Thank you for your kind words about my migraines yesterday. Between the blog, twitter and facebook, I felt very loved.
For those of you who have been reading this blog for a few years, you know that migraines are nothing new. But for those of you that are newer, I thought I would do a quick recap of my story.
I was diagnosed with chronic daily migraines four years ago. I have seen MANY doctors and tried dozens of preventative drugs. Yes, I have had an MRI. My brain was plump and perfect.
The doctor I currently see is one of the top headache specialists in the country. She is amazing- brilliant, kind and persistent. The problem is that I have a very low tolerance for drugs. Usually the side effects that I experience are too much for me to handle – and worse than the migraines.
I have a new daily preventative medicine to try that I am going to be starting as soon as I finish weaning. My doctor and midwife say I can take it while I am breastfeeding, but I would just assume wait. Imitrex works best for me when I have a bad headache, so I will take that if the headache is really bad – or if I can tell it is heading in that direction. I have tried Treximet (the new version of Imitrex, which my doc was on the developing team of), but don’t think it works better than Imitrex)
I have also tried the chiropractic route. While it did alleviate much neck/back pain that I have regularly (thanks to my “girls”, high heels every day, and tightly-wound type-A personality), it did not help the headaches.
In addition to going a medicinal route, I have also tried a natural route. I did a 14-week detox under the care of a natural doctor. I lost 20 pounds, but my headaches were the worst they have ever been.
I have not tried acupuncture, but may try that next.
So that’s the short story.