Good morning world! It’s good to be back again and rejoin the world of the living. I’ve spent two days hiding in a cool dark quiet cave, willing myself into a semi-comatose state to try and deal with the intense pain in my head. As migraines go, this one was quite a doozy.
I really hate losing entire days. I was very lucky this time that my often-traveling husband was actually home. I’m not sure how I would have functioned trying to take care of a full-throttle three-year-old, while puking every 30 minutes. It really incapacitates a person.
I lost two days of my life. Two days of work, my son’s second soccer game, a special member’s only night at the zoo, and my mom blew up my phone because I didn’t text her back all day. I can’t look at the computer or phone at all with a migraine so e-mails piled up and texts went unanswered. In between vomiting I usually have about ten lucid moments to get something done before the cycle begins again, so I managed to reply back to a few people before things took a turn for the worse later on that day.
Unfortunately I had nothing to get me through this one except Tylenol that I gave up on because it just came back up every time. I stopped taking the migraine preventative Topamax last month due to terrible side-effects. It made my head feel great, but the cost was losing interest in just about everything else I loved and not being able to function enough mentally to write a blog post without struggling. At one point I forgot how to sign my own name mid-signature. And usually I can at least stop the vomiting with medical marijuana, but I let my prescription expire because it’s ridiculously expensive in Florida- $400 a year for the prescription, $75 a year for the license and $45 – $90 for the vape cartridge. And to be honest, it didn’t even seem as effective as the real-deal buds. It’s very stupid that they can make a natural weed so illegal and then only legalize a highly processed packaged version that’s inferior to the real thing.
And the only medication that ever worked for me, Midrin, was mysteriously taken off the market. It’s main ingredient, the one that works to reverse the vasodilation that occurs during a migraine, lost FDA approval. I’ve tried many different medications over the years and nothing worked like Midrin. It would completely remove the migraine and make me feel normal like it never happened. Nothing has ever come close to its effectiveness.
So for two days I suffered. There’s a reason they call it a migraine “attack.” It came out of nowhere and took over my head and my life. The pain is so intense it’s hard to speak. Light is unbareable, even with my favorite migraine glasses. Smells are intense. Sound is amplified. Attempting to stand brings on another round of vomiting. It’s a hellish experience.
But I woke up today with a clear head. The pain and pressure is gone and happy to feel like a normal functioning human again. Now I’m just trying not to have terrible anxiety about everything that piled up while I was ill! So I am off to stage my own attack on the pile of e-mails in my inbox.
*As a side note, all my research on Midrin equivalents leads to dead ends. If anyone has any leads on a isometheptene migraine drug, or one that works similar, please let me know.