A mum who had experienced debilitating migraines since giving birth to twins said she has 'got her life back' thanks to a new drug.
Jill Savidge, 62, said she experienced her first migraine almost immediately after giving birth to twins 20-years ago.
Jill said she felt an incredible pain in her head that was accompanied by vomiting - something she had never experienced before.
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Since then, she has suffered from migraines every month - a condition that became even worse since going through the menopause.
For the last 10-years Jill, who lives in Chester, has been a patient at the Walton Centre but no treatment she tried helped.
Jill told the ECHO : "After the menopause, instead of having just one really bad one every month where I would be in bed for three or four days, I started getting two like that every month and headaches in between.
"Even when the pain had subsided I was left exhausted and felt like I had been hit with a sledgehammer."
Jill described the symptoms of her migraines as extreme pain in her head that would sometimes go into her jaw and make her feel as if she had bad toothache.
This pain would be accompanied by 24-hours of vomiting and would often leave her bedridden and exhausted for days afterwards.
She added: "Some people get flashing lights at the beginning of the migraine but I never got that.
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"Sometimes I would get a stiff neck or a metallic taste in my mouth, or a constant thirst and drinking water wouldn't relieve the feeling of thirst.
"Nothing would work for me, I tried about twenty odd different medications over the years.
"It did really get me down. I used to live in fear of the pain, the pain is so severe. I found that really hard to deal with.
"And nothing could relieve the pain so I knew I would just have to deal with it over and over again."
In February this year, Jill's consultant at the Walton Centre, Dr Silver, put her on a three month trial of a new migraine drug called Ajovy.
The once monthly injection works by targeting the process by which proteins cause blood vessels in the brain to swell, leading to the symptoms associated with migraines.
Since being prescribed the drug, Jill said for the first time in 20-years, she has not experienced the debilitating migraines that affected her home, work and social life.
Jill said: "I don't have to spend any time in bed now. The really bad ones with the vomiting and the severe pain, they have all gone and I don't experience those at all.
"Sometimes when I'm tired I get pains in my head in the evening, but I just go to bed and know when I wake up in the morning I'll be okay.
"In some ways you don't recognise yourself. I've found people inviting me to do things and I've thought to myself yes, I can do that now."
So much has Jill's life improved, she has been raising money for The Migraine Trust by cycling a marathon using the bikes at Nuffield Gym in Chester.
If you would like to make a donation toward The Migraine Trust on Jill's Go Fund me page, click here
According to information on the Walton Centre website, migraines are recognised by the World Health Organisation as the third most disabling condition in the world.
An individual attack is considered to be one of the most disabling experiences someone can have, with 5.85 million (one in seven) adults in the UK affected. Around 100,000 people miss school or work as a result of this condition each day.
Migraine attacks may be triggered or made more likely by other factors such as stress, weather changes, shift work, and menstrual cycle.
In Jill's case, her migraines were brought on by hormonal changes following childbirth which became more chronic after menopause.
More information and help for migraine sufferers can be found on the NHS website.
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