Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – Synder

I’ve had my headaches as long as I can remember and I am now 70. About 25 years ago, I went to a headache clinic at the University of Utah, where they diagnosed me with multiple headache syndrome, (vascular, Cluster, Migraine, and Classic Migraine) but about that time they came out with Imitrex, and the VA was able to use injections for me. Although my legs would get so sore from the shots, they got rid of the headaches and I was glad when they came out with the pills. Between the VA in Salt Lake City, Utah and the VA in Seattle, WA, as well as the University of Utah, the various physicians and healthcare professionals tried everything that was available in order to help me from getting the headaches, but nothing ever worked for very long.

I think that some of the medications would stop me from getting one type of headache, but then I would just get another type of headache. I get nine pills of 100mg Imitrex from the VA and I cut them in half, I use to get about five headaches a week, but now I’m getting more, and I’ve gone sometimes, three or four weeks with a headache every day. Then all of a sudden I’ll go seven to 10 days without one. I currently reside in Yuma, AZ, where I’m able to get Imitrex in Mexico for a ridiculously low fee, but at least I don’t run out of Imitrex.


Ludiomil is a preventive for certain kinds of tension-type and vascular headaches. It works on the pain center in the brain, similar to the tricyclic antidepressants.


Methergine, the brand name for methylergonovine maleate, was originally developed for the treatment of postpartum bleeding and for improvement in the uterine tone. It is related to the ergot amine medications. In addition to its effects on the uterus, Methergine also causes constriction of the smooth muscles in the blood vessels. Continue Reading


Serotonin is a neurotransmitter compound critical to the nervous system. Sufferers of migraine and other headaches probably have altered serotonin processing, which results in blood vessel dilation, inflammation and resultant pain. Many medications that are effective in both preventing and aborting migraine and other vascular headaches modify serotonin actions.