I am currently being treated for daily tension headaches, as well as menstrual cycle related migraines. The current treatment for the tension headaches is working well. Physical therapy 2xs per week, as well as 2xs/day home exercises, and a mild muscle relaxer to help the physical therapy be more effective (I started those a month after initial PT as it was not entirely effective). I have found many days of relief in a row from this treatment. It takes time, and work on my part.
I also suffer from Menstrual migraines and they are getting worse. I have had sporadic migraines throughout my life, but the last 2 yrs these specific migraines have come more often and with greater intensity. I am 37, enough years/months away from menopause to need to find some relief. I have tried oils, watching my diet (I even ate completely clean this last month and had probably my second worst to date) My neurologist suggested I try magnesium oxide and B2 (I would prefer to not take meds with awful side effects, I am a full-time student and mother of two) as I have tried sumatriptan and it barely works if at all and leaves me feeling like I have a vice on the base of my skull. It has been 3 months of supplements and a month of trying maxalt quick dissolves with still no relief. This is what I have been experiencing 2-3 days before menses starts, I can feel it in the right base of my skull and behind my right eye. The day before it escalates, quickly and overwhelming. Usually for two days I am unable to do much at all, and what I can do is completely in a fog of pain. I do not get nauseated, but I have blurred vision, and feel heavy and when it peaks I can not make sentences or make sense of what others are saying. The only relief is sleep, but when I awaken it has not passed. Then 2-3 days after my menses starts I can feel the pain begin to retreat but if I am not careful with every movement and the light it can escalate again. Also I am groggy, confused and clumsy. I can't concentrate. Then by day 5-7the pain is gone, the nagging in the base of my skull is no more, but I am still groggy and find it difficult to concentrate for days after. I can not imagine going through another 120+ months of this. Any suggestions?