Popular sleeping pill was the cause of my 15-month migraine

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   Posted 9/9/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm posting this in hopes that it helps at least one person on this forum, hopefully more. 
For 15 months, out of nowhere, I started having debilitating, right-sided headaches, along with ear pain, eye pain and neck pain. I rarely got auras or nauseau. But the pain was constant.  I had 2 MRIs, a catscan, went to 2 neurologists, chiropracters, an acupunturist and a massage therapist.  I was on about 10 different migraine meds, to no avail. 
Six months ago I had to quit my job, because the pain was so intense I could not concentrate.  I tried to think about what I had done differently in the past 15 months.  Nothing had changed.  I was taking a popular sleeping pill, starting with the letter 'a', for 6 years since my Mom passed away.  I know these are prescribed for short-term use, and just for the heck of it, I looked on the internet to see if any other long-term users of this medicine experienced what I was going through.  On a similar website as this, a person wrote in with the same symptoms I had.  Then 100 people or so responded that this was happening to them as well.
So, as difficult as it was to stop taking the medicine (the only relief I had from the migraine was sleep), I did it.  After 2 days, my constant pain (24/7) started to improve and improve.  After two weeks, the pain came back and I was discouraged, but stayed off the medicine.  Eventually, my migraines became few and far between.  It has been about 8 weeks since I've been off of this 'sleep aid' and I am finally back to myself. 
Like I said earlier, if this advice helps at least 1 person, I feel like I've succeeded today.  Good luck everyone. :-)
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