Who I saw, what I tried & how I recovered from chronic migraines

chronic migraines

Migraines are debilitating and overtime they can be devastating.

You could be sitting down with friends for brunch on a Sunday morning enjoying good company and a migraine strikes.  It hits out of nowhere, for no apparent reason. Now you’re forced to excuse yourself and leave in a rush of embarrassment and frustration.

You could be at work, concentrating on an important task to meet a deadline and a migraine hits. Leaving you with no choice but to leave to retreat to a dark, quiet room. You leave with the anxiety and guilt that you’ve let the team down.

Not to mention the pain.

If you don’t suffer from migraines then it’s difficult to understand. Very difficult.

Others say it’s just a “bad headache”. But that doesn’t come close to describing the debilitating and disabling nature of migraines.

When you experience something so painful it causes you to vomit.

When any:

  • pixel of light,
  • whisper of sound
  • faint scent
  • movement

…causes further pain and nausea, then you may start to appreciate what I migraine suffer goes through.

For some people it can so bad that they can experience several migraines back to back, called rebound migraines. I could experience 6 migraines in a week. It felt like as soon as I had recovered from the previous migraine, I’d get another one.

So is it any wonder that someone would eventually become anxious after experiencing so many migraines?

Of course not.

As the migraines get out of control, anxiety takes over.

You think “Please, no, I can’t afford a migraine today”.

You feel vulnerable.

When migraines occur in this state of mind, it’s like the sky falling. It’s terror and misery. Like your worst nightmare coming true. Ruining your plans for the day(s), straining your relationships and affecting your reputation at work.

All these negative thoughts magnify the effect of the migraine beyond the physical pain and bring it into the psychological realm.

The physical pain is only the beginning.

Your state of anxiety, vulnerability and fear of migraine keep migraines top of mind. You begin to worry about it more and more.

This in turn, creates more stress. Lots of it.

The stress leads to more migraines. More migraines leads to more anxiety and stress. And so the downward spiral begins.

If left unchecked, this spiral can take you into a deep and dark place. Depression can be a symptom of suffers who cannot control their migraines and have lost hope.

Who can blame us.

For over 23 years, I’ve sought outside help.









Eye specialists.

None could provide lasting relief from my migraines.

I went on all kinds of different drugs:

Sumatriptan (Imigran, Imitrex, Sumax).

Rizatriptan (Maxalt).

Zolmitriptan (Zomig).

Naratriptan (Naramig).

Ergotamine tartrate (Cafegot, Migril).

Metoclopramide (Maxolon, Paramax, MigraMax).

Pizotifen (Sanomigran)


Cortisol injections into my shoulder and neck.

Topiramate (Topamax).



Codeine Phosphate.

Acetaminophen (Paracetamol).

Zolpidem (Stilnox).


I shudder to think what impact these drugs and their chemicals have had on my body. There were so many different side effects. And I still don’t know the impact or permanent damage that may have been caused.

All my tests – MRI, X-rays, blood tests – came up negative.

Yet, the migraines were getting worse.

My ability to lead a normal life was at stake.

For 15 years, my life was severely impacted by migraines. I did not want the next 15 years to be the same or worse.

I finally realised… reluctantly, that handing over responsibility entirely to specialists to help me was not helping. I needed to take some initiative and accept responsibility for my condition. Drugs with heavy side effects to help manage migraines to a lower frequency wasn’t good enough. I needed control over my migraines.

Migraines hurt in almost every way.

To your work & career.

To your relationships.

To your self-esteem.

To your happiness.

To your life….

That’s why I developed and use MigrainePal.

Created by migraineurs, for migraineurs.

It’s the worlds most advanced migraine diary. It is the only diary of its kind that actively focuses on getting you better by:

  • providing individual reports & feedback to better manage your condition
  • access to a community of experienced migraineurs
  • one page summaries for your doctor to help improve diagnosis & treatment

It’s how I clawed my way out of chronic migraines. At my worst, I could have 6 migraines in a week.

Now, I am I cured? No. I still get one about once a quarter.  But its never a surprise when I get one. It’s almost always because I was complacent or lazy.

But going from 6 a week to 3-4 times a year (and still improving) and has been life changing. It’s made an incredible difference to my life. I’ve never been so happy, full of energy and enthusiasm for life. I am back to my normal bubbly self.

And I want you, who knows my pain, to experience the joy when reduce your migraines and take control over your condition.

After a pilot study with a group of migraine sufferers using MigrainePal, 60% reduced their migraine frequency by half* .

What it a quick fix? No. It was a dedicated effort each day to make entries into the diary.

If your migraines are getting worse.

If your attacks occur randomly.

If it causes you stress, anxiety or depression.

If it affects the quality of your life. Then you need to take action now.

Don’t wait until your migraines get worse, start today at http://bit.ly/JfUO7A

– Carl


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Photo Credit: H.Koppdelaney

*Average reduction in migraine frequency amongst MigrainePal pilot study participants. Study conducted Aug-Nov 2013. n=20.

4 thoughts on “Who I saw, what I tried & how I recovered from chronic migraines

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  3. Yes I am the same can have up to a migraine 3 to 4 times a week I am in my 60s now and have been getting them since I was 11. I know they are rebound headaches have been told that but never been told how to try and fix them. I do feel doctors really do not like treating a migraine sufferer as I have been told by doctors over the years we are a lot of hard work. Many years ago I could only have pethidine and was called a drug addict and doctors turned their backs on me. When all I want was to get rid of the pain.. I can honestly say I have been to hell and back. Thank you for taking it on board and at least reading my story. Kind Regards Lorraine.

    • Hi Lorraine! If you’re getting regular rebound migraines then it may be confused with Migraine Overuse Headaches (MOH). This occurs when you’ve been taking so much medication that your body gets headaches when it doesn’t get the medicine. This is a difficult situation and other migraine treatments will not respond until you deal with MOH. This really requires the attention of a migraine specialist or a neurologist (note: these are not always the same people). If you’re not getting good treatment where you are – seek a referral for a specialist or neurologist and get a new opinion. Ideally with someone who treats you with the respect and compassion you deserve. Doctors should be partners in our health. Thanks for your comment and good luck!

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