Migraines Are For the Birds

I have a headache. Not just a little headache that you get from a stressful day, or not eating or drinking enough water. This is a good old fashioned migraine, and I’m so tired of getting them. I’ve had them since I was about nine years old. At first, my parents didn’t believe that they were as bad as I said they were. But over time, they realized the headaches were so crippling and debilitating, and they believed me when I said they were as bad as they were. When I was in my early thirties, my doctor put me on sumatriptan. It was a life-saving miracle drug! I would take one at the onset of a headache and within a half hour the headache was completely gone. I did notice that it made my heart race a bit, but it was nothing that was ever too much to worry about.

I noticed that overtime, I started to use the medication more and more. It seemed I was having at least 15 headache days a month! And I was only prescribed 9 pills a month through my insurance. There were some months where I would end up buying a whole nother months worth of 9 pills at full price just to get by. Now mind you this is not a narcotic. It is not an addictive drug. However, it seemed that I was getting addicted to it. My headaches were more frequent and my usage of the medication increased.

One morning, I woke up with a horrible headache and took a sumatriptan pill. Shortly after, I began to experience horrible chest pain and a rapid heartbeat. I started reading online about other people who had seem to get addicted to this non-narcotic medication. They complained about similar things that I had going on with me. For example, more headaches than they had before they started taking the medication, running out of their prescription too soon before being able to refill it, rapid heartbeat, chest pains, and a list of other symptoms.

After about 2 hours of the chest pains they went away. I decided right then and there that I wasn’t going to be so reliant on this medication anymore for my migraines. Info it will be 3 years this March but I decided to start taking that medicine. I have not taken one pill sense. I noticed but now I am down to about to migraine days a month. I have little headaches off and on throughout the month, but nothing compared to a migraine. When I do have a migraine, I take ibuprofen and Excedrin Migraine, and just tough it out.

To me, the side effects of the medication we’re not worth the temporary relief that it did bring to me. So here I sit writing this blog instead of doing my school work, because this headache will not allow for deep thinking. A small price to pay for a lesson that I greatly learned about being so dependent on medication to fix my problems. Has anybody else had similar experiences with that medication? It sure seems a lot of people on the internet have. Hopefully tomorrow I will wake up refreshed and headache free.

5 thoughts on “Migraines Are For the Birds

  1. I experienced that when I went on my first medication for MS. I had to inject myself only once a month. But that medication caused me to curl up in a tight ball for the majority of the day. It took me over a year to say something to my Neurologist about it. But when I did, she changed me to a daily injection of a different medication. No more pain from head to toe, due to the old medication. I have been on the newer one for about 8 years now – with no side affects.

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  2. I just had “The Mother of all Migraines” last week. Mine’s usually hormonal and I do have a prescription for Imitrex (Sumatriptan) but that things turns me to mush that I had a co-worker drive me home. 2 excedrines, 1 Imitrex and 3 hours of sleep later, I still had it. The miracle that saved me? Zomig in nasal spray form. That things burns like heck but 1 hour later and I was functional again.
    I hope you find one that works for you. Migraines are no laughing matter.


    • Ahhh!! So sorry to hear you have them, too! My daughter, who’s 15, is fighting one now. 😦 They’re sure awful. Mines usually hormonal also, and same pattern with my daughter. Every once in a while I’ll get one for no rhyme or reason…..ugh. I may have to try nasal spray though!

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  3. As a fellow migraine sufferer I sympathise with you. My migraines come in spates and usually last for a week so for that week I will take one or two Sumatriptans a day. Then I can have from a week to three weeks migraine free. It’s a big improvement to how they used to be when I would be ill for one week out of every two and have to take to my bed for one or two days during my migraine week. Mine are down to hormonal changes so I’m hoping they will improve in time. I hope you find a way of dealing with your migraines – good luck. x

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