why I have been MIA a lot since the spring. I will say that they are partly to blame. It started back around September of 2013. I suddenly had an increase in migraine attacks. I have always had 2-3 a YEAR. In September I had 2 in the month. That is a lot in short time for me, but I really didn't think anything about it. I had a pretty good October and then wham I had a couple in November. Then I had 1 in December that really didn't give me much of a headache. I just had the aura that tends to proceed the headache. This went on pretty much until spring. I would have 1 one month and then 2 the next. As summer grew closer it became a monthly thing. I would have at least 1 every month and sometimes 2. The last three months have been my worst; at 3 each month. I always have an aura with my migraines. Under normal circumstances, this gives me enough warning time to take some ibuprofen, or what has always worked best for me, excedrin migraine. I have always been able to take 2 excedrin and drink a real coca cola and it will pretty much keep the headache from ruining my life for the next 3 days. Unfortunately, with the increase in frequency, the medication stopped working as effectively and then eventually quit working altogether. I also have started having just "normal" headaches in between migraines.
When I do get a migraine, they WILL wipe me out. There is no returning to normal the next day. I remain a zombie for days afterwards. Well, they have gotten so bad that I started popping 3 or 4 ibuprofen if I even remotely thought I was getting a headache or aura. I was so afraid of a headache and the damage it did to my day-to-day life. I am a part-time pharmacy tech. I homeschool my children. I can't be a zombie for 15 to 20 days a month! It just won't work! So, I decided enough was enough and I was going to the dr. I did a quick search online and just went straight to a headache clinic. I wanted to cut out the middle man and get help as soon as possible.
As it turns out, I did the right thing. The doctor I saw was fantastic. She was so understanding and said that I was suffering from what would be considered chronic migraine and that by taking the ibuprofen the way I was I had caused MOH (medication overuse headache). OOPS!
Needless to say, she started me on a daily preventative called Topamax. She also wrote me a prescription for an "abortant" in the event I start to get a migraine. It is called Imitrex. It is supposed to stop it in it's tracks. She gave me a couple of other medicines that I am to take with the Imitrex that work with it as a combo. She says for me to take all 3 of them as soon as I start getting my aura. My auras can range from numbness in my cheek or arm or hand to actual zig zags or blind spots in my vision. It's really quite scary feeling at times. I also seem to feel like my depth perception is off when one is coming on.
She is starting me off slow on the Topamax. I am to take 25 mg for a week then 50 mg for a week and continue until I reach 100 mg a day. She is hoping 100 will be the perfect dosage fore me. I am just hoping for some relief.
So far, I seem to be tolerating it pretty well. Of course, I will be taking my 4th dose tonight, so I haven't been on it very long yet. I did have a headache the past 3 days, but I refused to take anything to try to break the MOH cycle. I hope I am well on my way to recovery. I NEED to be well so that I can take care of me and my family.