Mine vary in frequency week to week--so I can go a week with none, then have 3 in a week, and occasionally I'll have an episode that lasts about
3 days where the pain will subside and come back. Those are usually one migraine episode that lasts over the course of those days. I've had migraines since I can remember. The first day of first grade is my first memory and I'm 44 now.
I take axert, which is a triptan, to abort them. It works most of the time but not on the ones that are the 3-day ones. It's strange, I have distinctly different migraines. The location and pain, duration, and triggers can all be different. The axert overall though has been good, with very few side effects. I used to take Excedrin, even after my UC diagnosis, because I didn't realize the aspirin wasn't good for my UC. I knew it wasn't good for my stomach, but didn't ever put the 2 and 2 together of that until last year. So now I take Excedrin Tension Headache sometimes, which can work on some of my less severe headaches, and doesn't have aspirin.
When I went to get my axert refill, the doc noticed that I had gone through a 6 month supply in 5 months. Which means I'm getting about 10-11 per month. Which averages to what, 3-4 per week? Really not good. At first, I was against taking yet *another* pill, but crap, if I'm getting 3-4 migraines per week on some weeks, I'm ALREADY taking a lot of stuff. Stress is a huge trigger for me and my husband has been out of work for over a year now, and I'm a teacher trying to support a family of 4, so I know that isn't helping.
I'm a little concerned about any possible side effects of the propanolol, but w/ my frequency of migraines, if it worked, it may be worth it.
I've often wondered, too, if the migraines, the UC, the endometriosis, if ALL of it is somehow connected at some point in my body and medicine just hasn't found that point of origin.
Thanks for the input
diagnosed w/UC 2005
colazal 3 x3 per day (up to 12 during flares)
canasa at night
VSL#3, vit. D, benefiber