I've had chronic migraine without aura since 2009. I have 3 states, unaffected maximum of a week per month, and sensitive to triggers the rest of the time! If I'm unlucky to be exposed to too many triggers, in my case, in particular - stress, certain types of lighting, and big changes in routine I have;
The left side of my face, starts with a feeling like numbness or toothache, then goes up and affects my left eye making the eyeball feel like stone. My vision becomes affected - which spooked an optician as it's an acute increase in pressure. I, also, cannot think straight, and will stammer - meaning I need to think hard to get words out. I can get somewhat bad tempered as well! I get tinnitus, and hyperacousis. I also get tingling fingers or toes, or I cannot "feel" things properly so drop things unless I press harder. I also become slightly more prone to choking. The intensity changes during the day, and the whole attack will last for 3-5days. I get euphoric after the attack for a day or so.
However, I also have other symptoms - I know one's coming a day before because I get tired, and sleepy. I will have nightmares the night before being affected and get depressed and anxious. My eyesight becomes very sharp and I become very sensitive to light. I also become hyperacoustic and have increased tinnitus. I get these symptoms during the attack as well.
Up until now I've tried short term triptans - these tend to alleviate symptoms to liveable with - Zomatriptan appears to be the one I've settled on. I take ibuprofen - sometimes helps.
I've also tried, thankfully stopped,(!), long term triptan treatment - Lamotrigine was the one I settled on, and, I think, I may have been permanently affected by its side-effects.
I'm still struggling with symptoms... I type this in a darkened office, knowing full well that I will need to take a break afterwards. I also know the only way I've been able to avoid being chronically affected with full blown symptoms is by being very aware, and trying to avoid triggers, and changing behaviour to cope with symptoms when they come to lessen its impact on me.
I've been offered Botox injections. But I'm concerned, which is why I have detailed my specific symptoms - my primary issues is not really pain, but other symptoms and I wondered whether other people with similar symptoms have had Botox and have they found it beneficial to their condition?
All input gratefully received! ;-D