I have suffered with migraines for over almost 20 years now. I've been on nearly every medication out there. I haven't yet found a preventative that works. I take imitrex or maxalt (or other types like it) when they get bad, and sometimes it helps, but often times it does not. Whe it gets to the point where I can't handle it anymore I go to the ER and get IV drugs.
Last summer I got a surgery that has helped some. The surgery is still considered experemental, so insurance would not cover it. My parents paid for the surgery. The doctors went in through my eyelids, and stripped away alot of nerves and muscles in between my eys, up into my forhead. It's kind of like permanent botox. It seemed to help alot until the fall weather hit. I'm now back up to having at least 4 migraines per week. The one thing that I have noticed since my surgery, is that my migraine medications work alot better now. I'm not sure why. Here are some photos that we took in the days after the surgery. My eyes actually swelled completly shut for three days. I was on pain pills for awhile.... it really hurt! Would I do this surgery again? In a heartbeat. Before the surgery, nine times out of ten, my migraine medication did NOTHING. Now it works alot better.
3 days home from the hospital
As you can see, my entire face swelled up, it was horrid. People stared and small children were afraid of me.
To look at me now, you would never know that I had anything done. I can raise my eyebrows still, but I can't furrow them or glare like I did before. If you look closely at my eyelids now, you can see very faint scars, but they are getting to be less and less with time. I'm hoping that when the warm weather hits and we get less weather fronts, that my migraines will be like they were at the end of last summer. We shall see.