I am not a nurse but am considering going back to school for a 2nd career in nursing. I have had the same migraine for the last 10 years. I don't expect it to go away anytime soon. I am able to manage the migraine symptoms with medication and lifestyle changes (it seems that as soon as I change one thing that I find 5 more things to work on! lol). I have always wanted a career in health care. I didn't do enough research on careers other than MD and ended up with an MS in Chemistry. I am finding that there aren't as many jobs out there in my field as I thought. I am exploring nursing because I want a rewarding and challenging career where I work with people. Currently my career has none of those characteristics. I am very interested in nursing because I have found that the nurses I have had offer the most comfort out of anyone on the staff when my pain is bad. Is it insane to try to go to nursing school with migraines like mine? My sister keeps telling me that I wouldn't make it through. I am interested in exploring any option available to me. I do not have my heart set on any particular area of nursing. So far I have looked at ANP, PMHNP, and midwives. I haven't had a chance to talk to anyone who does not have a graduate degree. Does anyone have recommendations of areas to look at? How do I find nurses in these areas?
Quote from sharona97
i started having migraines during nursing school. i went into surgical menopause and found that the estrogen i was taking heavily influenced the onset of the ha.
i ended up going to a neurologist who had a headache clinic with the practice. i found that very helpful to help stop triggers, but i also found out that there is a family hx of migraines, so i guess i was predisposed.
i haven't had a migraine for years, and i follow a pretty strict diet that i know of foods that can trigger.
has been my life saver... at first phenergan, then imitrex, maxalt, zomig, boy that imitrex sure did make you feel like the top of your head would come off but the headache would leave. now, 25-50 mg of topamax daily and thank-you jesus no more migraine ha. i feel for those who come in the er for migraine ha, the pain would make you want to put a gun to your head really or just get knocked out. i have rarely had a migraine ha puker though in the er
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