I have suffered from migraine since childhood. As a teenager, I developed the headache on one side through my right eye. The migraine became so bad in my early 20s , lasting 3-4 days with severe pain, sickness and inability to do anything that the doctor suggested I try beta blockers as a prophylactic. I have been taking beta blockers ever since only changing from atenolol to propanolol in the early days. Since Imigran came on the market, I have been successful in maintaining my headaches somewhat and after initial treatment at the onset of an attack, have been able to get on with things most of the time. Occasionally, the headache still takes it course over a number of days but the pain can be stemmed by taking more Imigran. However, in the past year, I have had an increase in the number and frequency of headaches. My doctor has doubled my dose of beta blockers. I have also developed red eye which is very painful. This is only in the eye which is affected by migraine pain when I have an attack. I think I have aura headaches /hemiplegic. I am now suffering badly when i get an attack not only with the pain of the attack and sometimes sickness now as I can't get back to sleep to allow the Imigran to take effect without being sick due to the pain of the red eye and my inability to close my eye until the Lacrilube has moistened the eye sufficiently and the redness has begun to dissipate. I have had an increase in waking with migraine as well. My GP feels that the red eye is being caused by cluster headaches. I have had to take some time of work as I believe that the stress in the workplace has caused the increase in headaches. Since being off I have managed to get the headaches under a bit of control and have been able to engage in more relaxation /destressing activities (yoga/walking, etc). Not only am I suffering from the pain of headaches now but also a very painful eye with daily use of eye drops throughout the day and lots of Lacrilube on the affected eye at night. The other eye is normal. Has anyone else experienced red eye? Does it ever go away again? My employers are not being very helpful, I feel that they think I can't possibly need to be off because I only have a headache. They are hinting at discplining me and are sending me to the Occupational Health doctor for an assessment. Does anyone have experience of proving that their migraine has become so bad that it could be considered under disability legislation and therefore reasonable adjustments could be asked for? I would really appreciate any help or advice which you can offer. Thank you.
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