Hi, I am brand new to this site, having just discovered it existed recently. I have never corresponded online before, but I welcome any advice/support/suggestions.
I have suffered with migraines for 35 years (could it be that long?). They started in my early teens and haven't quit. I've been treated by the same neurologist throughout. The pattern has changed on and off, depending mostly on how much stress was in my life (big trigger for me). In 2004 I was in a car accident and injured my neck, resulting in an instant painful headache. I assumed it was the stress of the accident and extreme stress going on at home. I never did go to the hospital, my husband told me I would "get over" the escalating pain. A year later, while visiting my neurologist, he said my symptoms were completely new for me, something was different, and ordered an MRI, which showed the neck damage.
Since then, I've had numerous tests,tried various remedies, the damage remains, and surgery is not an option. At this point I have a never-ending headache, with several migraine symptoms almost every day. Occasionally, I have a migraine free day, but the headache remains. Usually, the migraine lasts three days continuously if Imitrex doesn't work. I only take Tramadol for the first day of an attack, then discontinue all meds so I don't worry about rebound. I just wait it out. Once, I had a 21 day migraine. I have now tried my 6th cervical epidural. Not much help. I can't lie down with migraine, it intensifies the pain.
Any suggestions for coping?
Thanks for your time and attention, I greatly appreciate your help.