Migraines and Chocolate Cake!

Yikes! Where do I even begin?! As a teen a used to get headaches and migraine onsets every now and then but I didn’t think much of it, I used to pop a Tylenol or Ibuprofen every now and then but didn’t talk to a doctor about it.  

In 2018, while I was working for a Primary Care Provider, the Nurse Practitioner noticed my overuse of Tylenol which prompted a conversation that I may need something else.. After a quick office visit, it was determined that I may have migraines because I had been experiencing a constant headache for about 5 weeks that was worsening with sound, light, and it was causing nausea. The course of action at that point was to start me on preventative medications and pain-relief medication.   

Preventative medications- These types of drugs are taken regularly, often daily, to reduce the severity or frequency of migraines

Pain-relief medications- Also known as acute or abortive treatment, these types of drugs are taken during migraine attacks and are designed to stop symptoms. 

My migraines have gotten worse since then because the triggers are not limited to light or sound, but certain foods as well. I can no longer eat chocolate, I get a migraine upon eating it and I LOVE chocolate cake, which is what prompted me to post this because I gave in and ate a piece of chocolate cake that I baked for a friend. 😐 

Over the past couple of years, I have tried different courses of treatment along with diet (another post coming up) and right now my Neurologist and PCP have managed to have me on a regimen that is helping me manage my migraines; however, I am on three different medications.  

For Prevention I take Aimovig (Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) monoclonal antibodies) this is a once a month prefilled injection pen and Topamax (Anti-seizure drug), for Pain-relief I take Ubrelvy (oral calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor antagonist), and anti-nausea medication whenever necessary. 

These medications are currently working for me after I tried and failed on other option available. This is just what works for me under the care of my PCP and Neurologist, if you are experiencing severe headaches and sensitivity, please seek professional care to figure out a best course of treatment for you based on your symptoms and history.  

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