My Migraine Journey – Eloise
My Migraine History
Hi there! I’m a teen living on the East Coast of the US. I started getting migraines when I was 9 years old. This wasn’t surprising because migraines run on my mom’s side of the family in all of the women. When I get a migraine, I usually also experience vertigo and blurry vision. I am a chronic migraine sufferer, which means I get migraines more than 15 days a month. My migraine pain level is out of control. I’ve been hospitalized over 15 times for my migraines, was evaluated for a stroke and brain tumors multiple times, and had migraines that went on for more than 2 weeks, without any relief from even the strongest meds, like steroids and DHE infusions. I’ve looked all over for any triggers, but haven’t been able to find any.
The People Around Me
Throughout my migraine experience, my family has been really supportive, especially my mom. It’s really helpful to have someone who gets migraines themselves in your life because they know that migraines are so much more than a headache.
The Effect of Migraine on My Life
Migraine has affected my life drastically. I’ve constantly had to miss school, sometimes for weeks at a time, because of how intense the pain was. I had to give up gymnastics because half the time I couldn’t make it to practices.
What I’ve Tried
I’ve tried many treatments, both medicated and non-medicated. For medication, I used to be on a preventive med called Topiramate, but I had to come off of it because I was experiencing paralysis, extreme dizziness, and brain fog. I’m now on a preventive injection called Ajovy, which had helped a lot. When I get migraines, I take Sumatriptan and Alleve. If this doesn’t work, I re-dose both. If I still have a migraine, I take a Nurtec, do a DHE nasal spray, and take one packet of Cambria powder. For non-medicated treatment, I’ve tried essential oils, cold caps, and a green lamp. These haven’t been successful, but I hope to find another non-medicated relief system that works. I am forever grateful for all the advances in migraine treatment.
How I Cope On Unbearable Days
When things get bad, it’s hard to cope. Whenever I’m experiencing a really bad migraine, I can’t help thinking about all the things I’m missing out on. However, I’ve learned to appreciate that my migraines are just migraines, and aren’t something much more sinister.
How Migraine Buddy Helps Me
Migraine Buddy has helped me a lot. I’ve been able to identify potential triggers, communicate with my doctor, log my migraines and symptoms, and meet other migraine sufferers. If you’re a migraine sufferer, you need to get Migraine Buddy because it is life-changing!
Thank you, Eloise, for stepping forward to share your migraine journey with the community.
When you share your stories, it not only helps others but you heal in the process too. If you would like to share your story and let your voice be heard like Eloise, you may do so here: http://bit.ly/MyMigraineJourney
With love, Jenny and the Migraine Buddy Team