- CASE FILE
Years of undiagnosable pain: chronic migraines. I am 22 years old and have been experiencing this pain since just 8 years old.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I am seeking help because I have been to numerous doctors, of many different practices, to investigate the mystery of my migraines. I have tried countless medications, holistic treatments, surgical procedures, and just about everything else out there that is used to treat migraines. The pain that I experience when I have a migraine is debilitating. I usually wake up with a migraine so the source of the pain is often unclear, however, I have noticed that the back of my head toward the base of my neck tends to produce the most pain and shoots upward throughout the rest of my head. For as long as I can remember, I have had migraines. I get about 5-7 migraines a week, many of which prevent me from doing normal things like grocery shopping, watching a movie, or exercising. I can't remember a time in my life that my migraines didn't have an impact. I have had to take time off of work and school and have missed out on many social outings/activities as a result of my migraines.
I have seen several neurologists, gastroenterologists, chiropractors, allergists, acupuncturists, ear nose and throat doctors, and physical therapists. There has been no solid conclusion to date, which has proven to be very frustrating and at times leaving me hopeless.
I have been on several different classes of preventative medications that have been proven to treat migraines, none of which have worked. I have tried Topiramate, Venlafaxine, Aimovig, Ajovy, and several others. As for treatments, I have done physical therapy, acupuncture, Botox, electrical stimulation, and had a septoplasty last summer. Chasing the cure has been a time consuming and exhaustive process that has often ended in disappointment -- I'm sure I am not alone in my hope to find a cure.