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Visit our forum any day, and you'll find posts from people whose main problem with Migraine care is Attitude — not theirs, but that of some medical professionals, some media, and much of the general public. Too many people still don't realize that Migraine is a genetic neurological disease . They still stereotype us, consider us "drug seekers," and continue to misunderstand Migraine disease. When Michael John Coleman, the director of MAGNUM , the National Migraine Association, and the rest of the MAGNUM staff discovered that Elvis Presley was reported to have been a Migraineur, they set out to investigate. What they found dispelled the rumors of Elvis's drug use and the rumor that his death was caused by an overdose. Read Elvis & LSD? No, DHE for Migraine!
Last year I developed a severe migraine that lasted for 3 months and left me unable to work. On January 8 of this year I developed the same type of headache only it has lasted 4 months so far and left me unable to get out of bed most days. With both occurrences I have been hospitalized and put on DHE but to no avail. The first time I was also given one round of Botox which didn't help. I have had migraines for over 20 years but these are new. What type of migraine could it be as it doesn't respond to any treatment.
I am frustrated and want to find help but my new specialist doesn't seem to be doing anything to help me. I saw him last week and all he did was prescribe Toradol shots for the really bad days. He has me on Depakote and I think it is causing severe depression but isn't helping with the headache. He hasn't ordered any testing and I can't keep living like this. Kathy.
Full Question: My EEG shows a "migraine variant/variance". Although I know many people with migraine, I don't know anyone who has this abnormal EEG. Whenever I've mentioned this to Doctors they just kind of nod their heads, knowingly. This is the way it was explained to me: "The abnormal brain wave that you have looks just like that of a person with seizure disorder (epilepsy). The only way we can tell the difference is by your clinical examination. You obviously have symptoms of migraine". I guess it's always kind of bothered me, thinking that maybe I've missed something. I've suffered with intractable migraine for over 20 years. Some periods of time have been fairly normal, but not enough! My concern is, in part, fueled by the fact that I had an Aunt who had epilepsy. Please offer your advice/opinion on this matter. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Your service here is more valuable than you could ever know! Jane. Answer: Dear Jan...
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