Migraines Suck and so does our Healthcare system

For the first time in weeks, I had some time alone yesterday to be at peace with the quiet in my mind (and my house). My kids were out of the house for the entire day and evening. I had planned to watch my netflix movies and do some organizing around my room – then attend an “advanced” cocktail party at my friendly neighbor’s house in the evening. I was SO looking forward to this day of peace, adult converstation, and no kid-related stress. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out the way I had planned.

Now, I don’t usually like to talk about my ailments – because I don’t want it to increasingly become the topic of conversation as I grow old. But there is a point to this, I think. I was a little headachy all day (I chalked it up to the poor air quality and the fact that it was 100 degrees outside and the barometric pressure was dropping) but by 3 pm I had a full-on, I-can’t-see-with-my-eyes-open, get-me-out-of-this-place, can-someone-turn-off-the-sun, I-feel-like-I-got-shot-in-the-neck-migraine.

Of course I had no migraine medication, so I stuck it out with ibuprofen and steaming hot showers with a mix of essential oils, closing all of my shades and windows, and covering my eyes for the majority of the afternoon.  Basically I dealt with it, and it was horrible. I really needed an Imitrex.

I found out last week that my healthcare plan limits Imitrex to 4 tablets per month. Are they joking? Do they realize how debilitating migraine headaches are AND that Imitrex is the most popular medication available to treat them? I guess THEY have decided that migraine sufferers should have no more than 4 per month – this of course after extensive research?

Apparently, there is a limit to how many headaches you are supposed to have!  I must have missed the memo.

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