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The Winning Combination

The Winning CombinationI have really big news!

We seem to have struck upon a winning combination for me migraine-wise. I have had  only two migraines in the last two months. Really! I have been afraid to mention it in case I jinx the whole thing.

Thank you, gods and doctors and pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors …

I am noticing all the strange habits I’ve picked up because of the increased frequency of migraines lately. Things like feeling nervous if I venture more than an hour away from the house or an urgent care facility, refilling meds with clockwork efficiency and carrying my entire supply with me, making sure to schedule down-time between any appointments or social engagements. Then add things like limiting the amount of time spent out in the cold or heat and avoiding whatever the current dietary triggers are and you can end up looking like a real eccentric.

What is interesting is that we’ve been experimenting with many of the dietary triggers like wheat, yeast, coffee, chocolate, and soy over the last two months with no migraines. I am realizing how much I had adjusted to the continually changing “new normal’ and now am feeling, metaphorically, like I’ve been let out of a box. Most importantly, it means that peanut butter and jelly on raisin toast is back on the menu!


It is 9pm on Thursday night. That makes 72 hours since my last migraine-rescue med. That’s right no Maxalt, no Sumatriptan for 72 hours!

I was tapering off the Lisinopril as instructed but got really dizzy this morning and when I took my blood pressure it was 85/60, so I’ll be discontinuing that one immediately instead of tapering. I wasn’t on it that long anyway and I think it is just too much with the Cyclobenzaprine since both mention “dizziness” as issues. So, that was probably more information than you were interested in but hopefully it will help someone. 

And more migraine news

ImageIt has been a long weekend. I spent some time on new research and no one has come up with a cause or specific mechanism but the current belief is that migraine is a neurovascular disorder. That is an interesting train of thought, that something appears to cause increased excitability of the cerebral cortex and abnormal control of pain neurons in the trigeminal nucleus of the brainstem,(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Migraine).

If nothing else this is an improvement over the theory of migraine that was popular when I was a kid, that you were neurotic and it was all in your head,and it is WAY better than the demon in your head-thing that led to trepannation, (see pic) although I have to admit I’ve thought about trying that too. 

There are some preventive medications that can reduce the frequency of migraines and I am on one but I have an appointment at Neurology tomorrow to discuss switching to a different preventive med.  

So now I am asking: Do you get migraines?

Have you found anything that helps?

I am open to suggestions…  

December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day

I planned a post on Pearl Harbor and the Oscar winning movie: Tora Tora Tora but ended up spending most of the day trying to get my migraine meds refilled. There is apparently a limit on how much sumatriptan one can take before all kinds of red alerts start popping up on the pharmacy computer and they send you to negotiate with the neurology department.

SO… the best I can do is to pass this beautiful statement from Senator Inouye of Hawaii along to you. Thank you, Robert, for sending it to me!

SENATOR INOUYE’S STATEMENT ON PEARL HARBOR DAY | Press Releases | United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye.