I am a 30 year old dentist who has suffered from migraine and headaches on and off for most of my life.
My job doesn't help, as neck and upper back tension is definitely one of my triggers.
Over the last few months I have been having bad headaches daily for a week at a time, around the time of my period, culminating in bad migraines (vomiting etc) at the end of the week (usually at the weekend or after work so they ruin myu "free time")
I have never noticed headaches in relation to my periods before, but I have got a very stressful busy job right now and have alot going on at home too so maybe the combination of things isn't helping. I have tried osteopathy, acupuncture, beta blockers etc, but I can have periods of time where I have no pain, however right now isn't one of them!
I was getting dependent on codeine based meds, and think they were giving me rebounds so I went to see a migraine specialist who recommended voltarol and making sure I kept my blood sugar levels up by eating regularly. She also advised getting enough sleep and massage for my tension. I was a little disappointed because most of this advice is common sense to me and I try to do it as much as possible anyway, however my headaches are starting to take over my life. I worry if I don't have access to meds, and today is a beautiful day and I have spent most of it throwing up while my poor fiance is waiting for me to feel better so we can go do something. I think they might get better once all the stressors are gone (am leaving this job in July) but I have to get through this and there will be another job eventually.
I went to my GP yesterday who said that the advice from the migraine clinic wasn't very helpful and he suggested
I try topamax.
I have read some of the other forums on here, and think it could help, although I am worried about potential sleeping problems as I have trouble sleeping anyway, concentration, as my job requires a high level of concentration, and I want to get pregnant next year, so I worry that my migraines will come back if i have to stop taking anything, and also worry about not being able to take anything while I am pregnant.
I am desperate for some support and advice please!