Saturday, December 6, 2008
I'm on day 2 of my regular 5-day migraine. I've always had headaches, but it took me a long time to realize this particular variety was a migraine because I don't have the nausea or visual stuff. My head just hurts like a motherfucker. In the past, my special homemade cocktail for this was 2 each of Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve, taken together as needed. The thinking was that I never really knew which drug the migraine would respond to, or if it was a combination that worked best. In fact, this treatment tended to work pretty well for about 6 hours and then needed to be repeated. When I finally realized they were migraines, friends urged me to talk with my doctor about migraine medicine, since my homebrew was perhaps a bit taxing on my liver (hah, like that's my liver's worst problem! ;-) Anyway, I have now tried Maxalt and Immitrex and neither helps at all. I took Immitrex for the first time yesterday morning at 7 a.m. (I often wake up with the migraine). The result was that I passed out within the hour and lost the entire day to lying in bed. When I awoke, I still had the migraine. So I've taken 3 Advil (my more recent homebrew) and this keeps it to a dull roar but leaves me functional. Anybody out there have other suggestions?