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Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – Charlene

I started having migraines in my mid-twenties when I became pregnant for the first time. I suffered with the migraines, nausea and vomiting for years before seeking help. I think I have tried everything known to mankind, including maintenance medicines, medications for depression, various injections, and herbal remedies…I’ve tried them all. Imitrex helped the most until my body got used to it, and then it stopped working. I now take Frova but I need two doses to ward off a migraine. Unfortunately, they usually return the next day. My migraines last between two and four days. And I usually get one a month, but it is not uncommon to get two in a month. My lost time from work is a little embarrassing especially when there are people who have never experienced the pain of a migraine and cannot understand why you need to take time off of work for a “headache.” My most extreme migraines, as I stated earlier, include nausea and vomiting, and I can lose up to five pounds in that time. Now I see that two out my three kids are showing signs of migraines; they are both girls, if that means anything. I am not opposed to trying anything new, if they say that Botox works, then let’s bring it to the states!

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