Friday, April 25, 2008

One heck of a week....

Just a little update here.

Up until now, I've been pretty lucky. I have been averaging about one migraine every sixteen days. This has been my pattern since January, when Dr. Greene put me on the Amitriptyline, which was added to my Topamax.

Well - this week has just proven to me that I can still take a step backward.

"Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water." (for those of you who don't know, this is the famous tag line from JAWS, which is one of my all time favorite "horror" movies and the reason I don't swim in the ocean)

I had three - yes three, migraines this week, including today - right now. The first two this week started out at tension headaches that I could not get rid of with my normal Skelaxin, and then went into a migraine. After I took a Frova on both of these occasions, Mr. Migraine went away.

Today was a different story.

It started out very small and quiet. I thought, "oh, no big deal, I'll throw some Skelaxin at it while it's at a 0/1 and I'll be good to go". Well that didn't help so an hour later I ended up taking a Frova.

The Frova knocked the pain down from it's then 4 to about a 2, but the throbbing in my left eye was still there and reminded me every time I moved. Along with the oh so lovely nausea. Thank God I had learned earlier in the week from my girl MJ (see her blog at Rhymes with Migraine ) had mentioned something about how Ginger Altoids help her....low and behold we had them in the kitchen at work! So I ate my weight in them today.....

I get home and Mr. Migraine is still alive and kicking. I end up resorting to my rescue drug, Vicodin. I only take half tabs because of course, the whole pill will make me nauseous. So I had a half and was good for about 3 hours, now I feel it creeping back up again. Oh what fun it is!

I really can't think of what caused this sudden spike in migraine activity, except the change in the weather. Everything here in good 'ol New Jersey is in full bloom, although I don't seem to be having any allergy symptoms.

Oh well. Ya win some, ya lose some.

If this keeps up next week, I'm definitely going to call my neuro and see if I can get in a litter sooner then my scheduled appointment in July.

I hope the rest of you out there in migraine land had a better week then I did!!!!
Enjoy the weekend!!!!


Jamie said...

uggh. Girl, sounds like you had a tough week too!

Hope you're feeling better now- and I'm going to have to get me some of those ginger altoids- thanks for the info!

From MOH-ville,

Eileen said...

Seriously! I wouldn't have thought a candy would make me feel better, but MJ had mentioned them in the forum.....I tried them....they are like a little magic candy when you don't have anything else with you!!

Good to have around, and sometimes nicer to know that works then all the other drugs we usually have to use!!!

Hope you are feeling better too my friend!!!

Carmelite's Habit said...

Hey hun!

Oh UGH I hate pollen-enhanced migraines about as much as any of the migraines I get.

I've busted two dreadful pollen migraines this year with Zyrtec. It seems to work ok with everything else I take. Didn't need any stronger med for pain than Indocin either and for that I was grateful.

Hint: take it in the evenings by 6pm or 7pm so it won't make you as drowsy the next day.

Elder Assistant Offspring swears by Zyrtec for her hayfever. I swear by it for--migraine... XD

Love you, dear one. (((Eileen)))