Thursday, January 27, 2011

Crossing My Fingers

Yesterday was tough. I usually have 1 or 2 really heavy flow days during my period and the migraines I get on those days are the most severe and the hardest to treat. I was half way through the day when I realized that was the kind of day it was going to be. I took out my migraine chart to check how many days I've taken the rescue medications and how many days left in the month to decide if I wanted to treat this one.

I was surprised to see that I had already had 14 migraines prior to that one. I hadn't really taken a count until yesterday but my impression of the month is that I hadn't had as many as usual. But the numbers don't lie, I'm not having fewer migraines. So what accounts for the perception of fewer migraines in January? That's when I realized, what has changed is the quality of the days I don't have a migraine. It used to be I had horrible days and bad day. There was always some lingering pain and nausea even if I wasn't having a migraine. But now I'm having horrible days, bad days, and good days. That's right, for the first time in years I'm having days free of pain, nausea and the other foggy symptoms of migraines disease. Plus not all of my migraines end up completely taking over my day. Some I'm treating with Ibuprofen and some I'm trying to manage with careful behavior.

It's been more than month since I altered my medication regimen and obviously my life has improved. I wonder if this is the most I can expect from my meds or if over the next month or so I will see fewer actual migraines.

My neuro doc here told me that even though in December my insurance company said no to Botox that we should try again because they address changes when the calendar year changes. They called and got a yes from my insurance company. Part of me doesn't believe this is true so I'll call and verify. It would be nice to have that as an option if I can't get more of the meds I'm taking now. Plus if I get relief that way then I can start taking my Bachlofen again. I'm not sleeping nearly as well and have an increase in jaw pain since I've stopped taking that medication. I tried stopping it to cut down on the extreme dry mouth that came along with the new preventive med.

I'm crossing my fingers for more good days.


  1. Yeah!!!! Bad but not as bad, any improvement is a plus! and a big WooHoo on the botox. I've been afraid to try it cause I get allergic to weird things....

  2. Yeah! Here's to MORE good days! I so hope your migraines decrease soon, but I'm so happy that you are having good days now :)

    BTW.... I was wrong about the name of the auction show. It's called Auction Kings, and the auction house is Gallery63. I had to correct myself!

  3. Winny, Yeah I worry a bit about the whole botox thing, but am desperate enough to give it a try.

    Della, thanks for the correction...I have these all written down now and I can search for them online, hulu and netflix.