Truthiness Day 16: Misbehaving Brain

Day 16 → Someone or something you definitely could live without.

Migraines.  Oh man, if I could be migraineless!  They absolutely serve no purpose.  Sometimes I will go months without them and that is fabulous.  Other times I will get them several times a week.  I’ve had them since I was a kid – mind numbing headaches that wouldn’t go away with tylenol or ibuprofen.  I used to pound my head against the wall in agony.

I know that lack of sleep, dehydration, hormones, and red wine are issues for me.  I think that barometric pressure change is a problem, as well.  As far as I know, there is ONE prescription medication I can take and that is Midrin.  Other popular migraine medications contain sulfa, to which I am allergic.  The downside of Midrin is that it has LOADS of caffeine in it so I get super amped up after taking it and my heart pounds like crazy.  Several times it’s nearly made me faint because of how it affects my blood pressure.  It can also affect the liver, so when I get migraines a few times in a week, I start to worry.  I try to be conservative with taking my meds, but they work best when taken at the FIRST sign of a migraine.  Conundrum!

My migraines will result in a loss of eyesight out of my left eye sometimes and spots (“aura”) at others.  Because I experience aura with my migraines, I can’t take many types of birth control pills because I am at increased risk of stroke…

Luckily, I’ve never had to go to the ER for a migraine.  Let’s hope that trend continues (…my migraines seem to get worse and more resistant to treatment as I get older).

Also?  The occasional migraine I got while pregnant was even worse!  I couldn’t take *anything* for it…until I discovered (thanks to kellymom.com) that a homeopathic remedy is to snort cayenne pepper.  That relieves the migraine slightly so you only end up with a dull headache.  Better than a full on brain explosion!

Migraines have got to go!

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