Hi all. This is pretty much a poll.
I have a history of migraine headaches at various points in my life. I first got them in high school, several times a year for a few years, and through college. They tapered off after that and I went a long stretch (10+ years) without any. The last few years I have started getting them a couple of times a year, then I have had them with increasing frequency to the point where I have had 8 or 10 in the last two weeks.
I always get these symptoms, in this order: aura (1/2 hour to an hour), nausea (soon after I notice the aura, lasts for the duration of the attack) and then pounding localized headache, with sensitivity to light and to noise (2-6 hours).
Needless to say I find them very debilitating.
Way back when (early 1980s) my doctor prescribed Cafergot, some heavy duty painkiller and an anti-emetic. The painkiller blunted the edge of the headache but I find now I can get essentially the same effect if I take two Advil IMMEDIATELY upon noticing the aura (Advil was only available by prescription back then). The anti-emetic is no longer necessary because I no longer actually hurl when I get these attacks. Cafergot I regard as little more advanced then Medieval bloodletting.
I am thinking of telling my doctor all this and asking him to prescribe something but I would like to know what the options are. If he is going to suggest Cafergot or something like it I would just as soon not bother. My attacks have normally not been frequent enough for me to take a preventitive type medicine, and in the past when I had the medications I was only supposed to take when I had an attack I would get them so infrequently that the prescription often expired before the next attack.
BTW I have no obvious “triggers” except for normal life stress. Nothing dietary.
What do you take for your migraines, how often do you get them, and what are your symptoms? Does what you are taking work well?