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Ellie Freeman has tried 'everything under the sun' to put an end to the agony she experiences on a regular basis from debilitating migraines.
At just 24-years-old, the Sydney-based Ms Freeman shared she has been suffering from migraines since she was 10 and her situation has worsened as she's aged.
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'I have had migraines for as long as I can remember,' Ms Freeman told Femail. 'And as I've got older they've gotten worse.
She said her migraines are far from an ordinary headache with symptoms ranging from excruciating pain in her head, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound and in some instances fainting.
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'Once they get to a certain point, there is nothing else you can do but go into a darkened room and take medication,' she said.
And Ms Freeman is far from alone. Current figures estimate up to five million Australians also suffer from the effects of debilitating migraines.
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As a young woman attempting to finish university and work part-time, Ms Freeman said her life has been severely disrupted by her illness.
'I have missed so much time at work. I have run out of sick leave and annual leave. I am constantly taking days off.
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'If I get a severe attack, which happens more than once a month, I can miss a week or more.
'My migraines have been so severe at times, I have ended up in hospital.'
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As well as the financial costs from missing work, Ms Freeman said there's the ongoing burden of trying to find suitable treatment.
'Since being diagnosed as a migraine sufferer, I have tried every medication under the sun.
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'I have tried epilepsy medication, anti-depressants, blood pressure medication and Botox.'
'None of the medications I have tried have done anything to stop the number of attacks I have.'
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