As I said in my last blog post, I am going off of my preventative medications. Slowly tapering off will take between 5-6 months. On top of this change, my Doctor and I came up with a new rescue medication protocol.
The first part of this is for migraine pain is for my daily migraine.
An effective treatment for migraine is a medication called Midrin. Although effective it is also very addictive and the sedative in it can cause rebound headaches. The ingredient in this medication that actually helps the migraine is called isometheptene mucate. So, the Mayo Clinic Pharmacy compounds the medicine with only this ingredient. (Not sure but I think any compound pharmacy should be able to do this)
I have had the chance to use this and the results are honestly life changing! Within 15 minutes the intensity of the pain has decreased by half and in an hour it is gone! Saturday I was pain free for 6 hours…the first time I have been pain free in months! Since the name of the med is too hard to say, I am just calling it my Magic Pill!
The second part of the protocol is to be used when I am on the road to being Status Migrainous. The goal is to keep me out of the ER and out of the hospital.
When I have to go the ER or hospital they give me a cocktail of Toradol, Benadryl and Zofran in my IV. It works amazingly well at breaking a migraine cycle. I have taken this combo in pill form at home and it did nothing. So, we came up with a great solution! My Doctor has prescribed the Toradol in shot form. So, now when I have constant aura I can use the same combo in its most effective form. I am hoping that my Magic Pill will will drastically reduce the necessity for this but it is great to have this option if needed.
***Just a reminder that these are solutions that my Doctor and I have discussed thoroughly and implemented after other treatments have failed. Each person is different so effectiveness and side effects differ from person to person.***