Life with Migraines

I’ve been living with migraines most of my life. It probably started when I was a teenager, but I don’t remember for sure. They weren’t very frequent when they started, but they’ve always been really bad. The longer I’ve had them, the more frequent they’ve become. I used to be able to take an Excedrin and it would go away (for the most part) within 30 minutes. In the last couple years my migraines have exceeded to 3-5 times a week. The intensity and duration of my headaches have increased as well. To top it all off, they are extremely hard to get rid of now too. The only hope I have to get rid of a headache is by taking an Excedrin, a Sudafed or Benadryl, and a pain killer all at the same time. I also have to apply IcyHot or Biofreeze to my temples, neck, and shoulders every 30 minutes. A lot of times I will heat up my corn bag (natural heating pad) and put it on my neck or head. And this doesn’t always work.

migrainesMy pulsating pain goes from my shoulders and neck, wraps around the top of my head to my forehead and temples, and to my ears and jaw. My head aches and throbs relentlessly. I am sensitive to movement, light, and sound, and I get very nauseous. Needless to say, I’m out of commission when these awful migraines attack. I’m in bed, with the lights off, heat or wet rag on my head, and complete quiet. Having 3 kids though, I can’t always crash when I get a headache. I have to make dinner, take care of Cylus, help the kids with homework, and get the kids to bed. It’s a very miserable way of life!

I finally had enough of it! I decided to ask my doctor if there was anything I could do for frequent migraines. She prescribed me Topamax. It worked pretty well at first, but there were some side effects. It made my hands tingly, like they were asleep. It was annoying, but it was worth it to not have any headaches. After a little while though, it started giving my stomach problems. I basically was at a point where I had to choose, do I not have headaches, but bring my stomach problems back?… or do I keep my stomach problems under control and keep having frequent headaches? I decided to quit taking the migraine medicine and start researching other ways to reduce or eliminate migraines.

I found a lot of information about changing your diet and finding the cause. Well mine are hereditary and I get them no matter what I eat, so I wasn’t interested in making drastic diet changes that wouldn’t matter. It’s not like I’m eating fast food everyday, I eat pretty healthy. Then, I read that frequent migraines can be caused by a magnesium deficiency. That day, I purchased the highest dose of magnesium I could find (500mg). I also read that if you don’t have a magnesium deficiency, you should not take magnesium supplements. I was so desperate though, I did not wait to have my magnesium levels tested. I figured if it worked, they were low, and if it didn’t, they weren’t.

After a few days of taking magnesium supplements, I realized I wasn’t having headaches! YAY!!! Plus, I wasn’t having any side effects (because it’s a vitamin). Now, a few months later, I’m mostly headache free! I get about one headache a month, which I can handle. I’m so happy it was so easily fixed, I’m just sad I didn’t figure it out sooner!

*DISCLAIMER* I’m not a doctor, I don’t have a degree or any medical experience. Statements on this blog should not be taken as medical advice and even though something may have worked for me, I’m not suggesting it will work for anyone else.


2 thoughts on “Life with Migraines

  1. Hi Jessica, You know me from growing up. I started having migraines more after my kids were all born. I didn’t know they were migraines so I didn’t seek help until they were debilitating. I had to try several medications that worked and didn’t have side effects. I went gluten free 2 years ago and that has helped tremendously. I still have them occasionally mostly due to weather changes or allergy surges. Don’t give up. Young mamas often have them because of hormonal surges. Hope this helps. Blessings

    • Thanks, Diana. I’ve considered going gluten free for a while now, I’m just not sure I’m ready for the change. I do want to try it though, soon!

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