Sunday, March 13, 2011
Dear Migraines, Can I Kick You In The Ass?
Today makes the Fourth day in a row I have suffered from a migraine. I have what many call "complicated migraines." I do not remember the day I got my first one, but I know I was a young child, perhaps 2nd or 3rd grade.
Complicated Migraines are inherited within my family. I am the 5th generation so far that has received them. During the onset of a migraine my vision becomes blurry. Bright light, and sound affect my eyes. I need to go to a quiet, dark place. Many times it looks and sounds as if I am having a stroke.
There have been times where I have worked, driven, been in school, worked through meetings and finished up errands while having a migraine. Many times I can control my numbness and still continue through my normal activities and other times I had had to call for my husband or parents (during school) to come get me.
I am trying to get the courage up to switch medices once again. I have been taking Zonagran for the past 4 or 5 years. Obviously it is not working very well when I am still getting 4 or 5 migraines a week. I also take a medicine called Midrin when a migraine starts. This medicine is used to stops or lesson the effects of the migraine. It works half the time.
The medicine I want to try is one my great aunt is taking and has had great results from it. They finally came out with a generic, so I am eager to try it. The medicine is called Topomax. Does anyone take it for migraines?
The big thing for me is the last time I switched my migraine medicine I had about 2 migraines a day. It was ridiculous. I couldn't think straight, I felt horrible and I just wanted to go into a dark hole. I am pretty scared to switch again unless I know the mew medicine really works.