Okay, okay, so it isn’t early for me, but it is early for normal people.
I’m up and feeling pretty good this morning. I feel better knowing that I have my very own prescription for Relpax. Last week I had a migraine bad enough I was honestly thinking that it might be a good idea to go to the ER. The word stroke actually went though my mind. It felt like someone had put a balloon in my head, rapidly inflated it as big as it would go with helium (you know the big giant tanks that inflate them really quickly), and after it was nearly to the exploding point, slowly adding more gas a little at a time. By midnight I was sure I would be staying home from work the next day because driving wouldn’t have been advisable. I took one of Amandya’s Relpax (they gave them to her for her migraines post seizure) and after about an hour I was able to actually relax into sleep. By time to get up, I was feeling almost human.
Tuesday I went to see the PCP about taking something stronger than the Excedrin Migraine they suggested. For some reason those pills really weren’t doing much for me. They gave me my very own prescription for Relpax. The pills are pricey but they are so worth it.
Dr suggested that the reason that I’m getting a few more migraines now than I was before is because I’m perimenopausal. Apparently if you tend to get some migraines, when you start getting to menopause age, they can ramp up for a year or so. Nice. At least I have some new pills to add to my repertoire and I can chase them off when I feel them start.
I knew about the night sweats and hot flashes. No one tells you about the migraines. Someone really should have mentioned it.
I started getting migraines while in college, around age 20. They became ferocious and I often had to be knocked out to get over a severe attack. Way back in the 70s I was put on ergostat. That was a nasty medication that worked if I took it at just the right moment. Then somewhere in the 90s I found a dr who sent me to a neurologist who put me on Imitrex. Love it. Doesn’t matter where I am in the migraine, it works. Then I started taking huge doses of vitamin B, mainly for stress, and the migraines almost disappeared. But I am also post menopausal, and I think that is a huge contributor to the decline. Whatever it is, I am grateful, and I hope you too can get the relief you need to function.
I have a house full of B vitamins (my daughter has epilepsy and B6 keeps her from going super bitch because of the Keppra) and B12 because my son is way low on that… I may tinker. The Relpax works for me and I’m SO happy. Still feel guilty because I used my Daughter’s prescription (she gets migraines post seizure) but my doctors seem cool with the meds in combination with Enbrel and Methotrexate and it helps so much no matter where I am in the migraine (although earlier seems to work better and quicker).
Dr keeps telling me that when I get post-menopausal, I will be much better… so in a couple years I will probably grow out of this. I can handle taking really good meds if it keeps my head from exploding for a couple years! If this doesn’t work, I may end up with Imitrex… one step at a time…