Migraines + a little perspective

Yesterday was day 2 of having a migraine. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had headaches several times a month that would laugh at 3 Advil and knock me down for days at a time.

Now that I have a doctor I absolutely trust and adore, I mentioned it to him. Turns out they are actually migraines. Who knew?

Well a couple days ago I got smacked with another one. That evening I tried Imitrex for the first time which worked. It took an hour and a half, but much better than days. I got some much needed sleep but woke up to the headache punk again. Gurrrr. I popped another Imitrex and went to work hoping for the best.

No such luck for this chick. An hour into my shift I felt like my brain was being squeezed, the sun was not my BFF, my stomach was upset and I swear my eyelashes hurt. So I called my doc and asked if he had any other options. He got me right in for a Toradol/Benadryl injection and sent me home with strict instructions to take a nap and eat something easy on the stomach.

I was a little…okay a lot upset because I just wanted to feel better and go back to work, but the Benadryl made me drowsy and turns out driving a golf cart full of beer is not recommended. Sheesh. My protest of leaving it out failed so I took my sorry butt home to veg with Bam for the rest of the day.

The pain was completely gone within 20 minutes so I took a shower and got into bed. The whole nap thing failed-I am not a napper so I got up and ate some food with ingredients I couldn’t pronounce. Yah, I am so NOT regretting that.

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I am so happy I woke up feeling much better today.

If you’re still reading, you are a trooper. Thanks for letting me vent.

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Here are a couple random things I wanted to share with you.

A couple days ago I came across this quote:

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The perspective is pretty powerful when you actually stop to think about it.

Not sure if I told you about this wine, but definitely get your paws on this Santa Barbara Landing Chardonnay. I found this award winning wine at Trader Joe’s for something like 5 bucks.

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The trails are calling my name and I can not wait to run on them very soon!! The thought of this is what gets me through some tough days like yesterday.

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Do you have migraines? If so, what works for you?

What gets you through tough days?

Having something to look forward to. Em’s visit this weekend is one of them, trail running with Bam is another. Simple things are my fav.

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12 Comments on “Migraines + a little perspective

  1. Migraines are seriously the worst. I used to get them all the time. My MD didn’t have anything that would work for me. I’m not a huge prescription drug person but she put me on an anti-depressant because one of the side effects is to help headaches. Yeah, it made my heart speed up way to fast and I started throwing up after a month’s use. Got off that one and she wanted me to go on a blood thinner for diabetics. Once I read that, I threw the garbage out. Only thing that changed was I tried to eat my best, get good consistent sleep, and eventually they started happening fewer and fewer in between. Usually around my period now. I know the feeling of only being able to crawl into bed in a dark room and just close my eyes in pain. I hope it gets better for you soon!

  2. Love your blog SCB!

    I have been a long time sufferer of chronic migraines (I used to get around 16 a month). After taking a bunch of daily medications and pain relievers with not great results, my neurologist suggested taking 400mg of B2 (riboflavin)… and sure enough, after a month of taking it every morning, I only get a migraine 1-2 times a month. Talk to your doctor about it– it was a total game changer for me!

  3. Same here. I’ve gotten migraines ever since I was in high school. Excedrin migraine works for me sometimes and I also use Imitrex, but I have to lie down and go to sleep when I take either Bc light and sound just make it worse. Never heard of the Benadryl shot?!

  4. I’ve suffered from migraines since I was young. Imitrex didnt work for me. Maxalt didn’t work for me. I had so many that I had to be placed on maintenance drugs (daily medications). I am just getting over one but I’ve been off mess for awhile now. When they get real bad I take vicodin, pass out and reboot. Migraines suck !

  5. My migraines are directly related to food allergies / intolerances. My doctor had me do an elimination diet and as soon as gluten and dairy were out of my system my headaches went away, along with a bunch of other health issues. Feel better.

  6. Sometimes the only thing that will work for me is some extra strength pain reliever proscribed by my doctor and a very long dark nap. They’re horrible though!

    That quote is so true! I think about how many hours of work it will take me to pay for something sometimes and I usually decide it’s not worth it! haha

  7. I’ve never been officially diagnosed but with migraines (mostly because I hate going to the DR) – I used to get them monthly (with my cycle) but I took care of that:)
    I start my day at with Excedrine every day at 5:00 am and usually have a 2nd dose between 1 and 4 pm. I’ve told my DR this (it has been going on for almost 5 years) and she hasn’t told me to stop so….
    Hope you can figure this out and stop the headaches – never fun.

  8. Migraines suck! Toradol shots help me when I get when that lasts several days but when my neorologist put me on Topomax every day as a preventative medicine I felt like a new woman! No more dull headache every single day and I can actually tell what triggers them most of the time!

  9. I also have migraines and completely feel your pain. They used to knock me out for days but that seldom happens now. I take a variety of meds depending on the severity and time of onset. If I can catch it early and I mean before the pain really starts (There are early warning signs for some people such as trouble focusing on objects that are close like print in a book and orbs or streaks of light going across your field of vision.) If it is early in the day I can take and Excedrin migraine (I actually prefer the wal-mart brand; it works faster for me. Because it contains caffeine I don’t take it in the evening or I can’t sleep. Later in the day I take prescription fioricet. I also have a rescue prescription med that I take when the pain is severe and I can’t sleep but I can’t remember the name of it right now. I also spent many years figuring out what triggers my migraines; there are a lot of known triggers so I just started testing them out. I hope that some of this information helps.

  10. If iam getting a migraine I have some warning signs. My vision goes spotty. Last time I had a huge amount of liquids(not wine!) including cocunut water and that seemed to stop it in its tracks. Hope your feeling better soon!

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