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Post by Stephen on Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:29 am

I have just reached 60 and have not managed to grow out of my debilitating migraines!! I have just retired from the NHS working on a busy Intensive Care Unit but am going back part time next month, only partly for financial reasons! This last week has been relatively head-ache free but i have been experiencing roughly 20 per month usually coming on in the early hours of the day 0500 to 0600. I have had nearly a month away from work now so perhaps I am beginning to feel the benefit of this break.The Triptan drugs have really been my salvation without them i would have been unable to function in my work. Quite often my headaches are worse on my days off. I have taken a very limited number of Co-codamol 30/500 but am very aware of their addictive action as they are metabolised to morphine, i understand, and they are not very effective anyway.

I believe in keeping as active as possible and as positive as possible. The effect on my wife cannot be underestimated as i have often been out of action and the brunt of family life has fallen on her. She does not give me a lot of sympathy which is good as I can feel a bit sorry for myself at times!!!! This complaint has blighted my life but i do believe in damage limitation as far as possible. I hope to try Botox next year when it may be funded all being well. Best wishes Steve

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Post by Sarah on Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:02 am

Hi and welcome. You're amongst understanding people here.

It's interesting that your migraines tend to follow a pattern of starting at a particular time. I wonder what is going on in your body at that time.
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Post by Tee on Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:08 am

Hi Steve and welcome Smile

I was going to say the same as Sarah - great minds think alike Wink

But hand up to you - keeping down a job with 20+ a month is amazing let alone an A&E... It will be interesting to see what happens when you go back part time.

But the early hours trigger is interesting - do you eat anything before going to bed? Just wonder if its low blood sugar? Or do you grind your teeth in your sleep?

Smile for your wife - having a good partner is worth its weight in gold.

I do hope the Botox gets the funding - NICE are due to review it end of January and some trusts are running their own trails - I am part of the London one....

Have you found anything others than triptans and rest to help?


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Post by whitzendJane on Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:25 pm

Hello, just wanted to welcome you to the group..I have upmost admiration for you managing a job with your condition.

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Post by Tee on Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:25 am

Hi Stephen

Just wondering how you were getting on?

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