VIOLENTLY ANGRY!!! MEDS NOT WORKING!!!

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CRANKY 1
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   Posted 5/24/2007 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys,
I'm about to blow my stack!!! mad   My anti-depressant and anti-anxiety meds (Lexepro, Klonopin, Wellbutrin) are just not doing the trick.  I suffer from bad migraines (sometimes 2/3 a week) and they are driving me crazy.  My abortive medication only works part of the time, so I end up at the ER, sometimes only a few days apart. 
 
Last night, I had to go with another severe migraine.  Since it usually takes hours to be seen by the doctor, my Dad dropped me off and went home to grab some dinner.  I ended up seeing the doctor pretty quickly, before my Dad got back.  I had seen this Dr. before, and he recognized me.   He barely examined me, and told me he wouldn't treat me with the only medications that work for me (narcotic pain medication and anti-nausea medication).  He said that was not the appropriate treatment and he wouldn't do it.  He went and checked my records, then came back and told me I was abusing the system, because I came to the ER too often.  He said I was addicted to the narcotics.  He treated me horribly, and wouldn't listen to me when I tried to give him my history of all the meds that I've tried and failed to work, the specialists that I've seen, just nothing.  He sent in a nurse with a shot containing a mild non-narcotic pain med and something for nausea.  She even came in with my discharge paperwork already filled out.  Normally, you have to stay 20-30 minutes to make sure you don't a reaction, then they check your vitals before they allow you to leave.  Not last night, as I was told that I could leave immediately.  To add insult to injury, the doctor just wrote "headache" not "migraine" on the form, and also wrote that I had "drug-seeking behaviour"!!!  I was livid.
 
Of course, the meds didn't work.  I slept for a couple of hours, and my migraine was back.  I used my abortive again and spent most of the night fighting the migraine.  I felt rotten all day and fluctuated between being anxious and stressed out and being violently angry.  To top it all off, my Mother gave me a hard time on the phone, not believing me about the list of migraine preventative medications I've taken over the years.  I reminded her that I didn't live here for a good fifteen years, and have the medical records to back it up.  What possible reason would I have to exaggerate the number of preventative medications I've gone through?  Now the only way I'm going to shut her up and prove her wrong is to go through all my records and make a list of what I took and when.  WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!!!  It's bad enough when the stupid doctor treats you like a "faker", but when your own mother doubts your honesty...geez, I JUST WANT TO THROW THINGS!!
 
Thus, leading me back to my original point that my other meds aren't doing jack to mellow me out.  I'm so depressed and tired of all this, I just want to crawl in a hole and die.
 
When will the pain end...
Leigh Ann sad

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Sunnivara
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   Posted 5/24/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow. Yeah, there's nothing more infuriating then when doctors act like you don't know what's going on with your own body. You live in it every day for Pete's sake! You know it better than anyone! Sheesh.
 
Do you take magnesium? It is supposed to be helpful for migraines. Also, this is totally random but, my husband found out red dye #40 was triggering his migraines. He has avoided it like the plague and has not have a migraine since, over a year now. Have you tried avoiding food additives, which seem to be common triggers? I also read recently that 5-HTP helps reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. However, you should consult your doctor before taking it with your antidepressants since the combination can be potentially dangerous.
 
You might also consider seeing a naturopathic doctor. From my experience they are more sympathetic and patient than many regular MDs, and since migraines might be triggered by nutritional deficiencies or hormonal imbalances NDs can be helpful with that.

CRANKY 1
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   Posted 5/24/2007 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestion Sunnivara. All my triggers are non-food related. My triggers are weather/temperature changes, hormonally related, bright lights, loud noises, and eye strain. I take a suppliment with magnesium in it. I've seen just about every migraine specialist in the state. Not many naturopathic doctors in my area, and they aren't covered by my medicare or insurance. Oh, well.

Leigh Ann
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wenmarie
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   Posted 5/25/2007 2:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I also get treated this way. I get tordal and reglan if i go to the er and midrin and maxalt for at home treatment, I was told to many people are addicted to the er and its "benifits" When I explain that i have had migrans for 25 years and know my body and how t treat it they say its new policy. I then get my shot of tordal and when they ask my pain level and i tell them it is unchanged they had me my discharge papers and send me packing as well!!!! It is so frusterating. Do they think I like spending 3 hours at a hospital paying daycare for me to be there paying copays and also inconvenieceing someone else to drive me incase i hit the lotttery and actuallly get a narcotic. darn...........you dont live in minnesota do you lol!!!! when you are in pain you do not need to be treated like crap. I truly beleive migraines are the worst thing to have because you cant prove pain.

ShynSassy
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   Posted 5/25/2007 4:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cranky
I am so sorry you were treated that way. Have you thought about finding a different Doctor? If not I would make an appointment asap,and then see if you can explain the problem with meds not working and find out if there is anyway that you would be able to call him when you have a flare up to get a different type of med?



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TexasJen
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   Posted 5/25/2007 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Lord - the old "drug seeker in the ER" line. I think we've all been nailed with that one before - at least once. The only way to avoid it is to NOT go to the ER. And that takes a clinic doc (probably an anesthesiologist pain management physician) who is willing to work with you on meds for use in a pain crisis. Some might ask you to see a pain psychologist as well. Not because you're crazy, but because pain shrinks can teach you useful little tools like self-hypnosis that will help you get through such crises when no med will work. It'll also keep you out of the ER.

You also need to work out a strategy with your doc for those times when you think you must go to the ER. If your doc will call in orders before your arrival, things run a lot more smoothly, and you don't have to prove your case to every doc you run into. Yeah, you might still get some dirty looks, particularly from nurses, but at least you'll get the treatment you need.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/25/2007 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I live in Ontario and I carry a card in my wallet for my situations with the Migraines

I go to the ER here and show them the card from my doc who is outta that hospital and I get my shots

Sometimes the Gravol IM will help ease it if not really severe yet there are times when I do need both gravol and demerol

One doc tried to tell me I was getting " resounding" headaches due to all the narcotics I take and he was told quite plainly he does not live with the pain I do and only met me 5 minutes ago and was handed card/
I dont know if they do that where you are hun but might be worth a try asking your doc to fill something out stating you do suffer from them and need this for them
I am so sorry you were treated that way
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bdr1
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   Posted 5/25/2007 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cranky --- One thing that you might consider if that because your anxiety/depression meds aren't working effectively - they may be triggering a higher frequency/duration of headaches. I have seen many patients where this has been the case.

Perhaps --- you should consider discussing the use of an atypical with your physician. I have seen great results with Abilify in patients who are depressed/anxious and have migraines.

Hope this helps!

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stronglady4me
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   Posted 5/25/2007 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you go to the Migraine thread?  It has been a while but there are some discussions about new and more alternative treatments that have helped some people be rid of them for good. 
 
I know that this sounds judgemental and it isn't meant to be but I think sometimes when we have a long term issue it is easy to get wrapped up in the issue and not see outside of it.  Perhaps it might be helpful to look in other directions.
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Sunnivara
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   Posted 5/25/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
CRANKY 1 said...
Thanks for the suggestion Sunnivara. All my triggers are non-food related. My triggers are weather/temperature changes, hormonally related, bright lights, loud noises, and eye strain. I take a suppliment with magnesium in it. I've seen just about every migraine specialist in the state. Not many naturopathic doctors in my area, and they aren't covered by my medicare or insurance. Oh, well.

Leigh Ann

Sorry, I should clarify. Consuming Red Dye #40 did not actually cause my husband to get a migraine. His "triggers" were, like yours, bright light, eye strain, and weather changes. But he discovered that on days he consumed foods with the dye those triggers were much more likely to bring on a migraine. When he had not consumed the dye for a while then those usual triggers did not bring on a migraine. So there could be some underlying factor like that for you that is making you more susceptible to those external triggers.

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   Posted 5/26/2007 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I do not know what happened to the post,I am checking on it.
Katelynn
I am very tired of your "mod squad" comments. You know the rules and we do our best to make sure all posts are following the rules. If we do not get to one right away then I am sorry,most of us have jobs and can not be on the site 24/7.
Your "mod squad" comments are starting to sound like a teenager and it does not make sense to me.
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   Posted 5/26/2007 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to say that I know exactly how you feel.  Everything irritates me to the point where I really worry about my ability to keep myself in check at times.  I have never been so agitated and angry in my life.  I have actually thrown things and broken them I have screamed at the top of my lungs at myself.  I have never been irate with anyone to the point where I would consider it screaming but I will tell you that I have had people step back and wonder if I was about to lose it. 
 
In the past when I have had episodes of irritation much less then what I have experienced lately, I was treated with antipsychotics.  I hated the stigma that went with them but i am wondering if there was some substance to those drugs.  I can honestly say that I am not even sure if they helped or not but i do know this, the antid's that I have taken were never prescribed for that because that was not the most noticable symptom.  Now, I would say that it is the most important.  I feel that my thinking ability is ok and I am able to think rationally, if not I think that I would be in a world of legal hurt.  My temper and agitation level is so bad that I actually worry about it.  I started wellbutrin several days ago and I dont anticipate it helping with anything other then my overall "blah" feelings.
 
I am getting ready to see a new medical doctor this coming week and I will approach him with it.
 
So I know how you feel and I think the actions of doctors in that it seems like they dont care, really makes it worse.
Teresa
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when your life is falling apart,
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I feel deep within my heart".


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   Posted 5/27/2007 4:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Peter



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