I can’t imagine a home remedy that will cure a migraine that triptans didn’t. What was the biggest dosage you took? There’s quite a variety of them, did you try all of them? And you have to be sure to take it correctly, for me increasing the dosage after a few hours if it persists doesn’t work (which is the technical “instruction” for mine) I need the full effective dosage to be taken at once. Could it be that you’ve taken them too often and developed an addiction to it, which is why they don’t work anymore? Did they ever work? If no triptans ever worked I’m not sure that’s really a migraine? Though I do know migraines vary hugely person to person, so maybe you’re just a really rare case.
So how do your migraines pass then? Does it just run its course and disappear?
I’ve never heard of this botox thing in relation to migraines, how strange. I will search for it now 😉
If I were you (assuming you actually get frequent migraines that put you out of work for days and won’t pass on their own) I would go on a very strict lifestyle self-experiment, limiting all common triggers as much as possible, do this for a few months and begin modifying things from there depending on what happens with the migraines. By limiting common triggers, I mean I for one would go on birth control unless your periods are extremely regular, and I would adhere to a very very strict sleeping and exercise schedules, and diet. I can’t speak for your diet as I know nothing about you, but I personally would cut out all gluten, eat carbs below 100g/day, dairy, soy, sugar, eat outside as infrequently as possible, make sure to eat a ton of vegetables for the nutrients, eat at the same hour in good portion sizes every day, they must be not too much and not too little. There are still dietary triggers remaining of course, but first I would do that, and begin removing the remaining triggers if I’m still having troubles. Caffeine is a wild card that can make my migraines better or worse depending on how it feels like torturing me that specific attack, but if I was doing all this already, I would also wean myself off caffeine, slowly. (I drink a lot of coffee and tea regularly, and I know from experience that cutting it out cold turkey is one of the easiest ways of inviting an attack) I would keep an obsessive journal (I actually prefer to use iphone apps to do this) tracking EVERYTHING under the sun, every day.
I’m not a doctor, but I’ve been to many doctors, like you, and even the most special specialists I’ve been to have never told me something I don’t know. I basically end up describing to them my problem and my solution while they nod. But I do like them very much for the triptan prescriptions, which honestly, I don’t know how I lived without before I began taking them 🙂 We’re the same age, and I had migraines for as long as I remember, and I know they’re really, really, really bad. The saddest part for me is that people who don’t get it don’t know how bad it is, so I don’t feel like they take my problem seriously enough (haha) I don’t blame them, it’s hard to imagine just how bad it gets. Also, it’s genetic for me too, but mine are significantly worse than my mothers. The medicine she takes is equivalent to candy for me, I’m not even convinced if that’s really a migraine or not.
If you STILL want to try something, I don’t know if you’ve tried this, once they tried to prescribe me antidepressants. This was when I was about 15 though, so they weren’t this bad yet, I never took them so don’t know how effective it is, but it was a neurologist who tried to prescribe it so they probably know better than me. That was coincidentally when they found out I have Hashimoto’s, because I got an insane amount of labs done. I do know that there’s a huge variety of other diseases that make you more susceptible to getting migraines, so if you haven’t done so yet, I would also look into other problems you might possibly have (nearly none of which you can confirm without tests, of course).
Sorry this turned out so long!!!! I just personally hate having migraines so much and suffer so much from them that I always want to help anyone I can possibly, no one should have to deal with migraines :((
Last thing, if you want to know, my personal triggers are: Menstruation, bad sleep schedule, poor sleep quality (regardless of schedule), and oddly, tension headaches. If I don’t treat my tension headaches properly, they end up turning into migraines, but thankfully this doesn’t happen often. When I was taking BC with 1 sugar week every month, I got terrible migraines like clockwork every month on sugar week. It’s actually not that bad depending on the situation, because when you KNOW it’s coming, taking a good dose of triptan early on just cuts it out right away.