Help me stop these migraines. Please.
September 16, 2012 6:06 PM Subscribe
Lots and lots and lots of migraines. Help, please.
Okay, so I used to have migraines years ago, and they were horrible. I was taking Imitrex and drinking lots of coffee, but the only thing that stopped them was sleeping and being in a dark quiet room.
Then they stopped for years. I had maybe one every two years until a few months ago.
Now, I'm having them several times a week, but they aren't quite as bad as they were several years ago. I'm light and noise sensitive, and standing up always blinds me and feels like someone is squeezing my brain. I get nauseous and extremely anti-social. Still, I can sort of function, where I couldn't at all a few years ago.
I can't figure it out. I'm almost 30, female, and I have a pretty great life with amazing friends, an amazing church community, and an amazing job.
Additional (maybe relevant) details:
1. I have SLE/Rheumatoid Arthritis. I've had this for at least a decade (before the migraines started)
2. I don't have health insurance until the first of October. And I haven't had insurance since the migraines started. I will see a doctor in October when I can.
3. I think there might be seasonal allergy issues at play - I'm allergic to sulfa (I live in the Bay Area, CA and they spray grapes with sulfa) and dust. But I've always been allergic to those things and the migraines have come and gone. I take Zyrtec-D and Benadryl.
4. I don't have any more stress than I did before the migraines started. There are some big things happening in my life, but they don't really seem connected (I know a lot of you will say there is a connection here. Trust me. There isn't. Yes, I'm in couselling and my counselor knows about the issues and doesn't think any of the emotional stuff is connected)
5. I am commuting to work right now, which is about 2 hours of driving. I'm moving from the East Bay to Marin at the end of the month so the commute will soon be 10 minutes instead of an hour. I'm not sure this is relevant but it sure doesn't help.
6. I have some serious muscle tension issues and several vertebrae that are messed up from a car accident years ago, and I know that plays a role, but no one can figure that part out. They've done imaging studies and everything.
7. I'm on pain meds already, but nothing touches a migraine once it starts.
8. I'm a high school teacher, so if I get one at work, I don't have much choice but tough it out. Thankfully, it's only happened once this school year.
9. I'm gluten-free, and have had a lot of pain relief because of switching about six months ago. Again, probably not relevant.
10. I'm pretty vitamin D deficient. Like seriously. I take lots of it via supplement.
I'd appreciate any ideas and help. I know, YANMD.