“Have you tried…?”
If I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me this question I’d be rich! I used to feel obligated to explain why I had or hadn’t tried X suggestion when this question came up.
However, over the past few years, my responses have definitely improved and I take unsolicited advice with much more grace. I know people are trying to help, and often suggest solutions because they don’t know what else to say.
When I first started struggling with health issues, my answer was “no, not yet” to many of the things people suggested. However, now as an #experiencedspoonie I have actually given a fair number of the suggestions a shot.
This post is a general run down of the different practitioners, preventative, acute, and alternative treatments I’ve tried. If you have any questions on specifics, comment below and I’m happy to do a follow up post expanding!
Preventative medication (each trialed for at least 3 months):
Topiramate (topomax + trokendi)
Acute medical treatments:
Rescue medication, triptans: naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan (oral and injectable), frova
Other rescue medications: fioricet, gabapentin, phenergan, zofran, benadryl, naproxen 500mg, ibuprofen 800mg, xanax, clonazepam, tizanidine, cyclobenzaprine
Nerve blocks (greater occipital nerve block, lower occipital nerve block and targeted pressure point injections)
DHE outpatient infusions
Magnesium outpatient infusions
Short course steroid tapers (dexamethasone and prednisone)
Facet joint injections
Intranasal compound pharmacy SPG block formula
Emergency room/urgent care IV medication (variable)
Medically guided yoga
Custom night guard for TMJ and teeth grinding
Essential oils, raindrop essential oil therapy
Nutritionist guided elimination diet + food trigger investigation
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Pain management classes
Mindfulness + meditation
In my search for effective treatment I’ve found so much inner strength I never knew I had. A phobia of intravenous infusions conquered. Increased self-awareness and improved communication skills. The power of hope and perseverence. And deep connection with a widespread community of inspiring health warriors.
Treating chronic migraine looks different for everyone, and I share this list as a jumping off point for new ideas on your own journey. Every migraineur’s symptom and treatment history is unique as a fingerprint, and what works for you depends on many unique individual factors, timing and so much more.
I share each step along my road to wellness and healing and hope that in doing so I can inspire you along your own path. Thank you so much for being here.