- CASE FILE
I have been suffering from about 5 years of non-stop migraine pain. It is accompanied by so many symptoms that affect my entire body.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I started having migraines when I was about 12 years old. I became chronic by the time I was about 16. I remember that I missed an entire semester of my junior year of high school. That was just the beginning. I some how managed to graduate and continue on to college. I held down a job and raised a beautiful daughter all while suffering through frequent migraines. I would take my abortive meds and go to bed and would usually be okay for a few more days. I also took various preventative medications over the years like Topamax. Over the years, they seemed to get worse, the pain was getting more intense and they would last longer. The abortive medications were no longer helping all the time. About five years ago, my life completely changed. And not for the better! I woke up with a migraine, no different than so many other days, but this one has yet to go away! I am in constant pain, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 a week. I have seen a handful of neurologist, a few headache specialist, pain management specialists, chiropractors, healers, massage therapist plus several ER doctors. I've been to the headache clinics at Brigham & Woman's and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Nobody has any answers for me or any relief. I'm unable to work, have a hard time with most housework and most days are spent right in bed where it is dark and cool. Besides the pounding head pain, there is the nausea and vomiting, the vertigo can be so bad that I can hardly make it to the bathroom and I also have vision loss in my right eye. There is also the chronic fatigue and unexplained stomach pains and tinnitus. It is so hard to face each day when there is no hope of not being in pain. I can only hope for a lower level of pain then other days. Most days I would rate my pain at around 8-9 and a good day would be 6-7. Those are the days I celebrate! Please help give me and those like me have hope again. Pull the ice pick out of my head and give me peace.