Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Thanks for the "Get Wells"

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I am really taken aback by how many people were concerned about my migraine! I've been getting migraines since I was a small child. Most of the women in my family get them, and they didn't skip me. In the beginning, it wasn't very often, but then high school came, when I was incredibly worried about whether I would get into a good college and I had to keep up my gpa. They got more frequent, maybe around once a month. Then in med school, about 2 a month. Then residency, 1 a week. In residency, you don't call off for anything less than loss of a limb or spontaneous bleeding from your ears and eyes. So I worked through the migraines. My friends thought I was one tough customer, but what do you do? You just pull through.

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It did make me a very compassionate physician, especially when it came to pain. There is good even in the bad, though often when one is going through the bad, the good seems not to exist. You would be amazed at the number of young children that have migraines these days. Kids have much more to deal with, more stressors, than we ever did, and we had our share.

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I've been on multiple meds. I take an anti-depressant to try to prevent them (and deal with some of the lowness that comes with constant headaches). Imitrex helps, but you can't take it every day, so that's where the Excedrin comes in. And I don't take it every time I get a headache because too much hurts my belly. If I get a really unmanageable one, one that I absolutely cannot stand, I go to the E.R. They are incredibly good to me most of the time. But thankfully this rarely happens (knock on wood!).

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I am forever grateful for how many people offered a "get well." I have a some great readers! Thanks so much.

5 comments:

stringsofpurls said...

A belated get well...My husband gets these sometimes and my son used to. Horrible. I'm so glad you are feeling better. It's bad enough having all this gloom and cold weather and then to have a headache to boot. Spring is on its way!

Iron Needles said...

I take topamirate to prevent them. Often now I just get the aura, or an aura with a very mild headache that can be treated with tylenol. I stay at work now with a migraine, and the frequency of the migraines is far reduced.

Mine seemed to be triggered by bright, flashing, or reflecting lights. Sunglasses outside are a must.

Just offering what has worked for me. Glad you are feeling better.

Cora said...

You're welcome my dear! It is amazing to me that so many young people have migraines these days. Really sad they are under so much pressure and stress. They are just children for pete's sake!!
Take care of youself.....

Hugs!

Mary LeMaster said...

Hey I used to take Topamax. It really helped alot it is a preventative med

The Crane Family said...

Oh I feel your pain. Although I only went through about a 2 year stint with them (when times were tough in life). I took Relpax or now the cheaper Maxalt. I take the Maxalt for sinus headaches. Works well.

Hopefully this weather will break and some of our snowy headaches will go away :)

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