At 14, Kate Thompson was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines. That means one side of her body experiences temporary weakness during a migraine attack, forcing her to use a wheelchair to get around.
Numbness and pins and needles can also occur.
Thompson used to only experience bad migraine attacks once a month, but they soon became chronic, with pain lasting for at least 6 months at a time.
For three years doctors tried a variety of treatments, but nothing worked. Narcotics were the only option that slowed her symptoms enough that Thompson could go back to work.
But then she heard a shocking suggestion: Thompson should try and get pregnant.
Doctors told her that pregnancy hormones could “reset” her body and potentially end her migraines. Thompson and her husband were hesitant. Doctors wouldn’t try a hormone treatment that mimicked a pregnancy, so the couple had to “simply roll the dice” and hope for the best.
“December 23, 2015 the pain abruptly and completely stopped,” Thompson said. She wondered what was “wrong” with her body and told her friend about the change.
“I bet you’re pregnant,” the friend said. A home pregnancy test confirmed it.
“At the first appointment the doctor gave us another surprise, twins. At seven months pregnant and still pain-free, the doctor gave us more good news, I probably wouldn’t have another migraine again.”
While pregnant, Thompson and her husband called the twins their “magical unicorn babies.”
This year, Thompson delivered twin baby girls via C-section on her birthday.
Now Thompson doesn’t need a wheelchair when she leaves her home. She doesn’t have twitches anymore, and her service dogs have “a lot of free time.”
“At one time I only had thirteen pain-free days over the course of three years. Next week, I will celebrate three hundred days in a row pain free.”