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I too am a Migraine sufferer. I am a 37 year old female, and have suffered with Migraines since the age of 9. I get the "classic" Migraine, flashing lights for 15 -45 minutes, followed by intense nausea; excruciating pain. The intense period lasts from 2 - 48 hours, and followed by a less intense period of up to 6 days. The part I find so troubling, aside from the physical torture, is the reaction from those around me. I have become extremely depressed as I feel so alone, I get so tired of "those looks" when I get the first sign of an attack and I express it. My boss will say, oh, and start handing me tons of work and issuing verbal orders as if I had just told her I stubbed my toe. I have told her I can't see, and have only a few minutes to get medication and get to someplace to lie down. She gets extremely insensitive. I then get so filled with anger, guilt, feelings of inferiority, and not to mention I am also in a state of panic because I know the "Migraine" is on its way to my body to destroy my next few days on this earth. I have tried Imitrex, but find it only lasts now a few hours, and now after it wears off it seems like I get a whole new attack, with the aura and the whole new migraine. I try to explain to those around me that I can only find some relief in a black room with my head down, many a time I have laid on the floor of the bathroom, so I wouldn't have to walk far to throw up. But mainly I feel so disheartened by how insensitive those who have never suffered a Migraine can be. I have never had a friend, or co worker, or relative understand. My 3 children are my little life preservers, they see the pain and become my life line. They help me so much, and they are the only ones that have shown any compassion since my mom, who passed away 9 years ago, and she too suffered with Migraines all her life. Anyway, I would love to support any other Migraine sufferers, and do anything I can for anyone else. All we have are each other!! Thank you for letting me share my story.
I am probably a lot younger than most people that click onto your website but I am constently in search of some sort of relief since I, too, know the incredibly excruciating, torturous pain of migraines. I can truthfully say that I do not know what life is like without headaches since I have had them for as long as I can remember. I was first hospitalized at 4 years old when I couldn't stop throwing up because of a migraine. At 13, I'm having them more often than before. Plus I'm at a disadvantage because I'm too young for a lot of medicines so about the only thing I can do is go to sleep for 4-6 hours until the pain goes away. I go into my parent's bedroom (which is the darkest, quietest room ) put a pillow over my head and fall asleep. One thing about my headaches, they usually start in the afternoon, so sometimes I can make it home. Otherwise I go to the nurse's office for the last couple of hours, but that's just to get me by because I can't actually sleep as well in there.
I have had all the typical diagnostic tests,such as: CAT scans, MRI, x-rays, and numerous others including spinal tap. The only comfort that these tests have been able to bring me is that I can be pretty sure I don't have some sort of a brain tumor.
My name is Aimee and I live in Connecticut.I am 12 years old and very frighted. Every story i read the people have been getting Migraines for most of there lives.
Here is my story. I started getting headaches when i was 11. At first we thought that I was just ahving a headache and 2 weeks later I was in a doctor's office teeling him when ,where I would get them. It's been a very rough year and I sometimes just cry cause they are so bad. We have tried advil, tenonyeal and other over the counter medicines. Nothing touched it. I was out of school for a week because I couldn't even lift my head. Now a year later I still get them and I have tried what seems like a zillion medicines that still don't help. Plus every medicine I have tried has side effects and I have gotten all of them. I feel like just dieing sometimes.
I am still seeing the same doctor and I am now seeing a stress counsoler. My headaches are not interfeering with my social life or at least not yet. I still do all the things that I want to do and nothing is stpping me execpt for headaches.
When I first came to this web page i cried . I had no idea that these headaches can get worse. Plus I have had eeg's ,mri's and many more testes and my doctor still has no clue what they are. I have told him that "they have a 'mind' of there own" and I have no possilbe clue what they are.
So I guess scientists will soon come up with a cure or at least I hope. I have seen more things done to my head in the past year then i even thought there was.Thanks for this page, ---Aimee firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been seeing Dr's for 30 years now for my head... and no one has ever mentioned the word "migraine" so I'm not sure where to go. I feel like I walk around with a brick in the top of my head...that there is this constant weight. I have been on low doses of antidepressants at times (pamelor, Elavil) that for a week or so seem to lift the weight, but it soon reappears. Over the past few years I have noticed that the actually painful ones start in Feb/Mar (I'm in the San Fran area) when the trees are the big pollen polluter, yet allergy skin tests show no allergies.... The sides of my head hurt to the touch..... the two "bulbs" at the base of my neck hurt to the touch... I awake with the pain. Sometimes I can do a mind over matter and get by, but other days the pain is just too intense - sometimes feeling like a constant lightning strike thru my eye socket area.... I do not get aura's, nausea but always have some adversion to light... DOES THIS SOUNDS FAMILAR TO ANYONE? I found a web page by a clinic in Bloomfiled Mich. that talks about STD - a jaw clenching (not teeth grinding) cause that seemts to fit, and for $1600 and a trip there (only if they can stop the pain!) they will fit one with a front teeth piece vs. a full mouth guard....