Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Miracle Cure for My Migraines???

I am still having a hard time believing that this worked, but I have done it again and again this weekend and I am just stunned.

Let me back up a bit. I am usually an iced tea drinker. I used to be totally addicted to Dr Pepper, but I gave it up. That is when I switched to tea. Back in December I got a bad stomach thing; throwing up, fever, etc. and NOTHING tasted right EXCEPT cherry Koolaid (if you can believe that.) I have never gotten my taste back for tea. That is actually what happened with the Dr Pepper. I got sick, lost my taste for it, blah, blah, blah.

So since December, I have been drinking cherry Koolaid and that is about it. Once in a great while I will get a Dr. Pepper if I am out somewhere, but usually I get a slushie in, you guessed it, cherry flavor.

Once in while, especially in the winter I also like to drink coffee. It isn't a daily habit or anything and I usually prefer something creamy and chocolatey. It is usually just when I am craving it, or as a warm-up or "special treat" kind of thing. I never drink it black.

So here I have been drinking Koolaid every day instead of anything with caffeine.

Okay, we are getting there I promise....

I am a migraine sufferer. I have had people say to me, "I don't know if I have ever had a migraine," and I reply "Then you have NOT had one. You would remember it!"

If you don't suffer from migraines, you cannot possibly understand how horrible they are. Remember child birth? Yeah it is nearly that bad only on the other end of your body, and there are no breaks between the "pains".

I take Imitrex for my migraines and it works great. But it makes me feel like lead after the headache is gone, not to mention it costs $40 PER PILL. Yes, I said PER PILL. I got this free discount plan thingie (if you don't have prescription coverage then you should check into it), and that reduces the cost to about $25 per pill so it helps. But that is still a lot of money, especially since I tend to get a migraine a couple times a month. Sometimes I will go about 2 months without one, but normally I have at least one a month.

Thursday night I started to get a headache. (You just kinda know it is a migraine rather than a "regular" headache, and I KNEW it was coming.) I didn't want to have to go and buy a pill, so I thought, "I wonder if something hot to drink would make me feel better just to get me through the night."

Sooooooo I made myself a small pot of Costa Rica Tarrazu, which is my favorite coffee. And I drank a cup. And the headache stopped. It just stopped. So I was thinking that maybe I was wrong, that it was just a regular headache and I just THOUGHT it was a migraine. I just knew it had to be a fluke.

Then on Friday it came back WITH FULL FORCE. I thought I was going to die. It was one of the worst ones that I have had in a while. I was so miserable. So I did it again. I made myself a strong cup of coffee, (I made it strong and black) and drank it as fast as I could and once again the headache stopped. It took about 30 minutes, but it worked. I stopped.

I woke up the last 2 mornings with a bit of it still present. This morning it had changed sides, which mine usually do at around the 36 hour mark. So it is like somewhere behind the scenes it is still running its cycle, but for some reason the coffee has kept me from knowing it.

I just don't understand it at all. I am wondering if it is because I am no longer used to having caffeine. You know, they put caffeine in Excedrin and other pain relievers, but those have never worked for me, and usually make my head crawl. So I never even considered that this might work for me. Plus the fact that I am usually stuffing my coffee full of creamer and chocolate so I wasn't getting a good dose of caffeine. I just don't know. But it worked.

I know this post has been terribly boring, but I am going to label it so that maybe someone who is searching for relief might come across it. It might work for them. And I would be so pleased to hear that it happened!

I am just beside myself. To think that I have suffered with these things for so long, and if this would have worked even HALF the time then I would have done it, you know?

All I know is that THIS TIME it DID work. So I am going to keep trying that first, before I go and pay for an Imitrex.

I will keep you all posted; and I will try to have more interesting things to say next post:o)



Manda said...

I know exactly what you mean. I didn't start getting migranes until after the birth of my third child. And even then it was only one every few months for so. Until I got Viral Meningitis. Now I get them all the time. I am a big caffeine drinker and I notice that if I cut back at all it makes the pain even worse. So, it is a great sweet release. Glad to hear it is working for you!

Solanaceae said...

Sadly I have migraines too, mostly due to a head injury. I hate to say it but feel lucky that your migraine meds are only $25.00 per pill, mine is $75.00+ depending on where I get it. Caffeine is part of most migraine medications so it's really no surprise that it helps some of us. I keep a package of caffeine tabs ($2.99 for a package of 20) around at all times and take them with naproxen before I move on to the more expensive stuff. Glad I stumbled on to you(Found you through, like your SOH!