Posted at 17:17h
in Reader's Mail
I have very frequent migraines. When they strike, they are continual for weeks. The only thing that helps me get on with my life is Imitrex®. I believe my headaches occur mostly from stress and atmospheric changes. However, they almost always come on during the early morning hours and wake me out of sleep.
I have been to several doctors and they have no problem giving me prescriptions for the Imitrex. My insurance company, on the other hand, believes you can’t have more than nine migraines a month (that is how many pills they allow before you pay all on your own). I will take three pills a day when my migraines are in full force. I have been reading about the possibility of people with severe migraines being more susceptible to certain kinds of stroke. If this is true, what can I or should I do to reduce that risk and reduce the migraines? I am 50 years old, in good health, do not smoke, and am not over weight. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I try to exercise as much as possible, but I’m sure it is not enough; I’m just too tired and it sometimes makes my headaches worse. I have also read about preventive medicines, but I’m concerned about the side effects. I am beginning to feel that I will always be plagued by migraines. I can manage a few but not ones that last for weeks on end.