I was diagnosed with migraines in March of 2003. They came on with no apparent cause and have continued since with varying degrees of pain. Early on I was seen by my doctor, three neurologists both civilian and V.A. They have tried all the usual migraine medications, none worked. In June of 2004 my doctor put me on vicodin and I felt great for a while, increasing the dose from 1 every four hours to 4 every four hours over a year and a half. Obviously this was something I could not continue. I found a new doctor who helped me quit the vicodin. As soon as I started decreasing the dosage, the headaches worsened dramatically. In March 2007 I was pressured to retire from the Air Force Reserves as I was unfit for duty. I could not complete the fitness test since the exercise caused the headaches to be unbearable even with the vicodin. In May of 2007 I lost my regular job as a mechanical designer, I was making constant mistakes and missing work. I have been unemployed since then, I tried to go back to work at a new job and lasted only a week. Stress and any physical activity that raises my heart rate worsens the headaches. The V.A. neurologist said I do not have migraines but chronic daily headaches. When the headaches are really bad, (a couple times a week) I do have a sensitivity to light and noise. But as a rule just the pain. Over the counter medications have no effect at all. Since losing my job and my insurance, I no longer take any medication, and have taken to drinking. I know it's also a bad idea, however it is available without a prescription, a doctor visit or insurance. I have found it easier to just stay home when the headache is worst. Lately even when the headache is not too bad. At this point I have given up on explaining to people why I don't have a job. Some of my friends have been understanding, however the more events and social gatherings I miss they seem to all be pulling away. Luckily, I have a very understanding wife.