Hey Ang. Saw both of your replys and will definitely look into the energy medicine. At this point, I am willing to try anything. Saw my neurologist today - thank God for him. His is so understanding and is truly trying to help. I told him that I had been taking the recommended dose of magnesium that I saw posted for migraines. He said that magnesium is getting mixed reviews but for many, it can help. He also told me that now there is something called Magnesium IV therapy - apparently, you get Mg IV once per month. Said we would talk about it in a few more months after making some of the switches we made today. Anyone heard of this? He upped my Trileptal dosage. He also told me that he would prefer me to take Dilaudid as opposed to the Lortab because of the Tylenol issue. He told me I needed to watch the Weather Channel every day and if we had changes in weather, to go ahead and think about pre-medicating. Also, told me to keep a diary of how many times I am doing this per month. Same goes for when I work. So, we will see how much that all ends up being.
I truly believe the work issue is not one related to caffeine or food. Stress? Maybe, since I am in the ER. I drink water the entire time I am working (it is so dry that I tend to drink a ton) and really only eat very lightly. Usually some pretzels, fruit and cut up raw veggies. Really never have time to sit down and eat. So, maybe there is something like that which triggers me but I believe it is that my sleep cycle gets so screwed up.
As far as the ER - I have to say, I feel extremely fortunate. The ER and the Urgent Care both that I use are awesome. So far (and I pray that this continues), they have never treated me anyway except wonderfully. They always get me in quickly, get my meds going and never, ever act like I shouldn't be there. I always apologize for taking up there time for a headache and they always assure me that I needed to come. However, remember, my BP is always through the roof when I get there. This past time, it as 189/104 which isn't even the highest it has been. The pain decreases, so does the BP. The neurologist told me today that I shoudl never hesitate to go if my abortives don't work within a couple of hours. He says the toll a migraine can take on you if you wait it out for days is just not worth it. He also said that my BP being elevated is reason enough to go.
Wish you lived close to me so you could use this ER. Thanks for your reply. I will let you know when I start reading!
Oh, he also gave me samples of injectable Imitrex today - said to try it for a couple of times instead of the Relpax since one of my biggest issues is vomiting. Does the Imitrex make you feel lousy? The Relpax makes me tired for a few hours (which I hate) but that is it. Do you use the injectable?
Hey Leigh Ann and Ang: First, thanks for the input about the Immitrex injections. I felt so stupid - I was looking at the samples that the doctor gave me just so I could figure it out before I got a headache. I couldn't figure out how to even open the container. So, I took it to the pharmacist that I use and told her I felt stupid having to ask but I couldn't figure out how to use it. She laughed - the doctor had given me two boxes of the injector pens but none with the med in it so the instructions didn't make a bit of sense. HA! At least I didn't feel quite so stupid. I will go to his office MOnday and get what I need.
While at the doctor yesterday, I told him that even though it was 103 degrees outside and not a cloud in the sky, I truly thought it would rain last night. We haven't had rain in weeks! He rolled his eyes at me (I think he was wondering if I had gotten crazy on him) and asked why I thought that. I told him I felt a headache coming on. Well, I am not sure he really wanted me to jump and take my meds (even though he always says to take them if I know it is going to storm or if I feel even the beginning of a headache) but he said if I really felt one coming on, to take my meds. Well, I did sort of feel crazy so didn't take my meds. Guess what? At 6:00 last night, it stormed like crazy for 20 minutes with downpours. I laughed so hard! If the office had been opened, I would have called the doctor right then and said "I told you so"! Anyway, still didn't take my meds (Stupid!) and woke up with a horrible migraine during the night. Was wishing I had the Immitrex to try. But, got up this a.m. and took the Relpax, Dilaudid (2mg), Decadron and Zofran. Much better now! It worked!!!!!
Also, as far as the increased BP. My BP is always good until I have a headache. Yes, it is true the meds will decrease the BP, but every doctor seems to think that it is the pain that increases it and as soon as the pain is gone, it decreases. Who knows? I guess it is the age old question of what came first - the chicken or the egg? It is interesting about the Verapamil, though. Now, my headaches started long before I started the Verapamil but I think I will mention it to the doctor and see if there is another alternative. Also, tell me a little more about the Stadol NS? I wonder if that would be better than the Dilaudid and the Lortab??? Does it burn? Make you horribly sleepy? What I truly like about the Lortab or Dilaudid is that I can truly still function - neither makes me sleepy or drugged out feeling. Now, the Relpax tends to make me sleepy for a couple of hours but then I am usually over that. Anything you can add would be so very appreciated. I appreciate all of y'all advice!
Just thought I would give you both a good laugh. I think I will find me a job as a weather predictor!!!!
Hope you all have a great weekend.