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May 29, 2019 · Monthly Mission: Why did you become a Champion? in Mayo Clinic Champions

I became a champion to be able to connect with others in similar situations and, perhaps, be able to help even one person through my experiences. I have been diagnosed with so many things (migraines, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, hypothyroid, idiopathic hypersomnia, etc.), I feel alone a lot of the time. I am lucky enough that I have a support system, but I feel like I am letting everyone down most days.

May 28, 2019 · Emgality for Migraines in Chronic Pain

I participated in the study for Emgality. I waited and waited for it to be approved so I could get back on it. I have had migraines daily since elementary school. I have tried Botox, without much success, I have tried drug after drug. I have tried massage, chiropractic, homeopathic remedies….basically everything. Emgality was the first thing I have tried that made a significant difference in the frequency and severity of my migraines. I did get a rash around the injection site. That was the only side effect I experienced. My neurologist just put me back on Emgality in the end of March. He suggested Amovig also, Amovig has latex in it. I am allergic to latex, so we crossed that option off immediately. I am so happy that Emgality was approved. As much as I hate needles, it’s worth it to be semi migraine free. I won’t lie and say they are gone completely, but anything is an improvement over daily migraines. Typically, the headaches start to get worse within the week I am due for my next injection. Good luck!