Tagged with treatments

Guilt, blame, and whose fault is it, anyway?

After a three-month stretch of miserable, awful migraines that required multiple rounds of steroids and several sick days, my migraine specialist suggested we add a fourth preventative to my regimen of medications. “Now you really need to focus on lifestyle things, because you’re going to be on four preventatives and you’re not where you want … Continue reading »

New commenting policy

I got a few inappropriate comments last week that made realize I should really have a comment policy for this blog (and my other sites, as well). You can read the new policy on the Commenting page. It takes effect immediately. I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade or be the thought police; I … Continue reading »

Emergency letter to myself

Dear Kelly, I am writing this because you feel guilty about taking care of yourself when you already have a migraine or are about to get one. You feel self-indulgent and spoiled. You feel like the world is going to pass you by if you’re not there to grab it on its way. You don’t … Continue reading »

Prozac is helping my migraines

Yes. You read that title correctly. On Prozac (fluoxetine), I’m having fewer and less severe migraines. I’ve even had a few days that were essentially pain-free–on these days I felt absolutely euphoric. I still have a migraine every day, and I still have a severe migraine at least one day per week (down from three … Continue reading »

Book Review: The Woman’s Guide to Managing Migraine

Book Review: The Woman’s Guide to Managing Migraine

Title: The Woman’s Guide to Managing Migraine: Understanding the Hormone Connection to find Hope and Wellness Author: Susan Hutchinson, MD Publisher: Oxford University Press Format: Trade paperback Pages: 240 ISBN: 978-0199744800 List Price: $19.95 I’m sort of embarrassed to admit how much I learned from The Woman’s Guide to Managing Migraine—not only about the connection … Continue reading »

Support this documentary to spread migraine awareness

Support this documentary to spread migraine awareness

If you follow any migraine-related accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or any other social media network, or you receive newsletters from migraine-related organizations, you’ve probably already heard about the documentary Out of My Head. According to its website, Out of My Head is the first comprehensive, feature-length documentary about migraine (and it’s about time!). The … Continue reading »

The migraine treatment roller coaster ride

The migraine treatment roller coaster ride

When I tapered off of Neurontin/gabapentin a few months ago, my migraines destabilized despite the Topamax/topiramate and Pamelor/nortriptyline I was also taking (try saying that three times fast). To compensate, my doctor raised the topiramate, but my body rejected it. This left me feeling desperate, exhausted, and frustrated. Another treatment plan down the drain. All … Continue reading »