Hi there...I'm also new to this forum, and my story sounds very similar to yours! Except I didn't have much success with Zomig. I've found that sumatriptan has been less effective for me. I was convinced that it was due to the generic form being less effective, but i'm starting to think that our bodies just change over time and maybe become less sensitive to a drug? I don't know!
Have you tried other PRN medications other than Zomig? Perhaps you MD could give you some samples to see if you respond to some other others that may be less expensive (i.e generic sumatriptan etc.). Also, how long did you try to preventative meds? I use them, and it did take a while to find the "sweet spot" dose where it was decreasing the intensity/frequency of the headaches but not giving my the stoopids. It's very frustrating, and there are definitely times when it's just depressing :-( I've found that after a bad attack I actually feel depressed for a couple days, it's awful.
I too have found some food triggers, citrus, avocado, certain nuts, MSG, aged cheese, nitrites (I pretty much avoid processed meats altogether...they aren't good for you anyhow!). And of course alcohol, but I don't always avoid that ;-)
Maybe a sleep study? If you have risk factors for sleep apnea I'd say go ahead and ask your doc about it, especially if you get morning headaches.
I'm curious also about if they will ever go away...I really don't want to live with this forever. I've just had a bout of kidney stones this past summer due to the preventative meds. Between the impact on my personal and work life, plus all the financial stress of all those medical expenses I can't handle that happening all the time.
I feel your pain.
Wow, thanks very much for your reply!
I probably haven't given the preventative meds enough of a chance, i just really hated the way they made me feel. I could literally feel my IQ dropping when i was taking topamax... I have tried taking other drugs, but triptan drugs seem to be the only ones that ever work. Is there any generic versions of any triptan drugs?
It's interesting which triggers you mentioned, those are almost all spot-on exactly the same triggers I have, especially MSG and nitrates. Some are worse than others. Last month i tried a no-dairy-december to see if that would help, but there are so many factors in causing a migraine that it was hard to tell.
I recently noticed that doing exercises every day has helped. I can't overdo it or I will get dehydrated and that will trigger one, but enough to get my heart rate up for an extended period does seem to help.
My doctor said he think i have a "hypersensitive central nervous system" but I feel like such a whiney little baby, always having to be careful about
what I eat and drink, how much sleep I get, not too much stress or exercise. My wife sometimes jokingly makes fun of me for being such a "pansy". But if I can lessen the migraines, then I don't care what people think of me. It's just so frustrating that my life revolves around this constant fear of pain...
It's really nice though to hear that there are other people going through the same thing I am, I just hope someday modern science will find the "cure" for all this...
Thanks again for your heartfelt reply!