I have suffered from MAV for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t chronic but at 40 plus it has taken charge of me in so many ways. I am sensitive to many triggers; foods,weather, exercise and stress are the problems. Have tried a few SSRI and SNRI’s, Topomax, Nortryptiline, Beta blockers and did not get any relief.
My neurologist talks about a negative feedback loop that has left me in chronic state. She also wants to approach my care from an anxiety origin. I am willing to try anything although the migraines certainly have an impact on anxiety. Any thought on meds that may help. Growing weary on the SSRI as while they do relax me a bit more the migraines are still a big problem and other side effects of the medications are strong.
Has anyone tried and had success with something off the typical migraine preventative drug path? I am also considering taking a medication that has caused heart palpitations that has helped many others. One doctor had told me they wear off but a similar medication (Nortryptiline) was giving me racing heart symptoms for a month before he took me off. It was a low dose but I wondered if giving another tricyclic taking on my own could work. No doctor seems willing to go that path but feeling desperate these days. I have a few friends that have had luck with this medication. Not saying I would do this but there is a thought.