Saturday, 15 January 2011
For as long as I can remember, I have had migraines. It took my mother two years to convince my doctor I had them. He finally prescribed me propranolol (or Inderal) when I was ten years old.
Yes, that’s right ladies, I was on a blood pressure medication since I was ten years old; this drug has a side effect that prevents migraines.
Of course, the medication did not prevent all of my migraines. In fact, most my life I let the ignorance about migraines bounce off me as if they were just your everyday headache.
At any rate, by the time I was in my mid-twenties, I wanted to prepare my body to take care of these migraines naturally by staying away from all triggers – which as you know, is impossible. Neurologists recommended against it, my doctor was not happy with my decision, but I slowly weaned off my medication.
For the past four years I have been struggling. My days pass by in pain, my productivity goes down, and my Imitrex (reactive drug, rather than preventative) intake goes up. My pharmacist boyfriend encouraged me to get back on the propranolol.
I have already noted that the propranolol is helping, but obviously I will not be taking medications while pregnant. We are planning on starting our family in about five years; I will be about thirty-three.
There have been times my migraines feel so horrible that I am crying over a puke bucket feeling like I will never be able to do it. Do you have any similar stories, believing you would not be able to survive pregnancy because of your chronic migraines?
Please, if you have been pregnant and suffer from migraines, can you please help me? I have been doing a lot of research, but I want to hear testimonies. My mom said she had a 9 month “on-the-verge-migraine” It was a constant throb, but it never elevated to the intense pain. My aunt actually had a migraine while giving a natural child birth and said the migraine hurt more than giving birth!
Have you had a similar background to me? How did you prepare yourself for a possible 9 month migraine? Did you find anything that helped ease the pain?
I am already planning on staying away from every possible edible trigger, but is there anything else I should know? Is your sense of smell even more sensitive when pregnant? Did you happen to notice the severity being more or less than when you were not pregnant? Have you tried bio-feedback and if you did, did it help?
I quite possibly have a million questions, so anything you can let me know, I would greatly appreciate.