I had my first migraine when i was 17, and was taken into hospital with it. I'm now 30 and the migraines have become steadily worse. I spent years at the docs going through every medicine in his book, including blood pressure meds and anti-depressants, i've gone on and come off the pill, been prescribed different brands, kept food and migraine diaries, tried yoga and meditation, even quit my office job and moved to the countryside. The only thing I know is stress triggers my migraines. So I've tried to reduce stress in my life as much as poss. But in the last few months the migraines have become unbearable, 1-3 a week, sometimes every other day, lasting 1-3 days, and completely debilitating. I'm trying to live a normal life at the same time, trying to hold down my job. But I've had a lot of sick days, so try to fill myself up on painkillers to numb it just enough to get through a days work. I'm at the end of my tether, my doctor has promised me a referal to a neurologist, but first has got me on a course of pizotitfen as a last resort effort to stop the migraines. I'm on day 4 of the course, starting on 1 a night, tonight I have to increase that to 2, then in a few days increase it to 3 a night. All I can say so far is I am exhausted and miserable. The first day I felt tired, the second day I fell asleep on the bus to work in the morning, felt like a zombie all day, slept on the bus on the way home, then go straight into bed. Yesterday was the same, but I was falling asleep at my desk aswell. Today I have had to call in sick. I slept until 1pm, had to sleep again at 3pm, and am stuggling to get off the sofa. My appetite has increased, but I find it worst at work, I'm constantly stuffing sugary food in my mouth just for energy to stay awake.
I lost the hope of a miracle cure a long time ago. But can't believe how bad i feel right now. Having read what you all have to say about this drug I'm not filled with promise that it will help.
I'm a zombie when I have a migraine, I'm a zombie when I'm taking painkillers for a migraine, and I'm more of a zombie than ever now I'm on the pizotitfen.
I hate taking pills, and of everything I've been prescribed until now, these tablets are the worst.
When I don't have migraines I am an energetic fun person, who loves being outdoors running around and being around friends.
Recently it's as much as I can do just to drag myself to work. I stay in bed, can't bring myself to exercise or face people. The last few days have been worse of all, and at least I know it is partly due to the pizotitfen having read your similiar experiences.
I'd give anything to be me, and be happy and bubbly again. Not the zombie that I have slowly been becoming over the last year.
Sorry for the lengthy post. But no-one really understands what I'm going through, and people have slowly lost sympathy. Everyone seems to think there is a miracle pill that will make it all better. But all the pills seem to do is make me less of a person.
I hope you all find ways to cope and manage your migraines. I don't think pizotitfen will be my cure, at least not if I continue to feel like this.
If anyone can recommend anything I'd be glad to hear it. I've pretty much lost hope now.