Reader’s Mail: Will These Headaches Ever Stop?

Q. I have been a migraine sufferer since my early twenties and am now in my fifties. I have been diagnosed with cluster migraines and, true to pattern, can go two to three years without migraines, except for two to three attacks per month prior to my period. Interesting though, I had no migraines during pregnancy. I am currently taking amitriplyline daily, Imitrex® as needed, and just started taking Topamax® when the headaches began their cycle again.

Are these headaches ever going to stop? Does a person outgrow them? After every cluster, I always hope it will be my last time. Continue Reading


Prednisone

PrednisonePrednisone is an anti-inflammatory that is sometimes used to shorten a prolonged migraine attack, or to help cluster attacks. Prednisone in itself can cause migraine attacks if excessive amounts have been taken over a long period of time.

Prolonged steroid therapy can produce significant side effects and strict medical supervision is important.