Have you seen a dental professional, TMJ can greatly contribute to headaches? Another question for you, are you on any preventative medications?
Hang in there sweetie...I have been suffering from Migraine Disease for about 10 years and once you find a preventative and/or treatment that lessens the severity and or frequency it's a lot easier to deal with. Keep working at it, learn as much as you can and see the doctors and follow their recommedations to a "T"
Just another side note when I am stressed out to the point of crying, that will contribute to my headache pain...so try to take a warm bubble bath, relax and talk about the pain and stressful situations in your life. If you get it out in the open and off your chest you will feel much better and have those around you understand what is going on in your life.
Hang in there and post with us anytime you want...it's a big family here.
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Trace I didn't realize that you're 'down under.' I'm sure there are difficulties in getting certain medicines, tests, etc, especially with financial troubles. You certainly have your share of pains, too. I recently had spinal surgery---low back---fusion with titantium baskets, screws, bolts, rods, and bone grafts. I discovered that taking pain medicine caused rebound migraines. I had to really reduce my pain medicine. I'm still not having good control of my migraines, so I probably am not setting the best examply for you, but even before my surgery, my neurologist told me that I had to really reduce the amount of Migraine relief medicine that I took. I took Zomig a long time ago, and now I take Maxalt. I was taking it almost every day, because I was having Migraines almost every day. He suggested I try to reduce it about 20%. I'm not a doctor, so I'm not giving you medical advice, just telling you what my doc told me. If you try really hard to tolerate the milder migraines and only use the Zomig for the really bad ones, you might not get so many. I know I did not want to hear that. I did not want to tolerate ANY migraines. To me, they were ALL bad ones. But now, I do not medicate all of them. I did go through a period of several months with a constant migraine, like you----go to bed with a migraine, wake up with a migraine. It's horrible.
It's even worse if you cannot afford medicines that might help. I don't know if this is available to you in Australia, but I've seen TV commercials for this, and have an ad in my Reader's Digest magazine this month. It's from a pharmaseutical company---Merck---that offers a discount program for people who don't have prescription drug coverage. It's worth checking into. You can find out which drugs are included. Go to www.merckuninsured.com. They might have something that your doctor will find helpful.