I’ve been on preventatives for around 9 years, mainly on Topamax. I’m currently on Topamax, candesartan and amitriptyline for my migraines as well as metoprolol and amlodipine for high blood pressure.
I’ve found that maintaining a routine is important. I don’t drink, I exercise three times a week with a personal trainer, which helps enormously, I avoid sitting where I’m directly facing the sun and I’m starting to wear earplugs to reduce the noise around me. I’ve learnt that I need to maintain a regular sleep and eating pattern as well as managing my stress levels. And I’m also being told off that I don’t drink enough to stay hydrated!
I’ve recently started a non-Pharmac funded medication, Aimovig around six months ago. I wanted to see if it would make a difference to give me back some ‘non-migraine’ days and this was worth the cost of a non-funded Pharmac medication.