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I'm a 24 yr old female who's been having migraines since I was about 16, although wrongly diagnosed as tension headaches, they were finally correctly diagnosed 2 years ago. I have a strong family history of migraine and my sister has now progressed to chronic migraine, as I think, have I.
I started out getting migraines episodically every 6 months or so for maybe a day. Over the past year, this increased to once every 3 months for maybe 3 days or so, then to every 3 weeks for a week and I would say, I'm getting migraines for a good 15-20 days at a time with very little respite. Most are with an aura (I look and sound drunk half the time) I get incredibly cold, hypersensitive to smells and sometimes get olfactory hallucinations. I've also noticed one of my pupils increasing in size too. I get shooting pains in the left side of my head.
Despite how horrific all this is, what upsets me most is the fact I feel like I zombie most of the time. I struggle to find even th simplest of words. I feel exhausted half the time and all of this is getting me down incredibly, especially since I'm in my final year of a Medicine degree. I feel like someone with Alzheimer's for the majority of the time and just not myself and from half the posts on the internet, it seems this will be my life for the foreseeable future.
The GP has put me on Topamax 50mg twice daily, which helped a bit at first, but then the effects seemed to wear off a bit and also Zolmig for acute attacks although this didn't seem too effective at all.
Although I'm nearly a doctor myself, I feel a bit lost with the whole thing and don't know where to turn next. I know they get worse with lack of sleep but I'm finding it hard to identify anything else which makes them better or worse and I just don't know what else to do. Normally I'm such a cheery person but the whole thing is getting me down; I'm a young person with my life ahead of me and all I see is if this is what I have to suffer every day I'll be fairly miserable! I've trawled the internet and all I can see is chronic sufferers who seem depressed, fed up and leading half lives.
If anyone has any advice or any experience I'd greatly welcome it!
Thanks so much
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