Migraine medication roulette

Today, I had to leave work because my of one of those nasty migraines: pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and my all time favorite loss of vision in my right eye. This was actually the continuation of a migraine from yesterday that had improved after taking two doses of Frova. Unfortunately, the Frova forgot to let my occipital nerve know that it should feel better so I tossed and turned all night long trying to find a comfortable position. Nerves, can’t live with them and you can’t swallow without them.

Needless to say, lack of sleep, an early morning trip to Walmart (or as I like to call it my own personal hell), and fluorescent lights converged into a glorious migraine of epic proportions. Now, I’m sure all, but the migraine suffers, are wondering why I didn’t just pop another Frova and go on my way. Here’s the rub about the triptan drugs, you can only take 2 doses during any 24 hour period. No ifs, ands, or buts, just no, no, no.

Now, the other rather disheartening thing about triptans is that they do not always work, partially work, and/or give you side effects that are worse than the actual migraine. Here I sit, exactly 25 hours and 14-ish minutes after the last dose that I took yesterday and 1 hour since my most recent dose.


  • I can now see out of both eyes
  • Sensitivity to light is greatly decreased
  • Slight reduction in actual migraine pain


  • I still have migraine pain
  • I now have pain around and behind my eyes (but they aren’t sensitive to light)
  • My skin feels like acupuncture needles are being inserted all over
  • I can feel every single strand of hair
  • I feel nauseated
  • My occipital nerve still didn’t get the memo

The sad thing is that Frova has worked better than any other “rescue” medication that I have ever taken. If it is going to work, it works within 15 minutes with no side effects. If it isn’t going to work, well within 15 minutes the above usually happen. Because I have chronic migraines, I take preventative medication every day, and for the most part, it works.

Oh, and to the male co-worker who told me that sometimes he gets headaches too but that he just works through them, I have two questions for you. 1) Where would you like for me to hit you with this sledgehammer? 2) When did you get appointed supreme shamer of the unpaid intern? Yeah, that’s right, I don’t work for you, you aren’t my supervisor, and I really don’t care what you think. Now move out of my way so that I don’t vomit on you. I wonder if you “headaches” come with that component?

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