A Word about Migraines

Some of my earliest memories are of an excruciating pain in my brain! In the early years, there were attempts to find out what was causing this headache problem - with no success. At its worst, I have had months on end with one or two good days with little pain. Often the pain was so severe that I was totally incapacitated. This lasted until I was 42 years old. No wonder many of my friends think of me as a 'friendly curmudgeon'. I was a 'little cranky' most of the time - it's hard to smile when you're in pain all the time.

I am 47 now and things have changed. My doctor 'found' the right drug for my particular metabolic system. As he explained it to me, "The reason they call it 'practicing' medicine is because they just don't know everything and sometimes they just have to guess." In the case of migraines, there are so many theories that there is no way to know for sure what is wrong with a particular person. They have about a dozen different drugs that seem to help most people and the only way to find the right one for you is to try them one at a time.

In my case, we went through four 'tests' that didn't work and when I started on the fifth trial drug, well, it was nothing less than a miracle! Within a few days, I started waking up in the morning with NO PAIN in the brain! In fact, I have good months now - not good days! Yes, I still get headaches, but they're a lot fewer and a lot less severe. The prescription 'generic' drug I take costs only about $12 per month; I take it twice a day. If I stop taking it, the migraines return, so I am good about not running out.

I won't reveal the particular drug that I am on because I think that would be irresponsible and, like the others, it might not work for you. The point of this essay is to get people who have migraines to get with their doctors and start experimenting to find the medication that works for them. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and I hope I just shined it on you.

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