I have commented on a few threads here and in the fibro forum. But before I start posting more, I wanted to introduce myself. I'll be 37 this week and have 2 great kids, and a wonderful husband and all of them put up with a lot because of my health issues. My 13 year old also gets migraines and I've apologized to him profusely for passing on that trait.
I have had migraines since I was in my early teens. It began with just a few per year. In my late 20's, I had a period of time in which I had weekly migraines for 2-3 years. At the time, maxalt worked to abort them. In 2001, I moved to a new state. My weekly severe migraines stopped as quickly as they had appeared, and went back to my previous pattern of a few per year.
In April '09, they abruptly began to increase again. No specific changes in diet, environment etc. By September, I was having 4-5 per month. This month, I finally cried Uncle! and dragged my uninsured self to the doctor because I couldn't take it any more. These headaches are stealing 5-10 days out of each month. $350 later, I walk out with prescript
ions for verapamil and nortryptiline to try to get them under control and treat HBP. That was almost 3 weeks ago. I've since had 8 migraines, one of them lasting 2 days. We elected to drop the nortryptiline since it also seemed to be turning me into a whacked out mess... guess it is not an appropriate anti-depressant formula for my system. Doctor said he will likely try me on topamax since abortive medications are not on the menu due to hypertension.
I get migraines with and without aura. I will usually feel increased fatigue (between fibro and insomnia, I'm always tired, but it gets markedly worse before a migraine). Occasionally I will notice my vision wavering a bit. Right after it starts, I begin to feel very cold, shaky and weak and that lasts throughout the migraine. I become extremely sensitive to smell, sound and light. When I close my eyes, I feel as if I am a very tiny person in a very large room (weird, I know). Every noise seems to come from very far away. I have zero appetite when I have a migraine and nausea is standard. With some of them, even the slight motion of breathing is agony.
I'll stop there before I put everyone to sleep.
Thanks for reading and I'm glad to have found an actually active forum for this issue!